Back-to-school shopping? Try resale

    Shopping kids resale is one way to save money on back-to-school clothes.

    Resale stores and consignment boutiques are a great resource for like-new, current-fashion clothing and shoes at a small fraction of department-store prices. You can even sell your kids’ gently used gear for cash or store credit.

    Here’s a quick roundup of resale shops to explore for those back-to-school necessities:

    Best for BABIES, KIDS and TWEENS

    AZ Kidz n More
    8451 E. McDonald Drive, Scottsdale
    480-443-3801 •
    This kids consignment shop sells gently used kids clothing and baby equipment for store credit or cash. Shop infant through size 14 for some of the newest styles. Looking for something special? Add it to the request list, and the staff will keep an eye out for you. Discounts and deals available online. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

    Baby Bloomers
    6505 N. Seventh St., Phoenix
    602-266-5646 •
    Money for consigned items at this resale store can be held for up to two years, so feel free to sell away while your balance grows and grows. Baby Bloomers is not brand-specific, so you have an even better opportunity to sell all your outgrown kids items, Their website  features new items for sale from a huge selection of gear, so check back often. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.



    Hissyfits Kids Consignment Boutique
    7036 N. Seventh St., Phoenix
    602-674-1250 •
    Unique and trendy clothing and items abound at Arizona’s self-touted “hippest” kids resale shop. This store sells your kids’ clothing in the store or on eBay, and you get cash back or store credit to spend. An event called Hullabaloo invites artists and crafters to sell their upcycled kids clothing, toys, jewelry and more. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday;  10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

    Kid to Kid
    6 Valley locations 
    This national chain sells up-to-date boys and girls clothing in sizes up to 14. Bring in gently used clothing items for trade and automatically get store credit worth 20 percent more than the cash price. Loyalty program offers and discounts for foster parents, grandparents and veterans offer even more savings. Hours vary by location.

    Love Child Resale
    6444 W. McClintock Drive, Tempe
    480-545-2868 •
    This consignment store, delightfully decorated like a child’s bedroom, will pay out 50 percent in store credit — or 25 percent in cash for the selling price of any child/tween items they consign for you. In addition to accepting gently used clothes, Love Child will buy like-new toys, baby equipment, DVDs, books and more. An impressive collection of locally handmade hairbows and TY Beanie Boos (mini Beanie Babies) can be found in this brightly lit shop. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Check website for trading hours.

    Once Upon a Child
    13050 W. Rancho Santa Fe Blvd., Avondale • 623-536-9393
    5022 S. Power Road, Gilbert • 480-539-1338
    13610 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale • 480-656-0320
    13980 W. Bell Road, No. 19, Surprise • 623-556-2958
    The nation’s largest kids resale franchise sells high-quality clothing for younger children and tweens at discounts up to 70 percent off retail prices. You also can sell your gently used kids clothes for cash on the spot, with no buying appointment necessary. Visit local store pages for buying lists and additional online savings. Hours vary by location.

    Perennials Children’s Boutique
    5618 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix
    480-994-7337 •
    Open nearly six years, this charming resale boutique caters to babies, kids and tweens (through age 13). Perennials also features recycled and repurposed clothing and toys like vintage and embroidered pillowcase dresses for $12 to $18, adorable hair bows made from old neckties and play tool boxes made from recycled materials. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

    Best for TEENS

    Kids can also sell gently used clothes at resale shops to earn store credit or even cash.

    Buffalo Exchange
    3450 N. Seventh St., Phoenix • 602-532-0144
    227 W. University Drive, Tempe • 480-968-2557
    2001 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson • 520-795-0508
    203 E. Helen St., Tucson • 520-622-2711
    6170 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson • 520-885-8392
    55 W. Adams St., Tucson • 520-918-6899
    This trendy store has been outfitting Arizona teens and young adults since 1974, when its first location opened in Tucson. Its hipster vibe attracts fashion-minded teens to browse and shop for the latest styles at rock-bottom prices. Vintage clothing can be purchased online at Hours vary by location.

    Name Brand Exchange
    1116 S. Dobson Road, Mesa • 480-649-5030
    3454 E. Southern Ave., Mesa • 480-832-6884
    Both locations of this resale shop carry the latest styles, with such brands as Volcom, Abercrombie and Diesel. Prices range from a quarter to a third of original retail. Trade-ins get 55 percent credit on selling prices, and if you use your credit the same day, Name Brand Exchange pays the tax. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

    Plato’s Closet
    1964 N. Alma School Road, Chandler • 480-899-8257
    7530 W. Bell Road, Glendale • 623-334-5212
    4631 E. Cactus Road, Phoenix • 602-788-1455
    1312 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale • 480-699-6683
    Plato’s Closet sells trendy and unique items at 70 percent off the original retail cost. The store also sells new accessories, such as earrings and necklaces, at a deep discount. A stamp-card program saves you even more money, offering 20 percent off your next purchase when the card is full. Kids can get cash or store credit for clothes they sell. Hours vary by location.

    Poor Little Rich Girl
    1576 E. Bethany Home Road, Phoenix • 602-354-5680
    3629 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix • 602-955-0708
    Features the most current high-end brands — including Coach, Burberry, Aldo and Free People — but without the absurdly expensive price tags. Set up an online account to get alerts when items that you’re looking for come in. 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

    Uptown Cheapskate
    3454 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler • 480-786-0043
    8360 W. Thunderbird Road, Peoria • 623-428-0171
    4747 E. Bell Road, Phoenix • 602-626-5988
    8664 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale • 480-264-2819
    With more than 40 franchise locations across the U.S., Uptown Cheapskate dominates the teen resale business. Trade gently used, current-season threads for cash or a 25 percent higher store credit. The annual Fill-a-Bag sale allows customers to stuff their bags to capacity for just $15, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to charity. Hours vary by location.

    Parents: Do you have a favorite resale shop or way to save on back-to-school goods? Email us at


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