Gear Up for School at Once Upon a Child on Canton Center Road


Once Upon a Child is a great option for back to school shopping. Not only can you buy gently used children’s clothing, equipment and toys, you can also sell children’s items for cash on the spot.

After visiting other franchises of Once Upon a Child, the current owner Todd Valmassei decided that the Canton area would be a great location to open a store. “We had kids of our own and loved the value offered by Once Upon a Child,” says Valmassei.

Once Upon a Child has been in Canton since 1996. Originally, the store space was 1700 square feet, and did about 14,000 sales transactions. They are now in a 9000 square foot area and last year alone, did about 57,000 sales transactions. “Our increased space allows us to offer so much more for our customers to select from,” explains Valmassei. “We wanted a location that would be easy to get to and our new location on the corner of N. Canton Center Road and Ford Road offers great east/west and north/south access. The Canton area has a great deal of diverse shopping available that we are proud to be a part of”.

This fall the store will have several great events including a Winter Coat Kick-off on Aug 20th and the Halloween Costume Kick-off on Sept 3rd.

The store is located in the New Towne Plaza Shopping Center at 1759 N. Canton Center Road, Canton. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, 9am to 8pm, Saturday, 9am to 9pm and Sunday, 11am to 5pm. Call 734-459-6669 for more information.

Check out the website at to read the simple steps to selling your kid’s items or go to their Facebook page at

If the store does not purchase some of your items they can donate the rest to an organization that pays bulk rates to their annual customer-voted charity.