American fork Uptown CheapskateAMERICAN FORK, UT—April 12, 2016—Business owners Kirk and Jennifer Johnson and Justin Crump are proud to announce the grand opening of their second resale franchise store, Uptown Cheapskate, on Thursday, April 21 at 4:00 pm. Unlike a traditional thrift store, this trendy teen and young adult fashion reseller, located at 62 N 600 W in American Fork, pays shoppers cash for their secondhand clothes, shoes and other apparel items and resells them at highly discounted prices.

The grand opening celebrations will begin Thursday and continue throughout the weekend, featuring prize giveaways, local food trucks and the first chance to shop the store’s merchandise. Anyone who RSVPs to the store’s Facebook Event will be entered to win $50 in store credit, and customers who sell their gently used clothes to the store before the grand opening will be entered to win 4 Disneyland tickets.

“We are excited to bring an upscale resale clothing store to American Fork,” said Crump. “Our store has filled up with thousands of great pieces our customers have sold to us, and we hope to be their one stop shop for all their new and used treasures,” 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. During and after the grand opening, customers will be able to shop brand name and designer clothing and accessories at up to 90 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.

Although this will be the first Uptown Cheapskate in Utah County, the Johnsons and Crumps are not new to owning a fashion resale store. “Clothing resale has become our passion after our Murray location opened in August of 2013. As that store has been thriving, we were eager to expand our business to the great city of American Fork,” said Crump. With the Murray store’s steady growth since opening, they are excited to apply the principles they’ve learned from their first store to build a successful business in American Fork right from the start.

For more information, visit their store website or find Uptown Cheapskate (American Fork) 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 45 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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  1. Drew April 13, 2016

    It’s exciting to see how popular thrift stores and used clothing are becoming. I love being able to make money from my old clothes. It just gives me room for more clothes!

Trish and PeteBOARDMAN, OH—Local business owners Trish Couche and Pete Zinnicker will hold the Grand Opening of their store, Uptown Cheapskate, on Thursday, March 3rd . This contemporary teen and young adult fashion reseller, located at 105 Boardman-Canfield Road in Boardman, pays shoppers cash for their clothes, shoes and other apparel items and resells them at up to 90% off retail prices.

Trish Couche, originally from Boardman, has been looking for a new venture and decided to try owning her own business. Pete Zinnicker, from Cleveland, also wanted a change and so the couple has taken on the new store together. Trish chose to open an Uptown Cheapskate specifically because, after hearing about the franchise through a friend, she fell in love with the concept and the brand. More than your typical resale store, Uptown Cheapskate holds a brand that is “edgy, urban and in-style,” says Trish. Furthermore, Trish and Pete believe that there’s a desire within the community for a store like this, as they’ve received a lot of positive feedback from those selling to their store. “People are coming in to sell to us and they are excited about it. You can tell by the way they are talking that they absolutely love having a new store like this in their neighborhood.” Which is no surprise. The buy, sell, trade concept that Uptown Cheapskate offers is a win-win scenario. Members in the community can declutter their closets and earn cash on the spot, while style-hunters can find designer clothing at up to 90 percent less than retail.

For several weeks, the store has been buying clothes and accessories in preparation for opening day, which will be Thursday, March 3, at 4 pm. Those who attend the Grand Opening weekend will get the first pick of Uptown Cheapskate Boardman’s freshly revealed selection of items. Plus, attendees may receive food vouchers, mystery gift cards for shoppers, and ticket giveaways to Carrie Underwood, Fetty Wap, and Cirque du Soleil. There will be DJed music and remotes from stations Hot 101, Friday 95.9 and 105.1—who will also be giving away concert tickets.

For more information on how you can attend this event, find Uptown Cheapskate (Boardman) on Facebook or @uptown_ohio on Instagram. For frequent updates, pictures and happenings in the store, visit their store website or email.

About Uptown Cheapskate and BaseCamp Franchising

For over 20 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 over 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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  1. Rahul March 21, 2016

    Wonderful business idea, just one suggestion though, if I were you I would start to develop an almost rewards card that would incentivize people selling more clothes.

    • Uptown Cheapskate March 24, 2016

      We do have one! It’s called our Uptown Insider card and you get rewards for buying and selling. Check it out next time you’re in!

  2. Jeanine ORourke March 21, 2016

    Do you need (now or when) prom dresses and other formal wear (lace pencil skirt, formal purses, wraps)? I have several.

    • Uptown Cheapskate March 24, 2016

      Some of our stores sell formal wear on a limited basis. You’d be best calling the store you’re interested in selling to. Thanks for your interest!

  3. Jamie March 24, 2016

    Do you take Vera Bradly tot bags? Its new never been used in the box

    • Uptown Cheapskate March 25, 2016

      All of our stores have different inventory levels on bags, so you’d be best calling the store you’re interested in selling to. Thanks for your interest!

  4. Maurissa March 29, 2016

    Do you take Jordan’s?

    • Uptown Cheapskate March 29, 2016

      All of our stores have different inventory levels on shoes, so you’d be best calling the store you’re interested in selling to. Thanks for your interest!

  5. LaShae March 31, 2016

    Hey I have two brand new coach bags never been used will you take those? I also have coach shoes that have only been worn four times LITERALLY are those acceptable?

    • Uptown Cheapskate April 8, 2016

      Hi LaShae,

      Please contact the store you are interested in selling to, each store has different inventory levels on product.

      Thank you for your interest!

  6. Susan April 1, 2016

    Do you accept formal and cocktail dresses?

    • Uptown Cheapskate April 8, 2016

      Hi Susan,

      Please contact the store you are interested in selling to, each store has different inventory levels on product.

      Thank you for your interest!

  7. Devynne Reed April 10, 2016

    Prom dresses?

    • Uptown Cheapskate April 13, 2016

      Please contact the store you are interested in selling to, each store has different inventory levels on product.

      Thank you for your interest!

  8. Lori April 12, 2016

    Do you rake clothes from Christopher and Banks?

    • Uptown Cheapskate April 13, 2016

      Please contact the store you are interested in selling to, each store has different inventory levels on product.

      Thank you for your interest!

  9. Dede April 12, 2016

    I have men’s shirts,shorts, dressed shirts and jeans. There all from skate companies. Some are brand new or worn once. Do you sell skate clothes?

    • Uptown Cheapskate April 13, 2016

      Please contact the store you are interested in selling to, each store has different inventory levels on product.

      Thank you for your interest!

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Although in the moment they might seem like supreme beings, interviewers are people just like you. Truth is, interviewing isn’t the most fun for everyone. The interviewer is hoping you’re the one so that they can be done with the interviewing process. To help you make an impression and ace the interview, we rounded up a list of science-backed strategies to make yourself seem more likable, competent, and ultimately hirable.

What to wear:

So you’ve accomplished the hard part—you’ve landed the job interview—and now you’re panicking because you have no idea what to wear. Do your research and find out what the culture of the workplace is so that you don’t show up overdressed, or under-dressed. Above all else, do not wear something too casual or better suited for a night out with your friends than a serious job interview. However, there are actually other concerns to take into consideration.

Color: The majority of employers recommended blue (23%) and black (15%). 25% of employers stated that orange is the worst color to wear and is the color most likely to be associated with someone who is unprofessional. However, orange can also been seen as a creative color. Use your best judgement when it comes to colorful attire. Certain skin tones pull off colors better than others.

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Many employers feel more conservative colors such as black, blue, gray and brown convey a sense of professionalism.

Other attributes colors may convey:

  • Black – Leadership
  • Blue – Team Player
  • Gray – Logical/Analytical
  • White – Organized
  • Brown – Dependable
  • Red – Power
  • Green, Yellow, Orange or Purple – all four colors were associated with Creative.

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Style: For women, skirts are traditionally preferable to pantsuits as they are more formal, but in most professional environments either are acceptable. For men, your suit should be comfortable, but not casual or sporty in appearance. Also, the weather may factor into your decision. Make sure you are comfortable in your attire so that you can feel good and focus on the interview.

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Fit: Fellas, avoid tight-fitting suits! Suit jackets should fit so that they can be easily buttoned without any noticeable pull marks across the fabric. The same advise goes for women’s blouses. Also, skirts and dresses should be close to knee length.

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Fine details: Make sure that your hair looks kempt and neat. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to get a trim a few days before your interview. Also, make sure that your nails are well manicured, this goes for men as well. Nail polish colors should be neutral and subtle. Accessories and belts should also be complimentary to your outfit.

Uptown Cheapskate buys & sells business attire so you can impress for less!
We look for and carry:

  • Current (within 2 years) Banana Republic, GAP, J. Crew, and Express
  • Tailored Blazers for guys and gals
  • Fitted men’s suits in standard sizes– (not tailored) from H&M, Express, Hugo Boss, Steve Madden, etc.
  • Current men’s button-ups (within 2 years)
  • Skinny ties and leather belts
  • Pencil skirts and fitted dresses

What to bring:

Bring in a portfolio or briefcase with a clean pad of paper and a few pens, multiple copies of your resume, notes you have taken to prepare for the interview, including questions you will ask them, and a copy of the job description.

Questions to ask your interviewer:

    • What do you expect to be the greatest learning curve for the new person coming into this job? Is it the technology he or she will be using, learning the culture here or something else?
    • How does this position support your department’s goals?
    • How do you plan to evaluate the performance of the person in this job?
    • What are the most important milestones to hit? What should your new hire know about your management style, that will help him or her interact more effectively with you?

These are some of our favorites, however you can find a full list of great questions here.

Story reminders:
Many employers will ask “Tell me about a time when…”-type questions to have you share about your past work experience. Write down short reminders of your stories and bring the reminders to the job interview.

How to act:

Make eye contact: Making eye contact shows confidence and respect.  Don’t go overboard though, you don’t want to creep your interviewer out!

Body language: The “chameleon effect” is a psychological phenomenon that describes how people tend to like each other more when they’re exhibiting similar body language. Body language expert Patti Wood says that, ideally, it should look like you’re “dancing” with the other person. Otherwise it can seem like you’re not interested in what they’re saying, you’re not a team player, or even that you’re lying. So if your interviewer is leaning forward in their chair and putting their hands on the table, feel free to do the same. Chances are they won’t notice that you’re copying them.

Hand gestures: According to Molidor and Parus, your hand movements contribute to the impression you convey in a job interview. Showing your palms generally indicates sincerity, while pressing the fingertips of your hands together to form a church steeple indicates confidence. On the other hand, you don’t want to hold your palms downward, which is a sign of dominance. You’ll also want to avoid concealing your hands, which looks like you have something to hide; tapping your fingers, which shows impatience; folding your arms, which indicates disappointment; and overusing hand gestures, which can be distracting.

Tailor your answers to the interviewers age: In their book “Crazy Good Interviewing,” John B. Molidor, Ph.D., and Barbara Parus write that you should conduct yourself a little differently based on which generation your interviewer belongs to. Here’s their breakdown:

    • Generation Y interviewers (between 20 and 30): Bring along visual samples of your work and highlight your ability to multitask.
    • Generation X interviewers (between 30 and 50): Emphasize your creativity and mention how work/life balance contributes to your success.
    • Baby Boomer interviewers (between 50 and 70): Show that you work hard and demonstrate respect for what they’ve achieved.
    • Silent Generation interviewers (between 70 and 90): Mention your loyalty and commitment to previous jobs.

These are just a handful out of thousands of tips and tricks to help you ace your interview. Make sure you do your research on the company, practice, and stay positive! You’ve got this.

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We are very excited to feature an amazing fashion blogger, Lauryncakes! We love her advice on how to finish your DIY Halloween Costume at Uptown! Take it away, Lauryn!
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Hi guys and girls! This is Lauryn from Lauryncakes.com. Every year around the end of September I start worrying about the same thing– what to wear for Halloween! I have a firm belief that you can never get too old to dress up for the creepy holiday (although, you can definitely grow out of trick-treating). There are still tons of fun dance parties, clubs, family events, or even joining in on the passing out of candy that require the Halloween dress code.
Don’t get stuck in a slump and buy the same packaged costume that every other character will be wearing that night. Do yourself a favor and be original! Uptown Cheapskate has sooo many pieces that can call out any DIY-er creative side. Here are a few tips on how to shop the racks and find your unique costume!
1. Have a couple plans in mind. I actually took screenshots of certain movie characters or personas on my phone. That way while I was browsing I could match the cool finds up to a certain idea for a costume.
2. Know your price point. I gave myself the goal of only spending $50, and then made sure to stay within those limits! I also tried to pick clothing for the costume that I felt I could re-wear in a normal day outfit. I am all about recycling my clothing, and buying just for one night would be reckless!
3. Go straight to your sizes. Of course, I know that shoes and clothes can fit differently from brand to brand, but if I am a medium, I won’t look into the extra smalls. If I am a size 9 in shoes, you won’t catch me in the 7’s. It would be a waist of time, and I could potentially find something I love that won’t fit. Just don’t let yourself get caught in that mess.
4. Be creative. Part of the reason to go to a local Uptown Cheapskate for a Halloween costume is to find great brands and fun fashion. I wanted my costume to be recognizable, but also have a high fashion feel. When I decided to be a Dalmatian, I knew that I would want to go black and white and find spots. The knit sweater on top was my bit of creativity because the textured dots are meant to represent the spots on a Dalmatian. You see what I mean? You can be literal, or you can have fun.
xoxo, Lauryn from Lauryncakes.com
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Check out her WebsiteBlog, Facebook, InstagramPinterestTwitter, and YouTube for more inspiring fashion advice!

 

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  1. Jacquelin November 25, 2015

    Cute store

  2. Mercedes December 8, 2015

    I absolutely love this store! Great products for amazing prices!

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With our 45 locally-owned franchises, Uptown Cheapskate helps support your community.

By depending on our local customers to supply our products by recycling their used clothing, we’re able to avoid relying heavily on overseas clothing factories that often provide unethical labor conditions to their workers, and many times practice child labor. Instead, we pay money to customers like you for the vast majority of our items. This benefits the economy right in our local communities, and helps support sustainable means of getting clothes.

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According to the most recent figures released from the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American throws away about 70 pounds of clothing each year. They also inform us that nearly 95 percent of all of the clothing, shoes, and linens thrown away could have been recycled or reused. By selling to Uptown Cheapskate, not only are you reducing waste, but you’re lowering the demand for stores like ours to support unethical means of producing clothing.

Selling to Uptown is not the only way you can do your part to help heal the earth. Each time you buy a recycled clothing item at Uptown, that’s one less shirt that you might buy new, meaning you’re reducing the demand for the production of new clothes. This not only saves precious resources every year, but it continues to support getting the latest trends in fashion in ways that are safe, sustainable, and ethical.

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At Uptown Cheapskate, our style is a labor of love. Each of our locally owned stores provides jobs to members of the community—many of whom are young people. With more than 45 stores around the country, that’s more than 350 jobs created! We provide steady pay, flexible schedules, paid training and growth opportunities, plus a hefty employee discount. Our employees work in a fun and friendly retail atmosphere, surrounded by what they love—fashion.

If working at Uptown Cheapskate sounds like a place where you think you could succeed, we’d love to speak to you.

Fill out a job application for any of our stores here.

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