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.”
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.”
UPTOWN CHEAPSKATE AND KID TO KID PREPARE FOR NATIONWIDE CHARITY FUNDRAISER
Kate Weed | March 20, 2017
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.
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
Emily Baker | January 19, 2017
UPTOWN CHEAPSKATE STORE GRAND OPENING IN IDAHO FALLS, IDAHO
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.
GRAND OPENING OF NEW UPTOWN CHEAPSKATE STORE IN SAINT JOSEPH, MISSOURI
Taylor Christensen | May 24, 2016
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.