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Plato’s Closet – Honolulu

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So I went and checked out Plato’s Closet so that I could do a review for the University Newspaper. This is the first Plato’s Closet and buy/sell vintage/consignment/brand store in this neck of the woods and I loved it!

Here is the information for the location:

Plato’s Closet

1161 S. Beretania
Honolulu, HI 96814

Hours: Mon-Sat 10 am-8 pm & Sun 12 pm – 5 pm

Telephone #: (808) 523-8885

Credit Cards: Yes

Parking: Private Lot

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Here is what I wrote for the draft. They’ll edit it before it goes in the paper but I say what I wrote is good enough for my blog!

Being from Los Angeles I love thrift stores and consignment shops so I knew that I had to give this place a visit. Very much like Crossroads and Buffalo Exchange, Plato’s Closet offers a variety of name brand clothing at more than reasonable pricing. It was like every college girl’s dream! Tons of outfits to choose from, all in either new or slightly used condition, with more than affordable prices. I would say shopping at Plato’s Closet is a lot cheaper than shopping at Forever 21 with a better selection of styles for both men and women. Plato’s Closet has done very well in the states and it was about time that they opened one in Honolulu. All the employees were more than helpful and very friendly as well. And for those of you who are worried about parking they have a private lot right in front of the store and for those students without cars it’s only about a 1.7 mile walk from campus.


The store itself is packed wall to wall with clothing and accessories. And the atmosphere is very welcoming as every customer is greeted as they walk through the door. Whether you are looking for shoes for a friend’s wedding or a clubbing outfit for the weekends, this is definitely the place to go. I saw plenty of clothes with the tags still attached selling for a mere fraction of what the original retail price was. I saw Women’s Air Jordan’s from $12-$21, a new Bebe dress for $18 and even Betsey Johnson purses for half what they would charge at Ross. And of course I couldn’t leave the store without picking up a few things for myself.


The only downside to Plato’s Closet would be to potential sellers. I have read reviews as well as asked people what their experience has been with selling their items to Plato’s Closet and more people have been disappointed with the amount of product that the store chooses to buy and for how much. Because the store sells their merchandise for such a low price it is hard for sellers to get what they think is fair for their new or gently used items. If you just want to get rid of some clothes or need quick cash then it might not hurt giving Plato’s Closet a try but most people have just found it easier to donate their unwanted items to Goodwill. I am sure that as they get more business they will be open to buying more from customers as times go on but I’ve heard that they have been pretty picky about what they choose to purchase from customers.


But overall, I had a great experience at Plato’s Closet and I can’t wait to go back soon to see what new things have come in. It’s refreshing to see a store that is affordable to the general public and to college students like myself.

And here’s what I got this time around. I picked out two dresses that I KNOW that I did NOT need to try on because I just had to have them!

I didn’t look at all the clothes or go through each rack because I knew this trip was more for school work than for pleasure but I’m sure I’ll be back there soon enough. There were sneakers and bags that I wanted but I knew that I had to pace myself.

I just need to keep reminding myself…I NEED TO SAVE FOR LAW SCHOOL!

It hasn’t been working TOO well but I’m trying. Slowly but surely. (Don’t call me Shirley!)

But anyways…

The first dress I fell in love with at first glance! And it’s by one of my favorite designers in LA!

The store on Melrose is called Voom and this lady makes all her clothes by hand! And they’re usually WAY too expensive for me to even consider buying anything. Her store MIGHT have closed down because of it. But I’m psyched to get a hold on this dress because I didn’t even know she had designs LIKE this.

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Excuse all the wrinkles.

But isn’t it just adorable?! When I saw the old school hand stitched puppies on there I KNEW this was for me!

I used to LOVE embroidery and stitch work so whenever I see dish towels or clothing with it, I can’t help but love it even more!

Paid $14 for a $100-$200 dress!!!

The next dress fits amazingly on me and the back is to die for!

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And guess what ladies?

It’s a Wet Seal dress! …I know right?

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And it only cost me $8!

I’m so happy with both dresses that I got and hopefully they’ll like my review too!

Yay for thrift store finds! Woo hoo!

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Newspaper Time

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There’s been lots of conflicting news concerning Egypt. One minute he’s stepping down, the other he’s just transferring power. My yahoo page says that he resigned but my WSJ says something else…

Moscow Airport Suicide Bombing

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“A powerful suicide-bomb blast in the packed international arrival hall at Russia’s busiest airport killed at least 35 people, an attack the government said appeared linked to the Islamist insurgency rooted in the country’s southern Caucasus region.”

Unpimp my ride

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Quickly, Jeeves, to the Ford Flex!

Oh WSJ…they want you to trade in your:

Bentley Continental Flying Spur with a USED VW Phaeton

Net Gain: About $110,000 depending on how hard you bargain for your 2004 Phaeton.

What You’re Saying: I drive an underappreciated gem with a 12-cylinder (count em!) 6.0 liter engine.

What You’re Losing: It ain’t a Bentley.

What You’re Gaining: A thousand tiny AC ventsvonly you know exist, and the first glance admiration of anyone with a subscription to Der Spiegel.

Smug Factor: Wunderbar! You traded in the car of the House of Winsdsor for the People’s Car. And underneath it all, it’s basically the same thing.

There are a couple more scenarios but I think you get the just of it. Haha.

The Stranded Flier’s Survival Guide

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Oh WSJ, what will you think of next?

 

Step 1: EARLY WARNINGS

Sign up for flight-status alerts from FlightStats.com and your airline.

Step 2: PRE-FLIGHT CHECKLIST

Pack snacks, battery chargers and overnight essentials in your carry-on.

Step 3: LOOK AHEAD

Check to see if your connecting flight is still scheduled before boarding your first flight.

Step 4: GET IN LINE

If canceled, use gate agents or your own travel agent rather than phoning the airline.

Step 5: R U THERE?

Tweet complaints, Some airlines have workers who monitor social-media sites and can assist with rebooking.

Step 6: AIRPORT CLUBBNG

Buy a day pass to an airline club. It’s comfortable and often has the most accommodating agents.

Step 7: VOUCHER ME

Ask airlines and airport personnel on the ground for vouchers toward discounted hotel rooms.

Step 8: B.O. BE GONE

Use white courtesy phones in most airports to locate cots, blankets, diapers and even showers, when available.