By Mark Horning

One of the first things that a young family soon realizes is the amount of gear it takes to have children. From babies through toddlers through young children to finally the teen age years children grow into and out of tons of clothing and accessories. For families that are not independently wealthy the answer is simple. Shop where the bargains are and the bargains are at the thrift and consignment stores in and around Cleveland. As the children outgrow their barely used clothing it can be resold for cash in some cases in order to purchase new duds. Listed below are some of the top stores in the area.

Once Upon A Child
25028 Center Ridge Road
Westlake, Ohio
(440) 899-1100

It is no secret that young parents want the best for their children as far as quality, value and safety. Once Upon A Child buys and sells gently used kids’ clothing, shoes, toys, baby gear and furniture. As you children outgrow various items you can turn those items into cash or trade for the things you need now. You are paid on the spot for your items so you can Buy, Sell & Repeat. All items meet current safety standards. Other locations near the Cleveland area are in Fairlawn and Mentor. Check out their website for more information on what they buy and sell. Store hours are Mondays through Saturdays 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays 12 to 5 p.m.

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Neverending Child
12245 Pearl Road
Strongsville, Ohio
(440) 572-3002

Along with a full supply of pajamas, winter coats, dresses, the store also carries the current season’s clothing for sizes newborn to size 10 as well as a limited supply of sizes 12-14 the store currently has the largest selection of baby furniture in the Cleveland area. Prices are lower than anywhere in the country making it the one stop place to shop. Even if they do not have what you need in stock you can leave your contact information on their database and they will contact you when it comes in. Those wishing to sell items have the option of taking cash or a gift card that they can use at any time. Drop off of items for sell is by appointment only. See website for more information. Store hours are Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed Sundays.

21201 Center Ridge Road
Rocky River, Ohio
(440) 356-1186

While not a child specific resale store per say, Savers deserves mention for their unique method of operation. The stores are part of a 330 worldwide network chain with 22,000 employees. The store is able to stock their shelves in two ways. The stores partner with a local charity or two who supply the store with donated items. Along with this, the store has a variety of local drop off boxes where individuals can donate items. All items coming into the store in spite of the method of donation are weighed and a check is issued to the partnering charity(s) associated with the store. Along with a large selection of general household and clothing items the store also boasts of a kid section in excess of 200 linear feet. It is estimated that the chain combines helps keep 650 million pounds of goods out of landfills each year while helping 120 non-profit organizations by paying them for donated goods. Other Cleveland locations include 7100 Brookpark Road, Cleveland, Ohio and 30604 Lake Shore Boulevard in Willowick. Store Hours are Mondays through Saturdays 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

If you’re more inclined to shop or sell online, is your answer. While the site has items for the entire family as well as the home it’s baby apparel section has well over 200,000 items. Pick a category and size and just those items will appear for you to look at. You can also sell items what your child has outgrown. Be sure to check the website for information on how to post and sell your items. One of the nice things about buying and selling online is you can do it 24-7-365.

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