Without hand-me-downs, common goods would proliferate uncontrollably, creating mountains of onesies and making highways impassable from abandoned Big Wheels. Reuse at reasonable levels with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of like-new and new clothing, jewelry, and toys at Seconds, Please! Consignment in Southington.
Seconds, Please! Consignment's fashion mavens gather top-condition women's, children's, and maternity clothing alongside gently used toys and childcare equipment. Kaleidoscopic racks flower with finds from Abercrombie & Fitch, Gap, and Liz Claiborne, and shelves carry plush doppelgängers of Sesame Street and Teletubbies characters. Although stock varies, trendy tees, huggable sweaters, and office-ready blouses run laps around the clearance rack ($1–$2 each), and toddler garb such as a red dress set from Old Navy ($4) swathe blanket-huggers in style. A pirate-themed Lego set ($9) brings the high seas to high chairs, and a bouncy seat ($13) prepares infant astronauts to calculate the speed of propulsion.