By Crystal Hessong

Babies grow up so quickly that before you know it, they’ve outgrown their old clothes and toys. Since young ones rarely use these items for very long, second hand baby gear is often gently used and available at a fraction of the cost of new products. These are the best places around Houston to find the baby gear for the little child in your life without breaking your budget.

Thread Up
249 West 19th St., Suite C
Houston, Texas 77008
(281) 501-0148

Thread Up is a place where you can buy and sell upscale baby clothes and more. If you are interested in selling clothes and toys your baby has outgrown, you could get cash or store credit at Thread Up. The store credit can be spent on gently used, brand-name baby products for up to one year. Be sure to get to the store early, because it is only open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and from noon until 4 p.m. on Sundays. Since it’s a resale shop, the inventory is constantly changing, but you can keep up with the latest arrivals through the store’s Instagram page.

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Crayons Children’s Resale
13320 Westheimer Road
Houston, Texas 77077
(281) 556-9086

You will be able to keep your child clothed until he or she is ready for adult clothing when you shop at Crayons Children’s Resale. This store sells clothing for infants but also for boys up to 14/16 and for girls up to size 16/20. If you are expecting, you can purchase maternity wear for yourself, or sell your old maternity clothing and baby clothes through the store’s consignment program. Though Crayons is known for its second-hand clothing, you may also find furniture such as changing tables, strollers, cribs, and car seats. If you are shopping for your little one at Crayons, pick up some things for yourself. Avon cosmetics are sold at the store, and if you purchase a diaper cake for a baby shower, all the proceeds will go toward the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. It’s a great chance to help out others while getting a diaper cake to provide you or a friend with diapers in a decorative design.

Kidz Outfitters
2111 Spring Cypress Road, Suite 110
Spring, Texas 77388
(281) 719-8270

Located in Spring, Kidz Outfitters is one of the few resale stores for kids and babies that you can both shop and consign online. Consignment payments are on a sliding scale based on the selling price. You get a higher percentage if your items sell for more money. When purchasing, you will be glad to know that Kidz Outfitters has partnered with Houston Children’s Charity’s HCC Closet program that allows those in need to pick out clothes in a store-setting but without cost to them. Though you can shop online, you can also visit the brick-and-mortar store in Spring. You’ll find a wide selection of kids’ clothes and accessories in a range of sizes. If you go, you can let your kids enjoy the play area while you shop for them. These are just some of the ways that Kidz Outfitters strives to make shopping easier for you and your family, whether you want to shop online, visit in person or help a charity.

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Lollipop Pearland
5730 Broadway St., Suite 116}
Pearland, Texas 77581
(281) 412-9440

Lollipop in Pearland takes in thousands of pieces of kids and baby gear each month, so you will never tire of seeing its ever-changing inventory. If you have a child with a hard-to-find size, don’t worry, because premies through girls size 16 are accommodated by the clothing selection. In addition to consigned clothing, furniture and toys, you can also find quality handmade products and even brand new cloth diapers and detergent for them. If you’re interested in consigning old maternity clothes from yourself or baby clothes and furniture from your kid, you can get 40% to 50% from the sales of your goods. It’s a great way to make a little money on the side while patronizing a store that offers great second hand baby and kids products.

Refashioned Kids Boutique
11901 Shadow Creek Parkway, Suite 103
Pearland, Texas 77584
(832) 230-3150

Infant clothing and much more awaits you when you plan a trip to Refashioned Kids Boutique in Pearland. This store accepts consignments, and if you choose this option, you can log in online to see if your items have sold, yet. If you want to buy, Refashioned has a listing of the types of items you can find for your kids and babies. You can find baby monitors, bassinets, strollers, infant clothing, ride-on toys, toddler toys, potty chairs, sandals, and much more. Because consignment rules are so strict, you will only find quality toys and clothing that is neat, often brand-name, and not under recall. You can feel safe knowing that you can give your baby the best by shopping at Refashioned Kids Boutique.