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K2K Littleton - Serena Wailes

NEW CHILDRENS’ SPECIALTY STORE TO OPEN IN LITTLETON.

LITTLETON, CO— (April 14, 2017) — Colorado residents Serena and Joe Wailes are excited to open the doors of their Kid to Kid store to the community of Littleton on Thursday, April 20th at 4:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to join in on the fun by stopping by to check out the store, get good deals, freebies, and prizes.

“I love the uniqueness of stores like Kid to Kid. You never know what you are going to find on any given day” said Serena Wailes, ten year Littleton resident and store owner. “We’re also excited to become further involved in our community. We want to work to build partnerships with schools, sports teams, local causes, and organizations through sponsorships and fundraising.”

Leading up to the event, Kid to Kid Littleton will be doing a “five days of prizes” event on their Facebook page starting April 15th. On April 20th, Kid to Kid, located at 8601 W. Cross Drive in Littleton will be having a Grand Opening Party that will last all weekend long featuring, the Batman Batmobile, face painting, VIP swag bags daily to first 30 customers with purchase, and hundreds of dollars’ worth of prizes.

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 gently used name brand clothing and accessories at a great price. Kid to Kid stores offer a variety of name brand children’s clothing, toys, maternity, and accessories up to 90 percent off the price of original retail price. After the grand opening weekend, Kid to Kid Littleton will continue to pay community members for gently-used apparel and items in cash or offer 20 percent more in store credit.

For more information about the new Kid to Kid Littleton store and the upcoming grand opening event, visit Kid to Kid Littleton on Facebook or visit the store website. For Kid to Kid franchise information, visit the Franchise Opportunity page.

 

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About Kid to Kid

Kid to Kid is an international franchise that buys and sells gently used children’s goods and maternity wear in an upscale environment. With over 100 locations throughout the U.S., Canada, and Portugal, each Kid to Kid store provides a convenient place where families are financially and emotionally rewarded as they recycle their best items. Kid to Kid is a registered trademark of BaseCamp Franchising located in Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information about Kid to Kid, call 801-359-0071 or visit www.kidtokid.com or www.basecampfranchising.com.

 

 

 

K2K Salisbury - Emily Schramm, LeAnna Bush, Nancy Kline Emily Schramm, LeAnna Bush, and Nancy Kline lead four franchise locations in Maryland. Fashion is a competitive business, but running a Uptown Cheapskate or Kid to Kid store provides a more supportive business model.

WARM, SHADELESS, and GROWTH-FRIENDLY: the RAREST CLIMATE in FASHION

by Kate Weed

We use this so no one can wear the same thing,” Ina said.  “If they don’t check the page, they’re in trouble.

It was a full five months before Senior Prom in Palo Alto, California, and my friend Ina was showing me a Facebook page created to prevent a fashion nightmare: the possibility of someone showing up to Prom in her exact same outfit.

Ina had selected a trumpet-shaped marine green dress and was in the process of uploading a picture of it to the group page. Staking claim in this way would keep her look original and might even allow her to corner the market on the sultry mermaid vibe in formal wear, at least for one night.

A few months before this, I found myself in a seasonal educator training for a major fitness brand. A Black Friday spent away from a retail sales floor is, in my book, no Black Friday at all, and I was eager to clock in some extra holiday hours despite having two demanding jobs already. My mind wandered a bit as the training manager went through the usual discussion of discount policy, but snapped back into attention when I heard the words “don’t shop there.” We were being instructed to use our employee discount only at our own store, and not to give any business to the neighboring location of the same company, which to everyone’s knowledge was currently doing incredible volume and “totally killing it.”

Whether it’s person-to-person, store-to-store, or company-to-company, threads of competitiveness, and even confrontation, run deep in the world of fashion. With so much of the discussion in apparel centering on outdoing the rest, it’s no wonder that worst-dressed lists, Twitter accounts devoted to bad fashion, and trend watches predicting fashion failure have so much currency. In any given year, the forecast for fashion includes throwing a lot of shade around, and it’s well-known that achieving actual growth in this industry is rare, even at the very top. In fact, for most major design labels, surviving the first ten years in business is a known rarity, and the milestone is seen as just the beginning of real work.

Enter Nancy Kline.

An East Coast native with more than three decades of experience in the retail clothing industry, Kline’s path tells a different story from the cold and competitive narrative of most prosperous fashion tales. Nancy had worked for a successful clothing company for 32 years when she decided to venture into fashion franchising and open an Uptown Cheapskate resale store. Intimately familiar with the popular upscale brands carried at Uptown Cheapskate, Kline liked the concept of bringing those major brands to people at lower costs, allowing more consumers in her community to afford higher-end labels.

Over the course of a few years, Nancy went from opening one franchise location to running four top-performing stores in Maryland, spanning both the Uptown Cheapskate concept and its children’s goods sister-store, Kid to Kid. Interestingly, Kline didn’t achieve her success through tactics of ousting competition or hampering the growth of others. Kline’s business model has instead been rooted in collaboration, mentoring and shared success. Knowing that she could push her stores’ prosperity by expanding to multiple locations, Nancy selected her daughter, Emily Schramm, and close friend, LeAnna Bush, as solid business partners. Together, the team of three toggled between roles of store manager, assistant manager, and district manager, training their staff and optimizing the processes as they became experts in resale store management. With each new store opening, they took on a greater measure of responsibility and found particular enjoyment in selecting which functions of the business they would personally head up.

“With running these stores together, we were able to decide which departments we wanted to lead,” Nancy reflects. “I had never done marketing, and I wanted to buy product and focus on the books. Emily took the lead in styling and making sure we were in tune with our customer’s needs. I don’t mind doing a lot of the things she doesn’t do, and vice versa. We work really well as a team.”

The growth fostered by allowing a partner to thrive in their unique skillset is further reflected in Kline’s impact on the neighborhoods surrounding her stores.

“We are committed to giving back to the community,” Kline observes. “To see the number of employees we have brought in means a great deal to us. We now employ 60 people between our stores. All of our current store managers started as part-time fashion consultants. We help them grow in their own roles as we have in ours.”

At this season of her career, Nancy Kline finds particular enjoyment in letting others shine. In addition to regularly sharing her strategies and tips with franchisees at other Uptown Cheapskate and Kid to Kid locations, she has relinquished some responsibility at her own stores.

“What’s happening naturally, is that I’m ready to back off,” Kline notes. “Emily and LeAnna don’t want me to back off, but they become more of the vocal and verbal ones, and take more of a lead as time goes on. That’s how it should be. I didn’t want to be the front of the house. I’ve done that. It’s about making room for someone to grow and lead in the way you want to.”

Within the cutthroat and sometimes merciless world of fashion and retail, Kline has carved out a warmer and more nurturing way of conducting business that inspires. While I might not have been able to use my employee discount at the competitor store last holiday season, I think I’ll ask Ina if she has any interest in changing the vision of her Facebook group. Prom is still a month away, and perhaps instead of keeping other mermaids out of the water, she can help them find their fashion sea legs.

 

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About Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate

Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate 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 Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate store provides a convenient place where families are financially and emotionally rewarded as they recycle their best items. Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate are registered trademarks of BaseCamp Franchising located in Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information about Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate, call 801-359-0071 or visit www.basecampfranchising.com.

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

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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 Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate 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.

“We’re excited to offer this store to a community we’re highly involved in,” said Stacy Fuchs, Elko resident and store owner. “My parents raised us here in Elko and love that we’re now raising our own families here. Both our stores, Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate provide a service to families and individuals who might not be able to afford full retail price for quality items.”

Leading up to the event, Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate Elko will be doing a “five days of prizes” event on their Facebook pages: Uptown Cheapskate and Kid to Kid starting April 1st. On April 6th, Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate, located 2072 Idaho St. in Elko will have their grand opening celebration starting at 4pm.

The celebration will feature face painting, live music with DJ chip stone and delicious treats. Come early, the first 30 customers to each store will receive a VIP Swag Bag full of goodies and freebies from local businesses. The grand opening party will have free tacos and fiiz drinks all weekend long Thursday through Saturday. Customers who RSVP on their Facebook event page for either: Kid to Kid or Uptown Cheapskate are entered to win $50 for them and a friend.

Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate 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 new and like-new apparel for up to 70 percent off retail prices. After the grand opening, the store will continue to pay cash for gently used fashion brands or offer 20 percent or even more in store credit.

 

For more information about the new Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate store’s upcoming grand opening event, visit their Facebook event pages: Uptown Cheapskate or Kid to Kid or visit the store websites: Uptowncheapskate.com/Elko and Kidtokid.com/Elko. For Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate franchise information, visit the Franchise Opportunity page.

About Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate 

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

Kid to Kid wants to help your little ones work towards their new goals this year. The act of writing down your goals will give your a greater likelihood of achieving them. Good luck and Happy New Year!

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Click on this image to download your 2017 Goals Chart.

Thank you to everyone who entered our First Day of School Instagram Contest! There were so many fantastic pictures. You still have a chances to win, our Halloween contest is live, check out the details here
$100 GRAND PRIZE WINNER: Congratulations to @malkomes1 and her daughter, Gabi!
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 Now to our additional favorites–get ready for some adorable honorable mentions.
Oh no! Turn that frown upside down: @roy_malejandra
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This future astronaut’s pics are out of this world: @lynn.m.wilson81
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Savannah is hungry to learn: @ernietiff2005
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We are diggin’ this kid’s look and hairdo: @robynwestbrook
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Nothing is as contagious as this sweet smile: @charm.bella.boss
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This cut out is such a cute idea, love the picture: @ajedamski
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 Kid to Kid stores across the nation have unleashed their costume collections! Whether you’re looking for a D.I.Y costume and need a few accessories, or going all out on an original character, Kid to Kid has so many costumes to choose from!

BOY’S COSTUME: D.I.Y. IDEAS

GIRL’S COSTUME: D.I.Y. IDEAS

BABY COSTUME IDEAS

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KID TO KID: HOW IT WORKS

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Kid to Kid with Uptown Cheapskate have received a mention in the Idaho Statesman for doing good deeds.

The franchise stores earned the notice for their work with buildOn, a nonprofit that works with under-served communities around the world. Together, stores across the nation raised  money to build schools in impoverished countries. The daily newspaper mentioned the Boise Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate stores specifically, which  are owned by Boise resident Bill Long. His Boise stores contributed $6,860 to the cause.

NORTHERN BUFFALO RECEIVES NEW CHILDRENS’ SPECIALTY STORE.

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BUFFALO, NY — (August 18, 2016) — New York residents Michelle and Chris Talley are eager to open the doors of their new Kid to Kid store to the community of Tonawanda on Thursday, August 25th at 4:00 p.m. Everyone is invited for treats, activities, great deals, and fun.

“Kid to Kid is a great shopping alternative from big box stores,” said Chris Talley, long time New York resident and store owner. “We sell both new and gently used name brands up to 70 percent off retail prices. People are able to buy items that they may normally not be able to afford otherwise.”

Leading up to the event, Kid to Kid Tonawanda will be doing a “five days of prizes” event on their Facebook page starting August 20th. Starting August 25th, Kid to Kid, located at 1060 Niagara Falls Blvd in Tonawanda, will have a grand opening celebration for three days, featuring free ice cream, face painting, balloon artists, music, and a special minion character appearance. Customers can view the full agenda on their Facebook event page.

The store has been stocking up, buying gently-used clothing, footwear, toys, baby equipment, and maternity products 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 a great price. After the grand opening, Kid to Kid Tonawanda will continue to pay community members for gently-used apparel, toys, baby equipment, and maternity products in cash or offer 20 percent more in store credit.

With a desire to help the local community, Kid to Kid Tonawanda donates items to local charities: Clothe Me Co-op, Ken-Ton Closet and Seneca Street Methodist Church. These charities help woman and children in need, refugees locating to Buffalo, and survivors of domestic violence.

 

For more information about the new Kid to Kid Tonawanda store and the upcoming grand opening event, visit Kid to Kid Tonawanda on Facebook or visit the store website. For Kid to Kid franchise information, visit the Franchise Opportunity page.

 

About Kid to Kid
Kid to Kid is an international franchise that buys and sells gently used children’s goods and maternity wear in an upscale environment. With over 100 locations throughout the U.S. and Portugal, each Kid to Kid store provides a convenient place where families are financially and emotionally rewarded as they recycle their best items. Kid to Kid is a registered trademark of BaseCamp Franchising located in Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information about Kid to Kid, call 801-359-0071 or visit www.kidtokid.com or www.basecampfranchising.com.

                                                            LOCAL COUPLE BRINGS NEW CHILDREN’S SPECIALTY STORE TO THEIR HOMETOWN

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HUMBLE, TX— (August 11, 2016) — Texas residents Shawna and Bret Duplantis are excited to open the doors of their Kid to Kid store to the community of Atascocita on Thursday, August 18th at 4:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to join the celebration by stopping by, checking out the store, and entering to win great giveaways.

“I am so happy to provide such a needed store within our community,” said Shawna Duplantis, long time Atascocita resident and store owner. “It is so great seeing moms coming together passing along great deals to one another. From baby showers to birthday gifts, we’re pleased to offer a large variety of new and gently used items for our customers.”

Leading up to the event, Kid to Kid Atascocita will be doing a “five days of prizes” event on their Facebook page starting August 13th. On August 18th, Kid to Kid, located at 6932 FM 1960 East in Atascocita will give the first 15 customers in line VIP swag bags. The grand opening will have a red carpet featuring Minnie Mouse, Dory, and Pokemon characters.

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 a great price. Kid to Kid stores offer a variety of name brand children’s clothing, toys, maternity, and accessories up to 90 percent off the price of original retail price. After grand opening day, Kid to Kid Atascocita will continue to pay community members for gently-used apparel and items in cash or offer 20 percent more in store credit.

For more information about the new Kid to Kid Atascocita store and the upcoming grand opening event, visit Kid to Kid Atascocita on Facebook or visit the store website. For Kid to Kid franchise information, visit the Franchise Opportunity page.

About Kid to Kid
Kid to Kid is an international franchise that buys and sells gently used children’s goods and maternity wear in an upscale environment. With over 100 locations throughout the U.S. and Portugal, each Kid to Kid store provides a convenient place where families are financially and emotionally rewarded as they recycle their best items. Kid to Kid is a registered trademark of BaseCamp Franchising located in Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information about Kid to Kid, call 801-359-0071 or visit www.kidtokid.com or www.basecampfranchising.com.

 

Rochester-Yelena Golubkov

ROCHESTER, NY—June 23, 2016— Kid to Kid in Rochester, owned by local entrepreneur Lena Golubkov, was awarded Store of the Month for May 2016. Through this award, the Kid to Kid franchise recognizes outstanding achievement exhibited by one of its more than 100 children’s resale locations across the United States, Canada, and Portugal. Kid to Kid Rochester saw a sales increase of 13 percent in May, as well as 17 percent more customers.

When asked the secret to her success, Lena didn’t hesitate. “I just follow the franchise system,” she said. Each month she diligently reads the priorities recommended by BaseCamp Franchising, Kid to Kid’s parent company, and does her best to follow them. “It really works. My store isn’t perfect, but with BaseCamp’s help, I’m always improving.”

Having immigrated from Ukraine 26 years ago with $180 in her pocket and a desire for a better life, Lena’s is a true “American Dream” story. She worked any job she could find, from landscaping to cleaning, and eventually saved enough money to open a spa/salon. Eventually, the Kid to Kid franchise caught her eye. “I loved the concept, and after meeting Kid to Kid founders Brent and Shauna Sloan, I was really impressed with their intelligence and how they built the businesses. I knew I wanted to own a Kid to Kid.”

When she purchased her Rochester Kid to Kid location in 2011, she had developed the skills needed to provide outstanding customer service and a great product selection. “Lena is an outstanding example of tenacity in entrepreneurship, having overcome many personal challenges to create a better life through store ownership,” said Shauna Sloan.

“Owning a Kid to Kid is hard work, but I love it,” Lena said. The store saw huge gains in May by placing an added emphasis on organization and inventory. With an improved product selection, customers were able to find exactly what they wanted, resulting in higher sales for the store.

As much as Lena loves the business aspect of running her store, her favorite part of owning a Kid to Kid is the children. “I just love being able to watch them grow. It feels so rewarding to provide this amazing service to families so they can afford nice things and improve their lives,” she said.

For more information about Kid to Kid Rochester, visit their website at kidtokid.com/Rochester, or find them on Facebook. For franchising information, visit kidtokid.com/franchising.

About Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate

For over 23 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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