Kids are expensive – and they grow like weeds. As you dig those spring clothes out of storage, there is a good chance you’ll encounter stretched out tees, shorts that are too short and jackets that simply won’t zip. Before you head to the mall to drop some serious cash on a new wardrobe, why not check out one (or several) of these upcoming kids’ consignment sales, where you can get like-new clothing, toys and baby gear for a fraction of the price.
Saturday, March 5, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Madeira Elementary, 7840 Thomas Dr., Madeira, OH
This bi-annual sale held in the spring and fall at Madeira Elementary boasts top kids’ brands and baby products. Admission is $1 (cash only); credit cards are accepted at check out (with a $2 fee).
Saturday, March 5, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Lakota East High School, 6840 Lakota Lane, Liberty Township, OH
This sale features kids’ clothing from infant to juniors, maternity apparel, kids’ furniture, toys, bikes and baby gear. Admission is $1 (cash only); cash and credit cards are accepted for purchases.
Saturday, March 12, 9-11:30 a.m.
Receptions Banquet & Conference Center, 1379 Donaldson Hwy, Erlanger, KY
The Everything for Kids Sale is a semi-annual sale that offers great deals on gently used infant and children’s clothing, toys and equipment. Hosted by the Northern Kentucky Mothers of Multiples.
Saturday, March 12, 8-11 a.m.
Faith Church, 5910 Price Rd., Milford, OH
Features gently loved kids’ warm-weather apparel and accessories, maternity clothing, Easter outfits, indoor/outdoor toys, books, games, baby gear, bedding, décor, sports items, DVDs, video games and more! Admission is $1 (cash only); both cash and credit cards are accepted at check out (with a $1 fee).
Saturday, March 12, 8:30-11:30 a.m. (7:30 a.m. for Red Carpet shoppers)
Scarlet Oaks Career Campus, 300 Scarlet Oaks Drive, Cincinnati, OH
Toys! Toys! Toys! In addition to being a veritable used toy store, this sale has DVDs, videos, games, climbers, kitchen items, strollers, beds, shoes, coats, spring/summer wear, books, baby items and more! General admission is $1 (cash only); $10 for early “Red Carpet” admission. Credit cards are accepted at check out with a $2 convenience fee.
Monday, March 13 through Friday, March 17 (see website for full schedule)
Forest Fair Village, 600 Cincinnati Mills Drive, Cincinnati, OH
Rhea Lana’s is a semi-annual second-hand sale held at various locations nationwide. This children’s-consignment-meets-boutique event features high-quality children’s clothing, shoes, furniture, toys, books, DVDs, baby equipment and maternity items.
Saturday, April 9, 8:30-11:00 a.m.
Loveland Middle School, 801 S. Lebanon Road, Loveland, OH
Sale features baby and kids’ clothes, baby furniture, strollers, car seats and more! Admission is $1 and all sales are cash only.
Almost all of the organizations listed above host fall sales as well, so be sure to ask about future sale dates. Meanwhile, if you want to score a few secondhand steals in between sales, check out one of the following Cincinnati consignment retailers:
6208 Tylersville Road, Mason, Ohio
Enjoy a boutique atmosphere with resale prices. With more than 30,000 items, you are sure to find something for your little sprout.
(9 locations in the Greater Cincinnati/Dayton area)
This well-known resale chain sells kids’ clothing and shoes — but the toys are the real jackpot here! You can find all sorts of baby, toddler and kids’ toys at a fraction of retail prices.
(7 locations in the Greater Cincinnati/Dayton area)
Plato’s Closet is the older sibling of Once Upon a Child and stocks the top brands, trends and styles for tweens and teens.
5353 Dixie Hwy, Fairfield, OH
This family-owned operation is now known as the “Largest Children’s Resale Shop” in the city. Reruns buys and sells apparel, toys, maternity and more.
(10 locations around Cincinnati)
The Snooty Fox is an upscale consignment store that sells like-new, brand name clothing. If you have clothing to sell, consider opening an account. Or, for a one-time fee of $20, you can drop off your clothing, then check back periodically to see what’s sold (and get cold, hard cash).
With so many secondhand sales and stores in our area, you could easily stock your kids’ wardrobes and never pay full-price again. And if you sell some of your kids’ gently used items, you may even come out ahead!