It's springtime--time to put away the winter clothes and bring out the spring wardrobe. It's also time to weed out the old clothes that the kids have outgrown. Normally, I would pack up the old clothes and save them for my younger child, pass them along to a friend, or donate them to Goodwill. Goodwill has multiple locations near us, which are clean and friendly. We always get a receipt to claim tax deductions for our donations.
This time, with 2 large grocery bags full of outgrown clothes, I decided to try out the resale store, Once Upon A Child. There were several people ahead of me in line on the Sunday that I arrived, and they told me it would take 40 minutes to sort through my things. No problem--I decided to go have lunch and come back later. When I returned, they gave me most of my items back, but they paid me $19.50 for the things they decided to keep. Not bad!
Once Upon A Child is choosy about the items that they're looking for. They prefer newer styles (within the past 1-2 years) with no signs of wear & tear. They seemed to like the fancy dresses and ballet outfits that had barely been worn, and specifically requested that I bring in dancewear and outerwear next time.
Although most of my kids' used clothing had not been accepted, it was still worth the effort to visit the resale shop and pick up some cash. The leftover clothes can still be passed on to friends or donated to charity. I'll be sure to go back someday.