Back-to-school shopping? Winter coat shopping? And, are you hoping to find a great bargain while shopping? Here are 20 great consignment stores in NJ. (Note: consignments stores often have variable, and seasonal, hours, so please call before visiting.)
Whether you're buying or consigning, make sure you know the store's policies. Some charge an initial fee to consignors and may have policies about how clothes need to be packed, as well as rules about what items they do (and don't) take. In addition, some stores are strictly consignment, meaning you get paid when the item sells, whereas others pay you "on the spot" when you drop-off your items for sale.
Another consideration is, if you take store credit instead of cash, you might be able to get a few more dollars, be sure to find out the store's policies.
Cherry Pick Children's Consignment and Speciality Store
21 Broad St., Eatontown, NJ
This store has a combination of gently used and new clothing, as well as toys, furniture, and baby gear.
The Great and Small Shop
186 Mt. Bethel Rd., Warren, NJ
This place is loved by many, and they carry girls newborn to size 10 and boys newborn to size 6/7, with an emphasis on "better brands." Also carries maternity clothes.
463 5th St., Hoboken, NJ
Designer and quality brand name maternity and children’s clothing, accessories, and gear at affordable prices.
110 Market St., Clifton, NJ
This upscale consignment store carries clothes newborn through women's size 8. Also there's a large selection of baby gear, strollers, diapers bags, formal wear, and costumes.
410 Ridgewood Rd., Maplewood, NJ; 973-313-1061
76 Church St. Montclair, NJ; 973-744-0504
51 N. Tulane St., Princeton, NJ; 609-921-1665
6 Eastman St., Cranford, NJ; 908-272-5437
With several locations, their tagline is "a unique experience in children's consignment," and their funky stores reflect this motto. Clothes, books, toys, and gear fill the shop. And there's even the opportunity to be a franchisee and open up a store of your own.
My Little Haven
126 Main St., Spotswood, NJ
With the tagline "Reduce, Rethink, Reuse," this store emphasises higher-end brands of toys and clothing such as Flowers by Zoe and Mini Boden. They carry infant through older children's sizes as well as maternity clothes and designer diaper bags.
461 Irvington Ave., South Orange, NJ
This large store carries everything—clothing for babies, children, and maternity as well as toys, books, and gear. There's a great selection of seasonal merchandise whether it's for Halloween or the winter holidays.
The Red Balloon
132 Main St., Manasquan, NJ
This cheerful shop stocks clothes in all sizes as well as toys for all ages, and carries a nice selection of baby keepsake and decorative items, including memory books and picture frames.
198 Newark Pompton Tpke., Pequannock, NJ
This place sells it all, including clothing not only for infants and kids but for juniors and women as well. Also for sale is jewelry, accessories, handbags, and even sunglasses. They also sell toys, baby gear, and seasonal items.
Tadpoles to Toddlers
159 Morristown Rd., Bernardsville, NJ
This new store specializes in resell of upscale clothing, toys, furniture, and baby gear.
Twice is Nice
159 Mt. Pleasant Ave., East Hanover, NJ
With an emphasis on higher end labels such as Jacadi and Ralph Lauren, this adorable boutique stocks sizes newborn to teen. Also sells gear and toys.
The Westfield Service League Thrift and Consignment Shops
114 Elmer St., Westfield, NJ
Carries a full-range of clothes and gear for the whole family, and all proceeds go to charity.
And one last tip: consignment stores are a great place to get gently used and gently priced Halloween costumes or clothes for your kids to play dress-ups.
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