Clothes Mentor vs Plato’s Closet vs Uptown Cheapskate

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If you have gently used clothes that you never wear, you may want to consider selling them to a clothing resale store for extra cash.

Clothes Mentor, Plato’s Closet, and Uptown Cheapskate are all good options — but their pay rates and acceptance policies differ.

We have the details on the types of clothing each store buys, how much they pay, and how to find a location near you so you can find the best option for your unwanted clothes.

Clothes Mentor, Plato’s Closet, or Uptown Cheapskate

Clothes Mentor, Plato’s Closet, and Uptown Cheapskate are all resale clothing shops where you can sell your items for cash or credit.

Clothes Mentor targets an adult audience, while Plato’s Closet and Uptown Cheapskate are geared more toward teens and young adults.

Uptown Cheapskate potentially pays slightly more than the other two, while Plato’s Closet may have more convenient locations.

We provide a detailed comparison of the shops below.

Types of Clothing Accepted

Clothes Mentor

Clothes Mentor buys women’s shoes, accessories, and clothing items in sizes 0 to 26 with a target audience of women ages 25 to 55.

It looks for items from brands like Anthropologie, Banana Republic, Gap, Lululemon, and Theory.

All items should be clean, currently in style, and in great condition. See the full list of the brands that Clothes Mentor buys on its website.

Plato’s Closet

Plato’s Closet buys men’s and women’s clothing, shoes, and accessories, targeting teens and young adults. Stores accept sizes 0 to 30 for women and 28 to 40 for men.

It prefers to buy brands like Aéropostale, Forever 21, Lululemon, and Tory Burch, and all items should be clean and in great condition.

You can find a full list of the items and brands Plato’s Closet buys on its website.

Uptown Cheapskate

Uptown Cheapskate buys clothing, shoes, and accessories for men and women, targeting teens and young adults. Stores accept sizes 0 to 18 or XS to 2XL.

If you have brands like H&M, J.Crew, Levi’s, Zara, and Free People, Uptown Cheapskate might be a good fit for you.

All items should be clean, currently in fashion, and in excellent condition. See the list of items and trends Uptown Cheapskate is looking for on its website.

How Much Do They Pay?

Uptown Cheapskate may potentially pay the most — but not by much. You can expect to be paid 25% to 35% of what Uptown Cheapskate will charge when it resells the item, which itself is typically 25 to 30% of the original retail price.

In other words, an item that sold new for $100 would sell for $25 to $30 at Uptown Cheapskate, and you would be paid between $6.25 and $10.50 for that item.

Uptown Cheapskate will give you store credit or cash. If you choose store credit, you’ll increase your payout by 25%. (Using the above example, you could take home $6.25 to $10.50 in cash or get $7.81 to $13.13 in credit.)

Clothes Mentor and Plato’s Closet each pay one-third of the expected selling price for the item, which is typically one-third of the original retail price.

For example, an item that sold new for $100 would sell for $30 at Clothes Mentor or Plato’s Closet, and you would be paid about $10 for that item.

Both stores pay in cash at the time of trade-in, or you can apply the amount to an in-store purchase.

If you have some higher-end items that you’re hoping to sell for more, you might want to look into selling them online. Sites like Poshmark and Tradesy allow you to price and list your buyers, advertising them to a large number of buyers.

Find a Store Location Near You

You’re most likely to find a Plato’s Closet near you, as the company has nearly 500 locations across the U.S. and Canada. Plato’s Closet has locations in small towns and large metro areas. To find the Plato’s Closet nearest you, use the store locator.

Clothes Mentor has nearly 150 locations across 29 states. Most store locations are east of the Mississippi River. To find your nearest Clothes Mentor, use the store locator.

Uptown Cheapskate is based in Salt Lake City, Utah, and has locations in more than 20 states. To find your nearest Uptown Cheapskate, use the store locator.

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