Back in the day where my day job consisted of baby sitting a large Golden Doodle and occasionally (and unfortunately) grading kids’ workbooks, I spent a lot of time selling all of my old junk on eBay. I actually ended up selling so much stuff that I soon realized I didn’t have much left (which propelled me to buy more stuff and then sell that too a few months later). However, since I joined the mythical Real World, my available time needed to list clothes, jewelry, bags and shoes has since become nonexistent. Unfortunately, the amount of old stuff lying about my house has only increased. As a result, I needed some alternatives to eBay to make some extra cash (so that I could buy more clothes).
After a short and unfortunate stint in consigning my clothes where I went through the hassle of waiting a month to see if my items sold and then returning to collect my sad earnings and sift through the store to find what was left, I decided I needed a new way to sell some stuff. I was recommended by a fellow former eBayer to try out Plato’s Closet, a teen-oriented consignment store located throughout the East Coast that gives sellers cash on the spot, a much-needed alternative to the annoyance of consigning and the time-heavy commitment of online resale.
If you want to try out Plato’s Closet, here’s what you need to know.
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1. They really are teen-oriented, and they’re not going to take your business casual stuff.
This really is too bad because I have obscene amount of ill-fitting dress pants sitting in my spare bedroom, but at the same time, even if you’re not a teen, Plato’s Closet will take a lot of clothes that are geared towards teens such as shorts, colored jeans, leggings, party dresses, boots and casual handbags. Think of things you would buy at Forever 21 and this pretty much nails it.
2. Plato’s Closet doesn’t want your designer clothes.
For big-ticket items like designer handbags or other high-end merchandise, not only will Plato’s Closet not accept them (they like stores like Charlotte Russe and Aeropostale) but you’re much better off selling them yourself online than you even would be consigning them since consignment shops take between 40 and 60 percent of the item profit.
3. The store pays you cash on the spot.
This is a HUGE plus as most consignment shops demand that if you want your unsold items back, you have to come back to the store and try to find them among their racks of clothing, a nearly impossible and time-consuming task. However, at Plato’s Closet, you’ll know if you’re going to be collecting for your clothes in a matter of minutes. I feel that generally, I get the same amount of money for an item as I would from a consignment store when factoring in the profit that the store keeps, just without the long waiting period.
4. They don’t want your heavily-loved items.
So if you have an item that should be a perfect match (such as a dress from Forever 21 or a stylish mini skirt) but it’s clear that it has seen better days, Plato’s Closet is probably not going to take it. However, of course it’s worth a try.
5. There’s no limit to how much you can bring.
Most consignment shops put a limit on how many items you can bring per day (usually around 20) and they also limit the days and times that they accept items. However, there’s no limit on how much you can sell, try to contribute, or when you contribute at Plato’s Closet. This doesn’t mean that you should bring three garbage bags full of stuff, mostly because it’s going to take forever for them to go through them plus they’re not going to be very thrilled with you. However, you don’t have to meticulously count each item anymore. Usually, I bring about 20 items per trip anyway.
6. The store is not seasonal.
This means that they don’t care if you bring fall boots in July or a summer dress in December. This is pretty convenient for those of us who have been hoarding iffy items for years. Also, this is a nice alternative to eBay sales, where as sellers, we must always be conscious of what people are currently shopping for, which makes a huge impact on final bidding price.
7. Plato’s Closet accepts jewelry.
But unfortunately, they don’t accept earrings or other body rings for sanitary reasons. This does mean, though, that you can attempt to sell rings, necklaces, bracelets and other accessories.