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Monday
Jan092012

Shopping secondhand | Sources for nearly-new baby and kids item in Edmonton

Second hand shops in Edmonton

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?

Online

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.

Consignment

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.

Once Upon A Child - 13531 St Albert Trail and 3833 99 Street
Boy Girl Rewear - 12606 Stony Plain Road
Kids' Stuff Etc. - 5212 86 Street NW

Thrift stores

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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January 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda
There's a good one just east of 97 st on 127 ave. Of course I can't remember the name right now but it has maternity clothes too!
January 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMegan
There are MANY children's consignment stores on Facebook. Just to name a few: V's Value Consignment, Sweet Creations Consignment, ClassySassychics Consignment, Bugabee's Consignment, L'l Peeps Consignment, Pipsqueaks Consignment.

These are all mom's that sell gently used clothing for kids of all ages and for fantastic prices! Many are also getting into Mom's & Dad's used clothing as well. Great prices!

How it works, you view their pictures on the facebook page, select the clothes that you would like and then meet them at one of their locations to pay and pick up your items! They also have a bargain bus that will deliver your goods to you as well for a nominal price! Sometimes you are able to haggle a little for an even more amazing price!

Check them out!
January 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTannis
The one just off 97st and on 127 ave is

Baby J Kids Klothes - 10120 127 Ave NW,

Wonderful selection and one of the only places that carries second hand maternity!
January 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCandice
Thanks Candice! There's also a good one on Rowland Cres in St. Albert called Just Kids. They have some maternity as well (or at least they did just over a year ago!)
January 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMegan
I looooovvvvvveeeee Grandmas Toy Shop! I frequent Baby J's and Once Upon a Child too.
January 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrooke
We have just recently opened an online consignment shop. We are located out of the St. Albert Community Hall. Every few weeks we have a pick-up and drop-off evening and at our evenings we have "I've outgrown it sales" of some of our hot items. Check out our website for more information.
www.stayinyourjammies.com
May 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTanya
They just opened a Once Upon a Child in Sherwood Park too.
July 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlly
We are launching a new online marketplace for gently used toddler items. Check out our website www.toddlertrunk.com we would love any feedback as we are still in our alpha launch and make many changes. There are new items as well but we really trying to seed used items. Let's be honest kids grow out of their things SOOOO quick. They honestly are barely worn. It just makes sense to re-used baby clothing, toys, and gear!

Check us out! www.toddlertrunk.com
August 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Rae
As of October 1st a new consignment business which is devoted entirely to selling and consigning Maternity clothing opened. It's online based
www.bunintheovenconsignment.com but we have a fan page on Facebook just look for Bun in the Oven Consignment.
Also if you are looking for a great selection of kids clothing for a great price or you are.looking for a place to consign your gently used childrens clothing check out stayinyourjammies.com
October 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristine
There is an adorable little baby/men's/women's & maternity consignment shop called Little Bo-tique in Sherwood Park. I bought a lot of my maternity clothes there and refer my pregnant friends there. Prices are a bit high but she only accepts major name brands. Also Once Upon A Child has some awesome stuff and has a big clearance sale on right now. Great place to find jeans and outerwear for kids.
January 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKB
There is a great consignment store just off of 97th st and the yellowhead. It is called Baby J's. they have some great items, and it's not over packed like most consignment stores! https://www.facebook.com/babyj.klothes?fref=ts
January 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAleisha
This is a great thing for every families. Consignment stores can be considered as an important part for those families who actually needs baby clothing at a very low cost. It is rather a good and honorable act which they have followed to help the customers. And if also one need to donate the baby clothes present to the needy families they may deposit and sell to the people.
March 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJenny Watson
Some other fantastic consignment stores that can be found on Facebook, that are located in or around Edmonton are:

Our Stinkers
Adored Again Consignment
April's Outlet
Bella Bean Consignment
Buttons 'N Bows
Cameron's Closet
ClassySassychic's Consignment
CJ's Closet Consignment
ColouredBubbles Kids Consignment
Consigners Closet Sherwood Park
DapperDan's & Swanky Sue's
Deja Vu Consignment
Gadgets & Garments Gallery
Gigglesn Grins Consignment
Gymbosaur's Closet
Kit-Kat Consignment
KuteKritters FamilyConsignment
Little Beans Consignment
Marvelous Munchkins Consignment
MissyMoo'sand MisterMagoo's (part-time)
Mommylovesme Consignment
Rockin' Rewear
SecondImpressions Consignment
Shabby Chic Consignment
Smashin'Fashions Consignment
May 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous
Preluved is launching its new mobile app for buying and selling gently used kids clothing. Busy moms can now sell her kids outgrown clothes and shop for the next size up any time of the day or night.
October 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJhennifer Hudson
Bun in the Oven Consignment is celebrating being open for 1 year!
Check out how you can enter to win a 3D/4D Ultrasound on our website plus other awesome sales.
www.bunintheovenconsignment.com
October 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChristine
The "Once Upon A Child" in Sherwood Park is fantastic! Super friendly staff as well. http://www.onceuponachildsherwoodpark.com/
May 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKate

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