I'm A Hustler

Lately I’ve been feeling the pinch of the first job salary. Don’t get me wrong, I get paid pretty well for a first job. But I also have rent, a car payment, car insurance, cell phone, etc. Plus, what can I say? I like to buy stuff. I’m 23-years-old and I like clothes and shoes. I feel that I make up for this flaw by  making my lunch every day. I also cook dinner most nights. So it evens out, right?  On the flip side of that, I also like to be able to save some money from each paycheck I get. And recently Chris and I have started saving up for a vacation that we’d like to try to take at some point before we have to move into a nursing home.

Because of these various factors, I’ve put on my entrepreneur hat and have been trying to find ways to legally make money. Stripping is out. We don’t have a garage to have a sale in. I had to think of something else. I realized that I have tons of clothes in my closet that I always say I’ll wear and never do. I also have a bunch of clothes in my closet from my “chunky monkey” phase as I fondly call it, where I gained a bunch of weight due to a combo of migraine medication and freshman year of college aka late night Taco Bell and vodka. I normally just donate my old clothes, but I decided that I would take some of the stuff  to Plato’s Closet. Plato’s Closet is basically a thrift store, but it’s not what you picture when you picture thrift stores. They buy back gently used clothes and then resell them like thrift stores do. But the clothes they buy back are usually clothes that are still in stores at the mall. The clothes are also in really good condition.

Now these factors are both good and bad. The good: I now want to shop there. When I hear the word “thrift store” I used to get grossed out. I would picture dirty, used, torn, shrunken clothes. Not the case here. The stuff at Plato’s is less expensive, good-quality stuff that you’d be buying at the mall anyway.

It was bad though because they’re really picky about what they’ll buy back. I came in with two massive garbage bags full of stuff. The stuff was in good condition too. Out of those two garbage bags they accepted nine items. I made thirteen dollars. I was really surprised. Come on, Plato’s! My stuff is great! Okay, so clearly selling back clothes is not exactly my newest “get rich quick” scheme. But at the same time I would normally just get rid of the clothes for free anyway, so I now have thirteen dollars that I wouldn’t normally have. I felt very good and enterprising when I left the store. Tomorrow I’ll take the rest of the stuff and donate it.

Plato’s Closet has tons and tons of stores. I did some research for you, so click here to find one. You’re not going to get tons of money from them (as I found out) but it’s a nice way to make a few extra bucks on stuff that you’d just be getting rid of anyway.

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