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Kids' Stuff for Less

We buy and sell gently used kids' stuff - all seasons, every day! We pay on the spot for items accepted. No appointment necessary.

Come save with us at ONCE UPON A CHILD Oceanside!

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Mother's Day Madness
Sat, May 7th & Sun, May 8th
25% Off Full Retail Clothing!*
*Not valid with any other offer, promotion or discount. 
Offer valid only at Once Upon a Child Oceanside.

we pay cash for kids stuffGet ready for SUMMER and SAVE on clothing at Once Upon a Child!

Gather last year’s gently used shorts, t-shirts, sandals and bring them to Once Upon A Child! We’ll give you CASH ON THE SPOT while you SHOP for quality summer outfits for less!

we're hiringWe are NOW Hiring - click here to learn more!

we buy shoesWe are paying cash for gently used children's shoes.

Make sure your little ones are marching around in shoes that fit. Sell us your too-tight shoes and get some that are perfect for their growing feet.

You know that feeling you get when you earn cash for cleaning? It's just like the feeling you get when you've just sold your kid's outgrown, but still totally awesome clothes to Once Upon A Child!

kids reading booksDid you know we pay cash for DVDs of Children's and Family movies and TV shows? Bring in your DVDs that are in good condition, let us take a look, and you just may walk away with some cash in your pocket!

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we buy and sell swimwearHere comes the Sun!!

We are prepared with a fantastic selection of adorable swimsuits and gear for your kids!! Got some extra suits at home the kids don't fit in anymore? Bring them in for CASH on the spot!! OUAC is your one stop shop for splashing fun in the sun this summer!

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10% military discount

We appreciate those who serve our country. 

 Show us your active military ID and receive 10% off your purchase.

customer appreciation card discount

Pick up a Customer Appreciation Card in our store.

Receive a stamp for every $10 spent in the store.

Fill all 20 spaces to receive a 20% off discount.

10% trade in discount

10% trade in discount is good on the amount of gently used items sold to Once Upon A Child Oceanside.

Example: If $20 of gently used items are sold, a trade discount of up to $2 will be given ($20 x 10% = $2)    when using your credit to purchase in store merchandise.

Credit must be during the store visit in which it is given.

Welcome to Once Upon a Child, Oceanside

Kids look so great in stylish outfits, but who wants to pay high-end prices when clothes are outgrown so quickly? Once Upon A Child offers the perfect solution: the latest in new and gently used brand name clothes, toys, books, equipment, and furniture…just right for fast-growing babies, toddlers and youth.

Save yourself the hassle of garage sales and online listings when you can swing into the nation’s leading buyer and seller of name brand, new and gently used kids stuff. Simply gather up your gently used kids stuff including: clothing, playards, toddler beds, changing tables, strollers highchairs, toys and bring them o Once Upon A Child for $$$ on-the-spot for all items accepted.

Because we are buying new and gently used items from our customers all day, every day, our inventory changes, so shop often!

Store Hours:
Mon-Fri    9:30am-8:00pm
Saturday    9:30am-8:00pm
Sunday    10am-5:00pm

Holiday Schedule:

CLOSED:   News Years Day, Easter, Independence Day (4th of July), Thanksgiving, Christmas
SHORTENED HOURS:   Halloween, Christmas Eve, New Years Eve

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We're Available to Purchase Gently Used Items:

               7 Days a Week:  We prefer you bring in your items by 5pm (Mon-Sat),               & 2pm (Sun), but will accept items up until 1 hr before closing. 

No Appointment necessary. We operate on a first come, first serve basis.

Within 2 hours to closing time, it's a good idea to call 760/722-7896
and check how busy we are with buys before visiting.

We will not be buying the following overstocked items today: Ride-On Toys, Onesies, Bath Tubs, Sleepwear

Buy Counter Instructions & Helpful Tips:
 *All Clothing must be Freshly WashedLaid Flat & Neatly Organized in plastic storage bins, containers, laundry baskets or totes (storage containers will be returned to you once buy transaction is complete). No Plastic Bags or cardboard boxes please!   Please place 2 piece outfits together (do not pin them).

*Clothes must be Current in Style
(within the last 3 years) and Rack Ready:    free of stains, rips, pilling, fading, excessive wear, odors and any alterations from orig style. Two piece outfits sell better and are more desirable in toddler/infant sizes.

*We prefer Brand Name Clothing
 like Abercrombie, GAP, Gymboree, Old Navy, Osh Kosh, Ralph Lauren, and Tommy Hilfiger, and will only accept Target and Walmart store brands if the clothing items are new with tags attached or in excellent condition.

*We accept Shoes as long as they are clean and have no wear in the heels, toes or scuff marks.

*Presentation is everything.
We are more likely to purchase your items if they are clean and organized. 
It will also save you time since we will be able to process your items more quickly.

*We buy
Furniture, Equipment and Toys which are clean, in very good to excellent shape, include all parts, and that meet safety standards.
Recalls are checked Daily.

 *Gently used large items (furniture, swings, strollers, exersaucers, walkers, etc.) being sold to OUAC will be priced according to current market value (i.e. Amazon.com or similar) and not the original purchase price.

*Unfortunately at this time we don't purchase:  cribs (unless new in box), car seats, used travel systems, used bedding, socks, bottles, rattles, dishes, wall art, picture frames, backpacks, stuffed animals, bicycle helmets or baby formula.

We place gently used items immediately on our sales floor after they’re bought -- ALL items submitted to OUAC must be clean, presentable and fully functional.  If not, we may pass. Also, if an item is not resellable (poor condition, overstocked, doesn't sell well: cosleepers/train tables/strollers that retail>$600/car beds, out of season, recalled), then we will pass on it.

*Anything Donated by Customers will be picked up by Activated Ministries in Escondido.

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Once Upon A Child Oceanside

Gold Standard
2401-H Vista Way
Oceanside, CA 92054
760-722-7896 - Map - Hours
Mon09:30 AM-08:00 PM
Tues09:30 AM-08:00 PM
Wed09:30 AM-08:00 PM
Thu09:30 AM-08:00 PM
Fri09:30 AM-08:00 PM
Sat09:30 AM-08:00 PM
Sun10:00 AM-05:00 PM
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