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Friday, March 21, 2014

Feature Friday: Once Upon A Child Langley

     I have always loved consignment stores. I love that you can get such great deals on quality items- especially now as a parent when it comes to kid's clothes & gear- since they often only use something for a short period of time. When I was growing up my Mum would give me the choice of where I wanted to shop for my clothes and I would often choose local consignment stores because I could find unique items and get way more bang for my buck. Fast forward 20+ years and I still love the fun challenge of seeing how far I can stretch my money when I need to pick up items for Ari. I'm a lover of our local kid's swap meet and have discovered lots of other great ways to stock up on clothes for her, including today's featured business, Once Upon A Child Langley. The store has a great selection of used clothes, toys, and gear, with some brand- new items.

      When I was pregnant with Ari I couldn't resist going through the store and checking out everything they had knowing that I would soon have a little one. And even though we didn't know what we were having I bought a few little goodies for when our baby arrived (I couldn't help myself!). The staff have always been friendly and helpful and my friends and I have always been impressed with their selection. 

       Consigning is also a great option for parents when their kids have outgrown their clothes, toys, and gear; you can get some money for your used items that you can in turn use towards other things you need. If you've got a family or are planning one, Once Upon A Child Langley is a great place to check out. If you're not already a fan, I bet you will be after this!

1.     What kind of products and/ or services do you offer? 
      We offer a delightfully rare but efficient customer focused process buying and selling kids experienced stuff for 50%-70% less then new retail stores. The items we carry range from children’s equipment, décor, bedding, bikes & Scooters, books,  toys, shoes, games, puzzles and of course clothes and more. We also carry a large variety of new products, plus new product that we are unable to sell experienced such as car seats & boosters, jewelry, hair accessories, soothers & chew toys, teddy’s, and much more. Big difference…….. we buy all seasons all the time, there is no limits, no appointments needed, come in anytime that is convenient for you. We process same day and for the items we would like to make an offer on we present you an offer of in store credit with some extra baby bucks free or cash on the spot. No hassle, no waiting for days or weeks, no contracts; fast and efficient.

2.     What is the price point? 
      Clothing pending the brand ranges from $1.50 – $10.50, we carry all brands, we stay trendy, we ensure the clothing is in next to new condition, when you pull from our racks all the buttons are there, zippers and snaps work. Equipment and toys have all the parts and accessories, are thoroughly inspected, recall checked through health Canada and we never retro fit. Safety is one of our main training models for our certified buyers.

3.     How long have you been operating and how did you start? 
      We are one of over 300 franchises, so knowledge, experience and training of 40 plus years is there. We were the first store to open in BC and are very proud to lead the way for a great option to buy and sell kids stuff. We opened our doors in October 2012 in Langley.

4.     How did you decide what to do? 
      We have two children ages 6 & 4 and we always wanted a better option than the high prices of brand new for something my kids might wear or use only once as they grow so fast. We looked into many options of what is being offered out there, some hard work and diligent research and found Once Upon A Child.

5.     What is your favourite part of what you do? 
      Providing options of fantastic next to new kids stuff for 50%-70% less than new retail. Providing our customers with and option, fast service and cash on the spot makes everyone smile, plus being an essential part of our recycling era and a part of the community. What is the biggest challenge? We buy & sell children’s youth sizes 6 to 18/20 however those clothes sometimes get a little more love then kids smaller sizes. We are always looking for more.

6.     Any advice to other ladies/ moms looking to start their own business? 
      Always be prepared for a lot of hours and long days at your business. However working for yourself is very rewarding at all levels.

If you're still not convinced about how amazing OUAC Langley is, this should help: enter for a chance to win a $25 gift card to the store so you can stock up on all the goodies you need! Enter on our Contests page. Happy shopping!!!

To find out more about Once Upon A Child Langley check out their website & Facebook page.

Images courtesy of Once Upon A Child Langley

March posts sponsored by Cutie Pie Boutique