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SALT LAKE CITY, UT—Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate, trademark resale brands of BaseCamp Franchising, announce that in 2013 they paid over $17 million to customers for their gently used clothes and accessories. According to the 2013 Annual Sales Report, Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate recycled more than 9 million used items from customers throughout the United States, paying cash up front or offering in-store credit.

“This is recycling at its best,” said Shauna Sloan, Founder of Kid to Kid. “Customers get paid to recycle things they’re no longer using which helps our environment by reducing waste. Shoppers save by paying only a fraction of the cost of what they would spend in retail. And millions of quality items are conveniently recycled to new homes.”

At Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate, used items cost about 70 percent less than merchandise commonly found in retail stores. Last year alone, their customers saved approximately $122 million by purchasing gently used over new.

With store locations in 30 states, Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate are growing franchises that offer upscale, gently used items. Kid to Kid buys and sells new and gently used children’s and maternity clothes, toys, books, and baby gear. For teens and young adults, Uptown Cheapskate buys and sells new and like-new name brand clothes, shoes, jewelry and handbags.

For more information about Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate, visit BaseCamp Franchising’s website at basecampfranchising.com.

About BaseCamp Franchising
For over 20 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 new and gently used yet fashionable clothes, shoes, gear and accessories. As a growing franchise with 38 Uptown Cheapskate stores and 103 Kid to Kid franchise stores throughout the U.S. and in Portugal, 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, UT. For more information about BaseCamp Franchising, call 801-359-0071 or visit basecampfranchising.com.

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Shauna Sloan, Founder of Kid to Kid

The April edition of Utah Business Magazine highlights how Shauna Sloan, along with her husband, Brent, built Kid to Kid from a single store concept over twenty years ago to a growing franchise with over 100 stores.

Click to read full article

Rainy day outdoor and indoor play ideas Outdoor play ideas

Make mud drawings! Kids and dirt go together like peanut butter and jelly. Throw on some rain boots and take advantage of a rainy, muddy day. You can use mud to draw on the sidewalk or on paper. Drawing with mud can be less messy overall than splashing in puddles, too. Take pictures of your awesome mud drawings to hang on the fridge.

Dance in the rain. Take a break and get silly! Pump some awesome music from the house and have a rain dance party! A quick dance outside can burn lots of energy from being stuck inside and is good exercise.

Play with sounds. What happens when you put different items out in the rain? What does rain sound like on cardboard, metal, plastic, or other items? Ask  your kids to describe what they think it will sound like in the rain, then try it out! Make your own rain orchestra with different items sitting in the rain.

Indoor play ideas

Snuggle and read. When it’s too cold or too rainy for outdoor play, snuggle up with a good book and maybe a warm drink. Rainy days are perfect times to get in some reading. Pick some great books and read together. Kid to Kid is great place to pick up affordable books for all ages of kids. Take turns reading, too. What books are their favorites?

Set up pretend store. “Hello, I’d like to buy these oranges!” You can set up a pretend store in your kitchen or with the clothes in your closet. A pretend store is a great way to teach  your kids about money and counting. When you’re stuck inside because of weather, a pretend store makes it feel like you’re somewhere else and kids have fun playing cashier.

Play dress-up. Any imaginative games help with the boredom that comes along with rainy days. Pick different themes for dress-up. Parents have to play too! Then you can all put on a show after you dress up as your characters. Use paper and cardboard for some easy DIY play accessories.

Get more ideas from Let The Children Play.

how kid to kid works within your community Our stores love to get involved in the community. We wanted to let you know all the awesome ways our local owners get involved!

Providing clothing and equipment for growing kids 

We’re the best of kids’ resale and love providing an amazing array of clothing, toys, equipment and more. We carry new and used items from preemie sizes all the way up to size 14. Don’t forget that we also have maternity clothes for a growing bump. Kids grow too fast, and we know how much of a need there is for clothing and toys at a lower cost. With Kid to Kid, you get to keep more money in your wallet and get great clothes and equipment.

Paying  you cash or store credit for your outgrown  items 

We’re always looking for gently used kids’ and maternity clothes and equipment. In order to keep our stock up, we buy your stuff! That means you get cash on the spot or 20% more in store credit for your items. That money can then be used again in your community at other stores, or the store credit can be used to save money on even more stuff for your kids (and kids need a lot of stuff!). Check with your local store to see what they’re buying so you can get the most out of your trip to Kid to Kid.

Donating your leftover items 

Have something we couldn’t buy? That’s okay! We offer to donate your clothes to local charities and organizations in need. Your trip to Kid to Kid just keeps giving to your local community. Check with your store to see what charities they’re donating items to.

Providing great employment opportunities 

We need people to help buy and sell items in our stores! We employ many associates, buyers, and managers in our stores. If you love Kid to Kid, check the jobs page for employment opportunities. With employing a local workforce in each city, your money goes right back into the community.

Kid to Kid loves our communities. Our great product comes directly from the communities around us. You all make us the best.

reduce, reuse, and recycle Happy Earth Month! Last year, Kid to Kid helped shoppers recycle over 8.3 million items! We love our earth and want to help protect it which is why we love to buy your kids’ and maternity wear. Because of this we’re giving you great tips to reduce, reuse, and recycle your items. This process keeps money in your wallet and reduces waste.

Reduce:

The first step in the healthy earth model is to reduce the amount of items your buy overall. It can be hard to do this with growing kids, though! A good rule from our organization post is to try the one-in and one-out process. For every item you bring in, another item gets donated, sold, or recycled. Another good way to reduce overall is to keep track of the items you use most often and ones that didn’t work out so well. For example, did the whole family like that new recipe or will it go to waste next time?

Reuse:

Reusing an item is a great way to give it a new life! View our Pinterest board for some great Upcycle projects! There are an amazing amount of uses for old items. Don’t toss it until you can evaluate if you can reuse it. Use old Tshirts as rags, reuse bottles and jars, and keep newspaper for messy crafts. Don’t forget that boxes can make great forts and other crafts.

Recycle:

Now it’s our favorite part! Recycle. You don’t always have to donate items to recycle. Drop them off at Kid to Kid and get cash or store credit for your gently used maternity and kids’ items. Any other items like furniture can be sold through local classified ads or donated to a good cause. Your items can be used to help your community when you’re done with them before they go in the trash. The more you can recycle your items, the less items other people need to buy, and the less items go to a landfill. Don’t forget recyclable items like plastics, metals, and papers too!

We love that our shoppers help the earth by recycling items through Kid to Kid and we’re happy to see those gently used items that you sold to us helping other families. What are your tips for other families so they can help reduce, reuse, and recycle? Tell us in the comments!

Outdoor play ideas and getting your kids outside “Mom! I’m bored!”
“Well go play outside!”

How often does that conversation happen in your house during spring and summer? With the age of the internet, video games, and TV it can be difficult to encourage your kids to play outside.  Outdoor play can be amazingly fun and bonding time for the whole family.

Visit new places

What’s more exciting than an adventure to a new place? Grab your water bottles and explore a new area such as a park, nearby neighborhood, or nature areas. Take note of all the new things you see and what you like about them. The thought of going to a new place can be enough to get your kids heading toward the door to spend more time in nature.

Watch and explore the wildlife and plants

Go on a hike or even in your back yard and have your kids observe everything around them. Send them on a mini-scavenger hunt to discover new plants. What birds and other wildlife are around? What do they look like? Exploring wildlife and plants can be made even better with kid-friendly binoculars and cameras! Make it an outdoor photo contest in your family.

Build a fort

Building a fort isn’t an indoor-only activity by any means! Grab some sheets or blankets that you don’t mind getting messy and head outside. Kids can string up tents and forts between the trees or fences in your back yard. Building a fort gives your kids a goal and can keep them outdoors and active while creating something that they would normally make inside.

Exercise, bike, and hike together

Your family can become closer when you are active together. Add family outdoor time to your list in addition to game night or movie night. Jog around the block, ride your bikes, or go for a nice hike as a group. This gets your whole family involved in being active outdoors.

Get outdoor toys

Kid to Kid carries a variety of outdoor toys from butterfly nets to slides. Stop in and grab some toy shovels, buckets, and more to encourage your kids to play outside. Don’t forget sidewalk chalk and bubbles which are of course a must-have for outdoor play.

Just relax and watch the clouds

What shapes do you see in the sky? Take a moment to look up at the moving clouds and talk about what shapes you see. Watching the clouds is a great time for your kids to be creative and to relax and take in the fresh air.

Get more outdoor ideas from Oprah.com and GoodHousekeeping.com.

Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Recall date: March 25, 2014
Recall number: 14-140

Recall Summary

Name of product

My Sweet Love / My Sweet Baby Cuddle Care Baby Doll

Hazard

The circuit board in the chest of the doll can overheat, causing the surface of the doll to get hot, posing a burn hazard to the consumer.

Consumer Contact

Wal-Mart Stores at (800) 925-6278 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. CT on Saturday, and from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. CT on Sunday, or online at www.walmart.com and click on Product Recalls for more information.

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Recall Details

Units

About 174,000

Description

The My Sweet Love / My Sweet Baby electronic baby doll comes in pink floral clothing and matching knit hat. The 16 inch doll is packaged with a toy medical check-up kit including a stethoscope, feeding spoon, thermometer and syringe. The doll’s electronics cause her to babble when she gets “sick,” her cheeks turn red and she starts coughing. Using the medical kit pieces cause the symptoms to stop. “My Sweet Baby” is printed on the front of the clear plastic and cardboard packaging. The doll is identified by UPC 6-04576-16800-5 and a date code which begins with WM. The date code is printed on the stuffed article label sewn into the bottom of the doll.

Incidents/Injuries

Wal-Mart has received 12 reports of incidents, including two reports of burns or blisters to the thumb.

Remedy

Consumers should immediately take the dolls from children, remove the batteries and return the doll to any Walmart store for a full refund.

Sold exclusively at

Walmart stores nationwide from August 2012 through March 2014 for $20.

Importer

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., of Bentonville, Ark.

Manufacturer

Tak Ngai Electronic Toys Co., LTD

Manufactured in

China

Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Recall date: March 19, 2014
Recall number: 14-135

Recall Summary

Name of product

Three styles of Plush Grumpy Cat stuffed animal toys.

Hazard

The stuffed animals’ eyes can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.

Consumer Contact

Ganz at (800) 724-5902 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday or online at www.Ganz.com and click on Recall Info for more information.

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Recall Details

Units

About 8,200

Description

This recall involves three styles of plush Grumpy Cat stuffed animal toys by Ganz. They include an 8-inch Grumpy Cat in laying position, a 5-inch long sitting Grumpy Cat and a 4-inch Grumpy Cat key clip. The toys are multi-colored in white with dark brown, light brown and gray fur material. Grumpy Cat toys have blue crystal eyes with the eye lids half closed, a down-turned mouth and white whiskers. This toy is labeled for ages 3 and older. The Grumpy Cat key chain has a black plastic key clip at the top of the cat’s head. The recalled toys have batch numbers 86754 or 224861, and model numbers printed on the sewn-in label located near the tail of the cat.

 

The recalled toys model and batch numbers are:

 

Description Model Batch 1 Batch 2
Grumpy Cat 8″ Laying HGC12974 86754 224861
Grumpy Cat 5″ Sitting HGC12982 86754 224861
Grumpy Cat Key Clip HGC12983 86754 224861
Incidents/Injuries

The firm has received six reports of the eyes detaching from the Grumpy Cat toys.  No injuries have been reported.

Remedy

Consumers should immediately take the recalled toys away from children and contact Ganz for a free replacement Grumpy Cat product of equivalent value or a full refund.

Sold at

Gift, drug and toy stores including hospitals, museums and gift shops nationwide from December 2013 through January 2014 for about $8 to $10.

Manufacturer

Ganz USA LLC, Marietta, Ga.

Manufactured in

China

Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Recall date: March 19, 2014
Recall number: 14-132

Recall Summary

Name of product

Vera Bradley Bear Ring Rattles and Bunny Stuffed Toys

Hazard

The pom-pom tail can detach from the body of the bear rattle and the bunny, posing a choking hazard to young children.

Consumer Contact

Vera Bradley toll-free at (888) 855-8372 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and 8:30 am to 5 pm ET Saturday and Sunday or online at www.verabradley.com and click on Product Recall for more information.

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Recall Details

Units

About 98,000

Description

This recall involves all Vera Bradley Bear Ring Rattles and Bunny stuffed animal toys.  The products are made of cotton and fleece.  The bear ring rattle has a white teddy bear head, arms attached to an O-shaped body with a green, blue, brown and pink crisscross pattern design rattle. The bear ring rattle measures about 4.25 inches in diameter. The bunny is 10 inches tall from the top of its head to the bottom of its foot and was sold in three printed patterns. The “Bunny in Lilli Bell” has green vines with pink and orange flowers on the body, limbs and the back of the ears. The “Bunny in Lola” has a crisscross geometric pattern on the arms, legs and ears of the white headed bunny with a floral print body. The “Bunny in Tutti Frutti” has a green with a pink and yellow floral printed pattern fabric covering whole body. All of the recalled rattles and bunnies have a white pom-pom tail on the back of the item. The name Vera Bradley is marked on a tag attached to each item along with the following serial numbers:

 

Item Pattern Serial No.
Bunny Lola 007590013357145
Bunny Lillie Bell 0000630012803140
Bunny Tutti Frutti 0000630012803142
Bear Ring Rattle Lola 007590013234135
Incidents/Injuries

Vera Bradley has received two reports that the pom-pom tail detached from the product.  No injuries have been reported.

Remedy

Consumers should immediately take them away from young children and stop using these recalled products and return them to Vera Bradley for a full refund.

Sold at

Vera Bradley retail stores, department stores and specialty gift shops and online at www.verabradley.com and other online stores from September 2012 to January 2014 for between $12 and $19.

Manufacturer

Vera Bradley Designs Inc., of Fort Wayne, Ind.  

Manufactured in

China