When I discovered Plato’s Closet, I was obsessed. I find so many of my favorite brands for clothing and accessories there with huge discounts.

It’s also a great place to bring the clothes you’ve fallen out of love with, or just never wear to get some money back.

Here are the best ways to sell and save:


1. Shop their 90% clearance sale at least twice a year.

They usually have them at the start of spring and fall, but depending on their inventory, may have more.

My store has already had three or four just this year! I’ve found some great stuff, including jeans, flannels and tons of T-shirts.


2. Clearance items are marked with a yellow sticker and at least 50% off.

Clearance prices change regularly with their sales. They are usually at least 50% off their regular prices, but can also go up to 90%.

They usually will have a rack dedicated to just clearance, but it’s always a good habit to double-check the tag to make sure it wasn’t misplaced.


3. They buy new and lightly-used things and pay on the spot.

You can find some really great stuff here because they are picky about what they accept.

If you’re selling your clothes, make sure to launder them and make them look nice before bringing them in to increase your chance of selling.


4. If they buy your clothes, it will usually be around 30-40% of the price you bought it at.

They sell their clothes for 60-80% off retail prices, so in order to make a profit, they don’t want to spend much to buy them. They’ll buy basic things like T-shirts for around $2.

To get the best payout, bring in some of the higher-end brands they want to cater to their teen/young adult crowd. Bring in Hollister, Pink by Victoria Secret, Forever 21, Coach and American Eagle.


5. They won’t buy clothes that are ripped or worn.

You have a much better chance of selling your clothes if they look new or nearly new.



6. Plato’s Closet typically buys girl’s clothes size 0-30 and boy’s 28-40 waist.

Though this can change depending on the store, this is what I found at my store.


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7. Save up to 15% on gift cards at Gift Card Granny or Raise.

One of the easiest ways to save a little money is by finding discounted gift cards. Plato’s Closet cards go fast, so you might want to set up an alert so you know when to buy!


8. It takes about 3 weeks for Plato’s Closet to put items on clearance.

If you see something you just got to have, I’d grab it ASAP. But if you aren’t too worried about losing it, come back in a few weeks to see if it made its way to the clearance rack.


9. Sign up for their digital rewards program to get 20% off your next purchase.

For every $10 you spend or sell, you get 1 point.

So if you bring in a bag of clothes to sell and they decide they’ll give you $20 for a few of the items, you will receive 2 points.

After 20 points, you receive 20% your next purchase.


10. Take 25% off your purchase by picking up a part-time job.

If you shop there enough, you might as well just work there and get an employee discount.

Just so you’re aware, employee discounts are different between locations.



11. Join the VIP Email List and follow Plato’s Closet on FB for the best deals.

Not only do you receive exclusive offers by signing up with your email, but you get a heads up on when the sales are.

Facebook is also a great place to get notifications about their upcoming sales.


12. Students and military get 10% off, depending on location.

Unfortunately, my Plato’s Closet does not offer military or student discounts, but some locations do.

Call your store to find out if your has them, and when they are.


13. Unless there are special perks (check your store), get cash instead of store credit when you sell your clothes.

You can get in-store credit when selling your clothes, but, at least for my store, there aren’t any perks. So unless they tell you about a better deal by getting in-store credit, stick with cash so you can use it anywhere.

But remember, for every $10 worth of clothes you sell, you receive one point of Plato’s Closet rewards!


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14. Shop on Fridays and Mondays — avoid Saturdays.

Stores tend to stock up new items right before their busy weekend and right after to restock the picked over shelves, so Thursday/Friday and Monday usually are the best time to find the new stock.

Saturdays are their busiest day of the week. If you’re able to make it on a weekday, you can count on a shorter wait, especially if you want to sell clothes.



15. Shop for accessories and basic wardrobe pieces for a good deal.

Even when you aren’t having any luck in the clothes section of Plato’s Closet, the accessory section is a must. Most items are priced at just around $2.

At just around $2, it’s a pretty great deal. Just be sure to sanitize earrings before using!


16. Just because it’s cheap, doesn’t mean its a good deal.

I know that $8 pair of Hollister jeans looks like an awesome deal, but don’t buy them without a second thought.

Because they carry so many brands — and sizes vary between brands — it’s hard to know how everything is going to fit. Use the dressing rooms before you buy, or that’s gonna be $8 on something you’ll never wear.


17. Take your time to browse all the racks.

Because it’s a resale shop, they don’t have repeats of many items and don’t have the same stuff in every size.

Make sure you look through every rack, though, before giving up. It’ll be worth the time you spend.


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