You can find quality clothes in area resale shop

Written by Neal F. Litherland. Posted in Pennies Saved & Pennies Earned

Published on October 26, 2011 with No Comments

It’s that time of year again.

Summer is over, children are back in school and costume shopping looms on the horizon.

Whether you’re looking to recoup some of your back-to-school losses, or you are cleaning out a closet to change the appropriate season there is a great opportunity for the truly thrifty to take advantage of in Northwest Indiana. Namely, if you have a closet full of seasonal garb that you have barely worn taking up space, you can spin those clothes into cash.

There are stores around the area that specialize in “gently used,” brand-name clothes.

Plato’s Closet, 359 East 81 Ave., Merrillville, specializes in brand-name clothes.

This store does not buy items from manufacturers or distributors; they buy them from you, the public with good fashion sense and taste.

So in order for such stores to remain in business, they need people to bring in previously-owned, like-new clothes from brand-name companies sold at places like Aeropostale, the Buckle, Hollister or whomever else is hot.

This means that you have a chance to earn some pocket cash, or some real money if you have a larger and more fashionable than average closet.

All you have to do is bring in the items in question and present them for review, and then get the price from the store. Once you’ve settled on a price, you accept a receipt for the sale and take your cash in hand.

For the novice clothes-seller, there are some ways to make this process work better in your favor.

First, try calling up the store of your choice or making a preliminary visit and talking with the employees.

Ask what sort of clothes they’re currently looking for, and in what amounts they’d like to review your stock.

Check what season the store is looking for, as coats and jackets will be more sought out in the fall and winter than in the summer.

Also ask when would be a good time to bring in the clothes you have to get them approved. Being professional and pleasant will help things go more smoothly.

Lastly, if you want to maximize the amount you get, ask if the store offers credit rather than cash.

Stores typically will offer you more money in credit, which is quite useful if you see something at the store you’d really like to get, but don’t want to spend cash for.

In this situation, it’s something of a trade-off.

Even if you end up not placing your unwanted clothes in a new home, that doesn’t mean you are out of options.

Bethesda Thrift Store, 50 Marks Road in Valparaiso, is an example of a resale thrift store. Even if  you’ve visited all of these and no one is interested, you can still take your clothes to the Salvation Army or a Goodwill store. While these charities won’t give you cash, you can request a receipt.

This receipt, which you fill out with the value of all the clothes you donated, can be used at tax time.

This is an additional benefit over and above that warm, fuzzy feeling you get knowing someone is going to see what you donated and positively gush over finding a treasure that they would never have been able to afford any other way.

Finally, some things you shouldn’t need to be told but that you should keep in mind.

Clean your clothes before you present them, and remove any tags for things that you didn’t wear. And don’t try to sneak in items that are either old, very worn down or an off-brand name. Anything else that the store asks for when it comes to clothes for review, make sure you follow them to have the best chance of getting accepted.

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About Neal F. Litherland

All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chronicle. Neal Litherland is a Valparaiso resident who has been a freelance writer for several years. A graduate of Indiana University, he holds a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. He offers advice on money-saving tips using common-sense tactics. He welcomes suggestions and comments. Contact Neal: neal@thechroniclenwi.com.

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