New store in Bel Air offers cash to customers for clothes

A new teen-oriented store is opening at Bel Air at 5 Bel Air South Parkway in the Festival Shopping Center. Owned by Harford County residents Patrick and Melissa Davis, the store, Uptown Cheapskate, is billed as a hip and trendy fashion exchange that pays shoppers for their clothes, shoes and other apparel and resells them.

The couple made the decision to open an Uptown Cheapskate franchise after Patrick Davis worked as a bartender at Amicci's, an eatery in Baltimore's Little Italy, and also earned a degree in Small Business Entrepreneurship from Frostburg State University. Melissa Davis, who met Patrick Davis in college, teaches second grade at a local elementary school, according to a press release. She plans to balance between teaching and her fashion savvy alter-ego as an Uptown Cheapskate owner.

Both said they have wanted to open their own business for a long time and are passionate about both the fashion industry and bringing affordable fashions to Bel Air.

"This is a recession-proof business and we're excited to bring the concept into our community," Patrick Davis said in the press release. "People love to save money on clothes in a good economy and even more so in a bad one."

"We'll pay you cash on the spot for what we buy, or pay 25 percent more if you take your payment in store credit. For several weeks we will only be buying products to fill our store up for a Grand Opening in November." Patrick Davis said. "Our buying hours are 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays. You don't need an appointment, just bring in your clothes and we'll do the rest."

The new fashion exchange focuses on buying styles that appeal to a wide range of teens and young adults.

Uptown Cheapskate typically carries such brand names as Urban Outfitters, BCBG, Bebe, MEK, Anthropology, Miss Me, and True Religion.

"When you look good, you feel good, and nice clothes play a big role," Melissa Davis said in the press release. "Uptown Cheapskate provides a place for our trendy customers to find the styles they love at an affordable price."

In addition to carrying hundreds of recycled products, the new Uptown Cheapskate store will also offer several new products including jewelry and assorted clothing items. For more information, find Uptown Cheapskate – Bel Air.

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