Consignment Stores and Events for Children in Des Moines, Iowa

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Consignment Stores and Events for Children in Des Moines, Iowa

A lesson that should be taught in all new parent classes is the amount of clothing your children will go through. The newborn clothes, growth spurts, stains, and the list goes on. I have been slowly learning all these lessons as a mom of two. So I knew I needed to find kids consignment stores to continue to clothe my children. Read on to find out about consignment stores and events for children in Des Moines, Iowa.

Duck Worth Wearing

Address: 2410 SW White Birch Dr #102, Ankeny, IA 50023

Address: 232 Main St, Ames, IA 50010

Duck Worth Wearing has two locations in Ames and Ankeny. Your children will feel right at home when they walk through the child-sized door to enter the store. They offer sizes newborn to youth size 16/18 as well as a large section of maternity wear. You can purchase it online and pick it up in-store. They have a mix of new and gently used toys and activities. Afterward, pop over across the street to shop for yourself at The Loft Resale.

Consignment: Bring your gently used clothing, shoes, toys, books, games, athletic gear, and equipment. Your items will be evaluated by an employee. Items not accepted will be returned to you that day. You receive 40% of the sale for items under $30 and 50% of the sale for items over $30. When your items sell, the money goes directly into your account and you can choose store credit or cash. They accept consignment seasonally so check their website before bringing in your items. 

Fun Size Finds

Shop with Fun Size Finds on Instagram— @funsizefinds.

Fun Size Finds is a new small business from two mamas – Allie White and Emily Biedenfeld. This thrift shop is located solely on Instagram. You can snag a fall sweater in your toddler’s size right from their feed. With Fun Size Finds, they are showcasing the treasure finds that have so much more life in them, and getting them to a new cutie to wear instead of the dumpster.

Before you see the items to shop on their Instagram grid, they inspect, wash, iron, and photograph each piece before listing it for sale. Most of our pieces are in excellent used condition, and some are even new with tags on them. They take the hustle out of thrifting and make it easy and fun to shop second-hand. Their prices average between $5 and $15 and they offer local pickup or shipping. The items they sell drop as small collections on a regular basis following seasons and themes. 

Kidding Around

Address: 10201 University Ave Suite C2, Clive, IA 50325

Kidding Around offers sizes newborn to junior and mother-to-be. They have a variety of new bows, teethers, and other baby items. There is a large section of dance and gymnastics leotards. Also, a variety of cleats and other sports attire. I love how it is organized into separate categories such as shorts, pants, and dresses so you can easily find what you are looking for. 

Consignment: Bring in your children’s clothes newborn-junior and maternity, shoes, toys, equipment, and furniture. Make sure it is all in good condition and purchased new in the last three years. A buyer will evaluate your items and text you when they are ready to give you an offer. You will receive cash or in-store credit. Learn more on the website.

Me ‘n Mommy To Be

Address: 690 SE Delaware Ave UNIT 105, Ankeny, IA 50021

Me ‘n Mommy To Be has pre-loved items waiting for a new family. They have children’s clothing sizes preemie to youth size 14-16 as well as large maternity clothes and a nursing section. There are baby clothes, toys, books, strollers, and furniture too. They have a great playroom for your kids to enjoy while you browse. They offer free, in-store pick-up.  

Consignment: Bring in your gently used maternity clothing, children’s clothing, toys, shoes, equipment, and gear. Inventory buyers will review your items and create a cash offer while you check out the latest styles in the store. Learn more on the website.

Once Upon a Child

Address: 10465 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322

Once Upon a Child was the first resale shop I discovered. The aisles are color-coded, organized, and clean. A majority of the clothing items that I have purchased, still have the original tags on them. Clothing sizes range from preemie to youth size 20. They also have baby equipment including strollers, bassinets, toys, and almost everything you need for children at affordable prices.

Consignment: Bring your gently used children’s clothes, shoes, toys, furniture, and baby gear. An employee will review your items and make an offer to you based on style, safety, and condition standards. If you accept the offer, you will be paid cash on the spot. Learn more details on the website.

Where The Child Things Are

Address: 1551 Valley W Dr. Suite 175, West Des Moines, IA 50266

Where The Child Things Are is a “thrifty boutique so to speak” located in Valley West Mall. The owners thoughtfully hand-pick each item and offer clothing sizes newborn to youth size 16/18. There are gently used toys and books as well. They offer in-store pick-up. It is open every other weekend of the month. Refer to this page for exact dates. They do not offer consignment at this time. Make a day of it and stop by Des Moines Children’s Museum or Artfull while you are at the mall.

Children’s Consignment Sales + Events

Just Between Friends Sale

When: September 9-11, 2022

Where: 4-H Building at Iowa State Fairgrounds 

What: Infant through teen and maternity clothing, shoes, toys, books, games, and baby gear 


  • Presale Tickets are for Thursday (September 8th).
  • You can also purchase ½ price presale for Saturday night. 
  • Friday-Sunday is free during normal shopping hours. 
  • Sunday is ½ price day on all items without a star on the tag.

Consignment: Register as a consignor. Consignors earn 65% on items sold and an administrative fee of $15. They have a seller’s guide and what to sell that will help you when getting your items ready. 

Kid’s Closet Connection

When: August 4 -7, 2022

Where: Stefon Plaza, 200 Army Post Rd Suite 8

What: Newborn, teen, maternity clothing and shoes, toys, books, baby gear, and play equipment

Other: Free Admission and Credit Cards accepted.

Consignment: Register as a consignor. Consignors make 70% of sales minus the $12.50 consignor fee. All seasons are accepted.

Rhea Lana’s of West Des Moines

When: September 25 – October 1

Where: Valley West Mall (across from Des Moines Children’s Museum) 

What: Gently used children’s newborn to juniors and maternity clothing, baby gear, furniture, and toys  

Other: Private presale event for ticket purchasers, consignors, moms-to-be, military, teachers, healthcare, and Facebook friends. Free admission. Click here for more information. 

Consignment: Register as a consignor. Consignors make 65-75% of their sales. You can watch sales live and you will pick up a check on pick-up day. A $10 consignor fee comes out of the check. 

Take2 Des Moines

When: October 11 – 15, 2022 

Where: Knapp Animal Learning Building at Iowa State Fairgrounds 

What: Gently used children, teens, and maternity items, toys, books, and furniture.  

Other: Free Admission 

Consignment: Register as a consignor. Consignors make 70% of sales minus the $14 consignor fee. If consignors volunteer 4 hours or more, then they make 75% of their sales at the Take2 children’s consignment sale.

Jackie Fioritto

Jackie Fioritto

Hi, I’m Jackie. I am a teacher who recently became a stay-at-home mother of two. My husband and I moved to Des Moines from Green Bay, Wisconsin a few years ago. Originally, I am from Chicago, Illinois. My family has loved exploring Des Moines and all that it has to offer!

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