Keeping up with the needs of a growing child can get expensive, especially when those new jeans from Christmas are already starting to look a little short and those barely worn sneakers are beginning to fit a little snug. Luckily, secondhand store Once Upon a Child has an apparel selection that can help kids stay in style and parents stay on budget. Since the franchise opened in Morgantown one year ago, it has offered parents the ability to trade their children’s used items in for cash and the chance to buy name brands for less.

“I love dressing my little girl in cute, stylish brands, and this is a great way to be able to do so for much less than paying retail prices,” says Jessica Douglas, the store’s manager. “Then, once she’s finished with the toys or equipment or grows out of the clothing and shoes, I can sell them back.”

Inside the shop’s doors in Westover, racks are filled with items like Under Armour hoodies and Miss Me jeans while the shelves and floor are lined with anything from a gently used pair of Uggs to Legos, American Girl dolls, and jogging strollers. And unlike many other secondhand stores, Once Upon a Child pays money up front for used items that are on trend and in good condition. So when you’re rummaging through your things during spring cleaning this year, keep an eye out for any clothing, shoes, toys, furniture, or baby gear that you’re willing to part with—it just might give a little oomph to someone else’s closet as well as your wallet. — KC

7100 Willie G Ave Ste 104, Westover, 304.322.2446,, @onceuponachildmorgantown on Facebook