A clean, well-lighted place with a no-fuss, no-muss buying policy (no appointments needed), and they pay you up front? Now that’s our kind of resale store. Did we mention deals of at least 50 percent off regular retail on everything from pre-owned baby swings to North Face jackets? But what endears Once Upon a Child to readers are the staff members, who will patiently show you how to collapse that double stroller with one hand. “The workers are always friendly,” wrote one voter who both buys and sells there. And kids aren’t an afterthought: They get their own play area, so you can shop hands-free. 4616 N Harlem Ave, Harwood Heights (708-867-8651) and six other suburban Chicago locations.
Other nominees The Second Child, O Joy! Kids Consignment, Galactic Force, Play It Again Sports