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Once Upon A Child is a nationwide franchise with conceptual roots in the time-honored hand-me-down tradition. Taking into account how quickly babies outgrow buggies and toddlers master Roth IRAs, the stores help parents keep their kids happily equipped with age-appropriate apparati without breaking the piggy bank. In addition to stocking its shelves with brand-new goods and gear from popular kiddie brands such as Gymboree, Baby Gap, Fisher Price, Graco, Playskool, and Disney Store, Once Upon A Child buys and sells gently used items, not only making deep discounts possible, but also helping to replenish family funds. Pick up tenderly used items such as a Graco plug-in swing ($60), a Ralph Lauren button-down for boys ($8.50), and girls' Gap jeans ($8.50), or pick up a brand-new play-sized horse stable for $39.99.