Let's face it, babies are expensive! It can seem like you are constantly purchasing bigger clothes, shoes, car seats, and the latest baby gear. All of those expenses can really add up. Infants can outgrow their clothing in just a couple of months, and before you know it they're ready for more interactive toys, books, and baby gear. It's an endless cycle. Even as they grow from infants to children this cycle continues. However, one of the biggest ways to save money when shopping for your little ones is to buy used.
Purchasing gently used items for your child instead of buying them new could save your family up to 70%, depending on the item's quality and brand. Often times second-hand children's stores will sell barely used items for much, much less than the new retail price.
If you are looking to find the best deals on baby and children's items in the Cleveland area you should check out Once Upon A Child. This store sells gently used baby and children's clothing, toys, and baby gear. The clothing ranges from preemie size to kids sizes 16-18. The items in the stores are clean, sanitized, meet the current safety standards, and have not been recalled. Most of the time you can't even tell that their items are used. The quality and condition are that good. Whether you are looking for an infant bathtub, an ExerSaucer, a baby sling or carrier, a bassinet, toys, shoes, or clothing, make this your first stop if you are trying to stick to a budget, or if you just enjoy finding the best deals. Due to laws and recent recalls Once Upon A Child does not carry car seats or used cribs at this time.
Another great thing about this store is that once your child has outgrown some things you can bring them in to the store to sell. Just make sure that clothing is freshly laundered, and free of stains and excessive wear. Baby equipment must be cleaned and in good, working condition. This way you have some cash on hand to put towards the next set of things your child needs.
Once Upon A Child has two locations in the Cleveland area. One on the west side of Cleveland in Westlake and the other is located east of Cleveland in Mentor. The stores have seasonal sales where clothing and seasonal items are 50% off. They also offer a Frequent Customer Card, much like a customer appreciation card, where you get a stamp for every $10 that you spend. Once your card is full you will receive 15% off your next purchase.