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I've checked the listings and can't seem to find a current
listing of any of the second hand shops that
would buy (preferably outright and not consignment) used
maternity wear. I'm also looking for updates on shops/buyers of
second hand childrens clothes/toys/books.
I believe Jaye at Fashion After Passion will strike a cash deal
for a large enough amount of 2nd-hand maternity clothes (and/or
children's clothing and equipment). 769-MOMS, in Alameda.
Child's Play on College between Elmwood and Rockridge. They
take them on consignment but will donate anything that doesn't
sell and they send checks monthly. I had success there - they
took almost every piece. Just don't bring in things with a lot
of wear or stains.
Fashion after Passion in Alameda buys maternity stuff -- and you
can trade it for baby stuff, nursing bras/clothes, too! I highly
recommend them. The owner there is very good about telling you
what she will buy and what she won't, and fitting you for a
nursing bra, if you need one (my breasts grew bigger after my
baby had been nursing for a week or so and I had to buy more).
There's a shop in Alameda called Fashion after Passion on
Webster st. that buys your maternity clothes. They also
buy/sell childrens clothes and toys. If you go on Sat (maybe
Thurs and Fri also) midday, they will give you credit or cash
same day. Call ahead for directions etc....they're in the
Fashion After Passion will let you either sell or consign your maternity
clothes. They sell brand new nursing bras as well as used baby clothes
and gear, so I had a great experience unloading my clothes for things I
really needed. They are on Webster in Alameda.
For sale of second-hand maternity items, try contacting:
1. Fashion After Passion, on Webster in Alameda (also takes toys
and kid's clothes, either bought outright or for store credit)
2. Lauren's Closet, on Park in Alameda (very particular. Will
also take kid's clothes)
3. Bearly Worn, in Walnut Creek (possibly on Broadway) (also
takes kid's stuff)
and for Children's toys and clothes specifically, try Kid's
Kloset, on the 10,000 block of San Pablo in El Cerrito, across
from Marshal's (527-5200) or Darla's (San Pablo @ Stockton in El
i believe Laurel's closet in Alameda buys maternity clothes -
its mostly kids stuff but they have maternity too
1320 Park St.
Hi. Does anyone know of a maternity consignment shop in the
area? I've been trying to reach Us Kids - and Mom Too in Albany
for several weeks but they don't answer their phone. I'm
thinking that they must be out of business. Thanks!
Try Fashion After Passion in Alameda. The address is 1521
Webster Street, Alameda. The phone number is (510) 769-MOMS.
They do maternity consignment and they buy maternity clothes for
Child's Play on College in Rockridge.
Cracker Jack - off Piedmont Ave near Peet's Coffee.
Fashion After Passion - Webster St. in Alameda.
I chose Cracker Jack and did quite well.
Child's Play on College Ave. sells maternity stuff on their 2nd
floor. Lora's Closet, also on College Ave., also sells a few
maternity items in the back of the store. Both of these stores
are mainly children's clothing stores, but will take stuff that
is in good condition. The owners of both stores are also easy to
deal with, in my experience.
Crackerjacks in Oakland has a maternity consignment section.
They're just off of Piedmont Avenue - 654-8844. Lauren's
Closet on College Ave. in Berkeley (near Ashby) has a very
small area with maternity consignment. Since their space is
limited, they are very picky about what they take - only all
natural fabrics, name brands and classic styles.
Any recommendations for a good consignment store to take my
gently-used maternity clothes?
I bought most of my maternity clothes from Ebay.com. You might
want to sell yours there.
Might try the Marketplace newsletter of the Parents Network. I
see people posting there about that kind of thing all the time.
Most of the baby resale shops take them too (Lauren's Closet
comes to mind).
You can take used maternity clothing to Lauren's Closet, on Park
Street, in Alameda, although she's pretty picky. If your clothing
sells, you can either get cash or trade for kid's clothes and
toys. You can also take them to Fashion After Passion, on Webster
Street, in Alameda. She's a little less picky and has lots and
lots of baby clothes/toys/equipment that you can trade for. I also
had good luck selling maternity clothing on Craig's List. In fact,
I set up a little maternity boutique in my living room because I
had so many responses!
Try Laurel's (or Lauren's maybe?) Closet on College Avenue
about one block north of Ashby. They are kind of picky
though. You might also try a place on San Pablo (in Albany
or El Cerritto I can't remember which) called Us Kids and
Someone mentioned the store on San Pablo in Albany, Us Kids &
Mom Too. (Or something like that title!) It is not my style to
speak negatively of others in a public forum, but I had quite
an unpleasant experience there ...
-Selling my maternity clothes elsewhere
I just wanted to let people know that Us Kids & Mom Too in
Albany has had a new owner for a few months now. She is
much more pleasant and the store is tidier. The new owner
also told me that she needs more maternity clothes for the
store. I'd hate to see her go under because of the previous
owner's personality (I had the same uncomfortable
experience). When I heard that the store was changing
hands, I waited until then to go back. It has been a nice
I've found Fashion After Passion (in Alameda; 769-MOMS) to have very
high quality stuff and very fair prices. Thus, they can be very
picky about the clothes they accept--absolutely no buttons missing,
no tiny stains or rips. (seems fair to me.) Jaye, the main owner,
is a kick in the pants. They also stock new and 2nd-hand maternity
clothes, and have 7,000 nursing bras. I don't go anywhere else
my all-time favorite is bearly worn in walnut creek.
it is a small space jam-packed with "treasures." the
items there are in great condition. i shopped there
during my first and second pregnancies (maternity
clothes, books, breast pump). i found great stuff
(clothes, shoes, toys, diapers, formula, bouncy seat)
for both my son and daughter. and i have also sold
back to them (you get 40% cash up front or 60%
credit). even though i live in oakland, i still find
the drive there worthwhile.
other stores i frequent are: they grow so fast in
lafayette, and lauren's closet (alameda, lafayette,
and berkeley). these are all pretty good.
There are a number of second hand stores that carry maternity clothes.
They would probably take them on consignment for you, if they are in good
shape. Off the top of my head, I have seen them at Lillian's on College
Ave. near Rockridge Bart and at Lauren's Closet in Lafayette (and Alameda,
From: Christina (2/97)
There is a used maternity clothing store a little further north on San
Pablo from where It's a Big Deal used to be. It's called Us Kids
and Mom Too -- 567 San Pablo Ave., Albany. (I'm looking in the phone book
here.) It's on the other side of the
street from the former Big Deal. I haven't been there myself, but a
friend found a few things there ...
In the last digest, someone recommended the place, Us Kids and Moms too on
San Pablo just past Solano. Whoever goes there should realize that the
prices are very high, and although the owner says she will buy back stuff
you get there if it is in good shape, she is not very generous! i.e. I bought
a dress there for what I thought was a lot of money, $50, and she was only
willing to give me $5 when I brought it back to sell to her (it was in
impeccable condition). I felt that the prices were high and she was
not really honest about her buy-back policy.
From: Dawn (3/97)
Hi there! I'm finally catching up on my e-mail after a month away
(subsequent to delivering my wonderful daughter Allegra on Feb. 2).
Regarding Used Maternity Clothes, I have a couple of comments:
Someone complained that Us Kids and Mom Too was expensive, and failed to buy
back clothing at reasonable prices. I've only had experience with the
purchasing end of this so far, but I agree that her prices seemed high to
me. She also said something to me that indicated that she might be
considering closing up shop "soon", though I'm not sure when that might be.
My impression was that she is burned out.
Other stores that I have purchased stuff from include two in Alameda on
Park: Fashion After Passion (you gotta love the name!), and another outlet
Bay Area Baby
has a list of other places to buy Maternity and Baby
stuff, and tells whether they are used, new or both.
From: Mary 9/96
Re. buying and selling of maternity clothes:
There's a store called Crackerjacks which buys and sells maternity and
childrens' clothing on consignment. It's located off Piedmont Avenue in
Oakland. Sorry that I can't remember the name of the street. I'm sure
that it's in the phone book.
From: Dianna 9/96
Re: Used maternity clothes
When I got pregnant I went to Rockridge Rags, a used women's clothing
store on College near Rockridge BART. They had a very small maternity
section, but I did manage to find a couple of blouses. You might also
try Goodwill on University and the Salvation Army on Solano. They
probably have a few things, and many of their clothes are in very good
shape, in addition to being quite cheap.
From: Dawn 9/96
I have found certain shops and catalogs to be a good source of "crossover
clothing" (though mostly not used, and therefore more somewhat expensive).
Tienda Ho on Telegraph has great clothes with elastic waists and
free-flowing silhouettes (and they almost always have a sale rack). The
Red Rose Catalog has a couple of nice swing-tops (A-line-shaped) tops and
similar dresses. And there's a shop on Telegraph between Ashby and
Alcatraz called "Seams to Fit" that sells large-size used clothing which
can often be made to work (Note: they have some sizes down to 14; these
tend to end up on the sale rack, since most people don't really think of
that as "large").
Mervyns and Target both have maternity clothes (including swim suits) for
relatively inexpensive prices. Motherhood (at Hilltop and other places) is
usually very expensive, but they have a sale rack with some great deals
(pants for $12, for instance).
I think there may be a shop on University that does infant and maternity
used clothing sales. I'd love to know if someone really knows!
(in my fifth month and growing....)
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