Fashion & Beauty

A Guide to Buying & Selling at Plato’s Closet

I don’t know what I would do if I had never discovered Plato’s Closet. I am addicted. But it is a good addiction… as with every visit I am either making or saving money.

Plato’s Closet is a secondhand clothing store that focuses on good quality, name-brand teen and young adult style clothing and accessories. I personally buy the majority of my clothing here and nobody ever knows that I pay up to 70% off of retail prices. The store will also buy your old clothing for either cash or store credit which can be a great way to gain funds to feed your shopping addiction.

Following are my tips and tricks you should consider when buying and selling at Plato’s Closet, so you can increase your chances of making money and finding the best items.

How to Sell

To sell to Plato’s Closet, all you need to do is bring in your good used condition brand name clothing and accessories to a store near you. There is no appointment needed. Plato’s Closet will buy ┬ámen’s clothes up to size 40 and women’s up to size 20. They will then take your items and sort through them to see if they would like to buy any of them from you. The process usually takes about 45 minutes depending on how much stuff you have. If they decide to buy anything, they will pay you on the spot cash or store credit for your items. They will usually pay you a third of what their selling price will be. They can be very picky with the items they choose to buy to maintain the quality of their brand. Learn more about the brands they like to buy here.┬áThat list does not include everything however. If a brand you have is popular right now, go ahead and try to sell it. To increase your chance of them buying, bring clothing that is in-season or slightly before the season. Don’t be afraid to ask the employees if they are looking for anything in particular to buy such as jeans or coats. Many stores are short on men’s clothing, so if you have a brother who wants to get some extra cash, send him to Plato’s Closet. The more clothes you bring in to sell, the better your chances are of them picking more items and you getting more money. Before getting rid of the items that don’t sell, try another location if you have one near you. With the items they don’t buy you can either donate them, or choose to sell them elsewhere such as on Poshmark or Thred-Up.

Tips for Buying

Most Plato’s Closets have an Instagram page. This is a great way to see some of the best new arrivals. If you see something you like on the Instagram you can call in to have them hold it for you in-store. I have my local Plato’s Closet’s post notifications on just incase something I want comes into the store. That way I can call immediately to place a hold before the item is purchased. Another tip to save money while buying is to get a rewards card. The card is absolutely free and they will stamp it each time you spend $10. Once all of the stamps are full, you get a coupon for 20% off! I like to save my coupons for big items that come into the store such as Ugg boots or Lilly Pulitzer dresses. Each Wednesday, they offer a 10% discount to anyone with a valid student ID. Throughout the year they also have sales and events to increase your savings, such as the Grab-Bag Sale, Clearance for a $1, and Student Days. Make sure to check your local Plato’s Closet and follow them on social media for specific dates.

What I Have Bought

I am fortunate enough to have been able to purchase many brand-name items of high quality from my local store. To give you an idea of the merchandise Plato’s Closet sells, here is a list of many of the brands I have bought there.

Vineyard Vines, Lilly Pulitzer, J. Crew, Victorias Secret Pink, Simply Southern, Kate Spade, Sperry Topsiders, Vans, Uggs, Coach, Lucky Brand, Nike, Free People, and many more.

If you have a Plato’s Closet near you, leave me a comment with the best thing you have ever purchased there. Now go out and find something Easy on the Wallet & Easy on the Eyes!

xoxo,

Casey

How I Saved Over $400 While Back to School Shopping – Outlet Mall Haul

Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets Back to School Shopping Haul

A few times each year my family and I Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets in Leesburg, Virginia to do some shopping. Outlet malls are a great place to find high end products for a fraction of the price. This particular outlet mall has over 100 stores ranging from Kate Spade to Nike. We went shopping on Independence Day to pick up some essentials for going back to college in the fall. Most of the stores were having huge clearance sales to celebrate the holiday and to clear out their products for the upcoming fall season. This post will feature most of the items my sister and I purchased at the outlets as well as how to style them. I am so excited to share with you a haul of all the awesome deals we scored and the total amount of money we saved on these gorgeous pieces.

Outfit #1. Express Pink Tank Top & White Jeans

Express White Mid Rise Stretch Jean Legging- Original Price $79.90 / Outlet Price $27.98

Express Pink Reversible Tank Top- Original Price $39.95 / Outlet Price $27.96

Outfit #2. American Eagle Cold Shoulder Tee

American Eagle Soft & Sexy Cold Shoulder T-Shirt- Original Price $24.95 / Outlet Price $11.97

Outfit #3. American Eagle White Tee & Vineyard Vines Whale Leggings

American Eagle Soft & Sexy V-Neck Favorite T-Shirt- Original Price $19.95 / Outlet Price $11.97

Vineyard Vines School of Whales Performance Crop Leggings- Original Price $78.00 / Outlet price $35.99

Outfit #4. Abercrombie & Fitch Off the Shoulder Top & J. Crew Scalloped Shorts

Abercrombie & Fitch Off The Shoulder Top- Original Price $66.95 / Outlet Price $16.77

J. Crew 4″ Scallop-Hem Short- Original Price $49.50 / Outlet Price $24.95

Outfit #5. American Eagle Black Tee, Pink Nike Shorts, Nike Sneakers

American Eagle Soft & Sexy V-Neck Favorite T-Shirt- Original Price $19.95 / Outlet Price $11.97

Nike Dry Modern Temp Shorts- Original Price $45.00 / Outlet Price $16.80

Nike In Season TR 5 Training Shoes- Original Price $79.90 / Outlet Price $39.99

Outfit #6. Abercrombie & Fitch Top & Vineyard Vines Printed Jeans

Abercrombie & Fitch Black Peplum Top- Original Price $58.00 / Outlet Price $23.96

Vineyard Vines Mint Shell Jeans- Original Price $108.00 / Outlet Price $29.40

Outfit #7. Vineyard Vines Striped Hoodie Tee

Vineyard Vines Striped Whale Hoodie Tee- Original Price $55.00 / Outlet Price $29.99

Original Total-$725.05

Outlet Total-$309.70

We saved $415.35!!!

As you can tell, going to an outlet mall is a great way to wear popular brands without breaking the bank. Most of the items we purchased are versatile and can be worn in all seasons, making them a great investment. It is always a good idea to go shopping on holiday weekends because there are always fantastic sales going on! So when the next holiday weekend rolls around, make your way to the nearest outlet mall and be prepared to save money. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment! I would be so happy to help! Now go out and find something Easy on the Wallet & Easy on the Eyes!

xoxo,

Casey