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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.


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


K2K Elko & UC Elko Store Owners - Stacy & Chris Fuchs


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: and 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


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.”


Recently, Kid to Kid in Bossier City, Louisiana won the national award for Kid to Kid Grand Opening of the Year.  Recognized for this achievement at the company’s annual meeting in Salt Lake City, franchisee Shannon Linton drew from her experience of opening an Uptown Cheapskate store to make this kickoff a strong success.

“Having already opened an Uptown Cheapskate helped me,” Linton explained. “I learned from that experience and I had a great deal of help from others. We had our full staff there, complete with a ribbon cutting by the mayor and a big event for the community.”

The Grand Opening event also included face painting, grilled cheese sandwiches provided by a local restaurant, and appearances by Despicable Me characters to entertain guests and their families.

“The most rewarding aspect of this award is that we are in a small town,” said Linton. “I feel like we are really contributing to our community. We employ 50 people between our Uptown Cheapskate and Kid to Kid stores. We are also contributing through the recycling and donating of the clothing that comes to our locations.”

The new Kid to Kid store in Bossier City holds almost 12,000 square feet of inventory. The store buys and sells gently used children’s goods and maternity wear, and donates items it does not sell to local charities. Said Linton, “We’re not in a really large town, but we get lots of recognition for being the go-to shopping place for kid’s items.”


Recently, Kid to Kid in Rockville, New York won the national award for Kid to Kid Store of the Year.  Franchisee Leily Kiani was recognized for this achievement at the company’s annual meeting in Salt Lake City and she attributes a great deal of her success to her surrounding community of employees and customers.

“My employees work my store as if it’s their own store,” Kiani explains. “And I have to thank the customers too. We are in a fabulous area and customers want to be green, they want to recycle, and they want to sell and buy great product.”

Kiani describes the Rockville population as a mix of many cultures. With a sizable number of military and government employees, the city represents a strong international community including Spanish, German, Persian, French, and Philippino populations. Kiana decided to open a Kid to Kid in 2013 after seeing a need in her community for a better type of consignment model.

“I was introduced to the Kid to Kid franchise while I was writing a business plan to open a small consignment shop,” Kiani says. “I felt that there was a need for it to be done better in this area. I wanted to do more volume and take on more product. This was far beyond what I had ever dreamed.”

After receiving the Kid to Kid Store of the Year Award, she celebrated by going out to dinner and sharing the news with her staff back home.

Kiani notes, “I truly wish my manager had been there. 4-5 of them have been there since the beginning. They deserve this more than I do and they know their stuff!”







SALT LAKE CITY, UT— (March 20, 2017) — Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate stores across the U.S. are gathering clothing donations for their 5th Charity Fill-A-Bag Event to build primary schools in underprivileged communities.

Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate 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 Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate 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, Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate 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.



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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

K2K Mississauga - Canada - Brent Feilders

Admitting that “A year later, we’re just way better,” Brent Feilders, owner of the Mississauga Canada Kid to Kid store, proudly accepted the December 2016 Store of the Month award for the Kid to Kid franchise.  His store was selected from over 100 Kid to Kid Franchise locations in the US, Portugal, and Canada in large part because of the huge increases that the store has experienced.  They celebrated their first anniversary in August, and continue to see tremendous increases in both buying and selling as more and more shoppers are discovering the value of resale at Kid to Kid.

Feilders shopped for resale bargains for his own children before bringing the Kid to Kid franchise to Canada.  As a Dad, shopper, and businessman, he saw a huge opportunity.  “I liked the value, but not the experience of shopping other local children’s resale stores.  They are crowded, cluttered, and hard to shop,” commented Feilders.  “I wanted to create a completely different resale shopping experience – and found it at Kid to Kid.”  The Mississauga Kid to Kid store is beautiful and spacious — with wide aisles, and organized racks and shelves filled with carefully screened, quality products.  The prices are fabulous — up to 70% off retail – saving families hundreds, or even thousands of dollars over buying new.  It even has a play area where kids can hang out and play while Mom and Dad shop.

Kid to Kid serves the community in many ways.  ““We buy and sell pretty much everything that kids wear, use, and play with – as long as it’s clean, current, and safe,” explains Feilders.  “Like Uber and Air BnB, we promote a sharing community – allowing families to pass on the things they aren’t using to another child who needs it – and get paid in the process.”  Kid to Kid pays families to recycle their quality clothes, toys, and baby gear.  This in turn benefits the environment, as well as putting money back into the pockets of people within the community.  They also donate hundreds of pounds of product that doesn’t meet their buying criteria each week to local charities.

K2K Alpharetta - Amy and Wendell McCleary

ALPHARETTA, GA —January 24, 2016— Kid to Kid in Alpharetta, owned by husband and wife Wendell and Amy McCleary, was recently honored with the Kid to Kid Store of the Month award for November 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.

The McClearys opened their store in the Alpharetta community two and a half years ago and have seen remarkable growth. From 2015 to 2016, they experienced a 16% increase in sales. They credit their success on having a wonderful core staff and buying and selling quality product. They buy and sell from hundreds of families each week and keep their store filled with the best things kids outgrow.

When asked about the store’s success, their franchise support representative Edward Chambers said, “Kid to Kid Alpharetta has made some great strides this year, making a conscious effort to keep racks full of great product.  Although it has taken time and dedication from them and their team, it has been well worth the effort.” Chambers also commented, “It’s not hard to see why Alpharetta was chosen as Store of the Month. Amy and Wendell push their team to work hard even when they may be short staffed or when they have a busy day. They take these days in stride and stand tired, but victorious at the end of the month.”

Amy and Wendell’s hard work and diligence have proved great success. They, along with their staff, look forward to an even greater 2017 and look forward to continuing to impact the community for years to come.

To learn more about Kid to Kid in Alpharetta, visit their website or find them on Facebook for recent photos and updates. For more information about owning a Kid to Kid store, click here.


BOSSIER CITY, LA —December 29, 2016— Kid to Kid in Bossier City, owned by mother and daughter team Shannon Linton and Ashlie Hill, was recently awarded Store of the Month honors for October 2016. Their store was selected by the corporate franchisee advisory board from over 100 Kid to Kid Stores across the United States, Canada, Portugal and Spain.

The duo opened the store less than a year ago and have had remarkable success. Amy Lofgreen, their franchise support representative, credits their success to their consistency in applying good management practices. “The sales they have been seeing are the result of a concerted effort for months to build teams and leaders to make it possible to keep store racks filled in such a big location,” said Lofgreen.

Shannon and Ashlie focus heavily on training their store team members on correct procedures, making sure every team member follows through and does things the right way. They involve their store managers in franchise support calls to ensure they are prepared to take on important responsibilities.

The team is excited to continue the tradition of saving families money for years to come. Their hard work and diligence have proved great success over the past year, funneling a valuable resource back to the Bossier City community.

For more information about Kid to Kid Bossier City, visit their website at, or find them on Facebook. For franchising information, visit

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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