Buying Times & Policy

*Buying update:

NO BUYING OR DROP OFFS MONDAY JULY 1st - Friday July 6TH due to staff vacations and full inventory. We will resume buying on Saturday July 7th. We appreciate you understanding.


Now buying Spring and Summer Wear, also buying ski/Snow Wear all year long.  We can't wait to see your treasures!



Interested in selling?  

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:

Please note that buying hours are subject to change.  We recommend you call us at
760-944-9076 first or check our store calendar or Facebook page for any updates and changes.

•We are currently buying on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.
•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 three or more bins or bags), even on buying days, do require more time, so we ask for 48 hours from the time of drop off. 


Drop Offs:

•Can’t make it during buying hours? Stop by anytime during business hours to drop off your items for us to assess later.  
•No appointments necessary, we are occasionally full and can not accept drop offs, 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 we ask that you return back within 48 hours of getting the call your items are done.


•It is always best to call us at 760-944-9076 before stopping by to confirm what we are currently accepting.  From time to time, we may have to take a buying break when the store is full or a size is not needed. 
•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.
•Be sure your clothing items are freshly laundered and in good condition - no stains, fading, or excessive wear.
•In order for us to offer the latest and greatest in styles and value prices, clothing and accessories must be purchased within the last two years.
•If your clothes have been in storage, it is best to consider laundering them before you bring them in to ensure you receive top dollar.
• Toys and gear must be clean, have working batteries and all parts to be considered. Please call store to ensure we are currently taking such items as often we are full.

What we buy:

Boys and girls apparel including:
•Boys and girls clothing, for infants – teens up to size 16
•Boys and girls shoes
•Holiday Dresses
•Boys Suits
•Outerwear & Ski (jackets, pants, bibs, boots, gloves, hats)
•Costumes (accepted from July 1 through mid-October) 

Baby equipment (released in the past two years) including: 
•High chairs
•Pack & plays

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

What you get:

•Choose cash for what we keep, or choose store credit to earn even more.
•You may opt to receive 40% cash or 50% back 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 are currently donating leftover items to Rady's Children's Hospital, but our charity is subject to change.  Our staff will inform you, at the time of drop off, which charity we currently are assisting, and we will also update our website.  So be sure to check back frequently for updates!

Some of our favorite Upscale brands include:

Abercrombie ----- Biscotti  -----  Ella Moss-----  Gap----- Giggle Moon-----  Gymboree ----- Hanna Andersson ----- Hurley ----- Ivviva---- Janie and Jack ----- Justice -----  Kickee Pants ----- Matilda Jane ----- Mini Boden -----  Peek----- Quicksilver -----  Roxy----- Splendid-----  Tea-----  Tucker + Tate ------  Volcom

SOME Brands we do not buy INCLUDE:

Target & Walmart Brands ----- Carters ----- Jumping Bean  -----  Cherokee -----  Circo-_----- Old Navy ----- Koala Kids, ----First Impressions ------ Faded Glory-------- Old Navy