Plato’s Closet provides cheap name-brand clothing

Abby Bamburg, Entertainment Editor

You walk into Plato’s Closet. There are racks filled with clothing all around. You’re over-whelmed by all that you see, but still ready to find exactly what you came in looking for.
Plato’s Closet sells gently used, brand-name clothing for a low price.
The store is located on near 135th St. and Quivira Rd. and opened in 2001.
Store manager Hillary Roller said they buy and sell clothing for both teenage boys and girls.
“Basically, we like to buy all the teenage mall stores — stores like American Eagle, Hollister, Abercrombie, and anything from the Buckle,” she said.
Senior Lauren Reardon said she loves wearing and buying clothes at Plato’s Closet.
“I really like how they have good brands but at a better price,” she said. “It’s nice to go in there and find all different kinds of clothes, too.”
Roller said that Plato’s Closet likes to price everything 70 percent of what the mall store price is based on brand, condition and style.
“We look for current mall store brands that teenagers would like to buy,” she said. “We just have to make sure it’s a popular style. If it’s something that a teenager would like to wear, we basically will buy it. The only real limitations we have are that we don’t buy kid sizes or the older generation clothes.”
Reardon said it’s great to find something she likes but to make sure it still has the tag on it.
“There are some clothes really worn down,” she said. “But I know I can always find jeans. And I never spend more than 20 dollars.”
Roller said Plato’s Closet has been very successful and a great concept for recycling and renewing.
“People can come in and get cash for clothes they sell to us and then shop around for something [else] they might want to buy,” Roller said. “It’s an awesome way to improve the environment, too, because we’re using less manufacturing.”
Although it is organized by color, Reardon said you have to be in the mood to go through everything.
“Sometimes it is a hit or miss whether you find something or not,” she said. “ I could come in looking for a specific thing and come out with the complete opposite.”