How to Survive Summer

Summer looks very different this year. Whether you are planning a vacation or a staycation, pools aren’t all open yet, masks are required inside, and overall stress levels are on high alert. Let’s take some of that stress away!

I’ve got some tips on how to survive summer in the time of COVID.


Keep the kids busy

I know it’s so hard to constantly plan for them, so keep fun activities close by. We have tons of fun, creative games and activities to keep them occupied during the summer months. The Kittd Geo Building Set is perfect for a long car ride or dinner out. Planning a staycation? We’ve got postcards in a box from Kittd too that the kids can send from anywhere. Let them get creative!

Our South Beach bubbles are a hit with all ages. The bubble wand and solution are easy to pack up in the car to take on a road trip and also make for a blast in the backyard.

Don’t forget the puzzles! What’s a beach trip without completing a few puzzles?! We have beautiful designs from black-owned local business Little Likes Kids.




Keep the kids safe

The biggest stressor right now for me is keeping my family safe while trying to keep summer normal for them. I have a stack of masks for the kids from local designer D’maran washed and ready to go at all times. So wherever our mood takes us that day/ week, we are masked and ready.

We always have a fun assortment from Peanuts and Disney characters to nautical and girly prints. My boys actually don’t mind wearing the masks because a) they are cool prints and b) they are comfortable. I’ll never get used to seeing my precious four-year-old in a mask, but he rocks it!


Stop by 529 to grab a mask and matching headband for the 4th!


Keep things “normal” (whatever normal is for your family)

I know this may seem hard right now but try! For me summertime is about sun, sand, dining al fresco, and dressing my kids in fun summer looks from Boden, Vineyard Vines, and now Johnnie O for my big boy!

Even when we were hunkering down this spring, I made a point to #getdressed myself and get my boys dressed. Seeing them out of athletic gear and into the fun wardrobe I planned for them was very refreshing! So, grab some piggy paint and some hair bows at 529 to keep those girls summer ready, and check out our selection of boys summer clothing…it’s really good this year!

We are trying to dine on our deck as much as possible to keep mealtime fun. We are also trying to support our local restaurants as much as possible too. Grab a table outside – I promise it will make you feel “normal” again!



Support local

This goes without saying all the time, but especially now! You can get through this crazy summer by supporting all of the amazing businesses right here in town. Get your haircut and the kids – my boys could definitely use a trim! Grab some new duds, shoes, and accessories. You’ll thank me – it feels good. My consignment shops (529 and Mint) are loaded right now with great things (thanks to COVID and the time at home to clean out).


Earrings from Mint Condition


Hoping these tips help you as they are really helping me get through this! Need to commiserate? You know where to find me! 😀



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Megan’s career in retail/merchandising began in the mid nineties standing in front of a woodsy smelling Abercrombie and Fitch. Sporting an oversized plaid flannel and bootcut jeans she said hello to every customer that eagerly walked in to the popular retailer. Little did Megan know that, while creating a perfect “denim wall”and dressing in all of the latest fashion that the lifestyle brand offered she was building the foundation for her fun and exciting career! After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, Megan managed multiple A&F stores before she moved on to an assistant buyer position in contemporary dresses at the local Arlington based retailer Hecht’s (now Macy’s). She gained an immeasurable amount of knowledge before moving onto a different facet of the business at Calvin Klein Jeans. Megan worked her way from retail coordinator to East-Coast regional manager helping to create the Calvin Klein aesthetic in department stores from Boston to Miami. After her first son Ethan was born, her position at CKJ was eliminated, due to the harsh economic conditions at the time. This is how 529 was born! Megan quickly began to see how fast Ethan was growing out of his clothing. She knew other moms had the same amount of adorable “gently-worn” clothing piling up. Combining her love of retail and her obsession with dressing Ethan gave her the idea to try and sell this clothing. 529 became a popular “pop-up” shop in the Alexandria area and once the following was big enough, a brick and mortar store in historic Old Town. 529 Kids Consign exemplifies who Megan is and what she has learned throughout her career. It’s a warm, well-organized, well- edited boutique that attracts moms from all over the DC metro area. On any given visit to the store you may be greeted by three boys dressed to the nines..they too have the passion.

We are an upscale children's and maternity consignment boutique specializing in the latest trends. Quality is important to us, which is why we are particular about our brands. Offering not only consignment items but also the freshest and most trendy must haves for hip moms and cool kids makes us the place to shop!

529 Kids Consign
122A South Royal Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: 12pm – 5pm

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