Parents Look for Gently Used Bargains

Tough economy means booming business for resale shops

In tough economic times, cash-strapped parents are hitting children's resale shops to find bargains on items their children need or want.

Parents are also selling their children's items to make a little extra cash.

Once Upon a Child in Carrollton has seen a 25 percent increase in sales since this time last year, and the owner said she expects business to remain steady even when the economy comes back.

"It's very difficult to go back and spend that extra money when you have it available to you at such a great price," owner Toni Little said.

Winmark, the company that franchises Once Upon a Child, has three other resale concepts. The company said business is up more than 10 percent across the board.

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