Cupcakes and Sunshine: Tips for Selling More at Plato's Closet

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Tips for Selling More at Plato's Closet

Alright y''s almost that time of year again. Time to start packing up your summer shorts and to be getting ready for cooler fall weather coming this way. (A cool breeze blew today and I started craving a pumpkin spice latte. too early? eh...maybe) This also means it is time to start shopping for a new fall wardrobe to cover up those somber feelings that the summer is almost over! (Shopping therapy. It's real. It works.)

Problem is: no extra spending money for new clothes.

I, in fact, happen to be an expert on not having much spending money for new clothes.  But today I would like to share with you a few quick tips for making quick cash at Plato's Closet so that you can go ahead and buy that new sweater. (or get a manicure. or a latte. or an ice-cream cone with sprinkles. ice-cream cones with sprinkles go hand-in-hand with extra spending money.)

For those who do not know much about Plato's Closet, it is a shop that buys and sells gently used clothing. You simply bring in the clothes you no longer need and if Plato's Closet likes what they see, they'll buy 'em from you! QUICK CASH! Just like that. (I can already taste that sweet sprinkled scoop of Ben & Jerry's right now.)

I've heard the..."UGH! I cleaned out my entire closet and Plato's only bought a pair of shorts from me!" and the "WHAT! I brought in 32 items and not a single one of them was purchased!" from a few of my good friends. But I have a few tricks up my sleeve that work like a charm for selling more items. Which guessed it...more sprinkled ice-cream cones. (OH YEAH! And more new sweaters too!)

1. Wash and Fold Your Clothes. Seems easy-peazy right? But sometimes when you are going through your closet trying to quickly find clothing items to toss into your "Sell at Plato's" pile, it becomes just that...a pile. And the workers at Plato's see piles after piles of clothing each day.

Clean your clothes, fold them nicely, and the workers will pay more attention to the items you bring in to sell.

2. Place Your Clothes in a Pretty Bag. In the beginning of my Plato's runs, I would place my clothes that I was selling in a regular ol' plastic Walmart bag. This is a no-no. The first impression the workers receive of your clothing (that you are wanting to seem stylish and nice enough for others to buy 2nd time around) is Hi-I'm-frumpy and Hey-I-just-tossed-this-in-here-for-convenience.

The workers have your quick cash in their hands! The decision to buy your clothes is up to them! Make sorting through your clothes a little more fresh and exciting to them by placing your clothes in a nice cloth bag, a cute over-the-shoulder beach bag, or a light tote. First impressions are always important. Put your clothes to sell in a pretty bag.

3. Don't Sell on Saturdays. You walk into the store...and the line to sell your clothes is a mile long. There is no way that your bag of clothes to sell is going to get as much attention as it would on a day when you are the only clothes seller. It is best to avoid the weekends.

On Saturdays, the lines are busy. Everyone wants to sell clothes on Saturdays it seems. I have been most successful selling my clothing items early morning (right when the store opens is best! First seller of the day means they haven't even come close to their purchase quota) on weekdays. Selling on Tuesday mornings means you can avoid the Saturday shopping crowd and make more quick cash than you normally would.

4. Dress Nice When You Drop Off the Clothes. Okay...I know this sounds a bit superficial. I mean, shouldn't the workers treat all bags of clothes that they are sorting through equally? Yes, but we are only human and remember...first impressions matter. If you walk into the store in your old t-shirt and a pair of shorts that you have been sporting for the past two days because you had to finish up your Netflix marathon of all-of-the-shows, then how can you expect the clothing buyers to think that the clothes that they are about to sort through are stylish and ready to be re-sold?

Put on a cute top and a trendy maxi skirt. If you look like a rockstar when you walk in, they'll think that the bag of clothes you are coming in to sell is gold.

5. If all else fails, Try A Different Plato's. We like to call this...Plato's hopping. So the first Plato's you visited didn't buy nada.

but I brought in all the trendy clothes I had!

Yes, yes. This happens. Sometimes Plato's are saturated in jeans, tops, and dresses for the season. This is where you get everyone together and have a Plato's hopping day. Visit new cities, new parts of town, grab lunch, and drop off your clothes at multiple Plato's throughout the day. Make a day out of it, make memories with friends, make cash. It's a good time y'all.

Selling at Plato's is one of the easiest ways to make quick cash for little things here and there. It also means that you get to purge your closet of items that you no longer need or wear. Plato's is pretty much a win-win-win. They get money from re-selling your clothes, you get money from selling your clothes to them, your closet becomes less crowded and more organized, and HEY! You might even make enough to get that sprinkled ice-cream cone at Ben and Jerry's.

Let me know if you try out these tips the next time you're at Plato's! Happy, happy Tuesday, friends!


  1. haha i love this...mostly because i went there one time here in CA and nothing was bought! it was an old bag of random clothes when we moved, i know these tips would have made all the difference! :) helpful as always!


    1. you will definitely have to give these tips a try! i LOVE good selling days at Plato's!

  2. Thanks for the tips! I've never sold at Plato's Closet before and I wanted to do my research. I got a nice pretty bag and plan to dress nicely!

  3. Everyone should try selling on Poshmark. I get SO much money for my items (around 70% of what i originally paid). I tried platos closet and they just didnt give me much money. use code PXQLS to get free $5 just for signing up with Poshmark!!!

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