While some kids clothes get worn right down to the threads, many are hardly touched. Snow pants, button down shirts, and newborn gowns are among the items that tend to be worn only a few times before they are too small. Hence, a resale marketplace is a wonderful thing, and in the East Bay, we have many options.
Here are eight opportunities to get involved in the used kids clothes and gear ecosystem. If I missed any stores or swaps that you love, please add them in the comments:
Hannah's on Solano. This resale shop is located in a kid-friendly destination in North Berkeley next to Cactus Taqueria, Zachary's Pizza and Pegasus Books. In addition to used kids clothing, Hannah sells new raingear and gift items like tutus and small toys. Bring your cleanest hand-me-downs to offer up for store credit or cash. See our review.
Ruby's Garden on Telegraph Ave in Temescal. This boutique has a hip aesthetic, and more new stuff than used, but still offers access to some lower-priced barely worn items. They will buy some of your gently used clothing for store credit only. Bonus: easy parking and proximity to Bakesale Betty. Check the website for hours and policies. See our review.
Grove Street Kids on Shattuck at Rose in Berkeley offers a large selection of well-curated used clothing for kids and pregnant women. The owner will also buy back your high-quality cast-offs for store credit or cash. She also offers a small selection of gift items. Check the website for buyback guidelines. See our review.
Twins By the Bay Annual Garage Sale. The date for this yearly sale just passed in June but keep your eyes and ears open for the next one. www.twinsbythebay.org
Berkeley Parents Network Marketplace mailing list is a great place to list and find bundles of clothes. Putting them into collections by size makes the most sense, for example “Boys clothing size 6” or “Maternity size small”. If you're a parent (or kinda like a parent) in Berkeley, sign up for this resource.
The Twin Valley Mothers of Twins Club's Used Clothing & Equipment Sale is held twice a year (next event on October 10) and features items from approximately 200 sellers. If you're looking for maternity wear, clothing for newborns to teen, car seats, single and double strollers, swings, bouncy seats, baby carriers, cribs, high chairs, safety gates, this is your mega resource, for one day only at the Alameda County Fairground in Pleasanton. All items offered for sale go through a quality control process, so it's like a fancy garage sale. More details here.
Lauren's Closet. This Alameda resale shop is huge with lots of space for you to browse and for little ones to play. Wide selection of new and used apparel for children and adults. Special section for dancewear. Speaking of gigantic, Toy Safari (also a resale powerhouse) is just down the road. Our review.
Kindercycle hosts semi-regular swaps for baby clothing and gear, sometimes specifying 0-2 years or a broader age range. The venue rotates, so signing up for the email list will keep you in the loop. Next swap is TBD but you can also check the website.
What did I miss?
[Photo of Ruby's Garden by Whitney Moss]