39 1/2 Washington Sq. S., nr. Macdougal St.; 212-228-9333
The fashion-conscious kid’s answer to INA (the reigning downtown consignment chain), Clementine is run by the ultraselective mother-and-daughter team Myrle and Cara Wall. The store features a constantly rotating stock from European designers like Jacadi, Bonpoint, Catimini, Marie Chantal, and Oilily (the staff are whizzes at converting Euro to U.S. sizes) and popular U.S. brands like Tea Collection and Janie and Jack. Load up on brand-new Petit Bateau onesies, designer tees, and Converse sneakers in the bargain bins, with everything priced from $1 to $10. The two big blowout sales are January and July. While parents shop, babies can rest in plush beanbags and toddlers are diverted by the house toys and lollipops.
Best Consignment Store
From the 2010 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).