Plato’s Closet opens new location in northeast Richland County

Plato’s Closet, a national retail consignment shop for teens and 20-somethings, on Thursday launched its second location in the Midlands. The store at 10136 Two Notch Road in Sparkleberry Square sells gently-used brand-name clothing and accessories at a discount.

Plato's Closet has a large selection of clothing, shoes, jewelry and handbags (photo by Kelly Petty),

Plato’s Closet has a large selection of clothing, shoes, jewelry and handbags. (photo by Kelly Petty)

“Plato’s Closet fills a distinct niche in the retail market,” owner Greg Justus said. “We are a part of a unique retail resale business that specializes in the teen and young adult market segment. The great thing about the concept is that consumers are always looking for ways to stretch their dollar and Plato’s Closet lets them save money in two ways. Customers can achieve savings up to 70 percent off trendy, brand-name clothing and accessories. Plus, they can receive cash on the spot for gently-used items that are outgrown or no longer wanted.”

Unlike other consignment stores, teens looking to sell their clothes can stop by without an appointment. Store Manager Kendra Drummond said items for sale are checked for style, condition and what’s in stock. Sellers can earn one-third of the sale price and get cash on the spot.

Plato's Closet sells a variety of name brands including Victoria's Secret PINK line (photo by Kelly Petty).

Plato’s Closet sells a variety of name brands including Victoria’s Secret PINK line. (photo by Kelly Petty)

“It’s a one-stop shop we have all the brands up under one roof,” said Drummond. “You don’t have to walk all over mall.”

Plato’s Closet also buys up-to-date styles that have been in retail stores within the past 12 to 18 months. Drummond said the store has a stock of designer items including Michael Kors bags as well as name brands like Hollister, Abercrombie and Fitch and True Religion.

“We don’t try to create new fashion trends, we respond to actual trends in a timely and value-oriented manner,” Justus said.

Justus brings more than 30 years of commercial real estate and business brokerage experience to the business. He decided to open the franchise because of the company’s business model.

“Very few Plato’s Closets fail because there will always be a need in the community for quality name-brand clothing at an affordable price. The retail environment is fun and rewarding,” Justus said.

Plato’s Closet in Sparkleberry Square is open between 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and between 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. More information about the store can be found at the Plato’s Closet website.

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