In the Closet


For CAHS students searching for new things to do near the school, Plato’s Closet is a store often overlooked. Plato’s Closet is a high-quality used clothing store that pays people to bring in their old, (but gently-used) clothing. Located on West Valley Parkway, the store is very close to the school and is a convenient walk or drive.

When I walked into Plato’s Closet, I was greeted kindly by a staff member. As I wandered through the aisles of clothing, I was asked if I needed help finding anything.

Clothes in the store were organized by type and by size. They had a large selection of every kind, but because all clothes have been used, finding things in very small or very large sizes was hard. However, due to  the incentive of getting paid for donating  clothes, there were lots of stylish clothes in the store. All the clothes were in very good condition, and it didn’t take long to find something that I liked.

The store itself was fairly small, but there were still lots of aisles. There were two parts to the store: a women’s and a men’s section. While the women’s section was much larger, the men’s section still had a wide selection of clothes. Both sections included a large selection of used shoes, organized by size.

Because they are used, the clothes at Plato’s Closet are much cheaper than they would be if they were new. A shirt that would have been $40 new could be purchased for $10 at Plato’s Closet. Because Plato’s closet has a selection more in vogue than most clothes at a thrift store, it makes it easy to look good without spending excessive amounts of money.

The store had polite employees, but service took a long time. Checking out  took about 10 minutes, even though there were only two people in front of me and two employees at the counter. This was due in part to people selling their clothes in the same line as people buying. Employees have to examine each piece of clothing before allowing them to be purchases, which can lead to a long process.

Despite slow service, shopping at Plato’s Closet is a cheap and enjoyable experience that is close to the school. I would recommend it for anyone looking for an inexpensive store that doesn’t compromise prices for style.