By Carmen Ripley Wilson, owner of Beanstalk Children’s Resale
As parents, we know that our children go through their clothing and shoes quicker than we can do the laundry – and our bank account can’t always keep up. Real money is saved when you buy used. With high-quality clothing, shoes, books to enjoy, toys to play with and gear essentials, resale stores are great options for much of their kiddo’s childhood. If you are thinking of buying – or consigning – here are this year’s top ten resale items, according to Beanstalk Children’s Resale:
1. Clothing – Little bodies grow up fast! Resale stores are great for seasonal clothing in your favorite brands and styles. Mini Boden pants run about 12.95-14.95. Other customer favorites include Hanna Andersson, Tea Collection and Gap pants, and are priced from 8.95-14.95
Customer favorite resale raincoats include: REI, Patagonia, Hatley, Oaki, Western Chief, Gap and many more. Prices vary based on brand and condition, and start as low as 9.95 to 29.95.
2. Shoes – You can find barely worn – and sometimes even new – sandals, sneakers, slippers, rain boots and winter snow boots. Salt water sandals are often priced $14-$19, and you can pick up Plae shoes for $18.95-$22.95.
3. Toys – Toys can be so expensive at the new retail price. Shop resale for wooden games, puzzles, doll houses, wooden kitchens, fire stations and much more to keep those creative minds building. Lego sets like these start at $9.95.
4. Books – From gently-used wooden baby books to young adult chapter books and everything in between! Books are the gifts that keep on giving. Book prices range from $1.95-$7.95.
5. Carriers – Don’t shell out hundreds of dollars for a brand-new carrier. Brands like Ergo 360, Lillebaby, Becco and Moby are durable and last for years – making them a resale shop staple! Moby carriers cost about $19.95, and an Ergo classic ranges $45-$50.
6. Hiking child-carrier backpack – You’ll find long-lasting brands like Dueter, Osprey, and Kelty for fun for summer hiking and walks. At consignment shops, these can range from $65-$185.
7. Glass bottles – Resale shops often have a wide variety of 4-9 oz glass bottles with lids and nipples. Brands like Life Factory and Born Free range from $3.95-$9.95.
8. Wooden highchair – Brands like Stokke and Keekaro are wooden high chairs that grow with your family. The extra pieces like cushions, infant inserts and dishwasher safe tray covers make these brands very popular and versatile. Prices range from $100-$150.
9. Bjorn Potty Chairs– We can never have too many of these potty chairs! Brands like Bjorn are easy to use and to empty and come in lots of fun colors! Approximately $16.95 in store.
10. Bikes and other riding toys – From wheely bugs to pedal bikes, resale shops often have a wide selection of bikes and riding toys for kids of all ages and abilities. Y bikes are often priced around $28.95, and Plan Toys wooden walkers range from $29-$39. You can also find balance bikes ($50-$65) and pedal bikes ($65-$150).
We’re lucky in Portland to have a wealth of resale and thrift shops to peruse. No two days offer the same selection so there is always something new to discover. Follow your favorite resale shops on Instagram and Facebook to see all the new arrivals and trends!
Carmen Ripley Wilson is the owner of Beanstalk Children’s Resale, with two locations in Portland, Oregon in the Fremont and Montavilla neighborhoods. Beanstalk specializes in modern and hip children’s resale clothing, shoes, toys and gear. Carmen grew up recycling, reusing and repurposing just about everything on her family’s farm in the coastal mountains of Oregon, and has carried her passion for the Earth into her business. Carmen believes in caring for the planet, our communities and our families, and supports local Portland schools each year through clothing donation drives.