Once Upon a Child owner excited to launch store in Brandon

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Photo Submitted (Brianne Roblin inside upcoming Once Upon a Child store at 1240 18th Street Unit C.)

Brianne Roblin always wanted to own her own business. After bouncing ideas off her husband, the couple realized that their best option for a retail outlet was one they had frequently visited themselves.

Once Upon A Child is set to open their Brandon, MB location later this fall, nestled just off 18th Street behind Supplement King and Wayback Burgers.

With over 380 locations across Canada and the USA, Roblin felt that it was a business model that could thrive in the Brandon and Westman area.

“From an early age, I loved “Bag Days” at the local thrift store in the town,” said Roblin. “You could fill a bag for $5.00; this was how I got all of my clothes growing up. My mom raised three kids on a single income; we knew nothing different.”

The company prides themselves on selling gently used kid’s clothing, shoes, toys, furniture and baby supplies.

The business model is simple. The store buys your gently used items, puts them on the shelf and sells them to other consumers, thus, helping eliminate waste and saving thousands of gallons of water and millions of barrels of oil.

“I have been a Once Upon A Child Customer now for eight years, and I look forward to taking in my daughter’s items and exchanging those items for the next size up,” added Roblin.  “Our goal is to provide an alternative shopping experience for everyone in the Westman Community.”

Construction continues on the new storefront, and a grand opening is tentatively slated for the fall. Roblin adds that the first few months, the store will be in a strictly “Buying” mode, in order to build up an inventory.

For up to the minute details on jobs, and the grand opening, visit them on Facebook.

How It Works:

* Bring your gently used items. We buy ALL seasons, all day, every day. No appointment necessary
* We will review your items carefully based on current style, safety and condition standards
* We will offer you a payment on the spot for all items accepted

Selling Tips:

* Clothing should be of current style, in ready to wear condition and neatly organized. Two-piece outfits placed together
* Toys, equipment and furniture, should include all original parts, be clean and in good working condition.
* To ensure safety and quality standards, were unable to buy car seats, recalled items and products that do not meet current safety standards.