Break the ‘chains.’ These indie kid stores stock much more fun.

Metro Detroit is packed with unique specialty toy stores, kids consignment shops and kids clothing stores. Find what’s by you in this FREE Metro Parent guide.

Dear Southeast Michigan Parent,

The corner shop isn’t extinct! Sure, we all hit big-box stores for family wardrobe staples and last-minute gifts. Yet something personal gets lost compared to local nooks. Yeah, Amazon’s a prime pick for toys – still, nothing beats hands-on discovery in those jam-packed bitty specialty toy stores. And granted, the “mom and pops” can be a special trip. But c’mon. Isn’t that part of their charm?

There’s something magical about independent kid stores. And we want local families to explore as many as possible. That’s why we lovingly stitched together this guide to Unique Independent Kids Stores in Southeast Michigan. Whether it’s cool picks at specialty toy stores, kids consignment shops for resale bargains or distinct new finds at kids clothing stores, 55 options are waiting for you to discover.

Step aside, Toys R Us and Target. When it’s “kids toy stores near me” in southeast Michigan you want, Metro Parent delivers 22 off-the-beaten-path picks with unique kids toys by quality brands built to last – and really friendly staff.

Maybe it’s a birthday gift. Perhaps a present for acing that report card. Or possibly your kid’s itching to try a new hobby, like friendship bracelets or superhero models. Unique Independent Kids Stores in Southeast Michigan is your connection. Here’s a sample of the neat specialty toy stores you’ll meet:

  • Genuine Toy Co., Plymouth: Discover award-winning games, science and craft kits, challenging puzzles, pretend play items and retro toys.
  • Great Lakes Hobby & Toy, Sterling Heights: Model kits line shelves alongside play trains, slot cars, dinosaur toys, dollhouses, Melissa & Doug items and more.
  • Mudpuddles Toy Store, Ann Arbor: From Folkamanis puppets to Klutz activity books, this long-time Tree Town gem beckons kids to imagine and explore.
  • The Doll Hospital & Toy Shop, Berkley: This giant store teems with pros that know their stuff on Plymobil, Schleich figures, Lego and loads more. (And yep: They do also fix broken dollies!)
  • Toyology, four locations: With shops in Howell, Rochester Hills, Royal Oak and West Bloomfield, this store prides itself on unique selection and special-needs options.

In fact, one even lets you shop in your skivvies. Warner’s Corner Toys is among the great online toy stores out there, exclusively selling special-needs toys. Others, like Whistle Stop Hobby & Toy in St. Clair Shores, have web shops too.

Looking for a tween or teen gift? These specialty toy stores give you choices. Plus, we tossed in a few extra stores (see El’s Boutique or The Peaceable Kingdom) with lots of options for the kids (and grown-up kids) on your list.

Stuff is great – and families buy a lot of it. But boy, do prices add up. And have you seen the growth rates of kids these days? Safe to say, saving a few bucks here and there doesn’t hurt. Bonus: With kids consignment shops, you’ll get just that – and the chance to make cash, too, by selling your quality castoffs.

In the Unique Independent Kids Stores in Southeast Michigan guide, you’ll discover 18 answers to the question, “Where can I find great local kids resale shops – and stores that buy used clothes and gear in general?”

First, a confession. Our guide does have a few spots with national scope. However, they’re franchised locally – and totally stocked by metro Detroiters like you:

  • Once Upon a Child in Ann Arbor, Canton, Novi, Southfield and Troy (loads of gently used kids gear and clothing from sizes preemie to youth 20)
  • Plato’s Closet in Allen Park, Ann Arbor, Canton, Madison Heights, Novi, Rochester Hills, St. Clair Shores and Utica (amazing for fashion-forward teens)

That’s mixed with straight-up southeast Michigan chains of kids consignment shops like the east side’s Second Glance Resale Shop (Eastpointe, Grosse Pointe Woods, St. Clair Shores) and teen-prime Regeneration (Clawson, Pleasant Ridge).

Of course, no local list would be complete with out classic indie kids resale shops. If you’re wondering, “Where are baby consignment shops near me?” then try these favorites on for (ever-growing) size:

  • 9 Month Bump in Trenton
  • Baby Baby Plus More in Northville
  • Grow with Me Resale in Ann Arbor
  • Lollipop Kids Children’s Resale in Shelby Township
  • Mommies Must Haves in Farmington
  • Slightly Pregnant Maternity Resale in Royal Oak

And talk about bargains: This guide is FREE – and comes with a FREE subscription to Metro Parent magazine, packed with new finds every month. From kid-friendly destinations to great family southeast Michigan events, get it all!

You’ve heard of “fast fashion,” right? It’s clothing that looks cool and is cheap – in more ways than one. If you’re looking for better quality (and stylish) kids clothing stores, Unique Independent Kids Stores in Southeast Michigan is your roadmap.

Our list of 15 expert clothing stores for kids stock fantastic fashions that will last a few seasons (mega growth spurts aside!) at reasonable price points. From everyday tops and pants to durable shoes and cool accessories – right on up to special-occasion dresses and small-fry suits – these kid stores deliver.

A bounty of funky and iconic brands abounds, too, from Giggle Moon and Hartstrings to DKNY and Ralph Lauren. If you haven’t been to stores like Connie’s Children’s Shop (St. Clair Shores), Modern Natural Baby (Ferndale) or My Urban Toddler (Ann Arbor), don’t delay any longer.

Another super handy perk of Metro Parent’s FREE Unique Independent Kids Stores in Southeast Michigan? Contact info and hours. Quickly get a sense of when these great kid stores are open for business – and easily give them a call to ask on specifics or see their websites for additional details, all in one place.

So give the cart-clicking a rest, skip the harried hassle of the endless aisles (not to mention lines) and discover some local alternatives. See you at the corner shop!

PS: Looking for, say, dinosaur toys or unique toddler toys? Not only will you find them at specialty toy stores – but kids consignment shops have gently loved toys for sale, too. See what treasures young kids can scoop up with their allowance.

PSS: Kid stores are just the beginning. This guide also links to our top-notch online roundups. Whether it’s upcoming local mom-to-mom sales, farmers markets or buying guides, get the hookup in this 10-page booklet.

Note: This guide is current as of April 2017. In the event of store closures, we do our best to update the guide you’ll be downloading. However, we always suggest checking ahead, just in case.


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