Once Upon a Child

We buy and sell gently used clothes, toys, & equipment

Welcome to Once Upon A Child Oceanside!

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We Buy and Sell NEW and GENTLY USED items for children





  We've Moved!! 
next to Toys "r" Us in the same shopping center

Come visit us in our remodeled and larger store!

Our new address is 2401-H Vista Way, Oceanside, CA 92054




Store Hours:
Mon-Fri    9:30am-7:30pm
Saturday    9:30am-7pm
Sunday    10am-5pm

We're Available to Purchase Gently Used Items:

  7 Days a Week:  From when we open until approximately 2 hrs before closing.


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

Within 3 hrs to closing time, it's a good idea to call 760/722-7896
and check how busy we are with buys before visiting.

Buy Counter Instructions & Helpful Tips:
 *All Clothing must be Freshly WashedLaid Flat & Neatly Organized in storage bins, containers, laundry baskets or shopping bags with handles. No Plastic Bags please!!  Please place 2 piece outfits together (do not pin them).

*Clothes must be Current in Style
(within the last 3 years) and free of stains, rips, pilling, fading, excessive wear, odors and any alterations from orig style.

*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.

*Unfortunately at this time
we don't purchase pre-owned cribs (purchased prior to 6/28/11), car seats, used travel systems, used bedding, socks, bottles, rattles, dishes, wall art, picture frames, backpacks, stuffed animals, or baby formula.

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

Most Wanted Items:
GIRLS: 0 mos thru 24 mos
BOYS: 0 mos thru 24 mos

- High Chairs
- Booster Seats


- Cribs (non pull down manufactured after 6/28/11)
- Walkers
- DVDs



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

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 to 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!

Our Location

    Gold Standard Store

    This location has received the Gold Standard Seal. They have been recognized for achieving the highest standards in Product, Quality, Operations and Customer Service.

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