I generally don’t frequent many thrift or consignment shops. I want to, I just can’t wrap my mind around how to shop them effectively. I like their concept in theory because I do like a unique find and to save money, but in reality those stores make me feel entirely overwhelmed because of their overall lack of organization. More often than not while browsing aimlessly through racks and racks of (let’s be honest . . . outdated) clothes, I feel like I’m wasting time I don’t really have.
But there may be hope for me and resale. My friend Kara told me about an incredible store called Once Upon a Child, a resale shop that deals in gently used toys, clothes and equipment for kids. They have multiple locations in the US and Canada, and the best part about it is that they’ll buy your stuff too. Because I had some things I wanted to sell (and didn’t feel like I was up for a garage sale) I decided to check it out.
Here’s what I liked:
- I was pleasantly surprised with how organized the store was. All non-clothing items were displayed with like items and the clothing was organized by sex, and then size. It was easy to browse and find what I was looking for.
- They don’t purchase/sell any equipment or clothing that is five years or older or that is in less than excellent condition. After walking out of the store, you would never be able to tell you bought it resale.
- I didn’t need an appointment to have my items reviewed for purchase, and they gave me an offer within a half hour of dropping them off. I was offered cash or the equivalent of merchandise in the store.
- There was a small enclosed area with a few toys for children to play with. This was a plus for me when we were done browsing and still waiting for my purchase offer. Elijah was occupied, not ravaging through the store.
Here’s what I didn’t like:
- The store is packed tight, floor to ceiling, front to back. Understanding they are trying to get the best bang for their buck space-wise, it was difficult to navigate through with little ones (and a stroller).
- I had to change Noah on the floor in the middle of the toy aisle. Kind of ironic for a store that deals with kids stuff.
Some tips if you want to sell:
- Call ahead of time to let them know what you’re planning to sell – they will be able to tell you if their store is purchasing those items at that time.
- Make sure you have all pieces/parts to equipment, and make sure to organize your items. This helps your sale and the time it takes to make it.
- Arrive when the store opens. You will be in and out much quicker.
- Have a plan for the kiddos. I brought my mom along, so she was able to watch the boys while I handled the sale.
- Check out the selling tips on their website for other ideas.