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 How To Wash Hard-To-Clean Kids Clothing

You’ve just picked up some amazing deals from the consignment sale and have begun the long, seemingly never-ending process of washing your kid’s clothing. The washing machine has been running for hours now and as you’re finishing up, you realize there’s some laundry left that you have no idea how to wash but definitely needs cleaning. Scroll down for a handy dandy guide on how to wash some of the most common kids second hand clothes.

Baseball Caps

Turns out, you can wash your baseball caps in the dishwasher! This is not your mama’s trick, so here’s what you need to know. Collect your dirty hats and empty the dishwasher. Place your caps on the top rack of the dishwasher, usually two to four hats fit best. Be sure to use Borax or a bleach-free dishwasher detergent. If your dishwasher has a cold setting, great! If not, use the gentlest cycle and opt for no/low drying. Once the dishwasher has run through the full cycle, take your hats out, reshape them a bit and balance them on a drinking glass to air dry overnight. Wake up in the morning to fresh, clean baseball caps.

Flip Sequins

If you don’t know what flip sequins are, it’s safe to say that you’ve unknowingly seen them. These sequins can be moved different directions with your hand, making the bright, shiny colors change back and forth. They’re especially popular on shirts, skirts, dresses, pillows, and more for kids. Good news though, washing this fashionable style is easier than you’d think. First, turn the clothing inside out and gently swirl them in a sink of cool water with a mild detergent. Then, flip the style back out and run a cool cloth over the sequins once in each direction. Carefully fold the clothes into quarters, so as not to bend the sequins too much. Gently squeeze the water out, — do not wring the clothes! — laying the style flat to dry. Now, that flip sequin unicorn shirt will sparkle like new.

Tennis Shoes

Like hats, this is another item most people hand wash but don’t have to. With a small amount of prep, tennis shoes can be cleaned effectively in the washing machine. Take the shoelaces and put them inside of a wash bag. Place your shoelaces, shoes, and roughly four towels in the washing machine and run it with detergent on the coldest, gentlest cycle. Having personally done this several times, here are some lessons we learned the hard way so you don’t have to.

1) if you don’t add the towels, your shoes will kick the machine door open every time they spin. This will aggravate you until you find yourself wedging a large stick between the door and the nearest wall for a little peace of mind.

2) do not put your shoes in the dryer. It will not turn out well, even if you feel like it could. When the washer is done, put your shoes out in the sun or over a heater and let them naturally dry.

So, now that you’re a laundry pro, the next time you watch your munchkin make a mud puddle in the yard with the hose and jump in before you can say anything — don’t panic. You’ve got that muddy mess under control. Feel free to stop by Once Upon A Child for a new hat or shoes to practice washing!

 

Spring Cleaning For 2019!

Once Upon a Child in Newport News is here to help parents of children simplify their closets. With our store, you can buy and trade your child’s gently used items for new ones! Now that’s how to do this year’s spring cleaning!

The First Day of Spring is March 20, 2019

This year, spring officially begins on March 20. This means that you have roughly 22 days until spring is finally here. So, what better time to initiate your spring cleaning? As many parents know, your child can grow out of a garment in less than a few weeks. For many parents, the rate of their child’s growth can be hard on their wallet; the second they buy a new pair of pants, their child has already grown out of them! It can be so frustrating to a parent, especially if there is no way a child can fit in the item they bought just a few weeks ago. If you are a parent, trying to be wise with your finances, perhaps Once Upon a Child can help! This spring, it is time to go through your child’s closet. By organizing and rummaging through their entire collection of garments, you will be able to tell what can stay and what has to go.

Sort, Trash, and Bag

The best way to go through your child’s closet is by using the good old sort, trash, and bag tactic. How does it work? Well, you simply need to go through your child’s entire closet and sort out the clothes by their use. For example, casual wear, nightwear, and formal wear should be separated into three separate piles. Then, once this is done, you can move onto the “hard part,” determining what needs to be kept and what needs to be thrown or given away.

Sort

Sorting your child’s items can be more time intensive than you may think, but the result is very satisfactory. Think of it, you will finally have your child’s closet organized like a pro! Sorting can be beneficial because you will know exactly what your child owns and what occasion the garment can we worn to. For example, once you have sorted out your child’s clothes, you can hang up those items in their own section of their closet. Formal wear is a prime example of how you can sort and further organize your child’s closet by the type of clothing it is.

Trash

Unfortunately, some clothes are beyond the point of mending. This means that there are some garments that will have to be thrown away. You will want to throw away any items that have considerable stains and holes in them. You will also want to throw away any undergarments that your child has grown out of. When going through your child’s closet, it is important that you label which is your “trash” bag, and which is your “giveaway” bag. You don’t want to mix the two up, so it is best to clearly label the bags or have different color trash bags to differentiate them.

Bag

Bagging your child’s items is important to consolidate the space in your child’s closet. When your child is small, it can be easy to determine what is too big and too small. For instance, if your child is a 2T, they probably won’t need their newborn clothing anymore. With this being said, it is important that you only keep what is necessary or extremely sentimental. It can be easy to look back on a certain outfit your child wore and look fondly on it, but only keep something you intend to pass down to your child when they are older. What you can “bag” in your child’s closet is almost endless. Whether it is shoes, pants, shirts, or even jackets, there are plenty of other children that could benefit from your child’s gently used items. When considering whether to give one of your child’s items away, you will need to ask yourself, “Will my child ever actually wear this again?” If your answer is ‘no’ you should definitely give the item away. After all, if you don’t, your child’s closet will just get bigger and bigger, filled with stuff they will never use again. Don’t let your home become a museum of old, used items!

Visit Us Today!

At Once Upon a Child in Newport News, we have hundreds of items for you to browse through. Once you have given us your bag of discardable items, you can earn cash credit for your items. This means you can find items that your child can actually wear and use, such as new toys, clothing, books, and so much more! If you are interested in this fabulous system, bag up your child’s gently used items and visit us today! 

 

How to Properly Store Baby Clothing

If you have watched Netflix lately, you may have heard of Marie Kondo. This organizing consultant has traveled the world, written four books, and has even starred in her own show on the popular streaming site. So, why is Marie Kondo such a big deal? Well, her books haven’t been translated into multiple languages and sold millions of copies for no reason — her way of organizing works and helps others. If you are a parent of a newborn, or children in general, you may have seen the disorganized state of your home. Well, you're not alone. Millions of people struggle with organizing their belongings, as well as their children’s belongings. In this blog, we will be discussing how to fold baby clothes in order to make your baby’s living space more cleanly.

1. Resurface and Remove

Part of the issue of baby clothes is that you can easily misplace them long enough for your child to grow out of them. This means that baby clothes that you could have used, were wasted because you misplaced them or did not organize your space well enough. One of the best ways to store your baby’s clothes is to know your baby’s clothes; take all of your babies clothes and put them in a pile. This means that you also might find items that you never used or have forgotten about. While you are resurfacing all of your child’s clothes, it is time to give some stuff away! When you truly think about it, there are only a few things that are absolutely essential to keep. Marie Kondo says in her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, that you should focus on what to keep, rather than give away. This means that you should go through all of your baby’s clothes and decide what is essential to keep. If they have grown out of clothes, you should absolutely give them to a new home. Kondo’s belief is that you should only keep an item if “it sparks joy in your heart.” That means if there is a piece of clothing that you simply cannot part with, you can keep it with the intention of passing it down to the next generation. But everything else — put it in a bag and give it away!

2. Clean Your Baby’s Clothes

It is always a good idea to clean your baby’s clothes (duh). When everything is clean and stored, you will know that you have fully organized your space. Part of the issue with storing your baby’s clothing is that you may not have stored ALL of their clothing. This means you may not be able to plan to utilize the space available to you. So, the best way to store your baby’s clothes is to clean all of their clothing and store them all at once.

3. Sort

Sorting is an essential piece of storage. Sorting can go by a system that you are most comfortable with, however, there are some categories that you should follow (especially for baby clothing). You should sort your child’s clothing by the following categories:

  • Size
  • Type
  • Bulk

Size: Your child can grow out of clothing in just a few months. Babies, particularly, only stay in a specific size for just two-three months. So, in order to organize your baby’s clothes, you should separate their clothing by the size they are. For baby clothing, all garments are labeled by the number of months the baby is. For example, an outfit could be labeled “12-months” for a one-year-old, “9-months” for a nine-year-old, and a “2-T” for a two-year-old. All of these sizes range greatly and should be stored separately. Once your baby exceeds the weight or age of a specific size of clothing, you should do your best to discard that size. For instance, if your child is a year old, they have no need for newborn clothing. Type: The type of clothing should be stored separately as well. The “type” of clothing means what genre of clothing it is. For instance, shoes, hats, jackets, pants, and shirts all should be stored separately. Not only that, but clothing for different events should be separated. For instance, your child’s everyday wear should be stored with their holiday or dress-up clothes. It is important to separate different types of clothing in order to find them easier. Bulk: Bulk items defer to the size of a specific garment takes up. Just like your winter or formal clothes can be bulkier than your everyday clothes, so are your child’s. It is best to organize your child’s winter items and formal wear into their own closet or space. Bulky items take up more room, which can make storing all of your items difficult. Another thing you must think about when storing your bulky items is when you will use them. For items, such as sweaters, jackets, mittens, and hats, you should store them in sealed bags or boxes and store them for the fall or winter.

4. Label

When storing any of your items, especially if you are packing away seasonal items, you should always label the boxes or bags. This can be exceedingly helpful, especially when you resurface them to use during cold or hot seasons. Labeling can be one of the most advantageous uses of your time, especially when it comes to organizing baby clothes. With labeling, you can organize your kid’s clothes by the size, type of clothing, the season they are utilized, and even a box of keepsakes.

5. Store

It is always a good idea to purchase individualized baskets. Throwing items in a massive drawer is the fastest way to make your baby’s clothes become a jumbled, chaotic mess. It is best, if you are trying to store your items, to use organizational skills to further separate each of your items, such as shirts, pants, and socks. In each basket, you should designate a certain type of item. And, in each basket, you should adopt a “rolling technique.” This simply means that you should roll the garments tightly together to prevent wrinkles and conserve space.

Once Upon a Child

At Once Upon a Child in Newport News, we are able to provide parents with a large range of items for their children. At discounted prices, you will be able to find anything you need for your little one. Better still, you can sell your unwanted items to us for cash or store credit. This means you have a dependable, convenient place to give your unwanted baby clothing items! Hopefully, this news will make it easier to part with your baby’s clothing and make space for new items! Contact us today if you have any questions.

 

Sell Unwanted Christmas Gifts to Once Upon a Child

Christmas time is a great time for many families. After all, it is a time of giving and celebrating together. But sometimes the “giving” part of the season is more of a “who-can-I-get-rid-of-this-to” kind of time. We have all felt that exhilaration of opening a gift, only to find the most unpleasant Christmas present inside. Of course, your aunts and uncles will try and play it up, remarking how thoughtful of a gift it actually is. However, despite what they say, you both know that the gift is awful and will collect dust somewhere in your home. Once Upon a Child in Newport News is a great place to ensure that your home doesn’t collect with toys and clothes that your child does not want or does not fit in. Here, you can sell baby gear, toys, and clothing for cash or store credit. In this blog, we will be discussing some of the options you have at Once Upon a Child, in terms of selling items that your child does not want or need. We hope, that by reading this blog, you will find a way to sell your unwanted items in a way that will benefit you and your child.

Clothes That Don’t Fit

We don’t know why, but relatives love to buy clothes for kids, even if they haven’t seen them in a year or even know their size. This is unpleasant for parents because it means they have to pretend to be grateful, even though their kid hasn’t been a 2T in two years. But since it is the holidays, and it is the thought that counts, parents will pretend that the gift is perfect. In the past, if parents would receive clothing or toys their kid did not want or would not fit in they would save them to give as gifts to someone else. Though this process works, it only cycles the items over and over again. And, the items have to collect dust somewhere, waiting for the next child’s birthday or baby shower. Once Upon a Child offers parents an easy place to sell kids clothes for store credit or cash. This way, parents will be able to receive clothes and toys that their kid will actually use! Better still, our store isn’t just for clothes your kid can’t fit in anymore — not even close! At our store, you can sell back gently used items as well. For instance, if your child only wore something once and now it is too small, our store can buy those items from you. And, with the store credit you receive, you can peruse our aisles to find other, more fitting items for your child.

Toys That Are Old, Creepy, Or Outdated

We have all received that toy that could feature in a horror movie. Yet, despite its appearance, some relative thought that the gift was appropriate to give to you and your child. To save your child nightmares, you can consider giving it away, hiding it, or the better choice, burning it. Once Upon a Child gives you another choice — selling it! Giving away, hiding, or yes, burning items, doesn’t benefit you in the long run. Selling items, however, gives you the opportunity to get your kid something they will actually use and enjoy. Toys can be tricky gifts because they can be too old or outdated for your child to use any more. For instance, a relative can purchase a playpen for a toddler, when your child is over the age of five. You can’t really understand what would make them think that your child that know numbers and the alphabet would want a Fisher-Price item, but you still have to act grateful. Once your relatives have left your house after the holidays, you can use this opportunity to bring the item to us at Once Upon a Child!

Unused Child Gear

Baby gear and child’s gear is anything used to help raise your kid, such as strollers, cribs, high-chairs, you name it! If you receive a stroller you don’t want, or you have a stroller you don’t use anymore, Once Upon a Child is ideal for you. Here, you can sell baby gear you don’t want anymore. This not only saves you space, but also saves you time. Instead of giving your items away, you can sell the item in order to receive better items!

Once Upon a Child

If you are interested in utilizing Once Upon a Child, stop on by! We have aisles of incredible items that you and your child will love. And, if you are tired of storing unwanted past Christmas presents, now is the time to purge! We can take your unwanted items and offer you store credit. It is a win-win situation, so why not take advantage of it? Stop by your Newport News Once Upon a Child.

 

5 Rules to Wash Delicate Clothing

 Washing Delicate Clothing

We all have that one piece of clothing hanging in our closet that scares us. Maybe it isn’t scary in the classic frightening way, but it still causes us a bit of anxiety. This fear though doesn’t stem from the garment itself, but how to properly use and wash the item. For instance, white dresses, coats, pants, skirts — well, anything light colored actually — can cause anxiety in its owner. For one, white items show every ounce of dirt, dust, and stains. Black attire is always best because you can wear it for years and never see a single stain. However, with delicate and even white items, you have to jump through a few hoops to maintain them. In this blog, we will give you three rules you should follow when caring for your child’s delicate clothing. Hopefully, by reading our blog, you will have a better understanding of how to care for your child’s delicate items, as well as your own.

1. Watch the Stitching

Check the stitching and the fabric of the material before you throw it in your good ol’ washing machine. You should always inspect the stitching of your items before putting them in the wash to ensure the thread doesn’t get torn. How? First, you should look at the hem of the item and see how tightly stitched the item is. If the hem stitching is too loose, you should probably handwash the item and hang it to dry. You will also want to watch for the material of the item. If the item is made of silk, suede, leather, fur, or any other unorthodox material, you will want to read up on how to properly clean the item. If you have any articles of clothing that have intricate materials, such as sequins, you will almost never want to machine wash this type of item. Sequins naturally are secured with loose stitching. This means that if you place a sequined item in the wash, you will most assuredly lose a few sequins. And, anyone who has own sequined items will know how used and old the garment will look if there are sequins missing.

2. Learn What Temperature You Need

You may have noticed that the dials on your washing machine have more than one temperature option. Typically, you will notice a cold-cold selection, a warm-cold selection, and a warm selection. With these three different settings, you can customize the temperature in which you wash your clothes. However, with more variety in your temperature options, the most research you must do to figure out which garments respond best to specific temperatures. For example, if your child’s clothes are dark-colored and bright, cold water is better suited to clean the fabric. Cold water can shock the fabric to ensure that the color dye in the item won’t bleed to other clothes. Many people like using the cold-cold selection of their washing machines because it preserves energy and is by far more eco-friendly. With that being said, cold water also has its disadvantages too. For example, cold water will not get stains out as successfully as warm water will. Because of this, you will want to soak heavily soiled items before you place them into the washed. And, if you use cold water, you will need to apply far more detergent to help lift the stains out of the garments. Warm water is also an option when it comes to washing your clothes as well, however, this option should only be reserved for clothes that need a deep clean. Warm water is a great cleaning option because to can remove germs and heavy soil. But, because the water is hot, it has the ability to shrink, fade, and even damage your fabrics. Typically, you won’t want to use the warm water setting very option. Only when clothing is severely stained should it be implemented.

3. Know a Good Dry Cleaning Service

When in doubt, go to a dry cleaner. You may have to “bite the bullet” and just choose to pay for a dry cleaner. Some fabrics are too difficult to try to wash and a headache to try to figure out how to iron. Dry cleaners exist to ensure that your garments are cleaned and cared for. Dry cleaners also have the resources to afford large-scale cleaners and steamers to help lift stains and de-wrinkle your items. Though using a dry cleaning service is far more expensive, it can be a worthwhile option if you have an expensive item that needs to be cleaned and ironed. For instance, the holiday season is coming up, which means you little one is likely to have their own formal attire for photos. Because of this, using a dry cleaner can be a worthwhile expense, especially because you can rest assured your item won’t be damaged or stained.

4. Choose to Use a Mesh Bag

A mesh cleaning bag can be your new best friend. Though you don’t use one won’t understand its benefits, however, mesh bags have many positive aspects when it comes to washing your clothes. For one, mesh bags helps keep all of your clothes together and keeps them from tangling into the wash turbine. Also, a mesh bag can also be useful if you are washing white clothing and sheet items. For instance, have you ever noticed that your socks disappear in the washing machine? Well, one way to ensure that you never miss a single tiny sock is by using a mesh bag. And, finally, the last benefit of using a mesh bag is that you don’t have to worry about pulling out all of your clothes from the washing machine or the dryer. With a mesh bag, you can make one simple motion to pull out all of your clothes, without dropping a single item on the floor. After washing your child’s clothes, the last thing you want to do is drop them on the dirty floor. A mess bag solves this problem and keeps all of your clothes together.

5. Know How to Hang Delicate Clothing

Delicate clothing can be tricky because they are difficult to hang. Whether you decide to machine wash these items on the delicate cycle or hand wash them, you should refrain from putting them in the dryer unless you are certain that they won’t become damaged. For once, even on the delicate tumble cycle, your dryer can shrink your clothes and even discolor them. Because of this, it is wise to try to hang up your delicate items. You may notice that on a lot of items there are string loops attached to the inside of the garment. These loops are important because they can be used to hang your item without wrinkling them. Under any circumstances, you should never hang a delicate item with pant hanger clips. If you do, especially white the item is wet or damp, you might be causing permanent damage to the fabric. In some instances, such as a suede or chiffon item, no amount of ironing will fix the imprint of the clip.

Once Upon A Child in Newport News, VA

At Once Upon a Child in Newport News, we offer parents one location to buy and sell their child’s gently used items. Here, you will be able to find many different items for your child during this holiday season — from formal to casual wear! Stop by our store to browse our used kid’s clothing selections!

Learn What You Should Hang, Fold, and Store: A Clothing Guide

If you are like most humans, your closet can sometimes look like a wild forest of cloth and various fabrics. In your closet is a collection of shirts, sweaters, pants, and even random items that you haven’t worn in years — even decades. Closets are tricky, mainly because they can store so many different items. But, if you would like to optimize your space, you may want to adopt new methods for how you display and store your clothing. At Once Upon a Child, we know a thing or two about clothing. More importantly, we know how to store your child’s items so that you can keep your items nice and wrinkle-free. Let’s explore some tips and tricks to organize you and your child’s closets. Hopefully, by reading this blog, you will have a better understanding of how to properly organize your closet and care for your (and your child’s) clothing.

”You gotta know when to fold’em.”

Cue the Kenny Rogers music because “you gotta know when to fold’em!” It is true! Most of the reason closets are disheveled and clothes are wrinkled is because people don’t know when to fold their clothes. Not only that, but they don’t know HOW to fold them. When trying to decide when to fold certain clothing items, keep this trick in mind: If it doesn’t machine wash or it requires extra cleaning care, don’t fold it. Any items that require extra care, such as dry cleaning or hand-washing, should never be folded. You will typically want to fold items that are made from stronger fabrics, such as cotton, wool, or denim. All of these fabrics don’t wrinkle quite as easily and can be folded in a way that it doesn’t take that much room. For instance, you will want to fold this list of items:

  • T-shirts
  • Long Sleeves
  • Denim Pants
  • Shorts
  • Skirts
  • Tops
  • Sweaters

It is important that you fold the above items for two reasons. One, some of these materials, such as denim can be stretched out if it is hung for too long. Second, most of these materials can take up too much room in your closet. For instance, bulky sweaters are too large to effectively fit hanging in your closet. One of the best ways to optimize your, and your child’s, closet space, is to fold all of your bulky items and place them in a storage bin or secondary closet.

Hang in there!

If this process seems too complex, hang in there! You are so close to achieving an immaculate closet space. Hanging clothes is a little bit different from folding them. Hanging clothes is typically reserved for temperamental articles of clothing. Specifically, materials such as silk, leather, and suede, should always be hung up. You should also hang up these following items:

  • Silk Items
  • Suits
  • Long Dresses

No more wire hangers!

Your hangers matter. Don’t settle for cheap plastic ones, or even wire ones — yuck! Keep your clothes well taken care of by investing in flocked hangers with velvet lining. Of course, not all your clothes have to be hung up with luxurious hangers, but at least the delicate items should be! For instance, silk is by far the most temperamental fabric, as it requires specific hangers and demands to be hung up always. For this type of item, it is important to either use the string loops on the inside of the garment to hang it up, or use a specialty hanger. DO NOT EVER, hang up a silk item with a clipped pant hanger. If you do this, your silk item will forever have indentations where the clips were — essentially ruining the item.

Business in the front, party in the back

When it comes to your closet, organization is key. You may have seen images of closets organized by brand, by item, and even by color. Organization doesn’t necessarily have to follow rules, as it is all about your own comfort. However, organizing your closet by the function of the clothing is helpful. This trick is called, “business in the front, party in the back.” This organizational method means that you will hang or fold any of your items that you use often, such as your business or work attire up in the front of your closet. Any other items, such as party clothing, costumes, and fancy dresses should be placed in the back of your closet (yet still visible). This “still visible” part is important because once something is out of sight, it typically becomes “out of mind.” You don’t want to misplace your clothing, so placing it somewhere you will see it often is important.

Convenience store

Out of sight, out of mind, is a very important principle to remember, especially when it comes to storage. You will want to store all of your items in a place that is high up and easily visible. If you have a shelf in your closet, this is the ideal method to store your items. You don’t want to place your storage items somewhere far away from your bedroom, such as your attic or basement. Storing your items should boil down to what is convenient for you. If you have to go through any trouble to get your items, you are most likely to ignore them and never use them. Worse, you are likely to re-buy items you already own. Storing your clothing should be organized into seasonal shifts. This means that when it is summer, you pack up all of your winter long-sleeves, pants, and sweaters into a plastic box. Why plastic? Well, cardboard packaging is terrible for the material of your items. If you want to keep your items as nice as possible, keep your things in a plastic, air-locked container.

Once Upon a Child, Newport News

At Once Upon A Child, we have to know how to treat clothing well — it is part of our business. If you have taken great care of your clothing, but don’t use it anymore, perhaps it is time to get rid of it. And, if your child has grown out of their gently used items, Once Upon a Child can take them off your hands. At our store, you will be given equal store credit in exchange for your items. In our store, you will be able to pick out incredible outfits, perfect for your little one. Don’t waste clothing or money just because your child doesn’t fit in their clothes. There is a better way to save and dress. Visit Once Upon a Child!

Shop Reduced Priced Baby Items at Once Upon a Child

Having a baby is expensive. Unfortunately, there is really no way around that fact. On average, it costs $233,610 to raise a child in America. Of course, this number does not take into account education, transportation, and extra recreational activities your child would like to partake in. Despite the cost of raising a child, this does not deter mothers and father from welcoming their own children into the world. But, by having a child, or multiple children, you should be mindful of the most expensive items you will have to buy to raise your child. We will discuss some of those things in this blog.

Clothing Your Child Costs Money

Though it is true that 29 percent of the amount you spend toward your child is for their housing, there are other expenses that pile up as well. For instance, your child’s clothes can cost you a great deal, even when you purchase clothing during sales or from commercial clothing stores. Parents spend thousands of dollars for their child’s wardrobe over the course of their lives. And, worse, a percentage of that money is wasted. For infants, clothing only lasts a few months. That means that they are able to wear an item a few times before it is too small. Many parents can find this frustrating, especially if they misplace an item, only to find it when their child can no longer fit in the garment. Of course, there are ways to save on your child’s clothing. For instance, hand-me-downs are a common way parents save money on clothing. Instead of buying new clothes, parents can simply have their second or third children wear reused baby clothes. The only issue with this style of reusing clothing is that children can be hard on their clothes. Because of this, second and third children are forced to wear clothes that are tattered or old-looking. Once Upon a Child offers parents the ability to sell back their children’s clothes, and purchase new, gently used garments for their other children. This system ensures that you have clothes for your children that are stylish and a perfect fit for them always.

Baby Carriers

Baby carriers are essential items for you to raise your child. During the first few months of your baby’s life, they will be very fragile. Carrying a newborn around isn’t realistic, so many parents choose a baby carrier. Baby carriers are ideal for parents because they have many uses. For one, the carrier can be used as a physical carrier, a car seat, and one of the pieces to fit on your stroller. Because they have so many uses, baby carriers can be quite expensive. Luckily, there are ways you can purchase carriers at a discounted price. Once Upon a Child in Newport News offers parents affordable baby products, such as carriers, for purchase. Instead of paying hundreds of dollars for your baby items, you can purchase all of your baby items for a low price. At Once Upon a Child, we also have a wide range of products as well, this means you will have more selection over your purchasing decisions.

Strollers

Strollers are one of the most expensive items on your baby item checklist. Unfortunately, because they are a convenience item rather than a necessary item, they are more expensive. This means that they have higher price tags because more people believe that they need them, which is partially true Many parents can’t carry their baby everywhere in just their carrier. For one, their arms can get tired, and as the baby grows, the carrier will get heavier. A stroller helps parents transport their baby without tiring their arms. Though the most expensive strollers reach upwards of $6,000, most strollers aren’t that expensive. At Once Upon a Child of Newport News, we have a baby section where you can find baby strollers at a lower price. Because you use your stroller for a short period of time, you want to make sure that you get a stroller that is quality, but also doesn’t cost you an arm to pay for it.

Cribs

Cribs are a necessary expense. Where your baby sleeps is essential to their health, as well as yours. For instance, if the crib you purchase is uncomfortable, your baby will not rest easy. A tired baby makes life twice as hard, especially for parents. Cribs are also expensive because you are essentially paying for the added safety features. For instance, your crib should have high enough bars to keep your child in the crib. If the bars are too low or too wide apart, your child could fall out of the crib or get one of their legs stuck. Modern cribs also come with bonus safety features, such as monitoring alerts. For instance, some cribs have built-in heartbeat monitors that can keep a watchful eye on your baby when you are asleep. If there are irregularities in your baby's heartbeat, the bed will sound off an alarm to alert you that something is wrong. Because of this, if you are willing to spend money on anything, a crib would be it. Also, cribs last longer than any other baby item and can be used for years after the initial months of having your baby. For example, some cribs double as both a crib and a toddler bed for when your baby isn’t a baby anymore. This can be a sound investment, as you won’t have to pay for a crib and another bed.

Diapers

Diapers are extremely necessary and are very expensive. Unfortunately, there is no real way around this dilemma. Diapers are essential to raising your child, so you have no choice but to buy them. One way you can save is by purchasing your diapers in bulk. This can ensure that you have plenty of diapers when you need them. You also can buy diapers from major shopping stores, such as Walmart or Target. When it comes to diapers, you want to make sure you purchase comfortable and absorbent diapers. If you buy cheap diapers they might give your baby a rash or not be able to absorb your baby’s messes.

Once Upon a Child in Newport News

At Once Upon a Child, we have a baby section where you can buy all your essential items. We have strollers, carriers, and clothes for a reduced price. And, if you have some of your child’s gently-used items to sell, visit us today and we can determine how much your items are worth. Contact us today if you have any questions or visit our website.

 Removing Stains from Your Clothing

Children can be messy, but that doesn’t mean that a shirt they have worn once is ruined because of a single stain. In this blog, we are going to discuss how to get stains out of your child’s clothing, based on different fabrics and cleaning methods. It is our hope that by being able to interpret a stain and understand how to get rid of it, you will be able to donate gently used clothing — regardless of a small stain!

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Children Staining Their Clothes

Children are surrounded by stain-inducing items, such as juice, pizza, popsicles, and so much more. Not to mention, even if a food item doesn’t seem like it would be messy, children have a way of making a mess regardless. With this in mind, their clothes can take on a lot of wear. Over time, clothes become ragged and stain-ridden. But, it doesn’t have to be this way! If you stay on top of their clothing and be sure to clean off any of the stains from the fabric, any shirt can look like new. Parents spend a lot of money on their child’s clothing; hard earned cash goes into purchases, washing, and storing all of their child’s clothing. However, just because their child gets their clothing dirty, doesn’t mean that their clothes are ruined or unable to donate in the future. For example, kids can wear a shirt once, stain it, and then neglect it very easily — but this does not mean that the shirt is forever ruined. In fact, there are many methods to get rid of stains on child clothing.

What Are The Best Solutions?

There are many different ways to get rid of a stain, but these are the four main solutions you can use:

  • Water
  • Salt
  • Vinegar/Lemon Juice
  • Detergent

Water: Plain ol’ H2O is the most common method to get rid of stains. Water is a useful stain remover because it can lift stains off of a material. Pesky food side effects, such as grease and oil stains, will require more work than simply washing it with water. Unfortunately, a more evolved stain such as this will require a soaking and scrubbing method, used interchangeably. For instance, you should first soak the shirt thoroughly and then apply soap later.

Salt: Salt is an inexpensive method to clean clothes that have been devastated by a greasy or sticky stain. The best way to clean with salt is by putting a bit in a water solution and a pinch on the material itself. The salt-water solution will be useful for soaking, while the added salt on the stain will be used for scrubbing. After fully soaked, with a toothbrush (you will never use again) you can scrub on top of the added salt. This salt scrub acts like an exfoliating solution to help lift the stain off the shirt.

Vinegar/LemonJuice: Surprisingly enough, this concoction of citrus and vinegar is the ultimate solution against grass stains and other sticky residues, such as construction glue and popsicle juice. Vinegar, specifically, is a great solution to fight off stains, as well as mildew, if your child’s clothes have been lying around too long without being fully dried. Though this solution works wonders for stains, it will not work on wool products. But then again, if you dressed your child in wool material and expected them not to stain it, you might have brought this mess on yourself.

Detergent: Detergent is a typical way to get rid of stains. Most of the time, you can simply place our clothes in the wash and see the stain disappear. However, for sugar-rich food items, stains are harder to get rid of, which means a simple cycle in the washing machine will not do the trick. Instead, you might have to use a little bit of detergent before you place the clothes in the washer. Using the little bit of detergent, you should gently massage the stain with a bit of water. Only after working out the stain can you then place the stained shirt in the washing machine for a full cycle.

There are other methods for cleaning your clothes, such as using chemical solutions, such as chlorine bleaches, enzyme cleaners, and glycerin. However, the issue with these cleaning solutions is that they are harsh on the material of the fabric, which will make the clothes wear much faster.

Does the Material Matter?

The clothing material a big deal. As stated earlier, materials such as wool aren’t as easily cleaned with basic solutions. Because of this, stains on wool items might need to be dry-cleaned by a professional service. Other materials, such as cotton, are a bit easier to clean and are able to be soaked and can withstand most cleaning solutions. If you have a stain on cotton material, however, be sure that you fully clean it before you place it into a warm dryer. Heat will set the stain on a cotton shirt, so any stain left behind when the shirt enters the dryer will be there forever. We will continue this blog in the second part of our series. Stay tuned as we go further into how to clean stains off of certain materials.

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If you are interested in giving away your child’s gently used items, stop by your local Once Upon a Child in Newport News, VA.

 

Keep Your Clothes Nice for Longer Part 1

Caring for Your Child’s Clothes

You waste money when you buy clothing — especially if you don’t know how to care for your clothes. Face it, when you go to the store you may buy a collection of wearable items for about $35-80. By making this purchase, you are assuming you will wear all of your clothes regularly. However, too often, you don’t wear the items you buy often enough or even at all. A key part of this is that you just don’t know how to care for your clothes to keep them long enough. When you invest in retail purchases, the expense is only worth it if you use those items for an extended period of time. And, if you decide you don’t want a certain item anymore, you can eventually sell your item to companies such as Once Upon a Child. However, this only works if you know how to care and gently use your items. If you are rough with your wearable materials, you will most likely not be able to sell anything later on. In this blog, we will offer you tips to use in order to keep your clothes nice for a longer period of time. We hope that by learning these tips and tricks, you will be able to keep your clothes longer and make them worth their initial investment.

Clean Smarter

Caring for your clothing is a long process that goes back to how you wash each item. So much of the upkeep of clothing boils down to how you wash your collection. For most articles of clothing, you can machine wash the item. However, machine washing items can be rough on the material and can cause the colors to fade faster. The objective of clothing care is to make sure that your clothes stay their original color and that their material doesn’t get damaged. In the washing and dryer, clothes are literally battered around in order to become “clean.” Because of this, clothes can sometimes become abused and wear down. One way to combat this is by adjusting the way you wash your clothes. For one, you can limit the number of clothes you put in the washer. Not all clothing demands to be machine washed. If you have delicate items, you may be better off just washing them in your sink with some laundry soap. By washing them gently by hand, you will be able to preserve the color and material of the clothes, as well as save you the effort of placing the item in the washing machine and dryer. And, by putting less in your washing machine, you are making it easier on your machine by not overloading it. When you fill your washing machine with clothes, it can make your machine work overtime and potentially break.

Put Clothes Inside-Out

One way to improve the quality of your clothes, if you have to put them in the washing machines, is by putting them in inside-out. By putting your items inside-out in the washing machine, you will be allowing the inside of your clothes to be tumbled instead of the front side. This will ensure that your clothes will be fully cleaned and the front side of your shirt stays pristine.

Wash Your Clothes in Cold Water

Though your washing machine might have different water temperature options, the only one you really should be utilizing is the ‘cold-cold’ setting. Warmer water will wear out clothes and fade the colors of your items very quickly. Cold water is much better for the threads of your garments and still does a great job of cleaning your items. If you must use the hot water setting, you should be reserving it only when you have a load of laundry that is visibly dirty. Hot water works well in lifting dirt and grime, however, there is certainly a price to pay if you do so every time you do a load of laundry.

Don’t Use Bleach

There are great uses when it comes to bleach. For one, bleach help keep your white clothes bright for a long time. But, unfortunately, using chlorine bleach can be a double-edged sword. Bleach can be a great brightening solution, yet can also wear out your clothes and cause more damage than good. For instance, if you use too much bleach you could destroy the color of clothes and cause a huge mess for yourself. And, even if you use just the right amount of bleach, the solution can be harsh on delicate fabric and ruin your clothes after just a few washes. So, what can you do? Well, the most logical option is to not use bleach at all. In theory, you don’t need bleach to keep your clothes white. To keep them white, you will just need to make sure you don’t spill on them and make sure you wash with like-colors. This means that all the white items you have should be washing with similar colors. If you have to use a whitening solution, we suggest using vinegar to help you brighten your items. Vinegar is a great solution to use and is very easy on fabrics. Best of all, vinegar is much better for the environment. Plus, you don’t have to worry too much about the smell. In the washing machine, the smell of vinegar is masked by the laundry detergent you use.

Once Upon a Child

Taking care of your garments is important because it can be the easiest way to save money. Most items can be kept for a long time if they are well taken care of. At Once Upon a Child, we know how valuable clothes can be, and with a little care, they can be used over and over again. If you have any gently used items, bring them into Once Upon A Child. Here at our Newport News location, you can trade in your child’s unwanted items for newer, more age-appropriate toys, clothes, and other items. Visit our Newport News store today if you have any sellable items! Stay tuned for the next part of our series, as we continue who to care for your wearable items.

Keep Your Clothes Nice for Longer Part 2

Caring for Your Clothes

In part one of this series, we discussed easy ways to clean your clothes without damaging them. Many clothes get ruined prematurely before they can be worth their original investment. One of the easiest ways to save money is by not having to buy new clothes every season. If you care for your clothes the right way, you won’t need to keep returning to your local clothing store for new items. And, when you decide you don’t want certain items anymore, you can trade them or sell them for new items. At Once Upon a Child, our business trades and sells clothing, toys, and other items for children. We understand that children can outgrow their clothes quickly, which means that some of your items don’t get to be worn as much as you would like. In order to save money, make sure you are taking care of your child’s items and then giving them to Once Upon a Child. Below are a few more tips for keeping your child’s items well taken care of.

Air Dry Your Items

Back in the day, people used to use clotheslines to dry out their items. When dryer machines weren’t around or too expensive, air drying items was the more economical option. Today, almost everyone has access to a drying machine. The only issue with this is that dryers are terrible for clothing. Dryers damage the fabric of clothing and can abuse the garment while it is tumbling in the machine. Putting items in a dryer also shrinks clothes and makes the colors fade. As stated in our previous blog, heat naturally fades color. This means that if you are washing your clothes in warm water and then drying your clothes in a dryer, you are causing twice the amount of destruction to your clothes. It is wise to invest in a hanging rack in your home. Allowing your clothes to air dry will keep them from wearing out too early. It is important to keep your rack away from a window, as the sun can fade your clothes even more than an electric dryer. Showers are a popular area to hang recently washed clothing, you are in no risk of damaging your floors or fading your clothes.

Listen to the Labels

You may have learned to follow direction when you were in elementary school; you were taught to read the directions and follow them as closely as possible. When it comes to washing your clothes, it is extremely important to read the label or tag on each item of clothing. On the tag it will say what mode of washing the garment requires and how it should be dried. The label will give you specific instructions on how you should be caring for your clothes. If you are not interested in taking care of your clothes and following their specific instructions, it is probably better for you not to purchase these types of items. After all, why would you spend the money for an item you would probably only be able to wear two or three times?

Once Upon a Child

At Once Upon a Child, we give you the option to trade and sell unwanted child items. At our Newport News local, you can bring in your child’s unwanted items and trade them in for more age appropriate ones. In order to trade or sell with us, your items must be gently used and well taken care of. We hope this series has been helpful and will inspire you to care for your garments in the future.

 

Save Money at Our Spring/Summer Sale!

If you are a parent, you know how much money goes into the care of your child; clothes, shoes, toys, and other items are all included in the expenses of raising a child. If you have more than one child, you can definitely relate to the issues of needing more clothes that fit your children as they grow. Because children grow at such an alarming rate, the clothes you buy for them in one month, can be too small the next month. As a parent, this can be incredibly frustrating, as bits of your paycheck are invested in clothes your child never wears. In this blog, we will discuss the process and benefits of Once Upon A Child. Hopefully, by reading our blog, you can find a new way to buy and sell your child’s clothing. This, of course, will make the purchasing process for your child’s clothes less painful, as they will probably grow out of their clothes in less than a month.

Affordable Clothing for Your Child

At Once Upon a Child, we offer parents a safe and easy way to gain access to quality goods for their children. At our stores, parents can peruse through great selections of sold clothes for their kids. In our stores, parents can look for clothes that perfectly fit their child and work best with their personalities. Sometimes when you are in a clothing store, you will purchase something expensive, and perhaps not your child’s exact style. At Once Upon a Child, you will be able to get great clothes for much less than you would be able to buy at commercial stores.

Teach Your Child About Recycling

Children are like small sponges; they learn by example. As a parent, it is important to teach your child valuable skills in sustainability. By teaching your child the value of recycling, you will be able to show them how things can be used and reused. This version of recycling is great because it shows the benefits of recycling in both monetary value, labor, and power. For example, each piece of clothing is created either with a sewing machine or manual labor. By reusing already made clothing, you have less need to demand manufacturers to make more clothes, this will save on energy and labor costs. Being able to teach your child a more sustainable way to use resources can be helpful with their clothes as well as other things. When your child is able to learn about recycling, they will be more inclined to use what they have learned and apply it to other activities as well, such as can and paper recycling.

Cleaning Out Unwanted Items

Aside from being a teachable experience, Once Upon a Child gives parents the option of providing their children with high-quality items for less. Just because something has been worn before, doesn’t mean that it is useless. In fact, at our store, we have hundreds (more like thousands) of items that are completely safe and wearable. If your children’s clothing is looking a tad small, perhaps it is best to move them up a size. At Once Upon a Child, it is easy to sell old clothes and purchase new ones in a size bigger. At our stores, we have representatives that take a look at your sellable clothes and determine whether we can sell them again. If you items are approved, we will take your items and give you anywhere from 30 to 50 percent of the value of the clothes back.

Spring/Summer Sale

Spring is officially over, but summer is here. Now is the opportunity to teach your kids valuable lessons in recycling, buying and selling, and cleaning out their closets. For a limited time, clothes in Once Upon a Child Newport News is 60 percent off! That’s right. No time to delay on this specialty offer! Get all the clothes you need for your children for the summer at Once Upon a Child!

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If you are looking for quality items for your kids for the summer, Once Upon a Child is perfect for you. In stores, we have wide selections of boy and girl clothing for a range of ages. Interested in your local Newport News store? Contact us today.

 

Make Money In Better, Easier Ways

Who said that a nine-to-five job was the only way to make money? Whoever did, it most likely was a boss. In actuality, there are other ways to make money rather than sitting at a desk. However, these jobs most likely won’t grant you a stable living, but some money is better than no money, right? Well, in the second part of this blog series, we will discuss two other ways to make money. Although working in a cubicle might sound fulfilling, some of us don’t accept that that is the only way to make money or our lives easier. In fact, there are multiple ways in order to make money and save money at the same time. At Once Upon a Child, you are able to sell your child’s clothes for money. As a parent, you know that your child grows at an alarming rate. Because your child is growing so fast, you sometimes can’t keep up with purchasing new clothes for every school year. Luckily, there are places, such as Once Upon a Child that you can easily sell child and baby clothes for a profit. This way, you not only get money for your child’s outgrown clothes, but you have a place where you can buy newer, more fitting clothes for your child.

ETSY SITE

Once Upon a Child is not the only place you can buy and sell your child’s clothes. Etsy.com is a great platform to buy and sell anything you can imagine. Etsy is a website where you can create your own online store and sell items you make or don’t want anymore. What is most exciting about this site is that some of your more hidden talents can be put on display and bought. For example, if you are a talented tie-dye artist, you can easily make designer t-shirts and sell them online. This is a great way to make money doing what you love. Best of all, selling your stuff online is relatively effortless. All you have to do is ship your items quickly and correctly. Other than that, there is really not work involved. Also, Etsy, Amazon, eBay, and any other online e-commerce store is one of the more popular ways to purchase items. Now, more than ever, customers are turning to the internet to receive items. Because of this, there is a high demand for online stores to sell goods. The only real drawback with Etsy is that sometimes stores can be limited with their details. For instance, if you are shopping for clothes, it can be either hit or miss. If you go to a physical store you will be able to gather important information, such as how large the garment is, what it is made of, and what color it is. Often, online stores have images taken by the seller that aren’t exactly the right color. This obviously can be a bit misleading and cause understandable frustration by buyers.

SELL ON YOUR EDUCATION

This may be the land of the free and the home of the brave, but schooling is anything but free. In order to attend a four-year University, most students pay on average $20,000 a year for in-state tuition. That’s right. In order to receive a diploma, most American students will spend over $80,000 on their four-year degree. Obviously, this is a lot of money that most people have to take out loans for. However, if you are drowning in loan debt or just need to keep your head above water, selling on your education is a good idea. Instead of letting your education go to waste, organize yourself and become a tutor for hire! This is an easy way to sell your expertise to students and make your education mean something. And, even if you don’t have a four-year diploma, everyone has a trade they can utilize. Anything from speaking a different language to being able to teach driver education can be utilized to receive cash. What makes teaching such a lucrative way to receive money is that any trade can be taught. Best of all, teaching allows you to reestablish purpose in your life by sharing your knowledge and wisdom.

ONCE UPON A CHILD

If you don’t have a teacher’s patience or the motivation to sell items online, Once Upon a Child is always a great option for you as well. By selling your child’s clothes online you can not only complete your spring cleaning but receive money for old clothes that don’t fit your child anymore. Contact us today for more details.

 

 

Making Easy Money

Some of us will struggle with money. At times, pockets can run a little low and cause unwanted stress. However, even if you are financially stable, saving money and receiving extra sums of income is always appreciated. Surprisingly enough, in America, there are many ways to get money without holding a formal job title or even getting a part-time job. In this blog, we will discuss the many ways you could save money, as well as receive extra bits of income without having to apply for a job, answer to a boss, or even sit at a desk.

Recycling

Recycling your plastic and aluminum cans can be a beneficial practice in more ways than one. For instance, you can earn some money by bringing your bottles and cans to a dump or an official recycling bin. Today, states like California offer five to 10 cents per bottle. Depending on much plastic and aluminum you have, you could collect quite a sum of money. When you bring your cans to the dump or collection bin you will have to count out your cans in order to find out the exact amount you will be paid. When it comes to recycling cans and bottles, you will not only benefit yourself, but the planet as well. Recycling, however, isn’t just restricted to collecting cans and bottles, there many other items you can give away as well. For example, some auto parts stores will give customers extra benefits if they bring in used car batteries. Some auto stores will refurbish batteries and either resell them or dispose of them for you. Certain stores will even give customers gift cards to use on other car-related items. Any money can go a long way when it comes to vehicles. So, if you are currently struggling with a vehicle, perhaps recycling some of your car parts would be the best way to gain money or new parts.

Online Surveys

Online surveys can be annoying if they are voluntary, especially if they are long and heavily worded. Luckily, there are some online surveys that give a little incentive to their participants. Best of all, some of the surveys are not too long and significantly help businesses with their customer-user experiences. Websites such as MySurvey, Toluna, YouGov, all give small sums of money to participants by the hour. Of course, the sum is below minimum wage, so taking surveys isn’t a career choice by any means. However, if you are able to dedicate a few hours of your day to answer questions, you could get a nice supply of spending money.

Delivery Service

Becoming your own delivery service is more lucrative than you would think. In fact, some delivery services can make anywhere from $20-36 from each service. If you deliver packages in an eight-hour workday, you will be making almost $288 a day! That’s right! Delivery services can be either done by a car or a bike. If you are interested in physical activity and making good tips, a bike delivery service is always a good choice, especially if you want to save money. With you use your own vehicle to deliver items, you will have to consider the amount of gas you will be spending. However, with a car, you will be able to make more delivery runs. Not only that, but you also will be able to make it to your designated drop-off spots faster. No matter what mode of transportation you choose, working as a delivery service can help you get more money to do things you enjoy or buy things you need.

Sell Your Notes From College

If you are a student, or recently graduated, selling your notes can be extremely beneficial. Businesses, such as Stuvia, pay you for any of your notes on a large variety of subjects. If you have good notes, with excellent penmanship, your notes rise in value. Some students have been able to make thousands of dollars in just one year by selling their old and unneeded notes. If you are a student, you spend hours studying and preparing for a test. If you are using your time to create excellent notes, you might as well get paid for them. According to Stuvia, one student even made $2,500 from their notes in one year. If you are looking for another way to make money off of your schooling experiences, you can also sell your textbooks for money as well. If your books are up to date and in good condition, you could receive up to $100 for your books.

Sell Baby Clothes

Selling clothing is a great way to make money. Today, stores such as Plato’s Closet make it easy to sell lightly used adult and youth clothing items. However, these types of second-hand stores rarely include a baby clothes section. Once Upon a Child allows you to resell both child clothes and baby clothes. By putting these items for sale, you can make a lot of your money back. When you think about it, children and babies only use their clothes a couple of times before they outgrow them. In fact, children grow almost several inches a year and babies can double their birth weight in only a few months. Because of this, you can spend a large sum of money on outfits that your child may never even wear. This can be frustrating, as well as straining on your wallet. Luckily, there are better ways to buy your children’s clothes and sell them back for cash.

ONCE UPON A CHILD

Once Upon a Child gives you a place where you can resell baby clothes, baby toys, child clothes, books, etc. We are able to take your items and give you money for them. Children grow extremely fast, which means that not all outfits are worn equally. If you have spent a lot of money on outfits that your child has only worn once, you should have to take that financial loss. Once Upon a Child believes that there is a better way, a more financially-friendly way to spend money on clothing, toys, and books for your children. Contact us today.

The Money Required to Raise a Child

On average, it roughly costs $233,610 to raise a child. This means, annually, a parent will spend up to $14,000 dollars on their child. This may seem like a lot, but when you think about the combined necessities to raise a child, such as food, clothing, shelter, school, entertainment, and physical activity, the numbers add up. Now, this number only equates to when a child is 17. If your child decides to attend college, the total expense of raising your child will obviously rise. So, with all of the expenses involved in raising a happy, healthy child, you may want to review how you are spending your money. Whether you are above or below the poverty line, saving money is a wise venture. Why? When you save money, you allow that sum to be spent on something else. For example, children often love and enjoy toys. Saving money on items such as clothing and toys, will allow you to spend more on necessary items that your child requires. Much of the issue with saving money is learning how to save money. Some families use coupons, Groupons, and other methods to save a few extra dollars. For adults, stores such as Plato’s Closet exist to help save money. In these resale stores, adults can sell their gently used items and receive money for them. Once Upon a Child functions similarly to these stores, in that, children and baby clothes can be resold or purchased for a bargain price. So, if your child outgrows an item, you can sell it to the store and receive money for it. Better still, with the money you receive, you can use that money to buy larger sizes, toys, books, and even baby furniture!

Why Resale Children and Baby Clothes?

Many might ask, “Why should I resale children and baby clothes?” Unfortunately for some, resale or second-hand stores make them feel degraded. As if, because clothes were not bought in-store, they aren’t as good. On the contrary, resale stores only take items back that are gently used which means that they are items that don’t have holes, stains, or tears in them. Most of the items you will see in a resale store are no different than any other store. The only difference is that you know someone else has used the items. However, in a sense, this can be a comfort. Children often will have sensitive skin, which means they are picky about what they wear. Because the items in a resale have been worn before, items are more comfortable and form fitting. However, trying to find clothing for a sensitive child might be a challenge. And, paired with their alarming growth rate, some parents need all the help they can get.

Child Growth Rate

After the age of two, most children will grow about six-centimeters (two and a half inches) per year. Though this may not seem like a lot, in clothing, it could be a full size. Because of this, parents will find themselves buying their child a new wardrobe almost every year in order to keep up. Just because the growth rate confirms a six-centimeter difference each year, not all children grow at a steady rate. So, though your child might be a two-year-old, they might be wearing bigger clothes than their actual age. This doesn’t necessarily mean that their growth rate is unusual, as all children grow at their own rate. But, because they grow so much, this can be frustrating to some parents. Especially, when on average, parents will spend $688.62 annually on back-to-school shopping, alone. That means parents will purchase clothing every year at high prices in order to make sure their children have clothes that properly fit them.

Single-Parent Income

For parents that have two incomes, affording clothing and food costs can be manageable. Two-income households can (for the most part) sustain a child’s needs, such as clothing, food, and shelter. However, for single-income households, money can run tight. A single-income family can be due to an unpresent spouse, an unemployed parent, or a deceased parent. Whether the parent is non-contributing voluntarily or involuntarily, the responsibility of raising a child falls to one parent. Based on only one income, that parent must find new and resourceful ways to support the child and still have enough left over to support themselves. In America, there are over 13 million single parents, raising 21 million children of the population. More shocking is that there are more single mothers, and in those households, the income is only 31 percent of the median income of two-parent families. Which means, on average, single-mother families only bring in $25,493 as income. Due to these statistics, it makes sense why families would want to come up with new methods to save money.

Lost Items

Even if your family consists of two parents and incomes, saving money is never a bad idea. Especially when you find out how much money is wasted on lost items. Your children are young and don’t understand the idea of responsibility. Because of this, children tend to be forgetful and lose items often. Based on a recent statistic, 80 percent of children will lose expensive items such as clothing, lunch boxes, and other supplies. Because of this, it is wise for parents to spend frugally on items they know their child will grow out of in a year, or most likely — lose at school. In fact, 57 percent of children will lose items such as hats and gloves, while 43 percent will lose outwear, like coats and jackets. Because of their ability to misplace items, it is wise for parents to purchase items are aren’t too expensive for their child’s everyday use.

Back to School Rush

Every parent knows the “back-to-school rush.” This event occurs during the late summer months when parents scramble to prepare their child for the next school. This means that parents will have to purchase new clothes, school supplies, and outerwear in order to keep their children up-to-date with the new year. Back-to-school shopping can be stressful for some parents, especially those who don’t get a lot of time to take off from work to go shopping. Because of this, some parents choose to go to super-stores where they know all the items they need will be in one place, such as Target or Walmart. The issue with these stores is that they still sell items at retail price and the stores almost encourage you to spend more than you need. For the sake of convenience, parents choose to spend more money so they don’t have to roam from store-to-store. This, obviously, can rake up expenses and make saving more difficult for some parents. Resale stores offer parents low prices for quality items that their child will need. But where is there a child and baby resale store near you?

Where to Sell Child and Baby Items?

Once Upon a Child in Newport News, VA, offers parents a convenient place to purchase what they need for their kids. If you are in need to sell used baby clothes or children's wear, Once Upon a Child can benefit you. Not only will you be able to organize your child’s wardrobe, but you will be able to make some money back from your purchases. And, if you are not selling, but wish to purchase affordable items, Once Upon a Child can help you too. If you are interested, visit your local Once Upon a Child today.

 

Benefits of Buying Children's Clothing Resale

 

Everybody wants their child to look their very best. Unfortunately, kids can often grow out of a whole set of clothing every year or so. This can create a big strain on your budget. Luckily, there are options out there to shop for quality clothing at prices that won’t break the bank. Here at Once Upon A Child, we offer gently used, high quality, and affordable children’s resale clothes in Newport News, VA. Before you check out some of what we sell, let’s go over some of the benefits of buying secondhand kids clothing.

Affordability

This is obviously the number one reason people opt to buy kids clothing resale; the price is much more affordable. With brand name clothing, you’re generally paying for the label and style more than the cost of quality product manufacturing. Bypass that markup completely by buying children’s clothing resale in Newport News, where prices are typically half the cost of new brand name clothing.

Keep It Local

Stores and venues that sell clothing resale, like thrift stores, flea markets, and even our quality children’s resale store in Newport News, tend to be local. That means that every time you buy new clothing for the kiddos, you’re also supporting your local community.

Enjoy The Hunt

Are you tired of advertisements telling you what to buy? Sometimes it’s just more fun to figure it out for yourself. Secondhand clothing stores often offer a much wider selection than brand name stores because their clothing pool is drawn from more places. Not only that, but new merchandise at kids clothing resale stores tends to arrive daily. This gives you more opportunities to pick out that outfit that perfectly suits YOU and YOUR CHILDREN’s specific style and tastes.

Quality Control

Have you ever encountered a product that looked great upon first inspection, but then broke down quickly after you bought it? Unfortunately, this isn’t extremely uncommon in the clothing world. But, when you buy resale, you get a much better idea of how a particular clothing item stands the test of time, because it has already been used. You might even consider the clothing “pre-tested”, rather than “gently used”.

Help the Environment

About 130,000,000 pounds of trash get dumped into landfills every year in America. We could all do our part to get those numbers down, and one way to help is to buy kids clothing resale. Doing so on a large enough scale brings down manufacturing demands, meaning less clothing to be thrown away in the future. You also keep the clothing that you buy out of the landfill for longer.

Great Service

While this surely may not apply to every kids clothing resale store, many thrift stores, flea markets, and especially here at Once Upon a Child, have a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and employees who are only too happy to help customers when in need. This is great for parents wanting to spend that extra time to find just the right styles for their little one. Hopefully we have turned you on to the benefits of buying secondhand kids clothing. Here at Once Upon A Child, we offer top quality resale clothing in Newport News, VA at an affordable price. If you have any questions about our products, store hours or location, or mission, please don’t hesitate to give us a call today; we’ll be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

 

If you’re like a lot of parents, you’ve probably amassed a pretty big pile of outgrown kids’ clothing, toys, and accessories. There’s really no keeping pace with a child’s growth when it comes to their stuff. If it’s in good condition, don’t throw it away; that’s a waste of good clothing, and often, good hard cash. That’s because here at Once Upon A Child, you can sell your gently used kids’ clothing in Newport News with ease! Here’s how.

What You’ll Need

The last thing you want to do is make a trip all the way down here and realize that you forgot something. Here’s a handy checklist for you to mark off before you head down. I.D. -- We do require you to show your identification when selling gently used kids items as part of our quality assurance. Used Kids Clothing -- Okay, this one is a no brainer. But make sure to grab all your gently used clothing, toys, and accessories for us to review so you don’t have make an extra trip. Extra Time -- There will be a short waiting period while we review your items. We generally recommend perusing our wares in the meantime. Wait times may vary based on the number of customers before you, and all sales are first come/first serve. You will be quoted a wait time before your items are looked over.

The Process

As you saw above, the process for selling kids’ clothes in Newport News at Once Upon A Child is fairly straightforward and easy. All it requires is for you to bring your clothing and I.D., let us evaluate the items you bring, and walk away with some extra cash in your wallet or new quality, affordable, kids clothing, toys and accessories.

Check Out Our Gently Used Kids Clothing

As a kids’ clothing resale store, we not only buy quality, gently used clothes, but sell them back at an extremely affordable price. Kids grow fast, and it can be hard to keep up with them. We try to make it a little easier by offering a one stop shop for selling and buying baby clothing, toys, and accessories in Newport News. Here at Once Upon A Child, we follow strict style, safety, and condition standards to ensure quality in our products. Because of this, we restrict certain items from being sold, including car seats, recalled products, or any item that does not meet government safety standards. We want to make the selling and buying process as easy on you as possible. If you have any questions about how things work, or any of our products, please don’t hesitate to give one of our friendly representatives a call or drop by our location today.

 

 

Buying your kids’ clothing gently used offers a whole host of benefits. As a Newport News kids resale store, we have seen this first-hand over and over throughout the years. For those of you who already have the thrift bug, we have plenty of quality children’s clothing, toys, and accessories. Come by and see what we sell for yourself. For those who are still on the fence about buying gently used, here are some of the benefits.

Affordable

Gently used clothing often sells for about half the price. Because of stringent laws and policies, the quality of gently used clothing is “like new,” making gently used clothing a steal for the value. Clothes shouldn’t break the bank, your kiddos will just grow out of them soon anyways. Save that money for other endeavors.

Eco-friendly

Anything you can keep out of the landfill is good for the earth, and that’s exactly what buying gently used clothing does! Giving clothes a longer shelf life, buying gently used not only keeps items out of landfills, but lowers demand as well, further reducing future waste.

Community building

Gently used clothing stores are part of a local community, a community that you help every single time you shop there. Not only will you personally get to know the people that make your town run, but you’ll be contributing to the local economy as well.

Access to brand names

Great deals aren’t just available for obscure brands, the big name brands pop up in gently used clothing stores all the time. Not only will you get name brands at a fraction of the price, you’ll also have the bragging rights for doing so.

Thrill of the hunt

Many people enjoy the atmosphere and process of finding great deals on valuable clothing items. You never know what gems you’ll find. It’s all a part of the thrill of the hunt, something you’ll likely be hooked on after your first “catch.”

Here at Once Upon a Child, we are happy to help parents find great children’s clothing items and toys at an affordable price. If you would like to take advantage of our fantastic deals, please don’t hesitate to drop by our Newport News kids resale store. We’ve got all kinds of name brand clothing and toys just waiting to be brought home. If you have any questions about our products, or how our reselling process works, please don’t hesitate to give us a call today. One of our knowledgeable and friendly representatives will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

Wash Your Clothes in Cold Water

Though your washing machine might have different water temperature options, the only one you really should be utilizing is the ‘cold-cold’ setting. Warmer water will wear out clothes and fade the colors of your items very quickly. Cold water is much better for the threads of your garments and still does a great job of cleaning your items. If you must use the hot water setting, you should be reserving it only when you have a load of laundry that is visibly dirty. Hot water works well in lifting dirt and grime, however, there is certainly a price to pay if you do so every time you do a load of laundry.

Don’t Use Bleach

There are great uses when it comes to bleach. For one, bleach help keep your white clothes bright for a long time. But, unfortunately, using chlorine bleach can be a double-edged sword. Bleach can be a great brightening solution, yet can also wear out your clothes and cause more damage than good. For instance, if you use too much bleach you could destroy the color of clothes and cause a huge mess for yourself. And, even if you use just the right amount of bleach, the solution can be harsh on delicate fabric and ruin your clothes after just a few washes. So, what can you do? Well, the most logical option is to not use bleach at all. In theory, you don’t need bleach to keep your clothes white. To keep them white, you will just need to make sure you don’t spill on them and make sure you wash with like-colors. This means that all the white items you have should be washing with similar colors. If you have to use a whitening solution, we suggest using vinegar to help you brighten your items. Vinegar is a great solution to use and is very easy on fabrics. Best of all, vinegar is much better for the environment. Plus, you don’t have to worry too much about the smell. In the washing machine, the smell of vinegar is masked by the laundry detergent you use.

Once Upon a Child

Taking care of your garments is important because it can be the easiest way to save money. Most items can be kept for a long time if they are well taken care of. At Once Upon a Child, we know how valuable clothes can be, and with a little care, they can be used over and over again. If you have any gently used items, bring them into Once Upon A Child. Here at our Newport News location, you can trade in your child’s unwanted items for newer, more age-appropriate toys, clothes, and other items. Visit our Newport News store today if you have any sellable items! Stay tuned for the next part of our series, as we continue who to care for your wearable items.

Removing Stains from Your Clothing

Children can be messy, but that doesn’t mean that a shirt they have worn once is ruined because of a single stain. In this blog, we are going to discuss how to get stains out of your child’s clothing, based on different fabrics and cleaning methods. It is our hope that by being able to interpret a stain and understand how to get rid of it, you will be able to donate gently used clothing — regardless of a small stain!

Children Staining Their Clothes

Children are surrounded by stain-inducing items, such as juice, pizza, popsicles, and so much more. Not to mention, even if a food item doesn’t seem like it would be messy, children have a way of making a mess regardless. With this in mind, their clothes can take on a lot of wear. Over time, clothes become ragged and stain-ridden. But, it doesn’t have to be this way! If you stay on top of their clothing and be sure to clean off any of the stains from the fabric, any shirt can look like new. Parents spend a lot of money on their child’s clothing; hard earned cash goes into purchases, washing, and storing all of their child’s clothing. However, just because their child gets their clothing dirty, doesn’t mean that their clothes are ruined or unable to donate in the future. For example, kids can wear a shirt once, stain it, and then neglect it very easily — but this does not mean that the shirt is forever ruined. In fact, there are many methods to get rid of stains on child clothing.

What Are The Best Solutions?

There are many different ways to get rid of a stain, but these are the four main solutions you can use:

  • Water
  • Salt
  • Vinegar/Lemon Juice
  • Detergent

Water: Plain ol’ H2O is the most common method to get rid of stains. Water is a useful stain remover because it can lift stains off of a material. Pesky food side effects, such as grease and oil stains, will require more work than simply washing it with water. Unfortunately, a more evolved stain such as this will require a soaking and scrubbing method, used interchangeably. For instance, you should first soak the shirt thoroughly and then apply soap later. Salt: Salt is an inexpensive method to clean clothes that have been devastated by a greasy or sticky stain. The best way to clean with salt is by putting a bit in a water solution and a pinch on the material itself. The salt-water solution will be useful for soaking, while the added salt on the stain will be used for scrubbing. After fully soaked, with a toothbrush (you will never use again) you can scrub on top of the added salt. This salt scrub acts like an exfoliating solution to help lift the stain off the shirt. Vinegar/Lemon Juice: Surprisingly enough, this concoction of citrus and vinegar is the ultimate solution against grass stains and other sticky residues, such as construction glue and popsicle juice. Vinegar, specifically, is a great solution to fight off stains, as well as mildew, if your child’s clothes have been lying around too long without being fully dried. Though this solution works wonders for stains, it will not work on wool products. But then again, if you dressed your child in wool material and expected them not to stain it, you might have brought this mess on yourself. Detergent: Detergent is a typical way to get rid of stains. Most of the time, you can simply place our clothes in the wash and see the stain disappear. However, for sugar-rich food items, stains are harder to get rid of, which means a simple cycle in the washing machine will not do the trick. Instead, you might have to use a little bit of detergent before you place the clothes in the washer. Using the little bit of detergent, you should gently massage the stain with a bit of water. Only after working out the stain can you then place the stained shirt in the washing machine for a full cycle. There are other methods for cleaning your clothes, such as using chemical solutions, such as chlorine bleaches, enzyme cleaners, and glycerin. However, the issue with these cleaning solutions is that they are harsh on the material of the fabric, which will make the clothes wear much faster.

Does the Material Matter?

The clothing material a big deal. As stated earlier, materials such as wool aren’t as easily cleaned with basic solutions. Because of this, stains on wool items might need to be dry-cleaned by a professional service. Other materials, such as cotton, are a bit easier to clean and are able to be soaked and can withstand most cleaning solutions. If you have a stain on cotton material, however, be sure that you fully clean it before you place it into a warm dryer. Heat will set the stain on a cotton shirt, so any stain left behind when the shirt enters the dryer will be there forever. We will continue this blog in the second part of our series. Stay tuned as we go further into how to clean stains off of certain materials.

Once Upon a Child of Newport News, VA

If you are interested in giving away your child’s gently used items, stop by your local Once Upon a Child in Newport News, VA.

Removing Stains from Your Clothing

Children can be messy, but that doesn’t mean that a shirt they have worn once is ruined because of a single stain. In this blog, we are going to discuss how to get stains out of your child’s clothing, based on different fabrics and cleaning methods. It is our hope that by being able to interpret a stain and understand how to get rid of it, you will be able to donate gently used clothing — regardless of a small stain!

Children Staining Their Clothes

Children are surrounded by stain-inducing items, such as juice, pizza, popsicles, and so much more. Not to mention, even if a food item doesn’t seem like it would be messy, children have a way of making a mess regardless. With this in mind, their clothes can take on a lot of wear. Over time, clothes become ragged and stain-ridden. But, it doesn’t have to be this way! If you stay on top of their clothing and be sure to clean off any of the stains from the fabric, any shirt can look like new. Parents spend a lot of money on their child’s clothing; hard earned cash goes into purchases, washing, and storing all of their child’s clothing. However, just because their child gets their clothing dirty, doesn’t mean that their clothes are ruined or unable to donate in the future. For example, kids can wear a shirt once, stain it, and then neglect it very easily — but this does not mean that the shirt is forever ruined. In fact, there are many methods to get rid of stains on child clothing.

What Are The Best Solutions?

There are many different ways to get rid of a stain, but these are the four main solutions you can use:

  • Water
  • Salt
  • Vinegar/Lemon Juice
  • Detergent

Water: Plain ol’ H2O is the most common method to get rid of stains. Water is a useful stain remover because it can lift stains off of a material. Pesky food side effects, such as grease and oil stains, will require more work than simply washing it with water. Unfortunately, a more evolved stain such as this will require a soaking and scrubbing method, used interchangeably. For instance, you should first soak the shirt thoroughly and then apply soap later. Salt: Salt is an inexpensive method to clean clothes that have been devastated by a greasy or sticky stain. The best way to clean with salt is by putting a bit in a water solution and a pinch on the material itself. The salt-water solution will be useful for soaking, while the added salt on the stain will be used for scrubbing. After fully soaked, with a toothbrush (you will never use again) you can scrub on top of the added salt. This salt scrub acts like an exfoliating solution to help lift the stain off the shirt. Vinegar/Lemon Juice: Surprisingly enough, this concoction of citrus and vinegar is the ultimate solution against grass stains and other sticky residues, such as construction glue and popsicle juice. Vinegar, specifically, is a great solution to fight off stains, as well as mildew, if your child’s clothes have been lying around too long without being fully dried. Though this solution works wonders for stains, it will not work on wool products. But then again, if you dressed your child in wool material and expected them not to stain it, you might have brought this mess on yourself. Detergent: Detergent is a typical way to get rid of stains. Most of the time, you can simply place our clothes in the wash and see the stain disappear. However, for sugar-rich food items, stains are harder to get rid of, which means a simple cycle in the washing machine will not do the trick. Instead, you might have to use a little bit of detergent before you place the clothes in the washer. Using the little bit of detergent, you should gently massage the stain with a bit of water. Only after working out the stain can you then place the stained shirt in the washing machine for a full cycle. There are other methods for cleaning your clothes, such as using chemical solutions, such as chlorine bleaches, enzyme cleaners, and glycerin. However, the issue with these cleaning solutions is that they are harsh on the material of the fabric, which will make the clothes wear much faster.

Does the Material Matter?

The clothing material a big deal. As stated earlier, materials such as wool aren’t as easily cleaned with basic solutions. Because of this, stains on wool items might need to be dry-cleaned by a professional service. Other materials, such as cotton, are a bit easier to clean and are able to be soaked and can withstand most cleaning solutions. If you have a stain on cotton material, however, be sure that you fully clean it before you place it into a warm dryer. Heat will set the stain on a cotton shirt, so any stain left behind when the shirt enters the dryer will be there forever. We will continue this blog in the second part of our series. Stay tuned as we go further into how to clean stains off of certain materials.

Once Upon a Child of Newport News, VA

If you are interested in giving away your child’s gently used items, stop by your local Once Upon a Child in Newport News, VA.

Shop Reduced Priced Baby Items at Once Upon a Child

Having a baby is expensive. Unfortunately, there is really no way around that fact. On average, it costs $233,610 to raise a child in America. Of course, this number does not take into account education, transportation, and extra recreational activities your child would like to partake in. Despite the cost of raising a child, this does not deter mothers and father from welcoming their own children into the world. But, by having a child, or multiple children, you should be mindful of the most expensive items you will have to buy to raise your child. We will discuss some of those things in this blog.

Clothing Your Child Costs Money

Though it is true that 29 percent of the amount you spend toward your child is for their housing, there are other expenses that pile up as well. For instance, your child’s clothes can cost you a great deal, even when you purchase clothing during sales or from commercial clothing stores. Parents spend thousands of dollars for their child’s wardrobe over the course of their lives. And, worse, a percentage of that money is wasted. For infants, clothing only lasts a few months. That means that they are able to wear an item a few times before it is too small. Many parents can find this frustrating, especially if they misplace an item, only to find it when their child can no longer fit in the garment. Of course, there are ways to save on your child’s clothing. For instance, hand-me-downs are a common way parents save money on clothing. Instead of buying new clothes, parents can simply have their second or third children wear reused baby clothes. The only issue with this style of reusing clothing is that children can be hard on their clothes. Because of this, second and third children are forced to wear clothes that are tattered or old-looking. Once Upon a Child offers parents the ability to sell back their children’s clothes, and purchase new, gently used garments for their other children. This system ensures that you have clothes for your children that are stylish and a perfect fit for them always.

Baby Carriers

Baby carriers are essential items for you to raise your child. During the first few months of your baby’s life, they will be very fragile. Carrying a newborn around isn’t realistic, so many parents choose a baby carrier. Baby carriers are ideal for parents because they have many uses. For one, the carrier can be used as a physical carrier, a car seat, and one of the pieces to fit on your stroller. Because they have so many uses, baby carriers can be quite expensive. Luckily, there are ways you can purchase carriers at a discounted price. Once Upon a Child in Newport News offers parents affordable baby products, such as carriers, for purchase. Instead of paying hundreds of dollars for your baby items, you can purchase all of your baby items for a low price. At Once Upon a Child, we also have a wide range of products as well, this means you will have more selection over your purchasing decisions.

Strollers

Strollers are one of the most expensive items on your baby item checklist. Unfortunately, because they are a convenience item rather than a necessary item, they are more expensive. This means that they have higher price tags because more people believe that they need them, which is partially true Many parents can’t carry their baby everywhere in just their carrier. For one, their arms can get tired, and as the baby grows, the carrier will get heavier. A stroller helps parents transport their baby without tiring their arms. Though the most expensive strollers reach upwards of $6,000, most strollers aren’t that expensive. At Once Upon a Child of Newport News, we have a baby section where you can find baby strollers at a lower price. Because you use your stroller for a short period of time, you want to make sure that you get a stroller that is quality, but also doesn’t cost you an arm to pay for it.

Cribs

Cribs are a necessary expense. Where your baby sleeps is essential to their health, as well as yours. For instance, if the crib you purchase is uncomfortable, your baby will not rest easy. A tired baby makes life twice as hard, especially for parents. Cribs are also expensive because you are essentially paying for the added safety features. For instance, your crib should have high enough bars to keep your child in the crib. If the bars are too low or too wide apart, your child could fall out of the crib or get one of their legs stuck. Modern cribs also come with bonus safety features, such as monitoring alerts. For instance, some cribs have built-in heartbeat monitors that can keep a watchful eye on your baby when you are asleep. If there are irregularities in your baby's heartbeat, the bed will sound off an alarm to alert you that something is wrong. Because of this, if you are willing to spend money on anything, a crib would be it. Also, cribs last longer than any other baby item and can be used for years after the initial months of having your baby. For example, some cribs double as both a crib and a toddler bed for when your baby isn’t a baby anymore. This can be a sound investment, as you won’t have to pay for a crib and another bed.

Diapers

Diapers are extremely necessary and are very expensive. Unfortunately, there is no real way around this dilemma. Diapers are essential to raising your child, so you have no choice but to buy them. One way you can save is by purchasing your diapers in bulk. This can ensure that you have plenty of diapers when you need them. You also can buy diapers from major shopping stores, such as Walmart or Target. When it comes to diapers, you want to make sure you purchase comfortable and absorbent diapers. If you buy cheap diapers they might give your baby a rash or not be able to absorb your baby’s messes.

Once Upon a Child in Newport News

At Once Upon a Child, we have a baby section where you can buy all your essential items. We have strollers, carriers, and clothes for a reduced price. And, if you have some of your child’s gently-used items to sell, visit us today and we can determine how much your items are worth. Contact us today if you have any questions or visit our website.

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