Secondhand Style: Chicago's Top Consignment Stores
Way to go, baby
Kids grow so fast, the money you spend on clothes doesn't go very far. The Second Child in Lincoln Park (left) has helped families stretch their dollars in style for 21 years.
At a season's start, Second Child carries up to 4,000 outfits for newborns to age 14. Neat, full racks are marked by age and sex. You won't find any Old Navy, Target or Carter's labels -- just top designers, including Oilily, Baby Lulu, Catimini, Petunia Pickle Bottom, Ralph Lauren and some Gap. The adorable baby clothes, twirly little-girl party dresses and boys' little-man blazers almost make you want to have another. Almost.
Expecting moms find designer maternity clothing, plus chic diaper bags and Baby Bjorn carriers. Strollers, high chairs, kids' room decor, toys and books round out the offerings, and owner Amy Helgren regularly monitors safety recalls and inspects all equipment. (She also donates merchandise that doesn't sell to family charity organizations.)
What $150 will buy: $20 Vera Bradley diaper bag; $20 Sweet Pea maternity top; $60 Maternity Theory jeans; $10 Ralph Lauren infant jumpsuit; $30 Big sister toddler Oilily pink ruffle dress; $6 Baby Style onesies; $1 Goodnight Moon book; $3 What to Expect the First Year book.