The best resale shops in Chicago - and what to know when you go


The Second Child

954 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago,, (773) 883-0880

The basics: Amy Helgren has been at the helm of this upscale Lincoln Park kiddie resale shop for 23 years. She unapologetically deals with only high-end brands. “No Old Navy or Carter’s,” says Helgren. The Second Child also offers maternity clothes and a selective assortment of gear and equipment, books and toys. Store highlights: The Second Child features brands such as Janie and Jack, Oilily, Ralph Lauren, Papo D’Ango and Catamini.

Best tip for buyers: Bring your child with you because the brands are all sized differently and items may have shrunk in the wash. It’s best to try things on your child right in the store before you buy. Best tip for sellers: Put some work into it. Ironing the clothes can really help get your items purchased.

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