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Once Upon A Child opens in GF

Ask Tami Deziel, mother to three children, which is harder: raising kids or running a business? "Ask me in a few months," she said, laughing. "Right now, a business seems a bit harder. I'm a little busier than I thought I'd be." Deziel and her mo...

Once Upon A Child
Bev Helgason (left) and Tami Deziel of Once Upon A Child. Herald photo by John Stennes.

Ask Tami Deziel, mother to three children, which is harder: raising kids or running a business?

"Ask me in a few months," she said, laughing. "Right now, a business seems a bit harder. I'm a little busier than I thought I'd be."

Deziel and her mother, Bev Helgason, have opened Once Upon A Child between SuperOne Foods and TJ Maxx in south Grand Forks. The national franchise buys and sells gently used name-brand children's apparel, toys, furniture, movies and books. There are cribs, changing tables, infant seats -- and the clothing is not just for tots.

"We fit babies through big boys size 20 and big girls size 18," Helgason said. "We purchase the used items for cash on the spot, all brands, and we need to emphasize that they are clean."

Deziel and Helgason said they're glad the store offers an option to parents during tough economic times. Helgason said families as far away as Grafton and Cavalier, N.D., have been bringing in boxes of clothing and toys their children have outgrown.

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"The community response has been overwhelming," she said. "Business has been excellent."

"We should get this for my baby brother," said 3-year-old Dylan McCauley, eyeing a Little Tikes basketball hoop.

His father, John, said baby brother is due just before Christmas. John and his wife, Amy, had come in from Grand Forks Air Force Base to look through winter coats and "onesies," clothing for newborns.

"It's amazing," John said. "Everything is in real good shape, very cheaply priced compared to retail stores."

Jennifer and Matthew Russell were looking through boys' pants. They have two children and another due in January.

"The selection is really good," Jennifer said. "We used to have to go to the store in Fargo."

Deziel said the store, which has about a dozen employees, had to turn away customers before the Nov. 4 opening, including many Canadian shoppers.

"It's exciting to see how excited they get," Deziel said. "You go through every store by walking into our store."

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Once Upon A Child is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Reach Johnson at (701) 780-1262; (800) 477-6572, ext. 262; or send e-mail to jjohnson2@gfherald.com .

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