Toronto is well known as one of Canada’s fashion centres and there’s a tonne of shopping options from large retail chains to independent stores and boutiques. Every neighborhood has unique hyper local shopping options like luxiousious Yorkville and thrift store haven Kengsington Market, so how do you choose where to shop for back to school?
By choosing reputable consignment shops for your back to school clothes shopping, you’ll lessen your family’s environmental imprint and save on your budget. There are other ways to shop for kids with the environment in mind provided that you have the budget to suit your preferences but we’ll discuss consignment first.
One important thing to note is that not all consignment stores are created equal, meaning that while there are many places to do second hand kids shopping in Toronto, we cannot guarantee that they all take careful care to make sure products are clean and in good condition.
One popular franchise that we’ve all heard of is Value Village and while they offer second hand items (including kids clothes) at reasonable prices, they do not offer much quality control. At Value Village clothing and other items are donated, like with charitable donation bins but at consignment shops you buy and sell your pre loved clothes that are still in good condition.
Where to Find Kids Consignment in Toronto
Play n’ Wear
Open six days a week, Play n’ Wear has been a long time gem of savvy North Toronto moms. They offer good (or better) quality kids clothes, often designer brands at affordable prices. They’re open Mon – Sat 10-5 but note: consignment is accepted Tues-Fri 10-2 and Sat 10-1 and you can trade in a limit of 10 items per week.
1726 Avenue Road
Once Upon A Child
The most well known Kids consignment franchise in all of Southern Ontario is Once Upon A Child. OUAC’s Bayview location has been in business for 16 years and has buying and selling gently used kids clothes, furniture and baby items down to a science. Across their franchise the number one concern is safety and for that reason we trust their merchandise. They tend to be about a season ahead when selling so do call ahead to find out if / what they’re currently accepting.
1386 Bayview Avenue
Do you know of any other kids consignment shops in Toronto that you consider hidden gems? Let us know and stay tuned for our next installment of Eco Shopping tips for back to school.