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Old 02-25-2008, 10:13 AM   #1
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Anyone sold clothes at Once Upon A Child?

With DS growing so fast, we've got boxes and boxes of clothes he's outgrown. I was thinking about taking those and selling them at Once Upon A Child, along with a few things we have extras of and stuff.

Anyone done this? Is the amount you get worth it? Any other suggestions of places to sell them so we could make a little wedding/disneymoon/disney trip money?
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Old 02-25-2008, 10:20 AM   #2
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I've used them for years in Minnesota with pretty good results. Really the best way to use their store is to both buy items from them and then when you are done with them hope they will buy them back. That way you get a deal on both transactions! After 8 years of buying and selling I still don't have their system figured out in terms of why they buy some items and not others. In the Twin Cities area there are several stores owned by the same owner and what they won't buy at one location they will buy at another. So, try to sell at more than one location. Good luck!
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Old 02-25-2008, 10:46 AM   #3
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With DS growing so fast, we've got boxes and boxes of clothes he's outgrown. I was thinking about taking those and selling them at Once Upon A Child, along with a few things we have extras of and stuff.

Anyone done this? Is the amount you get worth it? Any other suggestions of places to sell them so we could make a little wedding/disneymoon/disney trip money?
Ebay would make more $. OUAC around here offers on avg about $2 per clothing item
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Old 02-25-2008, 10:57 AM   #4
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I've used them and have been very disappointed at times! For them to buy back the cloth's they need to be in "perfect" conditon - especially the really small sizes.....they give you next to nothing - but it is better than nothing! I just hate when i got there w/a few bags and still leave w/a couple because they don't want the stuff. Toys, games they take more easily! I now do yard sales - think i make more!

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I did it last fall, just cuz I was sick of all the old clothes. They took about 1/2 my stuff. I think I got like $60. And there were a few things that I was surprised that they didn't take, some name brand things, but who knows. I know they give you basically 25% of what they sell it for. If it was a dress worth $10, they can sell it for like $5, they give you $2.50.

I just wouldn't get your hopes up about making a ton of money, but I was honestly just happy to get rid of a bunch of things. Plus, it didn't require Ebay listings/fees, relisting on Craigslist every week, and more of my own time, kwim??
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I did years ago, nice way to get money to buy other clothes
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Old 02-25-2008, 11:09 AM   #7
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Alright, cool. I think I'll bring stuff in, see what they buy, and ebay or yard sell the rest.

Thanks for sharing all your experiences. Very helpful!
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I definately second trying different locations...I live in an upscale area and at the closest location, they are EXTREMELY picky about what they take.
I just don't get it, because I look through their stuff for sale and don't think it's all that... (I guess we all think our own stuff is great! )
I've tried different locations and they do take some things that other locations won't. I still wonder if it is worth the effort though.
It is so hard to pass stuff along! Yes, while I'd like to have some extra money to put towards buying new items or to save for something special, I just want a good home for the nice stuff that is still good! Even so many charity organizations make it so hard for you to pass it along to, and you have no idea where it winds up. I just want it put to good use.
Maybe we should start a children's clothes swap!
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Not sure if you went already, but here I only got $1-$2 per article of clothing and it had to be what they deemed "Name brand" (ie. Gap, Old Navy, Gymboree, LOL).

They were very picky and I think they only took a few items from me.
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Every time I bring stuff in to Once Upon a Child they tell me they aren't taking clothing right now. I even called once and they said they were taking stuff and I drove right over there, a 30 min. drive and they trold me they were not taking it.
I have tons of stuff now saved from birth to 3 year and will put it in groups and sell it on ebay. I figure if I can get $3 per shirt and $4 for the pants I will be ok.
I have a great 18 month snow suit that I bought my grandson at Talbots for $60 and he never wore it. It still has the tags on it. My son moved out from my DIL and she wouldn't give it back till Nicky outgrew it even though my son had custody.
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I have and I must say I was very dissappointed. I knew they would be picky but they were overly picky in my opinion. I had a whole bunch of stuff that dd never wore with tags on it and I hardly got anything for them.
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Old 02-25-2008, 12:25 PM   #12
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Ever tried semi-annual consignment sales?

Look for one in your area. My mom and I run one here and it's great. There are several in our small town. Our's is the biggest, and this sale we have over 500 consigners. Consigners make a bigger percentage of the selling price usually than at a consignment store. Our consigners earn 2/3's of the selling price of the item. It's a great way to sell your things and shop for more. We just finished receiving our things for our spring/summer sale and there are some BEAUTIFUL boutique items there. It's fun, and you get everything out of your house at once! Most don't limit how much you can bring, and if it doesn't sell, you have the option of picking it up (why bring it back home??) or donating it to some great charities. (at least that's our policy) We have some great charities that are very grateful for the donations they get. It's a great deal for all!
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I used them years ago when my kids were small, but I wasn't thrilled with selling to them. As others have said, they are VERY picky -- if the items have been worn more than a couple times, they aren't going to accept them; yet they pay very, very little -- think 10% of the original price for used items, 20% of original price for things with tags attached -- and that's for name-brand items; forget about Walmart type things. They are, however, one of the few stores that pay you UP FRONT for your items; most other consignment stores pay you only when the items sell.

On the other hand, I liked buying from them! They always had good inventory.

You can do better with ebay; however, that means you have to take care of photographs, answering questions, and mailing packages.
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With DS growing so fast, we've got boxes and boxes of clothes he's outgrown. I was thinking about taking those and selling them at Once Upon A Child, along with a few things we have extras of and stuff.

Anyone done this? Is the amount you get worth it? Any other suggestions of places to sell them so we could make a little wedding/disneymoon/disney trip money?
Now that I participate in a twice-yearly consignment sale, I'm really sad that I sold so much of better kids stuff to OUAC. I probably got paid ok, but nothing like what I've made selling through consignment or ebay.
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We learned our lesson very early. We don't sell to OUAC. We may buy from there occasionally, but we soon realized that when we first brought a TON of stuff in I got a check for a whopping $4. Not a joke. I only wish it were.

So, now I donate the kids stuff my son's day care, and get a receipt for the donation from the director. Then it is a deduction on my taxes. You can also do the same to Goodwill, Salvation Army, or St. Vincent De Paul Society. It may not be instant, but when tax time comes around those little receipts add up!
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