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:
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
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!)
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.
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!
And guess what ladies?
It’s a Wet Seal dress! …I know right?
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!