August is fast approaching and that means back to school bargains. Many people will be hitting the crowded department stores hoping to find a bargain, but there are plenty of local boutiques where you can not only find a deal but also some brand new designer duds for your little one. These stores have everything from clothes to shoes to books and even toys, so your child will be prepared for anything. Some stores are consignment shops that allow you to sell your child’s outgrown clothes to purchase new clothes instead. So check out the list below to see which shop fits your budget, your lifestyle and your unique child’s perspective.

Peek-A-Boo Children’s And Maternity Preloved Boutique

1911 Ponce De Leon Blvd.
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 603-8995
www.peekaboobtq.com

Peek-A-Boo is the delightful little boutique with the adorable name. Here, parents can shop gently used name brand clothes for boys and girls up to size 16. Parents can also save on back to school shopping by becoming one of Peek-A-Boo’s many “consigners” and turn in their children’s next-to-new clothes and baby accessories into cold hard cash or use the money that they have earned to purchase more clothing. The best part is that, in addition to being a consignment store and a name brand clothing dealer, Peek-A-Boo also sells school uniforms, which makes it a rather convenient one-stop shop. Stop by the Coral Gables store for the best selection or shop online to get a wide range of children’s clothing, accessories, shoes, toys and more.

Lolliposh

6501 W. Sunrise Blvd.
Plantation, FL 33313
(954) 401-3747
www.lolliposh.com

Lolliposh is like a consignment/flea market/yard sale hybrid. During its seasonal events, which are typically held in the fall and spring at the Jewish Community Center, parents become consigners and retailers of their children’s clothes and toys by setting the price for their merchandise, selling items directly to the consumer and making up to 75 percent of the profit. The rates are unbelievably reasonable with many items costing $10-15 and clothes ranging up to size 12. You can either participate in the event or you can take advantage of the amazing deals available from this Broward County 2011 Kid’s Crown award-winner for Best Consignment Shop. “Like” the Lolliposh Facebook page to sign up for the mailing list and to get more information on the next event in October.

Related: Top Consignment Stores In South Florida 

Boy Meets Girl

358 San Lorenzo Ave., Suite 32C
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 445-9668
www.bmgkids.com

If you want truly adorable, school appropriate clothes, then Boy Meets Girl is the way to go. The girls’ dresses include cute floral prints and matching headbands while the boys’ clothes include colorful polo shirts and matching dockers. There is even a back to school section that features lunch bags and accessories for those who don’t want to make a trip to a department store. Featured designers include Stella McCartney and Petit Beteau and prices range from $30-100 per piece. Shop in store or online.

Boobabies

1610 S.W. 8th St.
Miami, FL 33135
(786) 294-0255
www.boobabieskids.com

Boobabies is another children’s consignment shop that clothes children up to size 14. The boutique itself is very informal and the clothes are casual, perfect for the kid who likes to get messy. Participating consigners will receive 40 percent of the sale of clothes and toys after buyers fees. However, it is recommended that you start selling your child’s used clothes as soon as possible to be able to apply the deals to your back to school shopping. Otherwise, you will have to recuperate the money you spend at a later date, and that might not be convenient for you or your child.

Niema Hulin was born in Newark, NJ but raised in Lexington, South Carolina for the bulk of her formative years. In 2002, she moved to Miami after graduating from the University of Florida. Since then, Niema has worked in film, television and commercials as a Production Assistant and Production Coordinator. Some of her films have included Bad Boys II and I Am Number IV. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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