Everyone wants to go green and save money, but skimping on paper towels and taking one-minute showers isn’t much fun. Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate have the answer: Buy used. Well, not just anything used, quality counts.
Over two decades ago, Shauna Sloan stumbled into a boutique selling used kids clothing. With a wannabe princess in the house, she loved the idea. She could buy three fancy dresses and not cringe when they came home covered in dirt.
But while Shauna liked the concept, she and her husband Brent knew they could do better.
The couple opened the first Kid to Kid in 1992 and the second followed within the year. The company has grown steadily over the years, even through the recession. Kid to Kid recently opened its 100th location, and their second franchise, Uptown Cheapskate, already has over 30 locations in its first five years.
Kid to Kid buys and sells gently used children’s clothing and toys. Uptown Cheapskate uses the same model, minus the toys, but for teens and young adults. They only deal with the highest quality, so you feel like you’re walking into a department store, only the prices are much lower.
Kid to Kid’s signature mini pink door makes it a fun place for the kids to shop, too.
Unlike other thrift stores, the Sloans don’t pay every seller a flat rate. The more popular something is, the higher the payout. If you’re selling brand new Toms, you will get a better price than your neighbor selling used Wal-Mart tennies. On the flipside, someone you’ve never met will get an amazing deal on those Toms. They also do all transactions on the spot; you don’t have to wait for your item to be sold.
And if you’re feeling lucky, enter to win a shopping spree to Uptown Cheapskate.