Shopping in Seattle

Archie McPhee

Address 2428 NW Market St, Seattle Map, Tel 206.297.0240 Call, Hours Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 11-7 Website

Kids will love a stop in wacky Archie McPhee where you can find anything from plastic toy soldiers and rubber chickens to boxing nuns and nodder head dolls. Adults will have fun browsing the racks too. This is a great place to pick up gag gifts! more


Address 1317 E Pine St, Seattle, WA 98122 Map, Tel (206) 328-0636 Call, Website

This small kids clothing store features locally made clothes, many constructed out of organic cotton or recycled clothing. There is also a nice selection of vintage clothes and consignment items (including toys). Most of the clothing is modern or offbeat, making this a fun place to shop. more


Address 5335 Ballard Ave. N.W., Seattle, WA 98107 Map, Tel 206-782-0715 Call, Hours Mon-Sat 10am-6pm; Sun: 10am-5pm Website

Clover ranks among my favorite children's clothing stores in Seattle. The shop features unique toys, clothing, and puppets, many handmade. more

Cotton Caboodle Outlet

Address 203 W. Thomas St., Seattle WA Map, Tel 206-352-3763 Call, Hours Monday-Friday 10-5 and Saturday 10-3

Cotton Caboodle makes high quality cotton clothing for babies and kids fourteen and under. Everything is super-soft and cut to fit comfortably. We also love the wide range of colors. At this outlet store you'll find overstock, past season items and seconds. Everything is at least 50% off of retail and there are occasional specials. All items are made in the United States more

Edge Of Glass Gallery

Address 513 North 36th St Suite H, Seattle, WA 98103 Map, Tel 206-632-7807 Call, Hours Wed-Sun 11am-6pm Website

Edge of Glass is a working blown glass gallery. Your kids (safely seated in bleachers) can watch as professional glass blowers practice their art. After watching, tour the small gallery with them and ask them to think about how each piece might have been created. Private classes are available for adults, schedule in advance. more

Elliott Bay Book Company

Address 1521 Tenth Avenue, Seattle WA 98122 Map, Tel (206) 624-6600 Call, Website

Independent bookstores across the US may be struggling, but you'd never know it at the bustling Elliott Bay Book Company. In addition to what you'd find at a mall store, there's also a great selection of graphic novels, a wonderful kids section (complete with a castle to cozy up and read in) and a much loved cafe. Stop in and refresh your reading material with some books from the local authors section or some kids books about the Pacific Northwest! more


Address 615 N 35th Street, Seattle WA 98103 Map, Tel 206-547-4895 Call, Website

This shop sells a well-edited selection of clothing and toys for babies and toddlers. Expect to find brands like Petit Bateau, Tea, and Room Seven as well as lesser known French imports. While you are there, check out the fashionable handmade jewelery for mom too! more

Flora and Henri

Address 919 East Pine St, Seattle, WA 98102 Map, Tel (206) 325-5520 Call, Website

I visit this shop mostly to dream about dressing my kids in the perfectly tailored dresses and sweaters, but perhaps if your children are neater than mine, or you're headed to an important event, you might actually take something home. This is a local shop, and the owner takes special care in making sure that the materials and labor are fairly produced. If you're inclined to bring home a special outfit from Seattle, Flora and Henri would be a great choice. more

Izilla Toys & Books

Address 1429 12th Ave, Seattle WA 98122 Map, Tel 206-322-8697 Call, Website

Izilla is the type of family owned, independent toy store that will make you wish they were all independently owned. Toys are carefully selected, and the country of manufacture is clearly signed. With brands like Haba, Selecta, Playmobil, Vilac, Lego and more, you'll get both excellent design and excellent quality. All the staff know the stock and make great gift recommendations. There's also play space for your kids while you shop, which should help cut down on the "gimmies" more

Original Children's Shop

Address 4216 E. Madison St. Seattle, WA 98112 Map, Website

This upscale children's shop carries traditionally styled premier children's brands for everyone from infants to pre-teens. Expect to find brands like Petit Bateau, Lilly Pulitzer and Catimini. Kids can also have their hair cut at a small salon in the back of the store (call in advance for an appointment). more

Red Wagon Toys

Address 4218B E. Madison St., Seattle WA 98112 Map, Tel (206) 453-5306 Call, Website

This small, independently owned toystore stocks a nice selection of high quality toys and has a limited, but carefully chosen book section. more

SugarPill Apothocary

Address 900 E. Pine St. Seattle, WA 98122 Map, Tel 206.322.7455 Call, Website

Part old fashioned herbalist, part handmade, locally sourced candy shop. You can fix that cough you got on the plane ride and buy the kids a treat at the same time. more