We get many calls each week asking if we buy children's clothing and it's just not practical to read you all of the guidelines on the phone, so THANK YOU for coming here! We buy Tuesday Wednesday Thursday 2-5pm for store credit only. We buy gently-used children's clothing for babies to size 10 and children's shoes for 12 months to size 3Y if it is free of stains, not too worn, in season, and fits our style. We are usually looking for boys size 2+ and girls size 3+. Because we get SO many questions about this process, here are some detailed instructions to hopefully clarify the process for you.
1) SORT through the clothes your little darling has grown out of or just can't use. Put aside any pieces which are stained or showing wear (fading, holes) to pass on to friends or donate. Set aside out-of-season items; we only buy IN-SEASON which I say think of what you're dressing your kid in now or within the next month. For example, if it's wintery outside, bring wintery clothes. Or, if you're wearing short sleeves most days lately, I probably don't want your kid's long sleeved tops. Lastly, it's very possible that if you didn't like it enough to put it on your kid, neither will we.
) CHOOSE the best styles, i.e. styles you think Ruby's Garden would sell, and narrow it down to one (yes one) brown paper grocery bag (YES this includes shoes, NO not one IKEA bag, not one plastic bin, not one garbage bag, thank you!). ONE BAG ONLY ONE BAG ONLY ONE BAG ONLY ONE BAG ONLY.
3) WASH everything before bringing them in to sell. We are more inclined to buy a cute boy jean that does not have cereal in the pockets and does not smell like the basement/garage/trunk of your car. Same with a good looking pair of sneakers that is not full of sand or dirt caked in the treads (true stories!).
4) DROP IN during buying hours Tuesday Wednesday Thursday 2-5pm. It's first come, first serve starting at 2:00 (not 1:00, 1:55, etc.). If you can't make any of those times, we can make an appointment for you for the following week.
**PRO TIP: Don't come at 2pm if you want to get in and get out. That's when everyone comes. It's ok, got get your kids and bring them at 3:30 or 4:00. **
5) BROWSE our shop while our buyer looks through your bag while you wait. We will record the value of your store credit and let you know when we are finished, and return any pieces we were not able to buy.
6) SPEND any store credit issued you. I call this the Mommy (or Caregiver) Paycheck: we're paying you in store credit for choosing good styles, keeping them in good shape, and taking the time to bring it in to sell. This credit is good toward all store purchases; any unspent value will remain valid on your file card as long as we are in business.
7) TAKE with you any pieces we do not buy. If you don't have a friend to give them to, we suggest donating them to the nearby parent resource center Bananas just around the corner on Claremont Ave. Other places to sell nearby include
Child's Play (Rockridge)
Silver Moon (Lakeshore)
Grove Street Kids (N. Berkeley)
Chloe's Closet (Solano)
Lauren's Closet (Alameda)