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What are some stores that buy used clothing?

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As of December 2015, stores that buy used clothing include Clothes Mentor, Plato's Closet and Uptown Cheapskate. Clothing resale shops such as these typically look for recent styles and upscale brand names, and sellers may receive payment as cash or store credit. This differs from traditional clothing consignment, in which the seller must wait until the clothing item sells to receive a percentage of the selling price.

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The Clothes Mentor chain includes 138 stores in 29 states as of 2015. The store accepts clothing styles in sizes 0 to 26, as well as specialized size ranges, such as maternity and petite. Sellers should only bring in clean clothing in good condition with no stains or tears, and they may also include accessories such as purses and shoes. An employee appraises the items and tells the seller the total amount the store is willing to pay. If the seller accepts the quote, she may receive the money in cash or apply it to new purchases.

Plato's Closet, which operates in a similar fashion, specializes in trendy, hip fashions that are still current in mall boutiques. The chain cites dresses, boots, athletic wear and handbags as its top sellers, and its website outlines current trends, such as shoulder-baring tops and fringe accents.

The Uptown Cheapskate chain emphasizes that the clothing-reseller business model keeps money within the local community and promotes recycling over buying new clothing.

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