Kid’s Clothing Franchise in Manhattan Beach Wins 2018 SEED Award for
Extraordinary Efforts in Pollution Prevention
(MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif) – Children’s Orchard of Manhattan Beach is celebrating their acceptance of the 2018 SoCal Environmental Excellence Development (SEED) Award for preventing pollution in their area. It is the first SEED Award for the local kids’ resale franchise that buys, sells and donates gently-used children’s clothing and other items.
“I’m thrilled that Children’s Orchard was recognized with such a prestigious local award,” store owner Cindy Kehagiaras said. “We are extremely committed to preserving the environment and honored to be leading the way by preventing pollution.”
Children’s Orchard, a national children’s resale clothing brand franchised by NTY Franchise Company, encourages locals to recycle their children’s clothing. They offer cash on the spot for gently-used clothing, toys and other children’s items, then sell those items at up to 70 percent less than the retail price. Items they are unable to sell are donated to the Exceptional Children’s Foundation to aid ECF’s mission serving children challenged with developmental, learning and emotional disabilities.
“In 2017, we sold an estimated 49,000 pounds of gently-used children’s clothing that would likely have otherwise ended up in the landfill,” Kehagiaras explained. “Add in the estimated 10,000 pounds of clothing we donated, and you see how committed Children’s Orchard is to preventing needless waste.”
Six SEED Awards are handed out each year by the South Bay Business Environmental Coalition, an all-volunteer member-driven organization focused on providing collaborative opportunities to all members of the South Bay community. Board Member Lisa Ryder-Moore said Children’s Orchard of Manhattan Beach was a terrific choice for the pollution prevention award because of the leadership role they play in keeping textiles out of the landfills and running a clean and green operation.
“Children’s Orchard’s resale business model is a wonderful example of how a business can thrive while protecting the environment. We’re very happy to recognize Cindy and her store for helping her community recycle and reuse children’s clothing,” she said.
Resale apparel is enjoying a $20 billion boom that began during the Great Recession and continues today, as consumers flock to stores like Children’s Orchard to buy and sell their gently-used children’s clothing and accessories. Now growing a whopping 24 times faster than retail, recent reports project that the resale apparel market will grow to more than $41 billion by 2022.
To learn more about Children’s Orchard, visit www.childrensorchard.com.
About Children’s Orchard
Children’s Orchard was purchased by NTY Franchise Company in 2014. There are over 35 stores nationwide. As a children’s resale store, it addresses an important need as kids outgrow their clothes faster than they can make a dent in wearing them out. This makes this store a growing necessity that will draw customers in. Something kids loved a month ago might not fit them at all now — and this is true of toys and equipment as well. With gently-used, high-quality apparel, toys, and equipment, Children’s Orchard is a great concept, a great need, and is a great opportunity for business owners in their community.
About NTY Franchise Company
Founded in 2006 by Ron Olson, NTY Franchise Company is the gold standard in resale franchising companies. NTY franchises five brands, all with a different focus: Clothes Mentor, Children’s Orchard, Device Pitstop, New Uses, and NTY Clothing Exchange. The brands are all resale-based and cover women’s designer fashions, children’s apparel and accessories, furniture and household goods, electronic sales and repair, and clothing for teens and young adults. All are great business opportunities with cutting-edge technology, unmatched support, and lucrative resale franchises. NTY Franchise Company has helped individuals to establish resale stores throughout the United States in many communities, and it has territories available to develop nationwide. Learn more at www.ntyfranchise.com.