Clothes Mentor or Plato’s Closet or Uptown Cheapskate: Best Resale Shop

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, so how do you choose which store to work with? We have all the details on the types of clothing each store buys, how much stores pay, and how to find a location near you.

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 buys women’s shoes, accessories, and clothing items in sizes 0 to 26 with a target audience of women ages 25 to 55. Clothes Mentor 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. You can find a full list of the brands that Clothes Mentor buys on its website.

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. Plato’s Closet looks for items from brands like Aéropostale, Forever 21, Lululemon, and Tory Burch. 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 buys clothing, shoes, and accessories for men and women, targeting teens and young adults. Stores accept sizes 0 to 18 or XS to 2XL. Uptown Cheapskate looks for items from brands like H&M, J.Crew, Levi’s, Zara, and Free People. All items should be clean, currently in fashion, and in excellent condition. You can find a full 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. See our article for more details: Sites Like Poshmark or Tradesy: Where to Sell Used Clothes.

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.

In Summary

Whether you head to Clothes Mentor, Plato’s Closet, or Uptown Cheapskate, you should be able to sell your gently used clothes and accessories for cash or credit. Uptown Cheapskate can potentially pay slightly more, but your nearest resale shop may very well be a Plato’s Closet. For more on where to sell used clothes, see our article: Where Can I Sell My Clothes? The Best Places That Buy Clothes.