Dressing in style doesn’t have to leave you with sticker shock. Instead of paying full price for designer jeans or the latest handbag, more and more shoppers are scouring the racks at Plato’s Closet, a secondhand store that came to Morgantown just two years ago, for deals on a wide selection of new-to-you items for preteens and young adults.

Plato’s Closet, which is a sister company to fellow BOM award winner Once Upon a Child, is outfitting its customers with fashion choices that are not only trendy but also wallet-friendly, by offering gently used apparel, accessories, and even high-end makeup at anywhere from 50 to 70 percent off retail prices. The store also accepts West Virginia clothing vouchers, making back-to-school shopping season one of the most popular times of the year.

“A $200 voucher can get you almost a trash bag full of stuff, and it’s all name brand,” district manager Kaylee Martin says.

In-demand items like Hunter boots and Nike Air Jordan sneakers are quickly snatched from the store’s shelves, but Martin says sellers are eager to trade in their used items for money, so more inventory rolls into the store every day. Plato’s Closet always accepts items for all seasons, so you can simultaneously clear out some much-needed space in your closet and earn a little cash on the spot.

“If you haven’t worn it in the last three months, you’re probably never going to,” says Martin. “It’s so easy to sell to us, and it’s completely at your convenience. If you haven’t tried shopping with us, I dare you to, because once you start, you will never be able to pay full price for something again.”

On the heels of the success the store has found in Morgantown, the franchise is expanding this March with the opening of another location in Parkersburg. — KC

6504 Mall Road, 304.983.6020, platosclosetmorgantown.com

written by KAYLYN CHRISTOPHER

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