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We’re celebrating Earth Day on April 21st and you’re invited!

At Kid to Kid, we have a passion for sustainability. We are dedicated to reducing the impact of the clothing and toy industries on the planet by being green 365 days per year. When you support resale, you’re not just being good on your wallet – you’re giving back to the environment and contributing to an economy that is sustainable and green.

To celebrate Earth Day, we want to thank you for your continued support of our sustainability efforts. Visit any of our Kid to Kid locations on April 21st for 25% off our huge selection of gently-used kids’ stuff.

Approximately 40 million toys are thrown away every year in the US. Many of those toys are are still in usable condition. By buying second hand, we can reduce our carbon footprint by 20-30 percent. Here are some other great reasons shop at Kid to Kid:

  • It’s less expensive. Buying kids’ stuff is expensive. At Kid to Kid we pay cash, or 20% more in store credit, for your gently used kids’ stuff and by shopping at Kid to Kid you can expect to pay 70% less than the items original price. That’s a win-win for your wallet.
  • It’s sustainable. In 2014, the US collectively produced 33 million tons of plastic waste. Purchasing second hand helps keep plastic toys and toy packaging out of the landfills.
  • Supports your local economy. Each Kid to Kid store is locally owned by members of your community. When you shop at Kid to Kid, you are keeping your dollars in your local economy.
  • Helps raise money for charities. Kid to Kid, and our sister store Uptown Cheapskate, together have raised $273,582 to build schools worldwide with buildOn. With your help, we’ve built nine schools in third world countries.
  • Reduce the demand for new products. When you recycle your gently used kids’ stuff at Kid to Kid, you help reduce the demand for new products by helping us avoid relying on overseas factories that often provide unethical labor conditions to their workers.

Click here to find an Kid to Kid near you. Our sister store, Uptown Cheapskate, is celebrating Earth Day too!

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KID TO KID IN ROCKWALL, TEXAS UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP

Greenville - Stacey Mayfield ROCKWALL, TX—Feb 28, 2018—Local resident Stacey Mayfield became the new owner of the Rockwall Kid to Kid store on January 14, 2018. The Kid to Kid store in Rockwall is located at
2455 Ridge Road. Kid to Kid buys and sells gently used children’s clothing, toys, baby equipment, maternity wear and more.

Mayfield has been the owner of the successful Kid to Kid store in Greenville for 9 years. She and her staff, including Andrea – her manager of 5 years, are excited to put their experience to work in the Rockwall location. Mayfield says the Greenville store has grown a strong reputation for customer service, product selection and organization. As someone who is passionate about this industry, she felt it was the right time to expand her business into Rockwall. “I have always felt like the Rockwall location had such potential to reach all areas of the community. Rockwall needs an upscale resale shop that parents can find not only high end items, but like-new items and baby gear for a great price,” Mayfield said.

The store has already seen major changes since Mayfield took over the reigns in January. Along with some physical remodeling including fresh paint, new flooring and some general cleanup,
Mayfield and her team have focused on reorganizing the store to make it easier to shop and sell. “We’ve made big changes to the selling process,” Mayfield said. “We are able to finish buys
within 30 minutes to an hour, sometimes even faster.” They are also offering the option of cash or store credit to customers who sell their gently used children’s clothes, baby equipment, toys and maternity wear. In addition to providing gently used children’s items, Mayfield is also adding a large selection of brand new items like Melissa & Doug toys, new socks, linens and more.

When asked what Mayfield loves most about owning a Kid to Kid store, she didn’t hesitate, “I love the customers first and foremost,” she said. “It makes me happy when people come in to
shop and they are excited about what kind of deal they find.”

Mayfield’s enthusiasm for making the Rockwall location a successful children’s store runs deeper than just providing high-end items at a low cost. “It’s a rewarding job knowing that we not only help the community with our low prices, but also that families are able to recycle their items.”

For more information, visit the store website or follow Kid to Kid (Rockwall) on Facebook for frequent updates, pictures and happenings in the store. For Kid to Kid franchise information, visit the Franchise Opportunity page.

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MADISON COUNTY KID TO KID EARNS STORE OF THE MONTH AWARD

K2K Madison County - Amy Lasher Amy Lasher and the Kid to Kid team in Madison County received the December Store of the Month award from the Kid to Kid Franchise System.  They were selected from 118 Kid to Kid franchisees across the United States, Canada, and in Europe because of a consistent pattern of growth through the year, and especially in the month of December where sales increased 11%, and the amount of product purchased from parents in the community increased by 56%.

Kid to Kid buys and sells gently used children’s and maternity products.  According to franchise founder Shauna Sloan, “This store is a terrific example of how communities are embracing the resale concept.  Parents love to save money, and the Madison County team has really stepped up their game in providing a rewarding resale experience.”

“Amy Lasher is an inspiring franchisee and store owner” adds Sloan.  Amy and her husband Ron have four growing children.  He runs the local Dairy Queen.  Amy is responsible for the Kid to Kid store.  Although she’s not defined by her disability, Amy had a serious strep infection following a tonsillectomy that required her to use a wheelchair or scooter for several years.  But that hasn’t slowed her resolve.  She handles most of the manager responsibilities, and relies on her team to do a lot of the heavy lifting as she continues her recovery and builds endurance standing and walking.

Amy’s background is in the restaurant industry.  She’s able to apply the things she learned there to her Kid to Kid store.  “There are a lot of similarities.  We need to provide a consistent customer experience with a small staff, handle rushes, and move through a lot of product in a short time” explains Amy.  At Kid to Kid, the rushes come when several parents bring product in at once to be appraised.  They earn cash on the spot for the things the store can purchase.  “We try to get through it as quickly as possible – ideally before they’ve finished shopping for treasures in the store” she explains.  “We’ve seen a significant increase in the number of sellers who choose to take their payment in store credit instead of cash.  They earn 20% more, and they’re finding replacements in our store that make it much more affordable to raise kids.”

 

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Sell us your in-style, gently used clothes your kids have outgrown. We pay cash on the spot or 20% more in store credit.

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BRAND NEW KID TO KID STORE ANNOUNCING THEIR GRAND OPENING

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SHORT PUMP, VA—NOVEMBER 30, 2017 — Andrew and Amada Foster are excited to open the doors of their Kid to Kid store in Short Pump, a suburb of Richmond, Virginia.  Their Grand Opening will begin November 30th at 4:00 p.m. and go through December 2nd. Bring your family and friends and join the celebration.

Andrew and Amanda were customers at Kid to Kid, and loved the concept of “combining quality, thriftiness, and sustainability in one lovely little package.” Amanda says, “When the opportunity arose to open a Kid to Kid in Short Pump, we jumped on it, and are so excited for this new chapter in our family’s life!” With a growing family of their own, Andrew and Amanda can relate to their customers. You will often find pictures and references to their little ones, Evie, Lilly and Jack on their Facebook Page. This has become their family business in many ways.

With the help of those in the Short Pump community, Andrew and Amanda have filled their store with great products and are excited to have people come and shop their store located at 11740 W Broad St. #105, Richmond, Virginia. Kid to Kid stores offer a variety of name brand children’s clothing, toys, maternity, and accessories up to 75 percent off the price of original retail price.

After the grand opening, Kid to Kid Short Pump 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 Short Pump store and the upcoming grand opening event, visit Kid to Kid Short Pump on Facebook. 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 North Salt Lake, Utah. For more information about Kid to Kid, call 801-359-0071 or visit www.kidtokid.com or www.basecampfranchising.com.

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FATHER/DAUGHTER DUO OPENS KID TO KID

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Female entrepreneur, Natalie Safi, is excited to announce the Grand Opening of her first Kid to Kid store on Thursday, November 16th. The Grand Opening celebration will feature drawings, giveaways, and the opportunity for the public to have first access to thousands of hand-selected children’s items at huge discounts.  Located at 575 FM 150 East, Suite D in Kyle, the Kid to Kid franchise buys and sells new and gently used children’s apparel, toys, books, baby gear and maternity clothing.

For several weeks, the store has been open to the public to sell their gently used items and receive cash on the spot. During the Grand Opening, customers will be able to shop for new and like-new children’s items for up to 70 percent less than retail prices. The Kid to Kid store will continue to pay for second hand items by offering customers cash or up to 20 percent more in store credit.

As a previous employee of another store, Natalie gained experience, knowledge and understanding of the Kid to Kid business model, and processes. She is excited to open her own store, and looks forward to the positive contribution it will bring to the community.

The Kid to Kid franchise is celebrating its 25th Anniversary. 25 years of helping families in over 100 locations across the world. Join Natalie and her team November 16th through November 19th as they celebrate during their Grand Opening! You don’t want to miss this!

For more information, visit the store website or follow Kid to Kid Kyle on Facebook for frequent updates, pictures and happenings in the store. 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 more than 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 North Salt Lake City, UT. For more information about Kid to Kid, call 801-359-0071 or visit www.kidtokid.com or www.basecampfranchising.com.

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STILL GROWING AFTER 25 YEARS

25 Anniversary_Facebook Profile_Generic Kid to Kid is a children’s resale franchise founded on the principle that “kids grow faster than paychecks.”  Like a growing child, this franchise has grown steadily for 25 years – even as other brick and mortar retailers struggle for survival.

When the first store opened in November 1992, second hand was considered second rate.  Today, thanks to resale stores like Kid to Kid and its sister concept Uptown Cheapskate (for teens and young adults), second hand is considered chic, smart, and eco-friendly. It’s been embraced by middle-America as an acceptable and even superior shopping option.  “That’s because of the way resale stores are run today” explains Kid to Kid founder Shauna Sloan.

Today’s resale stores are designed to help sellers and shoppers save money, feel good, and have fun shopping.  “We work to be different, better, and special” comments Sloan.  This starts with design elements like Kid to Kid’s signature kid-sized “little pink door” and play area that make it fun for little shoppers too.

For Kid to Kid franchisees, being different includes both product selection and how they get products.  Unlike traditional thrift stores, Kid to Kid racks are stocked with hundreds of quality items in every size. “By paying cash instead of relying on donations, we’re able to offer better products” explains Sloan.  Unlike consignment shops, Kid to Kid pays cash up front, so parents know how much they’ve earned and don’t have to come back to get paid.

“It’s a better way for busy parents to sell their things than trying to do it themselves,” comments Sloan. There’s no picture taking, ad posting, or bargaining with strangers from online sites, so it’s safe and quick and convenient.  Instead of spending days pricing and organizing a yard sale, and spending the weekend manning the sale, parents can clean up their things, bring them into the store and be out within an hour.  It’s better for shoppers too.  Kid to Kid is open every day so they can shop organized racks in air conditioned comfort, while still getting incredible deals.

What makes Kid to Kid special?  According to Sloan, “each item is a one-of-a-kind, with about 50 different brands and several hundred items in each size” – which makes shopping fun.  Items are priced at a fraction of original resale, so everything’s very affordable – which is also fun. “It’s like hunting for treasure when the treasure is easy to find!” adds Sloan.

25 years of success comes with constant changes to adapt and adjust to a changing market place.  “Kids keeps growing and we do too,” explains Sloan.  Kid to Kid stores today are bigger and stocked with or four times more product than 25 years ago.  Select new products supplement the used items.  And the intake and business systems have improved significantly.  But the real focus of helping local families stretch their budget and outfit their kids in style hasn’t changed and will continue for years to come.

About Kid to Kid:  Kid to Kid is a children’s resale clothing store franchise founded in 1992. Kid to Kid has bought and sold hundreds of millions of quality children’s items at their brick and mortar locations throughout the country.  On November 15th, 2017, all Kid to Kid stores nationwide will hold a special event and offer 25% off their entire inventories to celebrate the Anniversary.  For more information, visit kidtokid.com.

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HAND-ME-DOWNS ON STEROIDS

25 Anniversary_Facebook Profile_Generic As hundreds of retail outlets across the country are shuttering their doors, it’s refreshing to find a franchise concept that’s as sustainable as solar power celebrating 25 years of helping families stretch their budgets.  All day every day, Kid to Kid pays out cash to parents for the things their kids are no longer using. That money goes right back into the local community – not to foreign manufacturers.  Other parents and kids are shopping for toys, clothes, and baby gear at bargain prices.  This creates a community of sharing, where families can conveniently recoup part of the investment they made in outfitting their child and help other neighborhood families outfit their own kids.

“It’s hand-me-downs on steroids” according to franchise founder Shauna Sloan.  “When you sell to Kid to Kid, you not only get paid, but you know that the things your kids loved will go to someone who needs and wants them.”  The child getting the “hand-me-downs” gets to select just the right style and fit, and shop just like they would at the mall.  There’s no second-hand stigma – just affordable clothes and toys for growing kids.

Kid to Kid opened its first store on Black Friday in 1992.  Since then it’s grown into an international franchise with over 100 stores in 4 countries.  But even though it’s an international franchise, the impact of each store is very local.  “We buy and sell millions of items each year – pumping the money for the things we buy right back into the pockets of the families in each community” explains franchise founder Shauna Sloan. What that means is families with a little more disposable income for things like vacations and enriching activities.

Each store is locally owned and operated.  “Our store owners really care about the communities where they live, and know the issues fellow parents are facing,” comments Sloan.  A “Go Bagless” program supports local charities, as does the hundreds of pounds of clothing donated each week to needy families.  They support local sports teams and area schools.  Twice a year, the franchise joins together for charity Fill-a-Bag fundraisers to help build schools in the neediest communities around the world.  Kid to Kid has built 8 schools so far, and raised tens of thousands of dollars for Hurricane Harvey relief.

In the recent years of economic flux and dwindling family resources, the resale shopping option has become more attractive to mainstream shoppers.  “The typical Kid to Kid customer is a college educated Mom, who is savvy enough to stretch her family budget by embracing resale,” explains Sloan.  According to NARTS (National Association of Resale and Thrift Stores), the number of resale shops is growing at the rate of 7% per year.

Brick and mortar resale shops are thriving because shoppers love the convenience of being able touch and feel products and try them on, and bring them home to use immediately. Convenience is also a huge factor.  It’s much faster to look through 300+ items in a size at Kid to Kid than look through online resale sources one page at a time, or to meet someone in a parking lot to exchange goods.

About Kid to Kid:  Kid to Kid is a children’s resale clothing store franchise founded in 1992. Kid to Kid has bought and sold hundreds of millions of quality children’s items at their brick and mortar locations throughout the country.  On November 15th, 2017, all Kid to Kid stores nationwide will hold a special event and offer 25% off their entire inventories to celebrate the Anniversary.  For more information, visit kidtokid.com.

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CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF RECYCLING THAT PAYS

25 Anniversary_Facebook Profile_Generic Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.  These were common buzz words in the early 90’s – even before curbside recycling became the norm, and people learned about their ecological footprint.  Recycling was difficult.  Newspapers had to be taken to remote recycle bins.  Recycling rarely paid – and in fact some communities charged to dump household recycling bins.  When Kid to Kid started paying cash to parents to recycle their gently used kid’s clothing toys and baby gear, it was a truly unique concept.

Fast forward 25 years. Second-hand shopping has become accepted by mainstream America, and embraced as a budget and ecologically friendly way to meet the needs of the entire family.  According to NARTS (National Association of Resale and Thrift Stores), the resale industry is growing by 7% per year, reflecting the estimated number of new stores opening each year.  Kid to Kid has grown into an international children’s resale franchise that recycles millions of items each year in over 100 stores.

The growth of resale is fueled in large part by the public’s increased awareness of recycling.  Eco-aware consumers prefer to purchased recycled goods in order to minimize their impact on the environment.  They also prefer to sell or donate their unwanted things rather than add to the waste stream. With the advent of internet trading on eBay, Craig’s List, and more recently Facebook Marketplace, selling has become easier.  But some find that form of recycling to be too time consuming.

At Kid to Kid, parents receive cash on the spot for the things their kids have outgrown.  They can also shop in air-conditioned comfort from a huge selection of high quality, slightly used replacement items at bargain prices.  “It’s a win-win-win for families” explains franchise founder Shauna Sloan.  They earn money for things their kids aren’t using that we can resell.  They can donate the items that don’t quite meet our standards to local charities and earn a tax deduction.  And they save a huge amount shopping in our stores.”  It’s also a win for the community, as millions of dollars are pumped back into the wallets of the local families who buy, sell, and save.

Today’s consumer is economical and has many shopping choices.  There’s a growing awareness that resale shopping means higher quality for less money – whether that’s on Facebook Marketplace, in a thrift store, or at a resale shop like Kid to Kid.  “Our core customer base is educated, middle income families who recognize quality but love to get a deal” comments Sloan.  “Kid to Kid shoppers are choosing to save on purchases of clothing, toys, and nursery gear so they’ll have money for vacations and enriching activities for their kids.”  Those same customers are fueling the growth of specialty resale shops like Uptown Cheapskate (Kid to Kid’s teen/young adult fashion exchange), consignment furniture shops, and even thrift stores like Goodwill.  And like the growing kids that have enabled 25 years of growth at Kid to Kid, resale has a promising future.

About Kid to Kid:  Kid to Kid is a children’s resale clothing store franchise founded in 1992. Kid to Kid has bought and sold hundreds of millions of quality children’s items at their brick and mortar locations throughout the country.  On November 15th, 2017, all Kid to Kid stores nationwide will hold a special event and offer 25% off their entire inventories to celebrate the Anniversary.  For more information, visit kidtokid.com.

 

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25 YEARS OF SUCCESS: Amid retail closures, resale franchise Kid to Kid experiences surprising success

 

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Salt Lake City, UT: 2017 has been an apocalyptic year for retail with more than 5,000 stores slated to close. Children’s specialty retail has been among the hardest hit sectors of the retail business.  Gymboree closed 350 stores on its way to bankruptcy. Children’s Place plans to close down 300 stores by 2020 as it transitions to online sales. Toys “R” Us abruptly filed for bankruptcy in September.  Amid those failures, success stories are harder to come by.

That makes the Kid to Kid experience atypical, as this children’s resale franchise celebrates its 25th year in business with more than 100 U.S. stores in operation with plenty of future growth. Eight new stores opened in 2017 in Texas, Indiana, Colorado, Georgia, Nevada, and Virginia. Six stores opening in first quarter of 2018 include locations in Pasadena, Texarkana, Grand Rapids, Charleston, Kyle, and Richmond.

Kid to Kid creates a unique shopping experience in boutique-like stores filled with quality merchandise.  Kid to Kid President Shauna Sloan explains that “Kid to Kid provides an in-store experience that can’t be found online. Parents can touch and feel thousands of toys, hundreds of unique items in every size, and test drive a like-new Ergo carrier that’s listed on Amazon for over $100, but priced around $55 at her local Kid to Kid.  A new Mom shopping online can’t try on Gap 1969 Maternity jeans and make sure they fit before she pulls the trigger – let alone buy them for about $12.”

Parents with growing children face substantial and growing expenses.  According to a recent report from the Department of Agriculture, the cost of rearing a child born in 2015 has reached $233,610. To combat those rising expenses, millennial parents are more likely than their parents to cut costs through savvy shopping choices. This trend has led to a surge in resale shopping, through outlets like Facebook Marketplace, online retailers like Thredup, and in-person boutiques like Kid to Kid.  The National Association of Resale and Thrift stores estimates the resale market growth at 7% annually for the next five years.  Now in their 25th year of business, Kid to Kid looks to capitalize on this trend by continuing to offer cash for outgrown children’s clothing, toys, and baby gear. Local stores then resell these pre-screened items at attractive prices.  More than 90% of the product in a Kid to Kid is locally sourced.  This business model is sustainable, green friendly, and best experienced in person.

“We focus on the treasure hunt at Kid to Kid,” says store manager Amy Deal.  “Our shoppers want to get out of the house. They want to hunt for bargains, and they want to experience the local community vibe our store gives to them. That’s something they can’t find online.”

About Kid to Kid:  Kid to Kid is a children’s resale clothing store franchise founded in 1992. Kid to Kid has bought and sold hundreds of millions of quality children’s items at their brick and mortar locations throughout the country.  On November 15th, 2017, all Kid to Kid stores nationwide will hold a special event and offer 25% off their entire inventories to celebrate the Anniversary.  For more information, visit kidtokid.com.

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