The city of Los Angeles estimates that cloth makes up about 10% of local landfills, either from discarded clothes or remnants from garment manufacturing. In addition, it takes a lot of chemicals to produce fabric. At the rate kids grow into and out of their clothes, parents might want to consider shopping at resale stores. Here is a guide to some local offerings.
652 Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 466-0408
This is one of the city’s best upscale consignment shops for kids, with a large assortment of gently used and never-worn designer labels, including Burberry, Charlie Rocket, Deux Par Deux, Mini Boden, Ralph Lauren and Tea Collection. A small selection of children’s shoes and toys is also available. Blue Bird offers sellers cash ( 30% of the sale price) or store credit (40%).
Grow Kid Grow
4310 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 661-4769
You’ll find a large selection of all labels at this Silver Lake resale shop, including Paul Frank, Oilily and Mini Boden as well as strollers, eco-friendly toys, gently used maternity items and designer samples. Most clothing items are priced at less than $10.
10590 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 559-1199
This cheerful and well-appointed kid’s consignment store offers a wide range of items: Old Navy rash guards, Juicy Couture diaper bags and high-end designer labels such as Monkey Wear and Oilily. Prices average 50% to 75% off original retail. Sellers receive 30% of the sale price.
3012 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, (310) 315-1044
Though at first glance this family-owned resale shop is a bit chaotic, dig through the racks and you’ll be rewarded with great finds for newborns to age 16 from Gymboree, Gap and Children’s Place as well as toys, books and gear. Prices range from $1.29 for a Carter’s onesie to $19.99 for a Baby Lulu dress.