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Save money on back to school clothes

Posted July 22, 2008

— Many middle school, high school and college students are into clothing with designer labels, but paying designer prices aren’t so popular.

Parents and children are finding ways to get designer clothing for less by hitting stores like Plato’s Closet. The Cary store is filled with clothes that were once in someone else’s closet.

Many customers are making money by bringing in clothes they want to sell and saving cash by getting well known designer names at very low prices.

“The biggest thing for me is the savings - great quality, great labels and the price is right,” Tatiana Guy said. Guy brings in shirts that her children have outgrown and clothes that she doesn’t plan to wear anymore.

Some of those “right” prices:
A Vera Bradley purse for $16. Regular price: $50 to $100.
Timberland boots? $16 to $35. Regular price: $75 and higher.

Store Manager Ann Spalin said bags, boxes and bins of new items come in daily – all day. Managers pick what they believe they can sell and offer a flat cash price or a little bit more in store credit.

Jeans are a popular item in the store with racks of designer styles available for less than half the regular price.
“The higher end jeans like Seven, James, Big Star – We’ll retail those for $35 and they go anywhere for over $100 or $250 and that’s a huge difference,” Spalin said.

The designer jeans tend to sell fast, Spalin said.

“The second they see them, they're out the door,” she said.

Customer Kyara Riggs said the store is a “Godsend.”

“I have three daughters and we all wear the same size,” Riggs said.

When 5 on Your Side interviewed Riggs, she had a armload of deals, including Lacoste shoes for $13, She was even wearing a dress she found there.

“It's from Forever 21 and I got it here. It was $8” said Riggs.

Like many resale shops, Plato’s is particular about what styles and quality of clothing they'll accept. Plenty of items are not accepted.

On Wednesday's WRAL NEWS at 5 p.m., 5 on Your Side's Monica Lalliberte shows how to cut costs by purchasing pre-owned instruments. She will offer money saving ideas throughout the week.


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  • parr4246 Jul 25, 2008

    There is also one of these stores in Durham - on 15/501 in the same shopping center as TJ Maxx/Chili's/On the Border (I can't remember the name of the shopping center) across from Mark Jacobson Toyota

  • missingVA Jul 24, 2008

    For younger kids, the Kids Exchange consignment sale is at the State Fairgrounds this weekend. Free admission and great prices!

  • ThisIsMyName Jul 23, 2008

    I grew up on garage sale clothes... that was when people sold decent stuff at a good price to get rid of it... not trying to make a buck.

  • anggiet Jul 23, 2008

    I know of one re-sale shop owner who hits yard sales to find things to sell in his shop.

  • owlady Jul 23, 2008

    IMO, used clothing is fine for the buyer who seeks a good deal on designer labels, but as for the consignee, it is no such deal. The consignee is required to bring in clothing that is no older than 2 years and recently cleaned, pressed, and of course, in excellent, like new condition. The consignee is lucky if they get 40% , if the item sells. I say the store owner has a good thing going, but I would rather give my nice used clothing to charity.

    Also, (Sometimes I have wondered if the store owners purchase new clothing at Dept.stores on clearance and then mark up the prices at their consignment store.)