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Kid's Closet Connection Story

Sharon and Chris Smitka are Kid's Closet Connection's dynamic duo. What the couple started with one small, independent children's consignment sale held in a Kansas City suburb in 2004, has grown into a nationally-franchised business with sales from coast-to-coast. (The Smitka's still own and operate the bi-annual sale in the Overland Park, Kan., Convention Center.)

Chris and Sharon's top priority is family, and that is the cornerstone of Kid's Closet Connection. While the Smitka's each use skills they developed in their successful en- gineering and business careers to nurture and grow Kid's Closet Connection, Sharon and Chris create community and camaraderie around their sales.


Benefits of Franchising

Like the families we help in our franchised communities, Kid's Closet Connection sales are healthy and growing. Ours is an award-winning and fast-growing business, and that's because we are constantly listening to our innovative family of franchisees and the feedback they receive from shoppers and consignors at their events.

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  • Become part of a fiscally-responsible business, with low over- head, which means a lower up-front cash investment, without sacrificing value. There are no maintenance, marketing, website, online social media promotion, or hidden up-charges on brand- ed materials.
  • Network with other franchise owners on our dedicated Face- book owner's page as well as on our routine conference calls and at our bi-annual conventions.

By becoming part of our family of franchisees, you will:

  • Be your own boss, which allows you to have national contacts, but host sales with autonomy. Leverage what you already do best: buying the best "on trend" stuff for your kids at tremendous savings.
  • Receive instant recognition in a national marketplace, with resources of proven procedures and support staff. Our sixteen years of experience is incorporated into our extensive training and incredible support. We've already conquered the tough hills so why should you?
  • Have a lower exposure to costly missteps, as you build your own fran- chise with an established business with a national reputation.
  • Take advantage of our highly adaptable model which gives you the control to set the fees you charge consignors at your event, the ability to conduct both in-person and virtual events and work around you and your family's busy lifestyle.
  • Utilize Kid's Closet Connection's proprietary and best-in-class tag-ging, consignor management and point-of-sale systems.


Cost of Franchising

Of all the franchise business opportunities available to moms, Kid's Closet Connection has one of the most affordable franchise fees. Remember, our founder, Sharon Smitka, was a stay-at-home mom, too. Our franchise fee and the initial in- vestment required have been kept within a range that is manageable for mothers who refuse to sacrifice time with their families for a career.

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The initial franchise fee for a KCC franchise is $6,000. We feel our fee structure offers the best value in the industry and we would love the opportunity to explain why this is. In addition to the franchise fee, there are other costs such as advertising and space rental that you will incur when operating your franchise. As you can imagine, these costs can vary quite a bit, but the great thing is that much of this variation is under your control. In addition to the franchise fee, you will need between $5,000-$7,000 to get your first event up and running. A detailed breakdown of the costs involved in running your franchise will be covered during our phone interview process.

This is representative of what KCC franchise buyers can expect in terms of franchise fees and cash needed to acquire their own business. As with any business, additional investment will be re- quired later to continue growing your kids clothing consign- ment sales.

For more details on franchising with Kid's Closet Connection please fill out our FRANCHISE INQUIRY FORM.


Franchise Training

At Kid's Closet Connection, we realize that our sales are not only FUND-raising for the franchise owners and the families that sell their unique gently-used items; we are also FUN-raising, because it just FEELS good to be engaged in the community through our sales and donating items to those who are in need.

After becoming part of the Kid's Closet Connection fun-loving franchise family, you will be taken into the fold to receive training and make instant friendships with other franchisees. "We're all in this together" is the members' mantra as you step into being your own boss with support and materials that include:

  • An Operations Manual. All Kid's Closet Connection franchise owners receive a comprehensive step-by-step procedural and practices manual for marketing and staging a successful Kid's Closet Connection sale. The manual is based on over 15 years of experience and tried-and-true practices that come from staging sales.
  • Extensive Training. Kid's Closet Connection franchise owners will attend webinar and face-to-face training sessions that cover sale operations, targeted marketing, site selection, systems sup- port, use of the KCC website and point-of-sale systems, effective merchandising and customer relations.
  • Networking within the Kid's Closet Connection franchise family. All Kid's Closet Connection franchise owners participate in regular discussion forums with each other via social media and conference calls. These regular forums are an opportunity to share ideas, with the bi-annual convention as a way to fur- ther friendships and receive additional business training through seminars. Kid's Closet Connection founders Chris and Sharon Smitka are always available to talk with you and share ideas, since they still host the flagship sale, as they've been doing since 2004.
  • National reputation AND buying power. As a Kid's Closet Con- nection sale owner, you not only have a respected reputation, you will have access to a national network of suppliers with rec- ognized discounts for our many members. The ability to negoti- ate for services results in significant operational cost savings for all members in the network

Territories Available

Existing Territories for Sale

  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Columbia, MO

New Territories for Sale

Kid's Closet Connection sales events can be successful in every geographical region and community, whether urban or suburban. As a Kid's Closet Connection franchise owner, you will have your very own territory, which is defined as a specific county or group of zip codes. A typical territory will have a population between 100,000 and 400,000 people.

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