Plato's Closet opens on Tucson's east side

2013-09-17T00:00:00Z Plato's Closet opens on Tucson's east sideBy Angela Pittenger Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
September 17, 2013 12:00 am  • 

A second Plato’s Closet franchise has opened in Tucson to sell gently used, freshly laundered brand-name clothing.

The secondhand store, which opened Monday at 5626 E. Broadway, boasts of buying all the brands teens and 20-somethings want, and selling them for 50 percent to 70 percent less than retail.

The owners, Shaughn West and Holly Lloyd, had been in the Plato’s Closet at 4140 N. Oracle Road and thought it was a fun store. Both women have four kids each and know what it costs to shop retail.

“My daughter wanted all these clothes at the mall,” Lloyd said. “Hollister, Abercrombie ... and I thought there has to be a better place. Things are so expensive.”

So, the two started looking into businesses they could start together. They saw students shopping at Goodwill stores and figured secondhand stores are more recessionproof, and that people enjoy the hunt.

“It’s very hip and trendy to shop secondhand,” West said. “It’s like a treasure hunt, ... and it’s so exciting to find a great deal.”

They say the city’s east side didn’t have this type of store with items specific to teens and young adults.

Plato’s Closet is not only a place to shop, but a place to do trade for cash or items at the store. It has a computer system with about 190 brands listed. The items are entered into the system, and it prices them at 50 to 70 percent off the retail price. The customer gets 30 to 40 percent of that total. Cash and trade are the same value.

The new location is just west of Park Place on East Broadway. West said they chose that spot because it’s within walking distance to the mall. “It’s ideal for teens who are dropped off at the mall to shop.”

The new Plato’s Closet will be open for buying only for about six to eight weeks so the store can collect inventory of clothing and accessories for teen boys and girls. Customers can drop by anytime during business hours to sell their used items.

Contact reporter Angela Pittenger at apitteng@azstarnet.com or 573-4137.

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