How to get paid to shop for more clothes

Today we get you paid for your old clothing and save you A LOT of money on that new back to school and fall fashion. 

If you haven't yet heard of Clothes Mentor or Plato's Closets - there is likely a location near you or close to a college campus where someone tied to you resides. 

Whether you're searching for a major score on brand name clothing, purses and accessories, doing back to school shopping or hoping to line your pockets with more cash, look no further!

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Plato's Closets: If you haven't yet discovered Plato's Closet, this hidden gem with locations throughout our region (and across the country) is worth a big look! There are more than 400 locations across the country to help you find your favorite brands on a dime or get paid for clothing you no longer want.

Find a location near you.

The brands yielding the highest payback value at Plato's are Forever 21, Abercrombie and Hollister. NEVER buy any of these items at full price if you want to make a good chunk of your money back later on. For example, if you buy your original clothing items on sale and you were to wear these items for a year or two and bring them back in good condition to Plato's closet, you'd get a good chunk of your money back.

- Bring in items that are branded within a year or two to get the most money back. Used clothing should be in considerably good condition.

- Bring them in folded in a laundry basket, not on hangers. This will at least score some points with the folks evaluating your clothing and it expedites the process.

- Be realistic. If you have really old items that aren't in good condition, you won't get you anything. Whatever Plato's doesn't pay you for can easily be donated through a drop-box in your community or to a church/community center.

- Shop! Once you're at Plato's you can put the cash you've been paid toward clothing at the store which is already significantly marked down. If you have nothing to sell-back, Plato's is also a great place to shop for families that want to buy brand-name but don't want to pay for the mark-up.

Designer Fashion On A Dime At Clothes Mentor: 

One of our favorite college students on the planet found these huge clothing deals

Whether you're shopping for back to school, work, that new job interview, tight on time or cash - this is a top local spot to practically steal designer clothing, and even make money if you have some gently used clothing to sell.

I first discovered Clothes Mentor almost seven years ago and I was blown away by the bargains. Designed as a fashion boutique for women of all sizes (0-26), including maternity clothes, Clothes Mentor features brands like: Banana Republic, Coach, Ann Taylor, Loft, Talbots, Vera Bradley and Nordstrom brands at up to 70% off.

Location list is right here.

Clothes mentor also buys clothing, shoes, jewelry, and other accessories that are like new. Either way you slice it, more savings and cash for your old clothes to buy a new outfit is one solid situation! 

No stores pay us to feature their deals or savings. The only purpose of this column is to save you cash. 



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