LA’s Best Used Stuff for Kids

September 30, 2010 4:16 PM

Recycle, reuse, repeat: on top of a tough economy where everyone is looking for a bargain, it seems every parent in LA is trying to set a “green” example for their kids. Buying stuff for your kids via the many resale options around town makes lots of sense in lots of ways.
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LA Kids Consignment Sale

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San Fernando Valley Sale
Dates: October 1-3, 2010
157 W. Providencia Ave.
Burbank, CA 91502

Santa Clarita
Dates: October 22-24, 2010
24901 Avenue Stanford.
Valencia, CA 91355

Dates: November 12-14
1625 S. Magnolia Ave.
Monrovia, CA 91016

This single weekend sale was founded by two local moms just a few years ago and continues to gain popularity. Held in the spring and fall, this year it is expanding to three locations with weekend sales during October and November 2010 in Burbank, Valencia and Monrovia. Although it is described as being for babies through pre-teens, it does seem to lean heavily to the baby/toddler end of the product spectrum. Volunteers and consignors get coveted early access shopping privileges.

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(credit: Blue Bird Children’s Resale Boutique)

Blue Bird Children’s Resale Boutique

652 N Larchmont Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(323) 466-0408

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Blue Bird’s owner, Virginia, is a veteran of the children’s resale scene in LA. Her latest edition, Blue Bird is located in Hollywood’s lovely Larchmont section right near the intersection with Melrose Ave. Virginia offers a wide variety of new and gently used clothing, toys and accessories for babies to kids. Everything is neatly displayed and organized making it very pleasant to shop the many unique offerings including hard to find European labels.

Kids Double Time

715 Torrance Boulevard
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 542-4407

This is a large store with a large selection of baby and toddler gear, clothes and toys. The clothing is separated by gender which is helpful and the toys are off in a separate room. Kids Double Time is known as a good place to find costumes and “theme clothing”…Hawaiian Day coming up at school? This is not a consignment store, they buy items outright. As with any thrift store, a visit can be a big hit or pretty much a miss.

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Grow Kid Grow

4310 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 661-4769
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This Silver Lake shop has gently used clothing sized from newborn to about age 10. They also have toys, books, accessories and maternity wear. GROWkidGROW is more than just your typical resale store, they also feature local artists, musical guests, kid friendly performances and parent-centered evening events. Shoppers rave about the selection, helpful staff and play area in the back for the kids.

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Roadium Open Air Market

2500 Redondo Beach Blvd
Torrance, CA 90504
(323) 321-3920
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This open air bazaar is truly a site to behold. In existence for over 50 years and open daily with 500 vendors selling new and used items, you can probably find anything here. Come prepared both to haggle and spend quite a bit of time exploring. It definitely fits into the flea market category and if you like to dig for treasure, this is the right place for you. There is an admission charge that ranges between .50-$1.25 per person, depending on the day of the week. Visit the website for admission and parking information.

Elizabeth Peterson publishes the blog Traded My BMW For a Minivan

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