By Troy Petenbrink

Babies grow fast, which means they also outgrow their clothes and gear quickly. It can be an expensive process constantly buying all new stuff. Luckily, there are a number of shops that specialize in selling second-hand baby goods. Here are five of the Washington, D.C. area’s best places for high-quality, gently used items for your little bundle of joy.

Bellies & Babies
1913 Mt. Vernon Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22301
(703) 518-8908

A mother of three, Dawn Luepke founded Bellies & Babies to provide “quality, trendy, and timeless fashion.” It operates as a consignment shop and features clothing for newborns and children up to eight years of age, popular baby gear, toys, and books. Bellies & Babies posts its inventory on its website and features items on its Facebook page. The shop, named a “greal local shop” by Washingtonian, is located in the Del Ray neighborhood of Aelxandria, Va.

529 Kids Consign
122 S. Royal St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 567-4518

From its early beginnings as a pop-up shop, 529 Kids Consign is now one of the most popular stops for previously used children’s items. It has an ever changing inventory of consigned upscale newborn and children’s clothing up to size 10 and quality gear at its store in historic Old Town Alexandria, Va. All newly acquired items are shared on the shop’s social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) and available to be immediately bought by or held for shoppers.

Kensington Caboose
10508 Connecticut Ave.
Kensington, MD 20895
(301) 929-0178

Kensington Caboose has been selling used chidren’s clothing and accessories for more than 25 years. During its many years of operations, it has won many awards for the quality of its goods and serve. Kensington Caboose sells newborn and children’s clothing up to size 10. I also has a nice selection of children’s toys and games, furniture, equipment, and books. All newly acquired items are posted on the store’s Facebook page.

Related: Best Places for Baby Clothes in Washington, D.C.

The Growing Years
10303 Kensington Parkway
Kensington, MD 20895
(301) 933-1152

Opened in 1993, The Growing Years is a children’s consignment boutique featuring gently-worn clothing and shoes for newborns through pre-teens. It also has various baby gear including baby carriers, bouncy seats, strollers, and various children’s books. The Growing Years also has new items including unique monogrammed goods, jewelry, hair accessories, and American Girl Outfits. It features many of its new items on its Facebook page.

Kid To Kid
11711 C Parklawn Drive
Rockville, MD, 20852
(240) 242-3345

Kid to Kid specialzes in children’s clothing and gear that is five years old or newer. It also carries some well-priced affordable new items including a large selectio of bows. For baby gear, buys can often find swings, strollers, play centers, bouncers, high chairs, infant carriers, potty seats, baby monitors, and more. Kid to Kid has a generous loyalty program and has sales often. Buyer can visit the shop’s Facebook page to see new and featured items.

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