BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Black Friday is a day where big business usually outshines local stores.
But that wasn’t the case for Uptown Cheapskate in Boardman, as over 300 people shopped at the locally-owned thrift store along 224 over the course of Friday.
“Everything ran very smoothly,” said Trisha Couche, the store’s owner. “We had a lot of extra staff on today, so we knew what we were hopefully anticipating.
“And we got it.”
The owners said that their success is due in part to their unique collection of clothes.
“You don’t find the stuff we have here everyday in your mall,” Couche said. “You’ll have 20 of the same item. When you come here, it’s kind of like finding a treasure — a diamond in the rough.”
Andy Zack of Columbiana was thrilled Uptown Cheapskate was open Friday.
“Everyone [has] been raving about this place,” Zack said. “This is the place you go when you need to find cheap clothing but also look very suave.”
He went to a big-box store earlier in the day, but wasn’t satisfied.
“I didn’t really find what I was looking for and it was super expensive,” Zack said. “So I left and came immediately here.”
Other customers didn’t even bother with the brand name stores, saying they prefer something more community-based.
“Just for the simple fact that it’s crazy,” Jada Carson of Boardman said. “I didn’t want to be in the hustle and bustle and I also like to shop local.”
And the owners were happy they competed for the Black Friday sales.
“Absolutely,” Couche said. “Today was a testament to our community surrounding local business, even though there is so much big business around.”
Check out Uptown Cheapskate’s Facebook page here.
Meanwhile, Saturday will be a celebrated shopping day in Sharon, Pa.
The city will host its annual Small Business Saturday Holiday Extravaganza, where local shops will feature deals all day and there will be activities like horse-drawn sleigh rides and selfies with Santa.