Is Plato’s Closet worth it?

Many blogging experts (lol, how is that a thing?) claim that you should stick to one main topic when creating a website for yourself. I sort of agree: You should have a focus and purpose for EVERYTHING that you put out there.

However, while using my website, I realized this: I don’t have just one single focus. I love baseball, I also work for a golf retailer, I obsess over social media campaigns, I have some career advice to dish out, I value my family, etc. I could go on.

My latest focus is spending money. Dang it. I practically shed tears every time I look at my online credit card and bank statements. Since I just moved into a new house, I’ve had to pay for the expected – rent, a new bed and a dresser – and the unexpected. “Uh, you have to drill into our house?” “WHY DO WE NEED $40 THROW PILLOWS?!”

It’s been a rough month.

platos closetAnyway, to try to earn some money back, I packed up two huge bags of clothes I didn’t want anymore and headed to Plato’s Closet. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s a consignment store that pays you cash on the spot for “trendy, designer styles as well as those every day basics you can’t live without – all at up to 70% off mall retail prices!”

But was it worth it? Here are the pros and cons of the store.

Pros

1. They pay you cash on the spot that day! You don’t have to wait for your clothes to sell. Granted, I left with only $14.50 in my pocket. Actually, I left with $0, but we’ll get to that in a second.

Out of all the items I brought in, about 30, they took eight things. As was explained to me, they sell clothes for 50-75 percent off department/mall store prices, and they pay you about 30-40 percent of the price they expect to sell the item.

2. The process is ridiculously easy. The clothes didn’t need to be on hangers, just folded in a bag. They had a quote ready for me in about 10 minutes, and all I had to stay in the store.

3. While a lot of the clothes and options were meh, there were some hidden gems in the store to buy… which leads me to those cons.

Cons

1. I had to stay in the freaking store! (Be back soon to this.)

2. A lot of the clothes they had were pretty crappy. While the store says they pride themselves in brand-name clothes, a lot of them looked pretty used and like they were from a store like Charlotte Russe. Not good quality. I wouldn’t buy much in the store.

3. However, they are pretty particular about how much they take. Next time I go back, I think I’ll have a better idea of what they’re looking for. (Definitely take your jewelry and teen clothes.)

4. Since I had to stay in the store, I awkwardly slinked around the racks of clothes, checking out used dresses and purses I definitely didn’t want. But then, there it was. There were the beautiful Louise et Cie booties with beams of God-given sunlight lighting them and shining directly into my eyeballs. Used shoes? “Nah,” I thought, while still being sucked in closer to them. I picked them up and they had all the original packaging in them – the paper stuff inside, the tissue paper covering the zippers. Brand-spanking new. And they were only $22! I practically stole them off the shelf.

By the time the associate called “Olivia,” I was guarding the booties with my life and forking over my newly acquired cash plus my credit card to purchase the shoes.

Lesson learned: If you need the money, definitely consider Plato’s Closet but don’t get too excited about the amount in return and DEFINITELY do not sort through the crap for those perfect booties.

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