Sure, you can find toddler and baby clothes at any large department store, but will you find exactly what you’re looking for? Maybe you are looking for something in a higher quality that will emphasize your little one’s unique personality. Perhaps you love what you see, but you aren’t about to pay for those high prices. Maybe it’s just too hard trying to shop for a toddler when you have a toddler in tow! Not to fear. Here are five of the best shops we know of that address each of these needs.
10002 Holman Road NW
Seattle, WA 98177
In operation since 2008, Childish Things is persnickety on which gently-used clothing and children’s items they choose to sell at their store. Here you’ll find a nice selection of name brand items for a fraction of what you would pay in local department stores. In addition to clothing for toddlers, you’ll find clothing from preemie to size 8, shoes, maternity clothes, gifts, toys, books and few surprises.
1815 N. 45th St. #208
Seattle, WA 98103
Bootyland Kids has been a “mama run” business since 1996 and considers itself as a beacon for creative fashion. The shop was set up as a place to find a variety of clothing made from a variety of sustanible ways. They were also the first store in Seattle to offer organic and hemp baby clothes. Today, their inventory includes fair trade, PVC free items, ethically-made, locally-made, USA-made, reconstructied and even vintage-styled clothing. Over the years, the store has grown from just outfitting infants to fitting the whole family without forgetting their roots.
Sela’s Small Couture
610 West McGraw St.
Seattle, WA 98119
Sela’s Small Couture was created by a Queen Anne Mom with a desire to offer the “most customer-centric children’s boutique” and many will say that she’s done it. Sela’s offers clothing from newborn up to 12 years. Sela’s is a firm believer that style and quality doesn’t have to be expensive, so she only sells premium brand used clothing and shoes as well as a nice selection of new clothing too. Sela’s is also very kid-friendly and encourage children to explore their store, touch things and even hold the products and as a reward for “being good,” organic lollipops are available behind the counter.
Kids Club and Salon
2630 NE University Village St.
Seattle, WA 98105
Located smack dab in the middle of University Village, there really isn’t another shop like Kids Club and Salon. Where else can you schedule a haircut for your child and shop for children’s clothes at the same time? Celebrating 25 years, Kid’s Club features a large selection of clothing, gifts and toys, games, art supplies and baby gear.
2002 E Union St.
Seattle Wa 98122
Opened for the first time in 2011, Magpie is a children’s clothing and toy store that carries locally made products as well as some made in-house. Here you’ll find clothing made from vintage, repurposed, organic and US-made fabrics as well as toys, games, books and more. Owner Malia Keene love innovative, practical and products that serve a dual purpose encourage creativity and knows that you will too.
Jeffrey Totey is a freelance writer living in Seattle. He has a love for the arts and is a student of pop culture. He covers stories about the performing arts, theater, museums, cultural events, movies and more in the greater Seattle area. His work can be found at Examiner.com.