Throughout the year in Edmonton you can find plenty of weekend I've Outgrown It sales to shop for gently-used clothing and baby items. But did you know that Kijiji, local thrift stores, and consignment stores can also be a treasure trove for cute baby duds?
Kijiji is the premiere place for Edmontonians to buy and sell used items and even has a whole section just for baby gear. You might want to think twice about purchasing a car seat from a total stranger but Kijiji is a great place to get deals on other big ticket items like strollers, swings, and high chairs. It’s also a great place to find gently used baby clothes, often sold in large lots allowing you to pick up a whole wardrobe for your infant at a very low cost. Why pay full price for that cute little outfit when it’s going to be outgrown in a month or two?
The father of all buy-and-sell websites, craigslist, is also in Edmonton and has a baby section. However most sellers opt to use Kijiji so the pickings on craigslist are rather slim. Still, it’s worth checking out occasionally to see what pops up.
Edmonton has a few baby-specific consignment stores, where people bring in their old items and the store sells them and splits the proceeds.
The most well-known children’s consignment store in Edmonton is Canada-wide chain Once Upon A Child. There are two locations here – one on the north and one on the south side – and they appear to pretty much have the market cornered.
Apparently children's consignment is a tough business! While researching this blog post I looked for other local consignment baby boutiques and found information about five shops which have all since closed their doors. However, there are still two independent children’s consignment shops in town: Boy Girl Rewear (which has no website) and Kid's Stuff etc.
If you love the thrill of the hunt like I do, or are at least willing to invest a bit of time, there are some amazing deals to be found at your local thrift shop. Most large secondhand stores have pretty good baby sections. And because all of the items are donated the price point is usually lower than at a consignment shop. In the past I have picked up Gap, OshKosh, and Mountain Equipment Co-op baby clothes for just a few dollars each and all in excellent condition. But my best find by far was a pair of Padraig baby booties (with tags still on!) for $4.99 at Value Village!
Have I missed a great consignment or thrift store? Found any really great deals on secondhand baby stuff that you want to brag about? Share your feedback in the comments!
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