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May 17, 2011

Plato's Closet | How to Wear Designer Clothing and Not Feel Guilty

I witnessed a recent opening of a new kind of store in my local area. It opened in a shopping complex where everything else was dying so I figured it was worth at least checking out, however I didn't have time that day to do so. Considering this, I went home and searched the company to see what the hubbub was all about. Plato's Closet was the name of the store in question.

From the Plato's Closet website, they define themselves by saying this:
"At Plato's Closet® you'll find a huge selection of trendy, designer styles as well as those every day basics you can't live without - all at up to 70% off mall retail prices!
Most of our stores buy and sell girls sizes 0/1 to 15/16 and guys size 28 to 40 waist.  However, please check with your local store as sizes may vary.
We're not your typical secondhand clothing store. The gently used clothing and accessories that we buy are: top-name brands, cool, hip, trendy, clean and in good condition. Typically we buy items that have been in the retail stores within the past 12 to 18 months and are current styles still seen in the mall."
It seems like a very interesting idea. Bring in your own designer label clothing and get money back for it if you have no interest in keeping it in your college, but also find designer clothing much cheaper than in retail. Like they say, it is much different than just a thrift store. Staying frugal means staying away from designer clothing labels but Plato's Closet seems like a viable option to buy a few items. I noticed there were a lot of Hollister and American Eagle items once I finally got down to looking at the store.  Use the website above to check if there are any Plato's Closets in your area.

Update: I spent a while in the store and it's quite interesting. I watched the process of handing clothes into the store and actually saw more than person go home with no money. I listened in, and reasons for not taking the clothes were things such as light wear, old labels (which I assumed to mean an out of style piece of clothing), as well as having child sizes. Apparently for certain clothing their is a length requirement as well. I d50id see a woman go home with $27.50 for a medium sized American Eagle bag full of clothing.

Would you shop or send your clothes into here? It still seems rather interesting.

One Response so far.

  1. Arch says:

    Consignment shop consignment shop consignment shop. That's all this is, just for teens.

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