Tucked away in a funky little beach town halfway between Camp Pendleton and Naval Base San Diego is one of my favorite children’s shops: Love Child. This darling children’s designer resale boutique has everything from baby/toddler/children’s clothing to kid’s shoes, maternity clothes, baby carriers, toys, books, and just about anything else you could need for your little one. What separates it from other children’s resale shops around? You won’t find any low quality brands here (sorry, Carters) because its shelves are stocked with like-new Baby Gap, Quicksilver, Ralph Lauren, and a ton of European brands that are hard to find elsewhere (and all for really amazing prices). Want the tour? Here are some photos from my most recent visit, along with some shots of the spoils I came home with…
Love Child is located just off PCH in Leucadia in the Rough Surf Plaza. If you’re there around lunch time, don’t miss stopping by Le Papagayo afterwards for an amazing duck or mahi mahi taco.
I really appreciate Love Child’s selection of non-electronic toys. Their shelves are usually pretty stocked with both used and new Melissa & Doug toys, among other things. The “Water Wow” books pictured here are some of my favorite things for keeping Kai distracted on days we don’t leave the house or on long road trips.
Not everything in the store is resale; I love their eclectic, colorful collection of California-themed onesies by Thread and Arrow. If you had a baby while stationed in San Diego, you might just have to grab one of their San Diego onesies as a souvenir…
Looking for something specific they don’t have in store yet? Love Child has a running “wish-list.” Just give them your name and number and what item you are hoping for and they will give you a call when one comes in. I was looking to get a Restoration Hardware Moses Basket at a discount so I added it to my wish list and two months later when they got one in, they called me to ask if I wanted it before making it available to everyone. Definitely take advantage of this if you don’t need something right away and are wiling to wait a little while to get it at discount.
All my favorite boys clothes for Kai and Rafe came from here. The clothes are higher quality than brands like Osh Kosh, Carters, etc. so they last through both boys wearing them without looking like re-runs.
The range of accessories at Love Child is great. I’ve gotten everything from like-new See Kai Run shoes to sun hats to iron-on baby ties here.
A used copy of pretty much any pregnancy book can be found on Love Child’s shelves, in addition to baby-naming books and some parenting books. They also have a large selection of children’s books and even DVDs at a discount.
Love Child has a huge rack of like-new maternity clothes, which is an awesome perk for preggo mommas because new maternity clothes can be ridiculously expensive, especially when you are only going to be wearing them for a few months. The “mom” section of the store also has some new Arrow and Thread items, along with like-new baby carriers in the top brands (there is almost always an Ergo or two floating around the shop, but they go fast).
I really hope I get to shop this section someday. The amount of darling flower headbands and lace on this side of the shop could make anyone want a girl…
I love the stuff they pull out to put on display, but don’t be fooled into thinking that it doesn’t get cuter than whatever is hanging up…I am constantly finding gems tucked away on the racks, and they restock fairly often so checking back frequently is your best bet on finding the highly sought after brands before someone else does.
I stopped in at Love Child last Wednesday because I blinked and my two year old suddenly needed size 3T. I really lucked out and found way, way more than I even expected to, and I love every single item. I didn’t take pictures of it all, but here were some of my favorite finds for Kai and Rafe on my last visit:
Since we moved back to the area when Kai was four months old, both my boys have been almost exclusively clothed by Love Child’s selection. I think Baby Gap’s in-store prices (new) are insane for clothes that my kids will inevitably outgrow faster than I expect, but I will gladly pay $8 for a like-new version from Love Child any day. All the clothes I’ve gotten from Love Child could easily pass as new, and they far outlast the new Carter’s items I occasionally buy. If you are planning your own visit, you can find their hours on their website.