Shopping for Trendy School Clothes? Stretch Your Buying Power at Resale Stores like Plato’s Closet

Platos Closet JWhere can you find a Hollister T-shirt for only $8 and a pair of Delia’s jeans for just $12? Only at Plato’s Closet, a gently used clothing store in Fishers. This one-stop shop for back-to-school clothing carries many designer brands all within one store — unlike the mall, where you have to “store hop” to find all your favorite brands.

Plato’s Closet appeals to teens (guys and gals), with guy’s pants sizes ranging from a 28 -40 and shirt sizes in S-XL. The girl’s sizes range from size 0 in juniors to a women’s size 16.

Many families with teens are happy to have this upbeat store so close to home. Erin Jones, who lives in Geist and shops at Plato’s Closet with her 14-year-old son, says, “It’s great that this store has all the brands that are popular with teens like Hollister, Aeropostale and Abercrombie. It’s trendy without the expense.”

“We are really aware of people’s time and gas money, making multiple trips around town,” says Andy Burtner, owner of Plato’s Closet on 96th Street. “We want to make it a fun atmosphere with bargains so the shopper can save money and even have enough left over to go to the movies.”

If you clean out your own closet, you can bring in your unwanted clothing to see if it qualifies for acceptance, thereby offering instant cash on the spot. A sales representative will use the computer to help determine the prices of clothing, paying close attention to style, brand name and overall condition. The basic laws of “supply and demand” play into effect for accepting items.

“With the way the economy is right now, I feel great that I can get name brand items for a reasonable price,” says Angie Beyrer of Geist. “I love it. I’ve got a 22 year old and a 14 year old. Everything I bring home, they love.”

For the younger kids, try shopping for better brands at Once Upon a Child, a children’s resale store (closest location to Geist is 71st and Binford Blvd). This ultra-high value shop not only sells gently used clothing (sizes from birth to 16), toys and baby equipment, but also offers cash back for gently used inventory meeting proper specifications.

Pictured above is Jessica Striebel, wearing a Hollister Tee, $8 –originally sold for $19.50– while holding a pair of Delia’s jeans at $12, which originally sold for $39.50.

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