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Behind the Buy: Everything you need to know about selling your clothes at Plato’s Closet in Deptford.

If you love the idea of instant cash but think selling clothes to a consignment shop feels a little too much like judgment day, then keep reading! The manager of Plato’s Closet in Deptford, Jen Lynch, takes us through their buying process, reveals the systematic approach that goes into every buy, and shows us that selling our clothes at Plato’s Closet isn’t so scary after all.

Know before you go!

The first thing you need to know before selling your clothes at Plato’s Closet is that they are a corporate store, meaning there are written rules that the employees have to follow when buying from customers.

The second thing you need to remember is to not take anything personally! Store manager, Jen, explains, “People get so upset and I totally understand why they do, because the way that you present yourself to the world is through the clothes you wear. And if you bring those clothes to somebody and they’re telling you ‘no’ that’s kind of like saying, ‘well your clothes suck and so do you.’ Nobody wants to hear that.”

Always keep in mind that the associate is not there to make fun of your items or personal style; they simply must take a very particular approach when deciding if an item is worth buying. “You never wake up in the morning and lay your shirt out, fold it flat, check the hems for little holes, then double check for little stains. You don’t do that when you get dressed in the morning, I know I don’t! But that’s what we have to do here for every single thing we take, so stuff that you would never even notice is stuff that we have to pass on.”

The third thing to remember is to do your research! Like any project you take on, it is important to know what you are getting yourself into so that you are well prepared. If you know what the store is currently in need of, the chance of leaving with a pocket full of cash is looking pretty good.

The Big 3

Plato’s Closet looks for three main things when you are selling items to them. The first thing is that the item must be in good shape (no rips, stains, or fading) and is freshly washed. The item needs to be ready-to-wear in order for them to put it out on the sales floor.

The second factor, which happens to be a corporate rule, is that the item has to have been in the stores within the last year to a year and a half. “The way that we check is through the tags in the clothing,” says Jen. “Corporate sends us a lot of pictures for every brand of all their most current tags, and they label them hot, warm, and cold.” The hot labels are the most current ones that are out in the stores right now. Warm labels are items that are still fairly current, but just a little older than what the store is looking for. However, in instances when their inventory is looking a little low they will accept a “warm” item that is absolutely fabulous and in great condition. Cold tags are much older, and they are advised not to buy them.

The third and most crucial thing they look for are styles that sell well. Unlike most consignment shops that make you wait until your item is sold to receive a profit, Plato’s Closet gives you cash right away for your clothing. Because of this it is extremely important that they are taking styles and brands that have been selling well in order to create a successful inventory for their shoppers. If an item in the store is on clearance and has been for a while, it is unlikely that they will buy a similar style again.

If all this seems like too much information to remember, Jen offers some suggestions on making the selling process a bit easier!

(Fun fact: The displays currently at Plato’s Closet, Deptford are based on the religious spring festival celebrated by the Hindus. The brightly colored clothing, accessories, and paint jars represent the Hindu ritual of throwing colored and scented water and wearing colorful powder on their bodies.)

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Know where to go—a map of Thriftadelphia.

As per request I have provided my readers with a “Thrift List” which can be found at the top right of the page. There you will find a list of my favorite consignment shops that I have featured and some that I intend to blog about in the very near future. In addition to the Thrift List, I have decided to provide you with a map of thriftadelphia. Places I have visited and blogged about are marked with a pink thumbtack, stores that I have not yet talked about are teal. So if you happen to be embarking on a day of thrifting (and since the weather is nice, I recommend it!), you can see which shops are near one another and plan your day accordingly!

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Second to None Consignment in Marlton, New Jersey.

Second to None Consignment Boutique is located in Marlton, New Jersey. Most of their merchandise caters to a sophisticated conservative personal style, with brands ranging from Ann Taylor Loft to Michael Kors. There were some labels like Juicy Couture, Betsey Johnson and Forever21 hidden throughout the store, but let’s just say if you need an awesome blazer or a pair of Tahari slacks this is the place to go. Since I have an unhealthy obsession with blazers and anything from the Loft, I had a field day.

The accessories selection is more fun, with a lot of handbags and jewelery. All of the jewelery items at Second to None are brand new with tags, which appeals to me because I am not a fan of earrings that have been previously worn.

The most original thing about this store was their “Date Days” promotion. Each item in the store has a tag that tells you the size and price of the item, but it also has the date in which the item was sold to the store, tagged, and placed on the rack. If you look at the date on the item and it was 30 days ago, you get 20% off of the item. If the date is more than 60 days ago, you get 50% off! I thought that was a cute and clever way to push their items and to make sure something is not sitting on the racks for months and months, becoming outdated.

I didn’t buy anything from Second to None mostly because my blazer collection is bulging. However, if you are about start student teaching or going on internship interviews and need a nice pair of slacks, check out this store! They have a great selection of “young professional” clothing. The store may seem “old” to some, but if you are in the area why not stop in? You never know what you’ll find!

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My Fair Lady Consignment Boutique in Pitman, New Jersey.

Pitman is home to many quaint shops and restaurants—most of which are nestled on busy South Broadway. One of my favorite consignment shops, My Fair Lady, is located here at 20 South Broadway.

My Fair Lady Consignment Boutique has been open for business for over 20 years. It is the largest consignment boutique in South Jersey, and has won several Best of South Jersey awards for its fabulous merchandise and quaint appeal.

I’m a big fan of consignment shops that look like first-hand boutiques, and My Fair Lady surely looks the part. With an adorable window display and welcoming storefront, My Fair Lady reminds me of a trendy boutique that would be found in the Hampton’s or a chic North Jersey shopping town like Hoboken.

The staff is incredibly friendly and welcoming. They will offer help whenever you need (whether it be finding an outfit or giving an honest opinion about those white jeans you are trying on…thanks again ladies!). The store is packed with merchandise but everything is well-organized, just make sure you have some time to spare before you head on over. They have a great selection of clothing, accessories, and shoes, so as you can imagine it takes a while to get through the whole store. The prices are reasonable and they carry a wide variety of sizes and styles of clothing. There is definitely something for everyone at this store!

One thing I will say about this store is that their hours of operation are a bit funny, and don’t be surprised if you show up and find a scribbled sign on the door that says, “sorry not open today”. This happened to me twice. Strange, but not a big deal.

Here are their spring store hours so that you are prepared when you decide to go shopping!

Monday – Closed

Tuesday – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday – 11 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday – Closed

My Fair Lady currently has a nice selection of formal gowns and dresses, so if you have an upcoming special event like prom or a wedding, you should check them out!

Happy Consigning!

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The Goodwill Store in Glassboro, NJ.

You might be surprised by the little treasures that are hidden inside your local Goodwill Store. The Goodwill is not usually associated with name-brands, but if you are in search of a unique name-less piece with a lot of history—this is your store.  At this specific Goodwill, the only recognizable tag I have come across is Mossimo from Target (who doesn’t love Target), but each Goodwill has a different type of merchandise depending on the area it is located.

My love for the Goodwill began last year when I was on the hunt for some cute t-shirts that didn’t cost $20. They carry some of the best “vintage” t-shirts that are in great condition for around $2 each. Once I got over my initial shock of purchasing “used” t-shirts (the best t-shirts are always in the men’s section), I wandered into the women’s department where I immediately fell in love with the quirky jackets and dresses hanging on the racks.

Though the Goodwill is not known for it’s welcoming decor, you can really find some interesting items if you try hard enough. My good friend, Ashleigh, recently picked up a pair of mint condition leather Bass boat shoes, an adorable straw fedora, and a few mugs for her apartment!

There is not much to say about the Goodwill as they are all different. My biggest piece of advice to you is be patient, don’t have high expectations, and most importantly have fun! I guarantee you can find something, clothing or not, that will brighten your day!

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Plato’s Closet. Deptford, NJ.

Okay, I love Plato’s Closet.

This was my first time inside the store and I’m already obsessed. First of all, it is huge. I am talking warehouse huge. And there are clothes covering every inch of the store—incredible. In addition to the heart-stopping initial reaction, I was also thrilled with the quality of the merchandise. There are racks upon racks of different brands for men, women, and kids—all at up to 70% off mall retail prices! The store is organized by gender and then by type of clothing. There are also various sections featuring new arrivals from specific stores such as, Forever21, Urban Outfitters, Express, American Eagle, and Juicy Couture.

Because the store is so big, I had to prioritize. I decided to continue the spring break hunt as to not become overwhelmed by the massive amount of clothing in the store. I would definitely recommend setting aside a solid chunk of time if you plan on coming to Plato’s Closet, you’ll need it. My first stop was the sun dress rack, then the skirts and finally the summer blouses. I was amazed at how many items still had the original retail tags on them!

Plato’s Closet is always buying items, so whenever you feel like your closet is becoming a little cramped head on over! While the retail associate looks through your items you are free to shop around the store. The buyer will then create an offer for you based on style, condition, brand, and the store’s current stock level. Typically the items they buy have been in retail stores within the past 12 to 18 months and are current styles still seen in the mall. If you accept their offer you will be on your way with some extra cash and maybe a chic new outfit or two! I shopped at Plato’s Closet in Deptford, NJ, but there is also another location nearby in Maple Shade, NJ. Each location has its own personal site that they update when they have clearance sales, new items available, etc.

I made 3 trips to the fitting room, each time I had about two gigantic armfuls of clothing with me. After a very strict process of elimination I narrowed my findings down to these five items:

A yellow, high-waisted skirt by Four Stars, $7.

Patterned mini skirt by Billabong, $10.

 

Floral short sleeve dress by Kimchi and Blue, $16.

Plaid Sun dress by Charlotte Russe, $7.

Floral Ruffle Sun dress by Mimi Chica, $9.

Obviously, the prices are amazing and there is a nice variety of clothes. Because I am rather indecisive, I ended up leaving with only three items. A chambray romper from Target, the plaid sun dress from Charlotte Russe, and an orange tank from Free People that I plan to wear as a beach cover up.

Have you ever been to Plato’s Closet? What did you buy/sell?

 

Logo Photo Credit: http://www.platoscloset.com

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