Deal Divas

Stephanie Hayes, Katie Sanders, Shelley Rossetter, Kameel Stanley, Keeley Sheehan & Keyonna Summers

Get paid to clean your closet

From the Times photo archives: Brittanie Dede, 16, of New Port Richey, center, squeezes into a size 2 dress while shopping on Thursday at Plato's Closet in Palm Harbor with friends Adrianna Jardell, 16, of New Port Richey, left, and Kelsey Belloise, 16, of Holiday, right. Dede was given $65.05 at the shop for a dozen tops and jeans, which included Abercrombie and Hollister brand names. - Plato's Closet is a unusual retail chain that buys teens' old desginer name clothes for cash and resells them as used at a fraction of the original cost.

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD (2008)

From the Times photo archives: Brittanie Dede, 16, of New Port Richey, center, squeezes into a size 2 dress while shopping on Thursday at Plato's Closet in Palm Harbor with friends Adrianna Jardell, 16, of New Port Richey, left, and Kelsey Belloise, 16, of Holiday, right. Dede was given $65.05 at the shop for a dozen tops and jeans, which included Abercrombie and Hollister brand names. - Plato's Closet is a unusual retail chain that buys teens' old desginer name clothes for cash and resells them as used at a fraction of the original cost.

14

February

I recently spent an entire day cleaning my closet.

No, it was not particularly fun. But I was determined to try on each and every peice and really think about whether I needed that dress I only wore that one time then hated when I saw photos of myself in it (spoiler alert: I kept it. I have to give it one more chance to shine).

What I ended up with when the hours long ordeal was over: several garbage bags brimming with gently used items.

My first thought was to take them to the Salvation Army or Goodwill and hope someone else could enjoy the jeans that no longer fit me.

But, then I was like, wait, I paid good money for those jeans I only wore twice before realizing they did nothing for my behind and those cute boots that pinched my toes. Maybe, there's a way I can earn some of it back.

Enter Plato's Closet. The resale store has locations across Tampa Bay and buys gently used clothing in current styles and then sells the clothes to people looking for a good deal.

I culled the items in my haul that I thought might still be fashionable enough to sell and walked into the store with two huge bags. Just a note: the store is pretty picky in the items they'll take and skews towards junior brands such as Abercrombie or Lucky. In the end, the sales associate bought 9 of my items, including jeans and those pinched toe boots and I walked away with $19.

Granted, I'm sure I paid much more than that for those items, but it was $19 more than I had before.With the rest of my items headed straight to a donation bin, I figured I should replace some of what I lost.

Money buring a hole in my pocket, I headed straight to Marshall's where I scored a black maxi dress and spring shift for $18.65.

Now, that's a successful day off.

Have you sold items from your closet before? If so, where?

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