Buying Times & Policy


****Last day for HALLOWEEN COSTUMES drop off/consideration is Friday, October 4th****

Now BUYING Fall/Winter items only as of september 23rd.

for halloween this year, we are only buying select higher end costumes such as chasing fireflies and pottery barn. all costumes submitted must be in excellent condition with all pieces included. we ask you to carefully select costumes that you are submitting.

WE DO buy WATER RESIStant ski/Snow Wear all year long.  We can't wait to see your treasures!



Interested in selling?  

Please do not submit brands that we do not buy, continue reading below to see a detailed list of brands we love as well as brands we do not take.

Thank you for considering La Costa Kids.  We know you have many choices, and we are thrilled you want to work with us to sell your children’s apparel and gear.  Our goal is to make this a 100% positive experience.  To that end, some tips for success are below.


Buying Hours:

•We offer staffed buying hours on TUESDAYS, WEDNESDAYS, THURSDAYS  from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm (no appointment needed). Baby Gear only accepted during these hours (no drop off option)

•Most of the time, we can go through your items while you wait. It is first come first serve, and waiting times may vary.

•Large drop offs (of two or more bins or bags), even on buying days, do require more time, so please understand we may not be able to accommodate all of your bags/bins if your drop off is larger, depending on daily capacity

We recommend that you review our website or Facebook page for updates and changes to our buying hours.

Please, no oversized bins and large cardboard boxes, our buying space is limited.

Please continue reading below past our calendar...


Drop Offs:

•Can’t make it during buying hours? Stop by any time during business hours to drop off your items for us to assess later. Remember, Baby gear (strollers, high chairs ect) only accepted Tues, Wed, Thurs during active buying hours.
•No appointments necessary, we are occasionally full on our buying racks and can not accept drop offs outside of active buying hours, we recommend that you call to inquire about our drop off availability for the day.
•We will call you when we are done going through your treasures, and you are REQUIRED to return back within 48 hours of receiving  the call your items are done. AFTER 48 HOURS, YOUR ITEMS NOT PURCHASED ARE AT RISK FOR CHARITABLE DONATION unless specific arrangements are made otherwise and Store Credit will be applied. By signing your items in on the Buying Sheet, you agree to this and all other buying policies.


From time to time, we may have to take a buying break when the store is full or a size is not needed, please refer to our Website or Facebook Page before coming in to sell.

•Be sure to check our Facebook page often, as we will also post items we are looking for as well as items we may not be currently buying.
•Please ensure that your clothing items are FRESHLY LAUNDERED, in GREAT CONDITION, and neatly FOLDED - no stains, fading, or excessive wear/pill.
•In order for us to offer the latest and greatest in styles and value pricing, clothing and accessories must be PURCHASED AS NEW, WITHIN THE LAST 2-3 Years, It is essential we stock current items, trends, and silhouettes. 
•If your clothes have been in storage/garage, it is best to consider laundering them before you bring them so that you receive top dollar. Musty odors and dirty/stained items will also disqualify your items. 

• Wooden Toys and Gear must be CLEAN, have WORKING BATTERIES and all parts to be considered.

What we buy:

Boys and girls apparel including:
•Boys and girls clothing, for infants – teens up to size 16
• Shoes & Cleats up to size 6 Youth
•Holiday Dresses
•Boys Suits
•Outerwear & Ski (jackets, pants, bibs, boots, gloves, hats)
•Costumes (accepted in Season) 

Baby equipment (released in the past two years) must have working batteries and be stain free.
•Swings (very small swings only, we do not buy the large free standing swings)
•High chairs
•Strollers (TIRES MUST BE FULLY INFLATED for bikes and strollers)

*We ask that you include all pieces, and items should be in working condition with NEW BATTERIES.

What you get:

•Choose a check for what we keep, or choose Store Credit to earn even more.
•You may opt to receive 40% the form of a Check or 50% in STORE CREDIT, based on our estimated selling price  
STORE CREDIT EXPIRES ONE YEAR FROM DATE OF SALE to us and can be used toward new or resale items. If you choose store credit initially, you are welcome to "cash out" at any time prior to the expiration date and 50% store credit rate will be converted to 40% cash rate.

unpurchased items:

During our buying process, there are often items that we choose not to purchase.  Our customers have the choice of returning to pick up these items, or, if they wish, we will donate them to charity. WE ONLY ACCEPT DONATIONS AFTER OUR BUYING PROCESS FOR ITEMS THAT WERE SERIOUSLY SUBMITTED FOR OUR CONSIDERATION. ABSOLUTELY NO DONATIONS ACCEPTED IF YOU ARE JUST CLEANING CLOSETS. KINDLY SORT THROUGH BRANDS WE DON'T ACCEPT, STAINED ITEMS AND ANCIENT ITEMS, PLEASE BE MINDFUL THAT IN ORDER TO KEEP OUR PRICES COMPETETIVE, OUR  STAFF CAN ONLY ASSESS ITEMS THAT ARE WITHIN OUR BUYING GUIELINES, For items submitted outside our buying descriptions, we will require that you SORT YOUR BAGS and bins before our consideration. We are currently donating leftover items to Rady's Children's Hospital, but our charity is subject to change. 

Some of our favorite Upscale brands include:

Abercrombie ----- Addidas----Aqua-----Brandy Melville ----Biscotti  -----  Burton------Columbia-----Converse—Ella Moss-----  Gap Gymboree —-Hanna Andersson ----- H&M-----Hurley ----- Ivviva/LuluLemon---- Janie and Jack ----- Justice  (under size 10)----- Kamik——--Kickee Pants -----Kissy Kissy-----Lily Pulitzer----- Nordstrom---- Mayoral—— Marmot-----Matilda Jane ----— Mimi & Maggie——-- Mini Boden -----Mini Melissa-----  Native----Nike—-Northface-----Obermeyer----O'Neill----Patagonia------Peek----- Quiksilver——Rei-----Roxy----- RSQ------ RCVA------Soprano-----Splendid-----  Tea----- Tillys-----TOMS----Tucker + Tate ------Ugg— Under Armour-------Volcom-----Zara

SOME Brands we do not buy INCLUDE:

Target & Walmart Brands -----American Eagle-----Art Class---—-Cat & Jack---— Carters ---Cherokee——Circo——Crazy8—-Gerber-----George——-Faded Glory——Forever 21----- Jessica Simpson- ——Jumping Beans----Harper Canyon—-HealthTex----- Kohls------Koala Kids, ----First Impressions -------Hollister--—- Okie Dokie——Old Navy-——Oshkosh——-Rosie Pope——-Shaun White-----Tony Hawk——Vitamins Baby