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The Prospector- For many college students, the line between wearing trendy clothes or spending money on groceries and gas can be an extremely thin one. In many cases, both things can be of dire importance for students. Buying, selling and trading affordable fashion is the intent behind the newly-opened clothing store called Uptown Cheapskate. The store, which has various franchises around the country, offers trendy, gently-used, in-style clothing and accessories at an affordable price.

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TULSA, OK—Dec 14, 2015—Business owners Lyle and Natalie Armstrong are proud to announce the grand opening of their second resale franchise store, Uptown Cheapskate, on Thursday, December 17 at 4:00 pm. Unlike a traditional thrift store, this trendy teen and young adult fashion reseller, located at 8228 E 61st Street in Tulsa, pays shoppers cash for their secondhand clothes, shoes and other apparel items and resells them at highly discounted prices.
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FAB_Email_NoDateNovember 3, 2015—Uptown Cheapskate has teamed up with buildOn, a non-profit organization that works with under-served communities around the world, to build three new schools in Africa. About 30 Uptown Cheapskate and Kid to Kid (sister concept) stores across the nation will hold a charity Fill-A-Bag sale on November 7, with 100 percent of the proceeds going toward building schools.

“We’re excited to be able to use our network of Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate franchise locations to raise funds to build schools and educate children in some of the most impoverished areas in the world,” said Shauna Sloan, founder of Kid to Kid. “Our customers shop resale to save money, conserve resources and help our environment. They’ve also generously donated product for the sale. During the charity Fill-A-Bag sale, shoppers buy a $15 bag that they can fill to the brim with select merchandise. They love getting the product, and feel great that the entire purchase price will be donated to buildOn to help change lives.”

Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate stores held their first Charity Fill-a-Bag Sale in April of this year and raised $51,613 for buildOn. With those funds, they were able to build their first school in Mali. On November 7, local customers can attend the second Charity Fill-A-Bag Sale at store address in City.  For a $15 donation to buildOn, customers are given a bag to fill with as much specially-marked product as they can fit.  Most of sale merchandise has been donated by customers from the local community. Customers who purchase bags will also receive a coupon for 15 percent off all full-priced merchandise not included in the sale.

“What’s so great about this charity sale event is the significant impact it will have on the buildOn organization and the families they serve,” said Uptown Cheapskate co-founder, Chelsea Sloan Carroll. “We’re thrilled we’ve already been able to transform an entire village in Mali with our first school, and we can’t wait to earn enough for our second and hopefully third.”

Each school will accommodate up to 150 kids and feature two classrooms, a roof, latrines, and classroom supplies. buildOn works in partnership with the ministry of education in each country, the local village—which agrees to provide the land, local materials, and some construction labor; the engineering, materials skilled labor and project supervision is provided by buildOn. The village must also agree to send girls to school in equal numbers with boys for gender balance and equality.

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

For more information about buildOn, visit https://act.buildon.org/fundraise/team?ftid=44304.


For many college students, the line between wearing trendy clothes or spending money on groceries and gas can be an extremely thin one. In many cases, both things can be of dire importance for students.
Buying, selling and trading affordable fashion is the intent behind the newly-opened clothing store called Uptown Cheapskate. The store, which has various franchises around the country, offers trendy, gently-used, in-style clothing and accessories at an affordable price.
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Uptown Cheapskate El PasoEl Paso, TX—Aug 18, 2015—Local residents Kevin and Jessica Drennan are proud to announce the grand opening of their new resale franchise store, Uptown Cheapskate, on Thursday, August 27 at 4:00 pm. Unlike a traditional thrift store, this trendy teen and young adult fashion reseller, located at 2900 N Mesa in El Paso, pays shoppers cash for their secondhand clothes, shoes and other apparel items and resells them at highly discounted prices.

The first 25 shoppers in line at the grand opening on Thursday will receive a free burger at Zeke’s Sports Bar, and grand opening celebrations will continue throughout the weekend. Uptown Cheapskate will be administering a grand opening contest through the store’s Instagram account, @uptown_elpaso, to give away 10 concert tickets for Purity Ring, and two winners will receive VIP block party passes for Neon Indian. On Saturday, Uptown Cheapskate will hold a drawing at 2:00 pm for mystery gift cards and a $250 shopping spree. Shoppers must be present to win the drawing prizes.

“We’re so excited to bring the Uptown Cheapskate concept to the El Paso area and offer an affordable way to dress fashionably,” said Kevin Drennan. “We love that our store provides our customers a way to earn cash for the clothes they no longer wear, and find great deals on styles they love all in one place. This is recycling at its best,” he said.

For several weeks, the store has been open to the public to purchase customers’ gently used fashions, filling the racks in preparation for the grand opening. Customers will then be able to come in and shop brand name and designer clothing and accessories at up to 70 percent less than retail.

Uptown Cheapskate focuses on buying current styles of apparel, shoes and accessories that appeal to a wide range of teens and young adults. After the grand opening, Uptown Cheapskate will continue to pay customers cash or in-store credit for their gently used items.

In addition to carrying hundreds of recycled items, the new Uptown Cheapskate store will also offer many new products including jewelry, shoes and assorted clothing items.

For more information, visit their store website or find Uptown Cheapskate – El Paso on Facebook for frequent updates, pictures and happenings in the store. For Uptown Cheapskate franchise information, visit the Franchise Opportunity page.

BuildOn_image1Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate resale stores pay cash for like-new, gently-worn clothing, but this April, stores went a step further by collecting clothing and shoes to hold a nation-wide charity event. The Fill-A-Bag Sale raised $51,613 in a single day, and those funds immediately went to build a new school in Bromba, Mali. The community of Bromba officially began construction on July 2 and anticipate the school’s completion by early fall.

“We had this question of what to do with all the items we aren’t able to buy,” explained Shauna Sloan, President of Kid to Kid. “We pay cash to our customers for their best items, but if something has a small issue, we have a really hard time selling it. So we asked our customers if they would be willing to donate the items we couldn’t buy, and many of them jumped on board. We were able to offer a huge selection of product that customers could stuff into a bag for just a $15 donation, making it a win for everyone. Our stores donated their labor, space, and product to host the sale, and more than 3,000 of our customers came out and supported this idea of helping improve education in one of the poorest countries in the world.”

BuildOn_image7Uptown Cheapskate and Kid to Kid are partnering with buildOn, a non-profit organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education. They carefully selected Bromba to receive the first of three planned schools. Bromba is a remote village in the Sikasso district of Mali about 28 kilometers off the main road. According to the United Nation’s Human Development Index, Mali is the 12th poorest country in the world. With a population of more than 14 million, Mali also has one of the lowest literacy rates at 38 percent—with females at only 17 percent.

There are 113 students enrolled in the current, government-supported school in Bromba, 50 of whom are girls. In three temporary classrooms, three teachers teach four grade levels and only up to the fourth grade. With the new school, it is anticipated that higher grade levels will be offered.

BuildOn_image4The land, local materials, and some construction labor for the schools are provided by the local villages and the Ministry of Education in each country. Schools are built to accommodate up to 150 kids and feature two classrooms, a roof, toilets, and classroom supplies. buildOn contributes the engineering, special materials, skilled labor and project supervision. The village is also required to send girls to school in equal numbers with boys for gender balance and equality.

“This new school will increase access to education in Bromba for all kids, especially the young girls,” said Sloan. “As a mother of five daughters, I am especially committed to providing educational opportunities for the future mothers in these extremely needy communities. Thank you to all our customers who donated and purchased product to make this school and others possible!”

BuildOn_image5Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate plan to raise an additional $50,000 during the next Charity Fill-A-Bag sale scheduled on November 7th. Those funds will place schools in Senegal and Burkina Faso.

For more information, download the Groundbreak Report. To find participating Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate stores, visit https://act.buildon.org/fundraise/team?ftid=44304.

About buildOn

At home or abroad, buildOn’s goal is to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education. Across the U.S., buildOn empowers urban youth to transform their neighborhoods through intensive community service and to change the world by building schools in some of the economically poorest countries in the world. Since 1991, buildOn has constructed 780 schools worldwide, with more than 100,000 children, parents and grandparents attending these schools every day. For more information, visit www.buildon.org.

About Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate

For over 20 years, BaseCamp Franchising has been a leader in the resale franchise industry. Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate, both registered trademarks of BaseCamp Franchising, buy and sell gently-used yet fashionable clothes, shoes, gear and accessories. With 45 Uptown Cheapskate stores and 110 Kid to Kid franchise stores throughout the U.S., Portugal, and Canada, Basecamp Franchising provides convenient locations where customers are financially and emotionally rewarded as they recycle their best items. BaseCamp Franchising is located in Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information about BaseCamp Franchising, call 801-359-0071. You may also visit www.basecampfranchising.com.

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Uptown Cheapskate West Boise resale franchise

New Uptown Cheapskate and Kid to Kid in Boise, ID

BOISE, ID—June 15, 2015—Local business owner Bill Long is proud to announce the grand opening of his new resale store, Uptown Cheapskate, on Thursday, June 25 at 4:00 pm. Unlike a traditional thrift store, this trendy teen and young adult fashion reseller, located at 1574 N. Wildwood Way in Boise, pays shoppers cash for their secondhand clothes, shoes and other apparel items and resells them at highly discounted prices.

The first 50 shoppers in line at the grand opening will receive mystery gift cards worth up to $50. Businesses within the area will also join in on the grand opening celebration by providing special offers.

The new Uptown Cheapskate store in Boise is located next door to Long’s other resale franchise, Kid to Kid. A sister concept to Uptown Cheapskate, Kid to Kid buys and resells children’s clothing, toys, books and baby gear. The Kid to Kid store recently moved to its larger location a month ago and will be celebrating its grand re-opening on June 25 as well. A face painter and a balloon-animal artist will be at the Kid to Kid store from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

“I’m excited to bring the Uptown Cheapskate concept to the Boise area and offer an affordable way to dress fashionably,” said Long. “Having both of my stores located next to each other will hopefully make it more convenient for my customers whose children grew up with Kid to Kid to now shop at Uptown Cheapskate.”

For several weeks, the store has been open to the public to purchase customers’ gently used fashions, filling the racks in preparation for the grand opening. Customers will then be able to come in and shop brand name and designer clothing and accessories at up to 70 percent less than retail.

Uptown Cheapskate focuses on buying current styles of apparel, shoes and accessories that appeal to a wide range of teens and young adults. After the grand opening, Uptown Cheapskate will continue to pay customers cash or in-store credit for their gently used items.

In addition to carrying hundreds of recycled items, the new Uptown Cheapskate store will also offer many new products including jewelry, shoes and assorted clothing items.

For more information, visit their store website or find Uptown Cheapskate – West Boise on Facebook for frequent updates, pictures and happenings in the store. For Uptown Cheapskate franchise information, visit the Franchise Opportunity page.

About Uptown Cheapskate
Uptown Cheapskate, a registered trademark of BaseCamp Franchising, buys and sells gently used fashionable clothes, shoes, and accessories. With more than 40 stores throughout the U.S., Uptown Cheapskate provides convenient locations where customers are financially and emotionally rewarded as they recycle their best items. BaseCamp Franchising is located in Salt Lake City, UT. For more information about Uptown Cheapskate and BaseCamp Franchising, call 801-359-0071 or visit www.uptowncheapskate.com or www.basecampfranchising.com.

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Photo credit: buildOn

Photo credit: buildOn

SALT LAKE CITY, UT—May 7, 2015—Customers of Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate stores across the country raised $51,613 on April 25, at charity Fill-A-Bag sale events. These funds are more than enough to build one school, and the remaining amount will go towards building a second school in the near future. Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate—Salt Lake City based resale franchises—have partnered with buildOn, a non-profit organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education.

“These schools our customers are helping us build will serve hundreds of children that have never attended a real school before,” said Shauna Sloan, President and Founder of Kid to Kid. “We are thrilled we can contribute to such an amazing cause and provide our customers with fashionable clothes at the same time.”

Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate plan to raise a total of $100,000 by the end of the year, which is enough to build a total of three schools in Mali, Senegal and Burkina Faso.

At the Fill-A-Bag events, large shopping bags were sold for just a $15 donation to buildOn, and customers stuffed as much donated product into the bags as they could fit. Most of the sale merchandise was donated by customers.

Photo credit: buildOn

Photo credit: buildOn

Each school will accommodate up to 150 kids and feature two classrooms, a roof, toilets, and classroom supplies. buildOn partners with the ministry of education in each country and the local villages—which provide the land, local materials, and some construction labor. buildOn contributes the engineering, special materials, skilled labor and project supervision. The village is also required to send girls to school in equal numbers with boys for gender balance and equality.

For more information about buildOn and to find participating Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate stores, visit https://act.buildon.org/fundraise/team?ftid=44304.

About buildOn

At home or abroad, buildOn’s goal is to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education. Across the U.S., buildOn empowers urban youth to transform their neighborhoods through intensive community service and to change the world by building schools in some of the economically poorest countries in the world. Since 1991, buildOn has constructed 700 schools worldwide, with more than 92,000 children, parents and grandparents attending these schools every day. For more information, visit www.buildon.org.

About Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate

For over 20 years, BaseCamp Franchising has been a leader in the resale franchise industry. Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate, both registered trademarks of BaseCamp Franchising, buy and sell gently-used yet fashionable clothes, shoes, gear and accessories. With 43 Uptown Cheapskate stores and 107 Kid to Kid franchise stores throughout the U.S. and in Portugal, Basecamp Franchising provides convenient locations where customers are financially and emotionally rewarded as they recycle their best items. BaseCamp Franchising is located in Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information about BaseCamp Franchising, call 801-359-0071. You may also visit www.basecampfranchising.com.

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Uptown Cheapskate

Uptown Cheapskate buyers pay cash or offer store credit for items based on style, condition, and inventory need.

SALT LAKE CITY, UT—April 22, 2015—Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate, trademark resale brands of BaseCamp Franchising, announced that in 2014 they paid over $20 million to their customers to recycle their gently used clothes and accessories.

According to the 2014 Annual Sales Report, Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate stores recycled more than 10 million used items from customers throughout the United States, paying cash or offering in-store credit. Items not purchased are given back to the customers or donated to local and national charities including the Boys and Girls Club, Salvation Army, Kiva, Make-A-Wish Foundation and buildOn.

“This is recycling at its best,” said Shauna Sloan, founder of Kid to Kid. “With the exception of bottle recycling in a few states, there are very few programs where consumers are actually paid to recycle. When kids outgrow their clothes and toys, or young adults get tired of a fashionable outfit, they can trade them in for cash or store credit. This allows others in the community to shop and save—paying only a fraction of the cost of what they would spend elsewhere.”

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (as sited by the Council for Textile Recycling), the average U.S. citizen throws away an average of 70 pounds of clothing and other textiles each year. Throughout America, about 25 billion pounds of textiles are generated annually. Of that, just 15 percent is recovered for reuse or recycling. Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate recycles millions of used items to new homes, helping consumers on both end of the cycle.

At Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate, used items sell for about 70 percent less than the new price. Last year alone, their customers saved approximately $140 million by purchasing gently used over new.

With stores located in 30 states and 3 countries, the Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate franchise brand is growing. Kid to Kid buys and sells new and gently used children’s and maternity clothes, toys, books, and baby gear. Uptown Cheapskate targets teens and young adults with name brand clothes, shoes, jewelry and handbags.

About BaseCamp Franchising
For over 20 years, BaseCamp Franchising has been a leader in the resale franchise industry. Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate, both registered trademarks of BaseCamp Franchising, buy and sell new and gently used yet fashionable clothes, shoes, gear and accessories. As a growing franchise with 43 Uptown Cheapskate stores and 107 Kid to Kid franchise stores throughout the U.S., Portugal, and Canada, BaseCamp Franchising provides convenient locations where customers are financially and emotionally rewarded as they recycle their best items. BaseCamp Franchising is located in Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information about BaseCamp Franchising, call 801-359-0071 or visit basecampfranchising.com.

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Photo credit: buildOn

Photo credit: buildOn

SALT LAKE CITY, UT—April 15, 2015—Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate, both resale brands of BaseCamp Franchising, have teamed up with buildOn, a non-profit organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education. Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate stores across the nation will hold a charity Fill-A-Bag sale on April 25, with 100 percent of the proceeds being used to build three schools with buildOn in Mali, Senegal and Burkina Faso.

“We couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to use our network of Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate franchise locations as a way to raise funds to help children by building schools in some of the most impoverished areas in the world,” said Shauna Sloan, founder of Kid to Kid. “Our customers—teens, college students, mothers, and fathers— shop resale to save money, conserve resources and help our environment. During the charity Fill-A-Bag sale, our customers buy a $15 bag that they can fill all the way to the top full of select merchandise. Not only will they leave with a bag full of great stuff, but the entire purchase will be donated to buildOn to help them in their efforts to educate children.”

On April 25, customers can attend charity Fill-A-Bag sales at more than 40 participating Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate store locations. Large shopping bags will be sold for just $15, and customers can put as much specially-marked product into the bags as they can fit. Thousands of items will be available for the sale at each participating location. A large part of this select sale merchandise has been donated by customers from local communities. Customers who purchase bags will also receive a coupon for 15 percent off all full-priced merchandise not included in the sale.

“What’s so great about this charity sale event is the significant impact it will have on the buildOn organization and the families they serve,” said Uptown Cheapskate co-founder, Chelsea Sloan Carroll. “We successfully tested this model on a limited basis and are excited to roll it out on a national level to all our stores.”

“Education transforms lives, lifts people out of poverty, and brings the global community together,” continued Carroll. “Our internal goal of raising $100,000 will all go towards building three new schools and essentially transforming three communities that truly need it.”

Each school will accommodate up to 150 kids and feature two classrooms, a roof, latrines, and classroom supplies. buildOn works in partnership with the ministry of education in each country, the local village—which agrees to provide the land, local materials, and some construction labor; the engineering, materials skilled labor and project supervision is provided by buildOn. The village must also agree to send girls to school in equal numbers with boys for gender balance and equality.

Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate both offer current, stylish, gently used items in an upscale shopping experience. Kid to Kid buys and sells new and gently used children’s and maternity clothes, toys, books, and baby gear. For young adults, Uptown Cheapskate buys and sells new and like-new name brand clothes, shoes, jewelry and handbags.

For more information about buildOn and to find participating Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate stores, visit https://act.buildon.org/fundraise/team?ftid=44304.

About BaseCamp Franchising

For over 20 years, BaseCamp Franchising has been a leader in the resale franchise industry. Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate, both registered trademarks of BaseCamp Franchising, buy and sell gently-used yet fashionable clothes, shoes, gear and accessories. With 43 Uptown Cheapskate stores and 107 Kid to Kid franchise stores throughout the U.S. and in Portugal, Basecamp Franchising provides convenient locations where customers are financially and emotionally rewarded as they recycle their best items. BaseCamp Franchising is located in Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information about BaseCamp Franchising, call 801-359-0071. You may also visit www.basecampfranchising.com.

About buildOn

At home or abroad, buildOn’s goal is to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education. Across the U.S., buildOn empowers urban youth to transform their neighborhoods through intensive community service and to change the world by building schools in some of the economically poorest countries in the world. Since 1991, buildOn has constructed 700 schools worldwide, with more than 92,000 children, parents and grandparents attending these schools every day. For more information, visit www.buildon.org.

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