Still Good the Second Time Around

Consignment Shopping Saves!

By Dianne R. McCann
Money’s tight these days, yet your kids keep growing and you will need to do some back-to-school shopping. It’s time you consider visiting one of the many children’s consignment stores in the Baltimore area. You’re sure to find gently used, quality clothing and accessories that will look great on your kids—and be good to your wallet at the same time. Don’t forget to check out the used musical instruments and sports equipment, too. And, just think, you could even make
some money if you have items that you would like to sell.
So, whether you’re buying or selling, here is a list of local consignment shops to help you get started.
The Circle Shop Children's Consignment
, 6124 Belair Rd., Baltimore, 21206. 410-254-6066; www.thecircleshop.net, email dfbrill@thecircleshop.net. Located two miles south of 695on Route 1 (Belair Rd.). Store Hours: Mon., Wed., Thur., Fri., and Sat., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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erving Baltimore since 1975, the Circle Shop sells recycled and new children's clothing, toys, furniture, and equipment. Clothing is available in sizes infant through teen.
Drop off times are Mon., Wed., Thur., and Fri., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Sat., 10 a.m. - noon. No appointment is necessary.
Looking for something specific? Send an email and you will be put on the Wish List. Also, the Circle Shop is looking for colorful and bright photos of babies, children, and teens to use on its website. Submit yours, and if it is used, you will win a $10 credit to use in the store.
Country Charms
, 9105 Belair Rd., Perry Hall, 21236. 410-256-2205. From the beltway, take Belair Rd. North exit 32B; it’s located across from McDonald's and KFC. Store Hours: Mon. through Sat., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
In business for more than 20 years, Country Charms’ specialty is children's clothing, toys, and baby equipment.
The Elephant's Trunk
, 317 Main St, Reisterstown, 21136. 410-517-1200. Located on historic Main Street (at Bond Ave.) in Reisterstown. Store Hours: Wed. through Fri., 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat., 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Sun., noon – 4 p.m.
The Elephant's Trunk’s specialty is new and secondhand children's wear, toys, and baby equipment.
Little Lamb Consignments
, 5002 Lawndale Ave., Baltimore, 21210. 410- 433-9086. Located in Roland Park, at Windhurst Ave. Store Hours: Tues. through Sat., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Little Lamb Consignments specializes in fine children's clothing, toys, books, videos, and furniture.
KiD to KiD
, 556 Cranbrook Rd., Baltimore, 21030. 410-667-0360, baltimore.kidtokid.com. Located in the Cranbrook Shopping Center, three-quarters of a mile off York Rd., in Cockeysville. Store Hours: Mon. through Sat., 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
KiD to KiD is a part of a national chain, and this is the first store in Maryland. KiD to KiD is an upscale children’s resale store offering the brands your kids want at low prices. Or, for selling your products, earn cash up front. If you choose store credit instead, you get 20 percent more. Appointments for selling are not necessary. Walk-ins are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis, Mon. through Fri., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Music Go Round
, 10112 York Rd., Cockeysville, 21030. 410-666-3996, www.musicgoround.com. Store Hours: Mon. through Fri., 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Sun., noon – 4 p.m.
Scrambling for an instrument for your child to play in the school band? This is the time of year to buy, sell, and trade musical instruments for school. A local franchise, as part of a national chain, the Music Go Round’s staff also knows the value of your gear and makes it easy to sell or trade.
Once Upon a Child
, www.ouac.com. Two locations in the Baltimore area. In Howard County, at 8450 Baltimore Natl. Pike, Ellicott City, 21043. 410-418-4707. Store Hours: Mon. through Sat., 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Sun., noon – 4 p.m. In Anne Arundel County, at 1153 State Route 3 N, Gambrills, 21054. 410-451-7444. Store Hours: Mon. through Sat., 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
As a part of a national chain, these two local franchises buy and sell gently used kids’ stuff, including children's clothes, toys, baby furniture, and equipment. Once Upon a Child also offers new items at deep discounts. And earn money on the spot for your kids’ clothing, toys, furniture, and equipment in good and like-new condition.
Plato’s Closest
, 919 Taylor Ave., Towson, 21286. 410-583-0590, www.platoscloset.com. Located in the Loch Raven Shopping Plaza. Store Hours: Mon. through Sat., 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Sun., noon – 6 p.m.
As part of a nationwide recycling retail store, Plato's Closet specializes in clothes for teens and twenty-somethings, buying and selling the latest looks in gently used clothing and accessories from the hottest brand name designers for girls and guys.
Play It Again Sports
, www.playitagainsports.com. Five locations in the Baltimore area. In Baltimore County, at 7968 Belair Rd., Nottingham, 21236. 410-882-1810. Store Hours: Mon. through Fri., 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sat., 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Sun., 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Also in Baltimore County, at 10037 York Rd., Cockeysville, 21030. 410-683-7427. Store Hours: Mon. through Fri., 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Sun., 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. In Carroll County, at 544 Jermor Ln., Westminster, 21157. 410-871-1430, www.playitagainsportswestminster.com. Store Hours: Mon. through Fri., 10:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., Sat., 10:30 – 5 p.m., and Sun., noon – 4 p.m. In Harford County, at 5 Bel Air S. Pkwy., Unit 1317, Bel Air, 21015. 410-569-8686. Store Hours: Mon. through Fri., 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sat., 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Sun., 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. And in Howard County, at 9150-3 Baltimore Natl. Pike, Ellicott City, 21042. 410-418-9371. Store Hours: Mon. through Fri., 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m., Sat., 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Sun. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Your young athlete needs new sports equipment, but outfitting him or her can get expensive. In business for more than 20 years, Play It Again Sports helps save money on new and quality used sports equipment and gear.
Second Childhood Inc.
, 9090 Frederick Rd. # 7, Ellicott City, 21042. 410-465-6060. Store Hours: Mon. through Sat., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Closed on federal holidays.
In business since 1990, Second Childhood specializes in quality consignments for infants through teens as well as moms-to-be equipment, furnishings, better brand clothing.
The Tot Spot
, 10811 Reisterstown Rd., Owings Mills, 21117. 410- 654 -1147, www.thetotspotonline.com. Located across from Owings Mills Elementary School. Summer Store Hours:
 Mon., Wed., Fri., and Sat., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.;  Tue. and Thu., 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sun., noon – 5 p.m.`
Find new and secondhand clothing, toys, nursery furniture, books, and baby equipment. The Tot Spot also carries maternity clothing.
Tried But True Consignment Shop
, 10744 York Rd., Cockeysville, 21030. 410-666-9265. Drive 1/2 mile north on York Road from 83 N. exit 18, Warren Road. Store Hours: Mon., Wed., Fri., and Sat., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Tue. and Thur., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and Sun., noon – 4 p.m.
Tried But True specializes in designer clothes for infants through teens as well as maternity clothes. Clothes by top designers include Lilly Pulitzer, Polo Ralph Lauren, Heartstrings, Kitestrings, Janie & Jack, Tommy Hilfiger, Gymboree, GAP, Limited Too, and more. Tried But True also
offer a money-back guarantee on everything—if you are not completely, satisfied, return your item within seven days for a complete refund.
Wee-Cycle Mart
, www.wee-cyclemart.com, sponsors sale events at three locations in the Baltimore area. The Fall 2008 dates are: the Bel Air Event, Sept. 12-14; the Westminster Event, Oct. 3-5, and the Pasadena Event, Oct. 17-19. Admission for adults is $2 or $1 plus a bag of nonperishable food; kids get in free. One admission is good for all days of sale event. Each event also offers free child care on Saturdays for potty-trained children 3 and older.
Bel Air Event. In Harford County, it is located at The Bel Air Moose Lodge, just off E. Jarrettsville Rd., down the lane next to Wargo's Restaurant in Bel Air/Forest Hill. Sale Dates and Hours: Thur., Sept. 11: Consignor Drop-Off by Appt. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Volunteer Pre-View Sale, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., Consignor Pre-View Sale, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., and New Moms Pre-View Sale, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Fri., Sept. 12: Open to the Public, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sat., Sept 13: Open to the Public & MomsFest, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sun.; Sept. 14: 50% Off Day, Open to the Public, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Consignor Pick-Up, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Westminster Event. In Carroll County, at the Carroll County AG Center in Westminster, in the Alesia, Medford, and Blizzard Buildings. Sale Dates and Hours: Thur., Oct. 2: Consignor Drop-Off by Appt., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Volunteer Pre-View Sale, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Consignor Pre-View Sale, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. New Moms Pre-View Sale, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Fri., Oct. 3: Open to the Public, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 4: Open to the Public & MomsFest, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 15: 50% Off Day, Open to the Public, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Consignor Pick-Up, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Pasadena Event. In Anne Arundel County, at the Gathering Place at Our Lady of the Chesapeake Catholic Church, just off Mountain Road  past Chesapeake High School  in Pasadena. Sale Dates and Hours: Thur., Oct. 16: Consignor Drop-Off by Appt., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Volunteer Pre-View Sale, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Consignor Pre-View Sale, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. New Moms Pre-View Sale, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Fri., Oct. 17: Open to the Public, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sat., Oct.18: Open to the Public & MomsFest, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 19: 50% Off Day, Open to the Public, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Consignor Pick-Up, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Shop for maternity clothes, kids' clothes and shoes, books, toys, videos/DVDs, baby equipment and accessories, outdoor play equipment, sporting equipment, homeschooling materials, arts and crafts including scrapbooking, and more. Many items are new with tags or in like-new condition. Brands for sale include The Children's Place, GAP, Gymboree, Old Navy, OshKosh, Stride Rite, Graco, Little Tikes, and Step 2. The Tweens and Teens Boutique rack features labels such as Abercrombie, Gap, Aeropostale, Banana Republic, Limited, Express, and Old Navy as well as prom gowns and junior formal dresses. BC

©Baltimore's Child Inc. August 2008