Thursday, June 24, 2010

Baby Bear Consignment

I know as parents, we all want a bargain on gear. Baby gear can make our lives easier, it is sometimes necessary, but it nearly is always more money than we want to spend. Kids are expensive! That's why I was happy to learn about Baby Bear Consignment in Durham.

Located off of University Drive, Baby Bear is actually not a true consignment shop. The owner tells me that she buys used items outright from parents. Meaning that you bring your stuff in, she goes through it, takes what she thinks she can sell, and just pays you for it right then and there (for clothes you get 30% and big items you get 50% of what she estimates she can sell it for). So you don't have to worry about what happens if things don't sell, do you have to come pick them up again, if she slashes prices without you knowing, etc. etc.

There is a lot in the Baby Bear store, but we had the most success with clothing. I bought some really great tshirts and shorts (hello hot weather) for C, including a wonderful little Tea tshirt which I love. The clothes were $2-$2.50 an item. Not too bad at all.

There are also toys and shoes and books and DVDs and maternity clothes galore in here. You will also find "gear" such as slings, carriers, strollers, high chairs, and more. Baby Bear sells some brand new Melissa & Doug toys, but everything else was gently used.

We had a great time in here. The owner was absolutely fabulous and so nice (even if she did open 30 minutes late that day). Kids clothing is mostly 2T and under.

Baby Bear Consignment
3409 University Drive
Durham, NC

(919) 493-0854


At February 13, 2011 at 10:12 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was totally unimpressed with Baby Bear. When I went, there was a sign on the door saying something about a sale, with items with a certain color sticker excepted. When I went inside and saw that EVERYTHING had that color sticker on it, I thought, what a sleazy tactic. The prices on clothes were very high, too. I would much rather support The Red Hen in Chapel Hill and A Wee Bit Used in Hillsborough. Baby Bear was a big disappointment.

At February 13, 2011 at 11:54 AM , Blogger allison c said...

Oh no!! That is not very honest of them at all. They didn't try any of that when we went. As I mention, my only complaint was the late opening - but we also went for clothes, which they had a lot of. So sorry you had a bad experience but thanks so much for sharing your opinion!
But we do love Wee Bit Used and Red Hen, too, and folks can find reviews of those places on here, too.


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