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Where to find gently used goods for children–clothing, shoes, toys, books, and equipment–and where to sell or donate items your family no longer needs. Reduce, REUSE, Recycle!




Consignment versus Resale: For the shopper, consignment and resale work the same. Prices are marked, and any sales or frequent buyer deals advertised.

As a seller, when you consign items, you agree to split any proceeds with the store or organization (usually about 40% for you). Policy details differ, but payment always comes only if and when an item sells. Resale shops, on the other hand, pay on the spot for items they choose to take. Typically, you will earn less when selling to a resale shop, since the store takes on the risk that an item will not sell.

The Book Barn (Niantic)
Over 500,000 volumes in three locations, including the Main Barn (41 W. Main St.), where you can sell your books, and Midtown (291 Main St), which has an extensive selection of children’s books. (And apparently, proceeds go to the Children’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut.)

Books & Company (Hamden)
(no website, but see their Facebook page)
1235 Whitney Avenue
Used book re-seller with a decent children’s section, plus comfy sofas and a café. Trade your gently-used reading material for credit toward purchases. Don’t miss the great selection of greeting cards and jewelry made by local artisans.

(Have extra kids books in very good condition? Consider donating to New Haven Reads.)

The Connecticut Kids Closet (various locations)
A giant, semi-annual consignment event in changing locations. Spring 2013: April 6–7 in Danbury and April 26–28 in Ansonia. See the website for more details!

Good as New (Hamden & North Haven)
(no website, but see their Facebook page)
2985 Whitney Avenue, Hamden
344 Washington Avenue, North Haven
Children’s clothing, equipment, and toys, as well as juniors and maternity clothes on consignment. The new North Haven location opened in November. Both stores’ hours: Tu, W, F 10-5; Th 10-6:30, Sa 10-4.

Green Turtle Planet (various locations)
A twice-annual children’s eco-boutique for New Haven County. Part of the proceeds benefit local charities. See the website for more details!

Once Upon a Child (Hamden, Milford)

This children’s shop buys and resells gently used clothes, toys, and equipment. Seven locations in CT, including Hamden (2100 Dixwell Avenue) and Milford (86 Turnpike Square).

Poppies Boutique (Madison)
77 Wall Street
Poppies focuses on designer labels for less. In addition to buying and reselling from individuals, Poppies buys clothing and accessories from closed out boutiques and offers new designer items with tags at 50% or more off list pricing.

Twice as Nice (Hamden)
(No wesbite, but see their listing on Hamden Patch)
1429 Dixwell Avenue
(203) 248-3934
A small space packed with children’s clothing and equipment on consignment.

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Helping Hands Community Thrift Store & Furniture Bank (North Haven & Orange)
A great place to shop or donate. Helping hands raises money for over 125 non-profits which receive portion of the sale price of items designated to their organization. The thrift stores are open to the general public, while the furniture bank is available to clients of partnering social service organizations.

Second Hand Prose Bookstore (Hamden)
Miller Library
A small shop tucked away downstairs packed with books. The children’s section is small, but the prices can’t be beat. During the fall & winter, open Tu, W, Th, Sa. Donations more than welcome at any branch, with items in great condition being considered for the libraries collection first. All proceeds from the shop benefit the Hamden Library.

(Have extra kids books in very good condition? Also consider donating to New Haven Reads.)

Saint Raphael Auxiliary Thrift (New Haven)
Located at the Yale-New Haven Hospital Saint Raphael Campus. The proceeds from this cash-only thrift store benefit the hospital. Open Monday through Friday 10:00am-3:00pm for donations and shopping.


Multiple Locations

Good Will
Good Will Industries offers customized job training, employment placement and other services to people who have disabilities, lack education or job experience, or face employment challenges. Sales of donated items are the way programs are funded, so whether you are purchasing great second-hand finds or dropping off your gently-used goods (or both!), your are supporting a great cause.

For the location nearest you, see below, or try:

Outlet Store

2901 State Street
Hamden, CT 06517
Phone: 203-248-160

Retail Locations

2369 Dixwell Ave
Hamden,CT 06514
Phone: 203-230-2910

321 Boston Post Rd
Milford, CT 06460

472 Foxon Blvd
New Haven, CT 06513
Phone: 203-468-2355

61 Amity Rd
New Haven (Westville), CT 06515
Phone: 203-397-2735

81 Boston Post Rd
Orange, CT 06477

1145 North Colony Rd
Wallingford, CT 06492

Donation Centers

1151 West Main Street
Branford, CT 6405

1032 South Main Street
Cheshire, CT 6410

725 Boston Post Road
Guilford, CT 6437

150 Washington Avenue
North Haven, CT 6473


Salvation Army
Local Site:
The Salvation Army runs an in-residence rehabilitation program with a focus on basic necessities, including a clean and healthy living environment, good food, work therapy, leisure time activities, group and individual counseling, and spiritual direction. The Salvation Army is a Christian organization. Its Adult Rehabiliation Centers are 100% funded from the proceeds of their Family Stores, which sell second hand clothing and household goods. Donate at a any thrift store location (see below), or call for donation pick-up: 1-800-728-7825.

Family Store Locations

1359 Dixwell Ave
Hamden, CT 06514

274 Crown Street
New Haven, CT 06511

286 South Colony Rd
Wallingford, CT 06492

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Bulk Trash
Many towns around New Haven designate bulk trash pick-up times, which can be fabulous opportunities to find gently used kids’ items amongst the old carpets and broken chairs. While town guidelines typically ban items that could/should be taken to thrift stores*, many residents will put good stuff on the curb essentially as donations to lucky passers-by. (The key is to grab stuff before any bad weather hits.) In Hamden, April and October are bulk trash months; Green Mama found a riding toy in fantastic condition last spring.

*NOTE: Green Mama encourages you to save good stuff from the landfill, but PLEASE follow your towns guidelines and donate your usable items.

Find everything from sneakers to security gates, sometimes brand-new, and often at great prices.  Search directly for items you need, or browse categories like baby + kids and toys + games. (Craigslist is also a great way to sell what you no longer need, as well as to find tag sales in your area.)

Flea Markets
The Boulevard Flea Market is open year-round on weekends, 7am-4pm. With ever-changing vendors, it can be hit-or-miss in terms of children’s items, but on a cold or rainy day, what could be more fun than browsing the myriad offerings? Your bound to find something your household needs! Also check out Redwood Country Flea Market in Wallingford, open weekends year-round (170 South Turnpike Road, #203-269-3500) OR these sources for info on additional flea markets around the state: AND

If you have never used Greater New Haven’s Freecycle list, there’s no time like the present. Find happy homes for everything your children have outgrown, while having the chance to take home half-packs of diapers, baby coupons, toys, clothes, and more. See the network’s home page for more information: Remember to give before you get!

Preschool Tag Sales
Besides local tag sales (check Craigslist on Thursdays and Fridays in season), parents in the know will tell you that the best places to find gently used children’s items of all kinds are at the springtime fundraising tag sales at local preschools. One sale not to be missed is at the enormous and excellent Bethesda Nursery School Spring Fair, held next on May 11, 2013 (always the day before Mother’s Day). Check back with greenHaven for listings of other great sales.

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