Although you may be reading this poolside, I regret to inform you that it will soon be time for back-to-school clothes shopping. All of those jeans that were too long on your little ones last spring will inevitably be too short come fall. As a self-proclaimed environmentalist as well as someone who struggles to spend a fortune on clothing kids may only wear one season, I am all in favor of back-to-school resale and consignment shops.
If you don’t yet frequent these shops, I think you’d be pleasantly surprised at the quality of the clothing. Most resale stores have strict policies on what they accept: items must be clean, in good shape, are current styles, and often are even particular brands. The selling price can be around half of the retail price—and many items still have their original tags on them.
In addition to back-to-school clothing staples, I frequent resale shops for cleats and dance shoes. Many of the stores have a section of sports and dance wear (never pay full price for a leotard again!). They also sell coats, boots, and snow pants. Yes, I said snow pants. Some years my kids have only worn them once; lucky for me I paid $5 at a resale event.
Here is a list of some of the resale/consignment shops and fall resale events in and around Lake County. Most sell toys and baby equipment as well, but I will focus on school-related items.
Resale and Consignment Shops in Lake County
Green Kids Resale
833 E. Rollins Rd., Round Lake Beach | (847) 986-6232
Green Kids has a wonderful selection of children’s (and maternity) clothing, shoes, and books. They have a dressing room and a play area with books and toys to keep your little ones occupied while you shop. They offer a 10% discount to military and foster families and to teachers (just bring identification with you). While the prices are already low, they have a clearance area: buy three items, you get one item free. Green Kids is also a major distributor of Melissa & Doug items (and if you join their email list, you’ll know when they are 25% off sales).
Kid to Kid
700 N. Milwaukee Ave., #124, Vernon Hills | (224) 206-7922
Kid to Kid only sells children’s items, and there are rows and rows of clothing. They also have a dressing room and an area for kids to play. This is my go-to store for shoes—their shoe section is quite impressive. It is also a great store to find costumes and coats. Call to find out when seasonal items are put out for sale. Editor’s note- Kid to Kid is now permanently closed.
Renew Family Consignment
1750 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville | (847) 573-1513
This is where I go for dance shoes for my daughter. In addition to dance clothes, there is a nice selection of jazz, tap, and ballet shoes. There is also some children’s clothing, but are not solely a children’s consignment shop. (But I dare you to leave without getting something for your home.)
Repeat Street Consignment Boutique
401 N. Rt 21, #26, Gurnee | (847) 596-2203
Repeat Street carries all the back-to-school clothing necessities: clothing, shoes, and books…as well as great back-to-school outfits for Mom. There are a lot of popular brands: Matilda Jane, Mini Boden, and Justice, to name a few. There are a couple dressing rooms. Sign up for their e-newsletter to learn about sales.
Cedar Chest Thrift Shop
14245 W. Rockland Road, Libertyville | (847) 362-4636
Located on Lambs Farm, Cedar Chest has clothing, books, shoes, puzzles, and more. On Fridays, seniors get 25% off their purchase. Sales support Lambs Farm.
Fall Resale Events in Lake County
Please note that events are listed chronologically. Each event has their own rules and many only take cash or charge admission. Please be sure to look at each specific events criteria before heading out.
The Next KidStuff Resale
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 1023 S. McHenry Ave., Crystal Lake
26 August, 8:00 – 10:45 a.m.; Discount hour: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., $1 admission (donated to local food pantry).
You may bring a laundry basket or tote to collect all your goods in. No strollers allowed on the sales floor. You may also bring your children, however, if you actually want to shop, I find it quite difficult with kids underfoot at these types of events—they are in awe of the selection of toys.
Growing Cents of Style
Canlan Sportsplex, 28156 W. Northpointe Pkwy., Lake Barrington
23 September, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
24 September, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Rows and rows of clothing and shoes. Bring your own bags (those large Ikea bags work nicely). Strollers are not allowed. No admission fee. Credit cards or cash accepted (no checks).
Lake County Mothers of Twins Club Resale Event
Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center, 2007 Civic Center Way, Round Lake Beach
7 October, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., $2 admission.
Again, aisles and aisle of merchandise. And books, too. Strollers are not allowed inside resale. Credit cards and cash accepted (expect to pay a small fee if using a credit card).
Butterfield Family Association’s Clothing and Toy Sale
Butterfield School, 1441 W. Lake Street, Libertyville
13 October, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
14 October, 8:00 – 11:30 a.m.
This fundraiser is quite impressive. The entire gym at Butterfield School is completely filled with clothing (sizes infant to 18), shoes, costumes (and toys). Tip: before you go, verify your kids’ sizes…including shoe size. Cash and credit card are accepted.
Millburn Kids Resale
Millburn Middle School, 640 Freedom Way, Lindenhurst
20 October, 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
21 October, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Lots of clothes and shoes to choose from, including jackets and fancy dresses. No admission fee. Credit cards are accepted ($1.00 fee).
And if you’re trying to clean out your own supply of endless clothing, books, and shoes, all of the resale/consignment stores and many of the events accept new consignors. Go to their website to find out more.
Did we miss your favorite resale/consignment shop or sale? Tell us in the comments!