Choosing baby clothing is a fun and creative process; anything that screams “look how adorable I am” fits the bill. Physicians warn that new clothing can irritate babies’ sensitive skin, and often recommend “broken in” onesies and sleepers over anything new with straps, buttons or ribbons.
While expensive, designer wear is wonderful for baby pictures, but when it comes to every day outfits, second-hand is the wiser choice, not only for baby, but for community recycling efforts, too. First-time parents will benefit greatly by shopping for baby clothing at parent-to-parent events – the prices are attractive and the networking is priceless.
Kensley’s is a resource for locating baby-clothing bazaars in the Detroit area which are organized by churches, schools, community centers and municipalities. Gently-used baby clothing typically sells for $1 to $2 per item. Kensley’s also links to baby items for sale by Detroit locals, and coupons for baby care products.
Connie’s Children’s Shop
Hours: Mon to Fri – 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sat – 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Connie’s has won Retailer-of-the-Year and Best & Fanciest Children’s Clothing awards from the Michigan Retailer’s Association. Connie’s specializes in difficult-to-find sizes, gender-neutral clothing, holiday apparel and religious ceremony gowns. This store has frequent sales and offers coupons through advertising packs and by liking them on Facebook.
Kool Kidz on the Block Resale Boutique
Hours: Wed to Sun – open at 10 a.m., closing hours vary
Kool Kidz specializes in upscale new and gently used baby clothing; every piece is inspected for quality and nothing has holes or tears. Sizes range from newborn to 12 and brands include Carter’s, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, bon bébé, Gymboree, OshKosh B’Gosh, GAP and First Moments. Prices range from 99 cents to $9.99, and a 10% discount is extended to locals from the Washington Twp and Romeo areas.
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Baby and Me
Hours: Mon to Sat – open at 10 a.m., closing hours vary
Perfect for all clothes cute and eclectic, Baby and Me is where tree-hugging moms get the “My Mother (Earth) gets hotter every day” onesies they use to make their babies into eco-billboards. Come here for personalized pillow pets or those adorable, ridiculous hats that make for the world’s cutest baby photos. From frilly tutus and lacy legwarmers to Pinco Pallino couture, Baby and Me has everything that little diva needs to shine.
Once Upon A Child
Hours: Mon to Sat – 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sun – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Unlike many resale shops, Once Upon A Child buys children’s clothing for any season and warehouses the stock until the perfect time to display items for purchase. This store has the widest variety of brands in the area, including Abercrombie, Gymboree, Justice, Carters, Children’s Place, Old Navy, Ralph Lauren and Rocawear. This shop maintains a high safety standard, monitoring every item for any recalls. Shoppers can obtain a discount card, which is stamped for every $10 in purchases. After 20 stamps the shopper receives a 20 percent discount off an entire purchase. Don’t miss the bi-annual bag sales: $10 buys all the clearance items that will fit in the special bag.
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Romero Anton Montalban-Anderssen is the winner of the 2009 first prize in journalism from the Detroit Working Writers Organization. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from Wayne State University School of Law. His work can be found at Examiner.com.