Recess Consigment opened in June 2009, and it’s been on my list to visit ever since I heard about it over a year ago! I finally made it a few weeks ago, and here’s what I thought.
Recess Consignment “specializes in finding ‘previously loved’ children’s clothing that is in excellent condition”, and “funky, up to date, and better name brands”. To that end, you can probably already guess that we aren’t talking thrift store prices, so if you can’t stand to pay more than $2 for an article of children’s clothing, this is probably not the store for you.
However – if you want to shop at a store that has clothing organized by size, carries high-quality clothing in excellent condition, and is a fun shopping experience, you’ll probably like Recess!
Recess carries children’s clothing from newborn up to size 10. Most are gently used, but I did see a few “new with tags” items as well. Everything I saw looked nearly brand-new – definitely no stains, tears, or stretched-out necks, so definitely a step up from a thrift store.
Here’s a few things I noticed about the pricing: most items seemed to be about half-off of regular retail. To a certain extent, the brand name matters in the price – items that were Ralph Lauren were a little more expensive than, say, Old Navy; though I probably wouldn’t say it’s proportional to the retail price differences between those two brands.
One note: I am not an experienced consignment store shopper, so I have no idea how this store compares to somewhere like Children’s Orchard. I would love to hear your thoughts on the strengths and weaknesses of these different consignment stores!
The owner, Stacy told me they usually have some items for all seasons at all time – especially the basics like t-shirts, but they do generally keep stuff in-season like you’d expect at a regular retailer.
One thing that was understandably lacking was boys’ clothing from about size 4 on up. Any of you moms of boys know that that’s when boys really start wearing out their clothes, and so it’s much more difficult to find clothing in those sizes that have any use left! However, they did have a few racks for older boys, so it may be worth checking out if you need a nice pair of pants and don’t want to pay retail.
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Naturally with it being a consignment store, they do accept consignment items! You can consign your children’s clothing and earn 40% of the selling price. The owner, Stacy, told me some of the items she frequently needs are boys’ size 4 pants, and boys’ size 6 to 10 pants and tops. Girls’ sizes 2-3 T are also hot sellers.
Visit their website for much more information about how it works and preparing your items for your consignment appointment.
You will like Recess if you…
- Like name brands and in-style clothing
- Need to reduce your children’s clothing budget but aren’t ready to hit thrift stores
- Need to find something nice right away and can’t find a sale
- Want cute accessories for your kiddos
- Love supporting local business owners
- Like shopping in little houses in Old Colorado City with crystal chandeliers (me me me!)
The last thing I asked?
Do you always have that 50% off rack on the front porch?
Yes, they do! :)
Have you been to Recess? What did you think?
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