CANADIAN THRIFT STORES FOR KIDS YOU CAN SHOP ONLINE
Did you know the textile and fashion industry is the second largest polluter on the planet? We’ve been living through years of fast fashion shopping and dumping without a thought towards what goes into making the products and what happens when we’re quickly bored of them, or they’ve become outgrown.
There’s no denying that thrifting has a long list of benefits. From the thrill of a find to the great environmental impacts it provides, not to mention the money it saves, second hand shopping is an important part of today’s society.
On the flip side shuffling through racks in a thrift store isn’t for everyone. It can be time consuming, there may not be a thrift store within range and you’re not always guaranteed to find what you need.
The solution: online consignment shops.
While some of the online consignment shops on this list may be more expensive than your local Value Village they’re all Canadian small shops who have curated pieces that are clean and quality checked. Thrifting online gives you the option to shop when you want and easily look for what you need.
So here it is – my complete list of Canadian thrift stores for kids you can shop online!
PHOTO FROM BEANSPROUTS
Beansprouts is a Vancouver based kids store that has curated a great mixture of preloved items and new. You’ll find a little bit of everything – clothes, accessories, toys and books galore.
After opening it’s doors in 2003 Beansprouts has become one of the go-to thrift stores for kids in Vancouver.
PHOTOS FROM BEEJA MAY
Beeja May is an online kids consignment store based out of Toronto, ON. It was founded but he realization that there is a lack of accessible, easy ways to shop second hand kids clothing. They also want to do their part in leaving the world in a better place in every way they can!
Originally started with just kids clothing, they’ve grown to include many accessories like swaddle blankets too. In their goal to help leave the world a better place Beeja May has also added a small Zero Waste shop section that includes some basics to get you started in a zero waste parenthood lifestyle – all made by small shops.
Outside of the environmental goals of doing good, Beeja May also cares about their community. They’re committed to partnering with local charities who focus on giving back to marginalized groups such as New Mom Project.
We’ve used Beeja May to purchase clothes for the kids and I have nothing but good things to say about them. All the clothes we bought were clean and pre-checked for their quality, the prices were fair and our package arrived in a very timely manor!
PHOTOS FROM CAROUSEL
First started as a kids consignment store, Carousel is now a kids boutique that sells both preloved and brand new items. Located in Carleton Place, Ontario!
They consignment section carries items for kids, teens, ladies and maternity wear. Their prices are fair and there’s a variety in brands and styles.
The boutique side carries clothing, toys and accessories in both local brands and well known brands, like Melissa and Doug.
COMME DES ENFANTS
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Comme Des Enfants is the best of both worlds – awesome vintage items alongside new, beautiful items for your kids.
The vintage section of Comme Des Enfants is filled with a curated collection of clothing pieces for babies and kids. There’s a #shoplocal section to add small shop products to your order before checkout!
Comme Des Enfants is based in Montreal, Quebec.
PHOTOS FROM FRESH KIDS
Fresh Kids is a consignment shop based in Calgary, Aberta. they focus on kids clothing, maternity wear and motherhood accessories (think diaper bags, baby carriers…) With choices up to kids sizes 11-14 you’re sure to find outfit choices for all the kids in your life!
Like most kids consignment shop owners, Fresh Kids goal is to reduce the amount of textile waste heading to landfill. Their online shop is filled to the brim with great kids clothing brands at great prices and covers all seasons.
If Fresh Kids can’t take on all the clothing you offer, or if it sits unsold for a certain amount of time, they donate the items to local charities!
HANDED DOWN CO
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Handed Down Co is an online kids consignment shop based in Southern Alberta. The stores creator, Miranda, started Handed Down Co after the struggles she faced searching for clothing for her first born.
Handed Down Co carries products for newborns up to 8 years. This includes clothing, shoes, accessories and even toys and books! Each item has a description of the condition of the product as well as what it’s retail price would be brand new to know how much you’re saving.
If shopping small brands is important for you, Handed Down Co has a section on their website dedicated to small shop and handmade items – both new and used!
PHOTOS FROM ISPY CLOTHING
iSpy clothing is based our to Toronto, ON and provides sustainable clothing options for kids. They have a goal of changing the fashion industry and reusing what already exists before buying new.
Their philosophy extends into all areas of their work: they use hangers from retail stores or customers that would normally be thrown out, they prefer email over printed paper and any clothing that cannot be sold or donated is sent away for textile recycling to divert it from landfill.
Outside of shopping piece by piece, iSpy offers the option of purchasing baby bundles, capsule wardrobes and outfit. One of my favourite parts is that they don’t have gendered sections – shop by style, colour, size, etc instead.
LITTLE ESME’S BOOKSTORE
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Little Esme’s Bookstore is based in Brampton, Ontario. Their backstory reminds me of my own – a love for wooden toys and books turning into an overflowing collection that screams to be sold!
While their name may say bookstore, Little Esme’s has everything you need – clothing, shoes, toys books and occasionally small accessories.
LITTLE FROGGY CONSIGNMENT
PHOTOS FROM LITTLE FROGGY
Little Froggy Consignment is a kids consignment store based in Hamilton, Ontario. They started their online shop after hearing the frustrating feedback of the limited secondhand options their community had.
Little Froggy Consignment carries a full range of secondhand options you could need for your kiddos! Clothing ranges as small as NB up past preschool sizing, there are books and toys for various age ranges and there’s even a section for baby gear such as baby monitors, stroller accessories and more.
If you’re local to Hamilton, Little Froggy is currently offering curbside pickups (or drop offs for a small fee) during our COVID lockdowns!
PHOTOS FROM LITTLE MINIMALIST
Little Minimalist, based in Montreal, Quebec is a curated shop of children’s clothes, toys and accessories. They carry both preloved items and new, ethical ones too.
Little Minimalist was created after Tara was frustrated trying to sift through the gendered baby products we usually find in stores – they didn’t know the genders of their kids during their pregnancies. They focus on minimalistic pieces that are ethical, sustainable and high quality.
If shopping sustainable, slow fashion clothing lines is your dream but your wallet struggles to allow it then their preloved section is for you!
LITTLE WHITE SNEAKERS
PHOTOS FROM LITTLE WHITE SNEAKERS
Little White Sneakers is a secondhand store located in Toronto, Ontario. After watching a pair of little white sneakers be outgrown after only three wears (a fate I’m sure many of us have faced with littles!) and understand the impacts of fast fashion, Little White Sneakers was formed!
Little White Sneakers carries mostly kids products but does have sections of women’s and men’s clothing, too. Their website makes it easy to find what you need by using the filters for size, brand and clothing type.
Little White Sneakers is also partnered with New Circles. New Circles is a GTA based charity that provides low income families with free new or gently used clothing, shoes and accessories. Clothing can be donated to New Circles via Little White Sneakers!
PHOTOS FROM LODE
Lode is a kids pre-loved store based out of Toronto. Founded by Nyla Obaid, Lode was born in response to the lack of gender inclusive, well made secondhand items that her kids loved.
Being gender inclusive means Lode does not accept any gendered clothing. This doesn’t mean plain basics and no dresses or skirts – it means no clothing that directly specifies a gender. Think, shirts that say ‘girls are awesome’ or ‘boys rule the world’, as an example.
Lode takes the time to make sure each piece they sell is in excellent condition. If a piece has a rip or a stain, they take the time to have someone mend it before listing it as upcycled.
You may also find brand new clothing they’ve rescued from overstock, store closings, etc.
PHOTO FROM LOOP
Loop is a consignment store based out of Alberta. They offer preloved clothing as well as brand new clothes, toys, baby gear and more.
Loop has a lot of love for the consignment community and take pride in the cycle of consignment shopping. They also host events!
You can depend on quality when ordering from Loop. They have a specific list of brands they will or won’t accept and check for wear and tear.
PHOTOS FROM MAË’S THINGS
Maë’s Things is a secondhand store located in Halifax, Nova Scotia. They strive to provide a sustainable and more eco-friendly shopping option for parents!
I had a peek around the Maë’s Things website before writing this and saw nothing but good – good selection, good pricing and even a section with preemie sized clothing!
Clothing ranges from preemie up to the teen years and the website also has books, accessories like hats and sleep sacks and there’s a section to shop some local makers as well.
PHOTOS FROM MINI-CYCLE
Mini-Cycle isn’t your usual thrifting experience, but I’m so excited to talk about it: circular economy for children’s fashion.
Now you’re probably wondering what in the world circular fashion is. Mid-Cycle has three options to shop from: pre-cycle, mid-cycle and re-cycle.
Pre-cycle: selling brand new, durable items from their website.
Mid-cycle: buying back all products purchased from Mini-Cycle at a fair price
Re-cycle: re-selling the products bought back in the mid-cycle. If needed, with repairs first.
This cycle continues until the item is completely worn out and cannot be repaired anymore. Mini-Cycle only carries brands that are proven to be sustainable and durable so that the cycle can be repeated many times.
When products start to show some wear, say a small hole from playing, they repair it. Sometimes with super cute embroidery!
PEA SHOOTS CONSIGNMENT
PHOTOS FROM PEA SHOOTS
Started out of the frustration of being a busy mom with a new baby, Pea Shoots Consignment was created to give busy parents the option to shop second hand online.
It’s a great one-stop shop for second hand items. Not only do they carry kids clothing, they also sell accessories, toys and books. The best part is how low their prices are!
Pea Shoots adds new items daily. So if you don’t see items that work for you right away you can check back in a different day.
PLAY IT AGAIN KIDS
PHOTO FROM PLAY IT AGAIN KIDS
Play It Again Kids is a boutique consignment store for kids and parents. They carry both preloved items and new items!
You can find clothing, toys, baby gear and more. With great prices on the preloved items and competitive prices on the new, you’ll be sure to easily fill your cart with what you need.
RELOVED KIDS CONSIGNMENT
PHOTO FROM RELOVED KIDS CONSIGNMENT
Reloved Kids is a consignment shop based in Chestermere, AB. It’s run by two longtime friends, Jaclyn and Charmaine, and fuelled by their love of finding affordable and high-quality clothing options for kids.
Reloved Kids Consignment carries clothing, shoes and accessories for babies and kids with a section filled with baby gear too. There’s even a section dedicated to matching sets!
PHOTOS FROM SPRING CHILDREN
Founded in Perth, Ontario by two sisters, Spring Children is on the list of curated kids stores that carry both preloved and new items.
The store carries a little bit of anything you need, from clothes to toys, even litter less much options. From birth up until teens!
Add some consignment clothing to your cart, add a few fun new toys for the kids and you’ll be ready to go.
THE SHARING SQUIRREL
The Sharing Squirrel is a one stop shop located in Cambridge, ON. Their brick and mortar location is a curated boutique that carries both secondhand items and new, including local makers.
The Sharing Squirrel recently launched their online store and it is filled to the brim with secondhand clothing options! I shuffled through the pages and found a variety in clothing types as well as prices.
SWEET PEA THREADS
Sweet Pea Threads is a Winnipeg-based online consignment shop. Their shop is filled with upscale, trendy preloved baby and kids fashions at affordable prices.
There is also a gear section of the shop where you can find products like sleep sacks, stuffed toys and more.
THISTLE + WREN
PHOTOS FROM THISTLE + WREN
Thistle + Wren is a curated boutique that carries both preloved items and local small shop items. With a love for the environment, sustainable clothing and pretty items, Thistle + Wren was created to be something sustainable, ethical as well as engaging for the community.
With the mixture of preloved and new clothing Thistle + Wren is a great one stop shopping opportunity. Fill your cart with preloved items and then add what you’re missing from the long list of Canadian vendors they offer!
PHOTOS FROM TINY TRADING
Tiny Trading is a secondhand store based in Prince Edward County, Ontario. It was created by two mamas, Lenka and Britt, who want to play a part in doing what we can to preserve our planet for our kids!
When shopping on Tiny Trading, there’s the option for shopping by gender or shopping gender neutral. It’s focused on kids clothing from size Nb to 4T and the prices are very reasonable!
PHOTOS FROM TOKKI
Tokki is a kids consignment shop based in Toronto, ON. It was started by two Mama’s, Julie and Amanda, who care about the textile waste the fast fashion industry creates and how it affects our environment.
Tokki stocks a variety of good quality brands and paying their second hand prices will still be less than shopping them new – and reduce your environmental footprint!
When their physical shop isn’t closed for Covid, Tokki hosts different fun events for both parents and kids, like Yoga or music classes withLittle Rebels! But keep your eyes peeled on their Instagram page for virtual classes.
WASHED + WORN
PHOTOS FROM WASHED + WORN
Washed + Worn is a curated kids consignment store based in Calgary, Alberta. They carry an assortment of kids clothing, shoes and accessories.
When I scroll Washed + Worn’s website I see so many options I want to add to cart. One thing I love about them is their play wear section: a shopping section of clothing that has minor flaws (think, a stain) that makes it undesirable but still perfectly functional for play!
Any items not accepted are donated a local charity, Made by Momma.
PHOTOS FROM WILDLINGS
Wildlings is a secondhand store based in Toronto, Ontario. After Nikki and Lana, the creators of Wildlings, bonded over their love of thrifting they decided to open a shop to sell beautiful, well-made secondhand clothing!
Wildlings carries clothing for babies all the way past the preschool sizes. Their website has a great selection of sizes and styles at great prices (there’s a chance I started to fill a cart while writing this…). There’s also a maternity section for those expecting!
I hope this helps you on your shopping adventures! Thrifting for our kids has so many benefits and I’m so happy there are a growing number of thrift stores for kids showing up online.
Know a website based Canadian secondhand store that should be on this list? Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Website Secondhand Store” and I’ll add it next time I update!
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