Once Upon a Child

Traci - posted on 08/09/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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Have any of you ever sold your used baby items to Once Upon a Child? I'm asking because we have a new one that just opened up in the area and I sure could stand to get rid of a few things before the coming Christmas season. Why not make some extra money off of the items, right? :)



Do they pay you fairly for your items? I've never been in that store before and I figured I'd ask you gals before I went and loaded up the ol' SUV with all my toys! lol



Thanks ;)

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Don't forget that if you give to Salvation Army you can use that as a tax write-off. I know it's not as nice as getting the cash upfront but it can be a good thing come April. There is a valuation guide online: http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/www_...



So, you can value most items between 3-12 dollars, depending on the condition. Boots, coats and snow suits can be valued as high as $20. This is what we do for most of what we want to get rid of as I don't have the patience for a garage sale.

Tammy - posted on 08/13/2009

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In our area some stuff you get a fair price on and other stuff you don't you just have to watch what you are taking in.

Iris - posted on 08/12/2009

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I had a yard sale when my son was younger and I made a good profit from it.. I noticed the best time to have one is spring and summer. That is when alot of women are having babies. I sold everything we had from when he was a baby and I made about 200 dollars one day and the second made about 150. I was living on the outskirts of the city or port moody, british columbia, canada..

Traci - posted on 08/09/2009

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Yeah, I'd have a yard sale, but I live out in the middle of nowhere...we don't get much traffic my way. LOL. That's kinda the reason we moved here. :)



At our last house, I had a 2 day yard sale to get rid of my baby stuff and I cleaned up! I made over 300 bones. But there's no way I'd be able to do that out here... :(

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Jessica - posted on 12/14/2012

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We took up a several boxes of baby items, toys, clothes, etc. and with the hassle of driving to get to the store, waiting to drop-off, dealing with rude works, etc. I was not impressed. A baby bouncer that was brand new, still in stores and had been used 5(?) times and was in perfect condition wasn't accepeted because the lady said it was broken. I showed her... her mistake, she just responded back with 'we aren't taking that.' What they did keep I expected more than $9 for... I 'think' that covered the cost of our gas to drive there and then go back another day b/c it wouldn't be ready, they were 'busy.' I took in nothing that was dirty, showing signs of use, or had a smell. That store smells awful, was dirty, and smelled liked cigarette smoke courtesy of the workers and was not a pleasant experience. I haven't been back since and just drop things off at Goodwill instead.

Kim - posted on 08/14/2009

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I have used the one in my neighborhood. I have only sold clothing so can't speak to toys. But they do pay you cash when you bring your items in. Sometimes if they are busy it may be later that day or the next day. But if you are not happy with the price they offer you are under no obligation to sell them.

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You might also try Craigslist.com. A lot of my friends both shop for kids clothes and sell their clothes there.

Amy - posted on 08/13/2009

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Oh wow...I just read some of the other posts...The ones in Columbus don't "make" you leave your items there, you can stay and browse the store while they sort through it, they give you the option to leave your items, so that you don't have to wait however long it will take them to go through the stuff. I typically wait there.
I have actually bought Sean Jean and Tommy clothes there (never worn, still had orig tags) for $5 a piece. I have only seen a higher price tag on "outfits" and suits but never over $10.

Amy - posted on 08/13/2009

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We have them all over the place here. I LOVE THEM! They will only take clean, gently used items. I usually get paid fairly well, for my sons old items, but then turn around and spend most of the money I made in the store for new stuff :D.
You take in your stuff, they will go through it and tell you a price for all they are taking, you take the money and the items they can't/wont take and leave. It could take a while depending on the items you have, so they do have drop off available (you go back next day)

Annalisa - posted on 08/13/2009

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Once Upon a Child is one way. I used to bring a lot of clothing there. However, they do make you leave your items and make you come back. The payout is okay. They also pick and choose what they want to keep. I was amazed at what they gave me back. Beautiful, never used, items that they didn't want when some clothing they were selling in the store was "pilly or faded". The money I made from there didn't compare to what I made from selling the articles in lots on Ebay. My suggestion, sell them on Ebay or have a yard sale.

Christine - posted on 08/13/2009

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I am very familiar with Once upon a child and consignment and yard sales. I owned a resale shop also. I would say don't take it to Once upon a child. They do not give you anywhere what it's worth. They give about 30% of what they sell it for. And I know half the time it's not even that high. You would be better off taking it to a nice consignement shop where they pay atleast 50%. If you have really nice(NAMEBRAND) things try ebay. I sell a gob of stuff thereand you would be surprised how much things go for! There is also craigslist.org. which is free to post your items . Hope this helps

Mindi - posted on 08/10/2009

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I brought some things there once. The good part is that they do give you money right away. However, they made me leave my boxes of items with them and come back later. When I came back, they had taken out whatever they wanted and handed me a check. I had no choice in what they took or how much they gave me for it. For example, I know they took a large Lands' End diaper bag that was in excellent shape, and I know they took clothes and toys too. I got a check for about $30. It was hardly worth giving them my things for that small amount.



The key to the clothes is to bring in the things for the season coming up. They will pay you more for those (they may not take anything out of season anyway). My neighbor brought in a lot of clothes for the upcoming season and got $50. She was very happy with that.



So I'd say it's worth doing if you have no other way to get rid of them as you will at least get something for them.

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Once Upon a Child is not a consignment shop, they pay your up front like you already mentioned. I just sold a bunch of new and almost new outfits at ours last month and got more back than I figured I would. However a lot of their stuff is priced higher than I would consider paying for a used item. But ours does have some cute clothes for reasonable prices.

Traci - posted on 08/09/2009

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I do know that it's different than a consignment store. They pay you right up front when you drop off your stuff. I think that's kinda cool, that way you don't have to wait around for anything, you know?





I've never tried going to a consignment shop, though. That is a good idea. I usually just donate to Good Will, but I could always use some extra money these days so I figured I'd try OUAC if it was going to be worth it. :)

Sharon - posted on 08/09/2009

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In my part of the world - you get more money if you have a yard sale. The consignment shops pay pennies unless its a super hot item.

~Jennifer - posted on 08/09/2009

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If it's a consignment store, they usually sell them for roughly half price, then a 1/4 of that 2 weeks later, and then for a dollar. After the dollar sale, you can re-claim your items or take 1/2 of whatever it is they made on your item.

I'm not sure that it's the kind of store you're talking about, but that has been the rule of the places to which I have taken used items.

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