Resale shops offer alternative for school clothesWritten by Brandi Barhite | Community Ombudsman | firstname.lastname@example.org
Green is “in” when it comes to back-to-school shopping, but it has nothing to do with color.
It’s all about money as the economy remains stagnant, and gas prices hover around $4 per gallon.
While buying secondhand has always had a niche market, especially among young people on an allowance, its appeal is widening, according to Sue Popovich, district manager for the Plato’s Closet stores in Toledo and Columbus.
Even those who used to shy away from gently used clothes are coming into Plato’s for the deals, she said.
“We are absolutely out of control,“ Popovich said of business. “The teens have been setting the trend; they are looking at a way to save a $1 — and help the environment.”
Plato’s buys clothes on the spot for cash, according to Popovich. Certified buyers are looking for clothes within a two-year time frame of the trend.
“Our buyers know what is in fashion,” Popovich said.
In addition to youth sizes 14 to 16, Plato’s has an array of brand name apparel from zero through 16 for teens and young adults. In addition to jeans, shirts, skirts and slacks, Plato’s offers shoes, accessories, jean jackets and belts, among more.
Pricing is about 50 to 70 percent off the original retail price.
“August is our biggest month. In retail you think of Christmas, in our time, it is August — it is fabulous,” Popovich said. “Denim, denim, denim is what everyone is looking for; we have buying for months.”
Once Upon A Child is Plato’s sister retail outlet. The stores in Perrysburg, Sylvania and Holland specialize in clothing for infants through size 16 for children.
“We get different items daily,” sad Nicole Miller, district manager. “We pay cash on the spot for what we buy. We definitely look for condition and style of clothes.”
Some of the clothes that come in only have been worn once or twice or not at all.
“Kids grow so fast that we get items with tags,” Miller said … “You don’t get the feeling you are in a thrift store.”
Miller said inventory is at a record high.
“Everyone is all about savings, making money on their clothes and the green theme of recycling,” she said.
Rossford 9822 Old US 20
Holland 1510 Spring Meadows Dr.
Once Upon A Child
Perrysburg 194 E. South Boundary
Sylvania 7565 Sylvania Ave.
Holland 1536 Spring Meadows Drive