We have reached that time of year for kids to head back to school, which means it’s also time for back-to-school shopping for many of us. Shopping at local thrift shops is a great way to fill up the kiddos’ closets before classes are back in session.
One major benefit of buying clothing second-hand is the environmental impact; when you buy used clothing, you are extending the life of those clothes rather than seeing them end up in a landfill. Thrift shopping is also often more economical than buying new. With kids growing and experimenting with their style, thrifting is an excellent way to stretch your dollar further.
Vancouver is home to some fantastic thrift shops where you can stock up your closet in style. Check out one of the locations below to see what secondhand treasures await.
4Ever Growing Kids Consignment
Location: 440 NE 4th Ave., Camas, (Route 92)
4Ever Growing Kids Consignment offers children’s clothing, toys, and accessories. It also carries maternity wear if Mom is in the market for clothes for herself.
Location: 7811 NE Highway 99, Vancouver (Routes 71, 78)
Chic Boutique is a great spot to check out for women’s, men’s, and children’s clothing sizes. There are options for everyone, making it a one-stop-shop for families looking for clothing for all ages.
Deja Vu Consignment Boutique
Location: 16111 SE McGillivray Blvd., Vancouver (Routes 30, 37, 80)
Careful curation goes into the clothing selection at Deja Vu. It has a variety of high-end women’s clothing and accessories, if you’re in the market for something extra special.
Location: 604 E Main St., Battle Ground (Route 7)
Kidz Cloz has been in business for almost 30 years. As a longtime Battle Ground storefront, the store has made it a point to give back to its community by supporting local groups such as the North County Food Bank, Battle Ground High School, and Share House. The inventory isn’t just limited to kids’ clothing—you can also find items for women, men and juniors as well.
Location: 7708 NE Hazel Dell Ave., Vancouver (Route 32)
Little Bo-Tique started out selling maternity and children’s clothing, but has expanded its selection to include shoes, purses, furniture and décor. The store also supports local artists by carrying their items ranging from burp cloths to pottery.
Mommy & Me Resale
Location: 316 SE 123rd Ave., D8, Vancouver (Route 37)
Mommy & Me was formed by a mother-daughter duo that originally opened an e-commerce store. After about a year, they opened their brick-and-mortar storefront where they sell gently used women and children’s clothing. Mommy & Me has maintained an online store as well if you’d prefer shopping through the website.
Pipsqueak Resale Boutique
Location: 8700 NE Vancouver Mall Drive, Vancouver (Routes 7, 32, 72, 74, 78, 80, Vine)
Pipsqueak Resale Boutique describes itself as selling recycled, gently loved, name-brand kids’ clothing, baby furniture and toys. The store is conveniently located in the Vancouver Mall, a perfect spot to visit if you’re already going back to school shopping there.
Secondhand Solutions Thrift Store
Location: 915 W 13th St., Vancouver (Route 25)
Secondhand Solutions carries a little bit of everything and is run by Open House Ministries residents and volunteers. Open House Ministries is a family shelter in Vancouver, and Secondhand Solutions helps serve as a way for residents to train and learn new skills. Every Monday is Children’s Day, which means 50% off kids’ clothing and equipment.
Location: 10910 NE Fourth Plain Blvd., Vancouver (Routes 7, 74, 80)
Tiny Hinys carries baby, children’s and maternity clothing, in addition to furniture and other gear. It also has a photographer on staff and plenty of photo props if you are looking for a fun way to document your child’s growth.
Location: 2309 Main St., Vancouver (Routes 2, 31, 71)
If you have an older kid or teenager looking for unique clothes they can’t find elsewhere, check out Urban Eccentric. It carries vintage pieces that span decades. If you’re more of an online shopper, Urban Eccentric also has an Etsy page where you can check out select inventory.