Spring Into Fashion: Under-the-Radar Consignment Shops for Little Peeps

Tulips and crocus buds peep through the ground and—BAM!—that tricky little rabbit is hopping around your house again leaving treats for the tots. Did you remember to pick up a pair of pastel pink patent leather shoes for the baby or a tie that doesn’t clip on for your preschooler? Save some of your cash this spring by heading to one of the District’s top kid’s consignment stores to find the sweetest deals and cutest clothes for all of your decked out affairs—from Spring weddings to school pictures— this season. Out-hop the bunny, and use the dough you saved for stocking the baskets.


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Best for Family Photo Outfits: Pam K. Bambini Children’s Boutique
With a focus on European and Canadian brands (think: Milly Minis and Petite Bateau), this boutique is a great first stop if you’re trying to outfit kids for Easter pics, spring family photos or school pictures. The store excels at mix and match accessories, and the owner, Pamela, is happy to help you find just the right look for your wee one (sizes available from newborn to preteen). Aunties and Uncles can shop ‘til they drop and then have items gift wrapped and shipped straight from the store.

3301 New Mexico Ave. (American U.)
Open: Mon.-Sat.,10 am-5:30 pm

Best for Everyday Gear: Wiggle Room
For the eco-minded mommy there’s Wiggle Room. The Bethesda store runs on the motto ReDuce, ReUse, ReWear. It’s a guarantee with the adorable little duds you can find all year round and especially this time of year. Create a wish list with the items you want and when it arrives at the store Wiggle Room will call you. New stock rolls in frequently during the late winter to stock the store for the spring and summer. From water-repelling rain gear with matching boots and umbrellas in cute animal styles to classic floral dresses and oxford button downs for the smallest members of your family, Wiggle Room probably has it with a few shoe options to match. Sizes run from newborn to 14/16.

4924 Del Ray Ave. (Bethesda, Md)
Open: Tue.-Fri., 10 am-6 pm; Sat., 10 am-5 pm; Sun., 12 pm-5 pm
Online: wiggleroom.biz

Best for Easter Clothes: KidtoKid
When you arrive at this consignment shop your little bunnies enter through their own tiny pink door (how cute is that?!), and the fun doesn’t stop there. A small play space and book rack will keep them occupied while you peruse the array of gorgeously displayed pairings, new hair bows for pony and pigtails in a rainbow of colors and sizes, and a set of shoe racks that goes from floor to ceiling on two walls. Dresses, suits and Easter shoes are plentiful in younger sizes (newborn to preteen) at this mid-priced but high quality store.

6039 Centreville Crest Ln. (Centreville, Va)
Open: Mon.-Fri., 10 am-7 pm; Sat., 10 am-6 pm; Sun., 12 pm-5 pm
Online: KidtoKid.com/centreville

Best for School Pic Ensembles: Little Lords and Ladies
This place knows a thing or two about spring fun and having an egg-citing Easter time.  First up is the annual spring fashion show with the crème de la crème of new ensembles (in sizes newborn to tween) showcased in one easy afternoon. An Egg Hunt on April 5 is just the thing to help round out your happy rabbit activities. A Wednesday story and arts and crafts time is offered weekly, making a trip to this consignment boutique money well spent. And if you find something you adore while in the store you can have it monogrammed right on the spot.  Always a classic look for spring.

14088 Sullyfield Cir., Suite F (Chantilly, Va)
Open: 703-488-9948
Online: llalnova.com

Where do you shop for kids spring clothes? Tell us in the comments section below. 

—Victoria Mason

Photo courtesy of Richard Elzey via Flickr


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