Uptown Cheapskate, a store selling used designer clothes, shoes and other accessories, is coming to northwest Columbus.

Franchisee Ann Minor, who owns the store with her husband, Michael, said the location is expected to open the first week of December at 2705 Federated Blvd.

A grand-opening celebration is planned for March, Minor said.

What makes Uptown different from many of its competitors is the merchandise, she said. It is mostly brand-name apparel that typically has not been sold in malls for about two years, thereby offering fresh fashion at competitive pricing.

As with most used-clothing stores, it gives people an opportunity to clean out closets.

"They can come in and bring in their clothes," she said. "We go through them and we buy what we like. We either give them cash on the spot or give them store credit."

People also may trade their goods with what is on sale, Minor said.

There are two other Uptown Cheapskate stores in central Ohio -- 5503 Westpointe Plaza Drive and 3854 Morse Road -- each owned by different franchisees.

The Minors, who live in Dublin, were looking for an investment opportunity, Ann Minor said.

"What struck our interest is we saw a Play It Again Sports (franchise) for sale," she said. "I said, I really don't want to sell sports equipment, but I love fashion so why don't we do something in the fashion field? And that's how we came up with this."

In addition to clothes and shoes, the store will sell handbags, jewelry, sunglasses and other accessories, she said.

Minor offered a personal story about shopping at Uptown Cheapskate.

When she was training at the company's Salt Lake City, Utah, headquarters, she found a Columbia winter coat, normally more than $100, on sale for $39.99. She bought it.

"People want up-to-date trendy clothing," Minor said.

Amy Lofgreen, a spokeswoman for BaseCamp Franchising, owner of Uptown Cheapskate and Kid to Kid, another retailer, said people are drawn to Uptown for a variety of reasons, being fashionable is just one of them.

"They get to fix their budget by selling back to us," Lofgreen said. "And they're really conscious about the environment. They want to help the Earth stay clean. They're not polluting the planet by just throwing things away."

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