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TAMPA PALMS, Florida — Trendy resale is now available in Tampa Palms with Uptown Cheapskate, an exciting new store that will host all interested customers for activities, giveaways, and treasure hunt-style shopping at its grand opening on Nov. 8 at 4 p.m.

Located at 16031 Tampa Palms Boulevard West near Publix, this Uptown Cheapskate store is 4,500 square feet of trendy clothes, shoes, and accessories at up to 80 percent off mall prices. Customers will recognize brand names that Uptown Cheapskate carries such as: Free People, Urban Outfitters, Madewell and Lululemon.

The grand opening celebration has been a long time coming — it’s common practice for Uptown Cheapskate franchise stores to first have an “open to buy” period where members of the public, as well as vendors, can sell used clothes for cash or store credit. The store is now stocked and ready for business.

For owner Amber Watt, overseeing the store operations is an exciting career change. “This job is just plain fun,” says Watt, who comes from a background in engineering. She believes wholeheartedly in bringing good fashion resale options to the people of Tampa. “There are so many ways to express your personality through fashion.”

Watt and her staff promise a celebration not to be missed with the Grand Opening, which is actually a multi-day event. Customers in attendance can enter giveaways and contests, including the chance to win free clothes for up to a year. On top of that, with every purchase during Grand Opening weekend, customers will walk away with a mystery gift card worth up to $50.

If that’s not enough, customers will also get to party with a live DJ the night of Nov. 8, and the first 40 customers in line will be entered to win a pizza from local favorite Cappys.

That community is at the heart of the new store. Most of the staff members are local students, and Watt has personally become familiar with many from the community in recent months. “It’s one of the most attractive places to live in the United States,” says Watt, who is excited to offer those living in this beautiful community the choice to dress their best without breaking the bank, and even earning money in the process.

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About Uptown Cheapskate and BaseCamp Franchising

For over 25 years, BaseCamp Franchising has been a leader in the resale franchise industry. Uptown Cheapskate, a registered trademark of BaseCamp Franchising, buys and sells gently used fashionable clothes, shoes, and accessories. With stores throughout the U.S., Basecamp Franchising provides convenient locations where customers are financially and emotionally rewarded as they recycle their best items. BaseCamp Franchising is located in North Salt Lake, UT. For more information about BaseCamp Franchising, call 801-359-0071 or visit www.basecampfranchising.com.

ST. PETERS, Missouri — Resale shopping is more than a trend; it’s the intersection of retail and affordable fashion. Trendy resale is now available in St. Peters with Uptown Cheapskate, an exciting new store that will host all interested customers for activities, giveaways, and treasure hunt-style shopping at its grand opening on Sept. 27 at 4 p.m.

Located at 5236 I-70 North Outer Road in the Shoppes at Mid Rivers, this UC store is 3,500 square feet of trendy clothes, shoes, and accessories at up to 80 percent off mall prices. Customers will recognize brand names that UC carries such as: Free People, Urban Outfitters, Madewell and Lululemon.

The grand opening celebration has been a long time coming — it’s common practice for UC franchise stores to first have an “open to buy” period where members of the public, as well as vendors, can sell used clothes for cash or store credit. The store is now stocked and ready for business.

For owners Natalie and Lyle Armstrong, running the store operations is no new venture. This marks their third UC store; they know what it takes to run a franchise in a time when customers shop brands that align with their personal beliefs. “Our concept caters to so many people,” said Natalie. “Those who love going green, those that are value-minded shoppers and those who love staying trendy.”

The Armstrongs promise a celebration not to be missed with their grand opening, which is actually a multi-day event. Giveaways and certain shopping deals will only apply the weekend of Sept. 27-30. “We promise you won’t be disappointed,” said Natalie, “We have been working really hard to fill our racks with fabulous things so that the St. Peters community can experience what Uptown Cheapskate has to offer.”

That community is at the heart of the new store. Most of the staff members are local, and the Armstrongs have personally become familiar with many from the community in recent months. About the town, Natalie said this: “We have enjoyed working with the city administrator all the way down to the locals who are supporting our business. We also love and appreciate the hometown feel this city offers. St. Peters needs a great resale concept and we’re glad to be it.”

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About Uptown Cheapskate and BaseCamp Franchising
For over 25 years, BaseCamp Franchising has been a leader in the resale franchise industry. Uptown Cheapskate, a registered trademark of BaseCamp Franchising, buys and sells gently used fashionable clothes, shoes, and accessories. With stores throughout the U.S., Basecamp Franchising provides convenient locations where customers are financially and emotionally rewarded as they recycle their best items. BaseCamp Franchising is located in North Salt Lake, UT. For more information about BaseCamp Franchising, call 801-359-0071 or visit www.basecampfranchising.com.

HILLIARD, OH—Nate and Rachael Blankenship and their team have worked tirelessly to open the doors of the second Uptown Cheapskate store in Ohio. They are excited to host their Grand Opening beginning Thursday, July 26, at 4 p.m. The festivities will last until Sunday evening at 6.

For first-time customers to an Uptown Cheapskate store, Nate has a message for you. “When you walk into our Uptown Cheapskate in Hilliard, you will second guess yourself that what you are walking into is a resale store.” That’s a testament to the store itself, and to the way that the employees behind the scenes have prepared for you. “You will be greeted and assisted with any of your shopping needs by staff that are educated on the store and its products. The goal is for us to make ourselves available before your need of assistance arises.”

No doubt customers in the area will flock to the store for this unique shopping experience. Located at 5303 Westpointe Plaza just off I-70, this Uptown Cheapskate franchise serves large communities on the west side of Columbus. The best part is the Blankenships’ love for the community. “We are ultimately here to do good for the community of Hilliard, and in doing so provide a place where they can get the latest fashions at prices they can afford,” says Nate.

For the last few weeks, the store has been open for members of the public to sell their gently used clothes, shoes, bags, and accessories. Customers receive cash or store credit on the spot for brands like Michael Kors, Urban Outfiters, Anthropologie, J. Crew, and more.

During the Grand Opening, customers can shop for the first time for new and like-new items at up to 70 percent off retail prices. “The idea of recycling your gently used clothing for cash or 25 percent more in store credit lends itself to promoting an idea we can both do good for the environment, and benefit ourselves as well with some cash!” says Nate. And with school starting just around the corner, who couldn’t use a little more spending money and a fresh wardrobe?

For more information about the new Hilliard Uptown Cheapskate store, visit them on Facebook or the store website. For Uptown Cheapskate franchise information, visit the Franchise Opportunity page.

UPTOWN CHEAPSKATE AND KID TO KID STORE GRAND OPENING IN ELKO, NEVADA

ELKO RECEIVES TWO NEW FASHION EXCHANGE SPECIALTY STORES.
ELKO, NV — (March 30, 2017) — Elko residents Stacy and Chris Fuchs are eager to provide their new Uptown Cheapskate and Kid to Kid store with the community of Elko on Thursday, April 6th at 4:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to come check out the new stores, get great deals on fashion apparel, and enter to win prizes.
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SALT LAKE CITY, UT— (March 28, 2017)

With today’s economy challenging the profits of many small business owners and retail shops, BaseCamp Franchising rewards its franchisees for innovative ideas.  At the BaseCamp Annual Meeting held recently in Salt Lake City, Andy and Margie Gelernter were presented with the Innovation Award.  This achievement celebrates the contribution that franchisees make to bettering the system.

“With the rising costs of labor and rent, small business owners need to constantly look for ways to improve processes and decrease costs,” explains BaseCamp founder Shauna Sloan.  “That’s one reason why innovation from the folks who are in their stores every day is such an important benefit of being in a franchise company.”

The Gelernters are multi-unit and multi-concept franchisees with BaseCamp, and are constantly looking for ways to improve their Georgia-based stores.

Margie Gelernter observes, “I’m always thinking of different ways to make people’s jobs a little easier and to reach the masses. Overwhelmingly, communication is key. When we opened our second store, we realized we weren’t going to be able to be in both locations all the time, so we knew we needed to have strong communication with our team and with our customers.”

BaseCamp Franchising is the parent company of Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate, sister companies focused on recycling gently used kids’ items and young adult fashions.

“Our company values state that we are better together, we are innovative, and we are fair,” explains Sloan.  “When Andy and Margie Gelernter came to me with an idea to automate the physical inventory process and save money, it was carefully considered.”

After discussing it with the technical team, BaseCamp made the decision to incorporate the idea and reprogram its inventory management system, allowing each franchisee to save thousands of dollars annually.  This represents significant benefit to the franchise because those savings can benefit all 150+ stores at both Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate.

“Though I’m always thinking ahead, I don’t consider myself entrepreneurial at all,” notes Gelernter. “I thought about opening a resale store on my own before finding Kid to Kid, but choosing a franchise was the best decision we ever made. I have found that the structure and the system enable us and I feel that my voice is heard. We’ve made sure our own store is an environment where people feel like they can contribute.”

 

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Uptown Cheapskate in Boardman, Ohio was recently awarded Grand Opening of the Year at the company’s annual meeting in Salt Lake City. The store’s kickoff event incorporated food truck fare, mystery gift card giveaways, the presence of local radio personalities and a strong local turnout.

“The response was overwhelming and amazing,” says franchisee Trish Couche. “We had a line all the way down the plaza and around the corner. It was probably 50 feet long.”

Couche attributes her success in large part to support from her team and from Basecamp Franchising, the parent company of Uptown Cheapskate, and its sister store Kid to Kid.

“We had a lot of help and guidance to start this store off with a bang,” Couche states.

Basecamp Franchising itself has been family-owned and operated since 1994, and Couche has identified her own family’s involvement in the Boardman location as the most rewarding aspect of the Grand Opening.

“I have been so fulfilled seeing my husband and my daughter grow in their roles. Pete is my co-franchisee and is at the store every day, and Taylor is the store manager. I’m really the backup!”

Couche explains that the Uptown Cheapskate store holds an important place in the Boardman community, providing a way for fashion-forward people in a small town to access upscale clothing labels at affordable prices.

“When we get designer bags, they really fly out the door!” Couche says. “I think that in our area, it’s a little bit unique because there isn’t a lot here. So if there’s something new, people want to check it out and they love shopping here.”

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SALT LAKE CITY, UT— (March 20, 2017) — Uptown Cheapskate and Kid to Kid stores across the U.S. are gathering clothing donations for their 5th Charity Fill-A-Bag Event to build primary schools in underprivileged communities.

Uptown Cheapskate and Kid to Kid recycle clothing and accessories by paying cash for gently-used items, and sell them at prices that are up to 80% off original retail value.  

Each store screens incoming inventory for quality and style to ensure a good product mix.  Periodically, stores may receive clothing that does not fit their buying criteria. This may be due to the style not aligning with the current season or ample stock in a particular category. In these cases, store owners facilitate the donation of clothing to various local charities and philanthropic organizations throughout the year.

Once a year, the Charity Fill-A-Bag Event pools the best of this donated clothing for a one-day sale. For $10 or $15, shoppers at Uptown Cheapskate and Kid to Kid can fill a large shopping bag with as much donated clothing as they can fit. All proceeds from the event go to BuildOn, an international nonprofit organization that builds schools in developing countries.

With the money raised by successful Charity Fill-A-Bag Events over the last three years, Uptown Cheapskate and Kid to Kid have built seven total schools in underprivileged communities in Mali, Nicaragua, Senegal, Haiti, Malawi and Burkina Faso. Store owners and customers look forward to the 2017’s Fill-A-Bag event and have opened a survey so that customers can decide where the next school will be built. The Charity Fill-A-Bag Event will take place at the end of April. Shoppers are encouraged to come early for the best selection as Fill-A-Bag merchandise sells very quickly.

 

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About Uptown Cheapskate and Kid to Kid

Uptown Cheapskate and Kid to Kid are national franchises that buy and sell gently used children’s goods and adult clothing in an upscale environment. With over 160 locations throughout the U.S., each Uptown Cheapskate and Kid to Kid store provides a convenient place where families are financially and emotionally rewarded as they recycle their best items. Uptown Cheapskate and Kid to Kid are registered trademarks of BaseCamp Franchising located in Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information about Uptown Cheapskate and Kid to Kid, call 801-359-0071 or visit www.basecampfranchising.com.

UPTOWN CHEAPSKATE STORE GRAND OPENING IN IDAHO FALLS, IDAHO

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IDAHO FALLS RECEIVES NEW FASHION EXCHANGE SPECIALTY STORE.

IDAHO FALLS, ID — (January 19, 2017) — Idaho Falls residents Caleb and Kandise Morton are thrilled to share their new Uptown Cheapskate store with the community of Idaho Falls on Thursday, January 26th at 4:00 p.m. Everyone is invited for prizes, treats, and great deals on fashion apparel.

“Uptown Cheapskate is ready to help the local community,” said Kandise Morton, Idaho Falls resident and store owner. “We are anxious to offer fashion brands up to 70 percent off retail prices, offer jobs to local youth, and to work with local donation shelters.”

Leading up to the event, Uptown Cheapskate Idaho Falls will be doing a “five days of prizes” event on their Facebook page starting January 21st. On January 26th, Uptown Cheapskate, located at 2041 South 25th East in Ammon will have their grand opening celebration.

The celebration will feature hundreds of dollars’ worth of prizes, including a $300 shopping spree, hotel stays, ski passes, gift cards, and more! Come early, hot cocoa will be provided for everyone and free Mrs. Powell’s cinnamon rolls with purchase to the first 100 customers. Customers who RSVP on their Facebook event page are entered to win $50 gift cards for them and a friend.

Uptown Cheapskate Idaho Falls has been stocking up, buying the best gently used fashion apparel from local residents. At the grand opening, the store’s selection will be revealed and customers will be able to shop the new and like-new apparel for up to 70 percent off mall prices. After the grand opening, the store will continue to pay cash for gently used fashion brands or offer 20 percent more in store credit.

Uptown Cheapskate gives back by coordinating with local charities: The Haven, the Humanitarian Center, the ARC, and the Ruth House. For more information about the new Uptown Cheapskate Idaho Falls store and the upcoming grand opening event, visit Uptown Cheapskate Idaho Falls on Facebook or visit the store website. For Uptown Cheapskate franchise information, visit the Franchise Opportunity page.

 About Uptown Cheapskate
Uptown Cheapskate is a national franchise that buys and sells new and gently used fashion apparel in an upscale environment. With over 65 franchises throughout the United States, each Uptown Cheapskate store provides a convenient place where young adults are financially and emotionally rewarded for recycling their best items. Uptown Cheapskate is a registered trademark of BaseCamp Franchising located in Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information about Uptown Cheapskate, call 801-359-0071 or visit www.uptowncheapskate.com or www.basecampfranchising.com.

 

SALT LAKE CITY, UT—July 19, 2016—Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate resale stores have partnered with buildOn, a non-profit organization that works with under-served communities around the world, to raise funds to build schools in impoverished countries. Store locations all across the United States have raised $164,158 through a Charity Fill-A-Bag event, earning enough to build schools in Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Nicaragua and Haiti.

To date, three of the five schools have already been completed in West Africa, and more than 250 students have been attending classes for several months. Each of the completed schools were built in communities with fewer than 50 percent literacy rates, and children were walking miles to attend schools made of little more than straw and sticks. Now, each new school accommodates up to 150 kids and features two classrooms, a sturdy roof, latrines, and classroom supplies.

The Charity Fill-A-Bag event is unique to Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate. The model converts products that would have otherwise been disposed of through a donation process into cash that can be used to fund philanthropic efforts by buildOn. Vendors selling clothes to either Kid to Kid or Uptown Cheapskate are given the option to donate their clothes to the sale. Then, for a $15 donation to buildOn, customers were given a shopping bag to fill with as much specially-marked product as they could stuff in the bag. These semi-annual events have been wildly successful in raising funds for the organization. To create an ongoing impact, the stores also offer customers the option to forgo a plastic bag in exchange for a $.05 donation to buildOn.

“We sought an organization that made a lasting, tangible difference, and buildOn does just that.   We’ve sent team members out to participate in the construction of these schools, and they’ve seen first-hand the impact,” said Scott Sloan, CEO. “Involving the communities in our stores through our Charity Fill-A-Bag has been a win for everybody. Community members recycle items they no longer need, our franchise locations convert that donation to cash through our Charity Fill-A-Bag event, and buildOn uses that money to transform under-served communities by providing lasting education opportunities for their children. We couldn’t be happier with the results,” he said.

BuildOn works in partnership with the ministry of education in each country and the local village to provide the new schools. Villagers work alongside skilled buildOn project supervisors and engineers to construct their school with materials provided by buildOn. The village must also agree to send girls to school in equal numbers with boys for gender balance and equality. The next school funded by Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate is scheduled to break ground in Haiti on August 8th, with another in Nicaragua on October 2nd.

Kid to Kid buys and sells new and gently used children’s and maternity clothes, toys, books, and baby gear. Uptown Cheapskate targets the young adult market and buys and sells new and like-new name brand clothes, shoes, jewelry and handbags.

For more information about Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate’s work with buildOn, visit https://act.buildon.org/fundraise/team?ftid=44304. To receive additional information about Kid to Kid or Uptown Cheapskate, visit kidtokid.com or uptowncheapskate.com.

 

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Completed school in Mali

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Local villagers helping with the Mali school construction

Local villagers helping with the Mali school construction

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Kid to Kid representative, Edward Chambers at the Senegal school ground breaking

Kid to Kid representative, Edward Chambers at the Senegal school ground breaking

 

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GRAND OPENING OF NEW UPTOWN CHEAPSKATE STORE IN SAINT JOSEPH, MISSOURI,

ST. JOSEPH, MO—May 23, 2016—Local residents Julie Woods and Brittney West, are excited to announce the grand opening of their new Uptown Cheapskate store, Thursday, June 2nd at 4 p.m. Starting Thursday, the grand opening will feature giveaways provided by the radio station K JO 105.5, snow cones by Kona Ice, and caricature drawings by a local cartoon artist Chris Fleck. Friday and Saturday of opening weekend, VDJ Z Man will be DJ-ing as shoppers come to get first pick of the clothing unveiling; those who come will get first pick of all the high-quality, low-priced name brands the store has been saving for this moment.

Located at 3120 Karnes Road in St. Joseph, for the last several weeks, the store has been stocking up buying gently-used clothing from the local community. At the grand opening, the store’s selection will be revealed and customers will be able to shop the new and like-new recycled name brand clothing and accessories at highly appealing prices. Uptown Cheapskate stores offer a variety of name brand clothing, and offers them at up to 90% off the price of original retail price. After grand opening day, Uptown Cheapskate St. Joseph will continue to pay community members cash for gently-used, in-style clothing, or offer 25 percent more in store credit for what they can buy.

As the newest owners of Uptown Cheapskate, Julie Woods and Brittney West are thrilled to bring this concept to St. Joseph.  The team first became interested in owning an Uptown Cheapskate store after working with other resale clothing brands in St. Joseph and surrounding areas for many years. They wanted to expand their business and after some research, the two chose to open an Uptown Cheapskate. They chose Uptown specifically because they felt that the Uptown Cheapskate brand offers a unique, upscale edge to resale shopping. “People are surprised that resale can be so chic,” says West. “Uptown offers a fresh take on used clothing, and we sell new items too! Overall it’s a great place for all kinds of shoppers—whether they are treasure-hunting for name brands, bargain shopping for current styles, or even just trying to make a little cash on extra clothes in their closets—we have something for everyone.”

For more information about the new Uptown Cheapskate St. Joseph store and the upcoming grand opening event, visit Uptown Cheapskate (St. Joseph) on Facebook or visit the store website. For Kid to Kid franchise information, visit the Franchise Opportunity page.

About Uptown Cheapskate

Uptown Cheapskate is not your average thrift store. We buy only the most stylish cloths and accessories you loved yesterday and sell them today at up to 90% less than mall prices! Unlike consignment stores, you can earn cash on the spot when you sell us you like-new fashion for guys and girls. Now with more than 40 franchise locations to serve you, our stores offer low prices on new and second-hand clothes. Shoes, handbags, and jewelry from your favorite brands and designers—all under one roof! Uptown Cheapskate’s award winning upscale resale franchise model is primed for growth and we’re looking for dedicated franchise partners. Learn how you can be a part of one of the nation’s top clothing franchises here.

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