03 Jun Kids Vintage & Resale Shopping
My daughter Aria is still at the age where I can dress her how I want, which means lots of fun for mommy. I recently discovered the world of vintage and resale children’s clothing, which allows me to affordably dress my sweet girl in a wide array of unique, nostalgic, and designer clothing; and in turn take some really fun photos!
Here are some of the shops I discovered around Los Angeles (listed from west to east) and why I like them.
by Ruby P. Hunt
BABY DAZE (Santa Monica)
This shop is well-organized, with a nice selection of resale clothing, some with their original tags. They also carry fun leg warmers, vintage and classic toys and books. Angela, the owner, is very friendly and helpful.
NOODLES (Del Ray)
I always noticed this place on my way to Target, but didn’t check it out until recently. The amount of merchandise they have is a little overwhelming, which means you have to do some digging. Thankfully, there are a lot of toys kids can play with, as well as a sectioned off play area. There is a great selection of shoes — I bought a pair of Pediped shoes for a fraction of the retail price!
KIDSTOCK (Cheviot Hills)
Kidstock is a good place to find designer brands, which isn’t surprising, given their location in a great neighborhood of West L.A. I found some European and Japanese clothes I did not see anywhere else. Don’t forget to check out their dollar rack in the back, where you may score some amazing deals.
Bluebird feels like a high-end boutique and fits right in on trendy Larchmont Blvd. European, classic, and designer styles can be found here, as well as a great selection of high-end baby gear.
GROW KID GROW (Silverlake)
This is a resale store that is community-oriented and intentionally caters to a wide demographic. Regular patrons range from Silverlake locals to celebrities. The store is fully stocked, and the average price is around five dollars per item. Missy Gibson, one of the owners of Grow Kid Grow, said she wanted to create a place where parents can find anything their child needed, no matter what the season. Need an affordable snowsuit for your kid’s first trip to Big Bear? You will likely find it here. Another good tip: they hold an annual costume swap the last weekend before Halloween.
THE GREEN BEAN (Eagle Rock)
The Green Bean is not just a kid’s resale store, it is a “community-oriented family resource center!” Traci, the owner, is an amazing force who created a wonderful place that holds art and music classes, live performances, and special events. The store is organized extremely well; seasonal, vintage, resale by size and gender, as well as a music section and new vintage-style and wooden toys. This place makes me wish I lived on the Eastside.
Online for vintage and classic clothing:
The Tiny Coyote (etsy.com/shop/TheTinyCoyote): Vintage kids clothes, handmade accessories, and hand-drawn screen printed tee’s
Capture the Flag (etsy.com/shop/capturetheflagkids): Fantastic vintage finds, nice selection
Joli Mome (etsy.com/shop/jolimome): High-end, French Vintage
It’s Vintage, Baby (itsvintagebaby.com): New and vintage
Ruby Lane children’s vintage (rubylane.com/clothing/,id=94.3): Antique, Edwardian, Victorian, and vintage as early as the 1920s
Home Spun Vintage: (homespunvintage.bigcartel.com/): Vintage and reworked vintage line
Dressing and shopping for my daughter, as well as meeting like-minded (fashion and business) mothers, inspired me to start my own online store! Please check out Animal Snap Crackers (animalsnapcrackers.com) for handpicked vintage and classic children’s fashions!