Yesterday, I was heading over to one of my favorite places to find a bargain, Ocean State Job Lot because I was looking for a few items and had high hopes they would have them.
I was meeting a friend and got there a bit early so I thought I’d wander around the plaza and kill some time. I found a Clothes Mentor and was poking around.
Do you know what Clothes Mentor is? It’s a shop that buys and sells women’s clothing. They’ll take your “high-end” items off your hands and give you cash for them on the spot. (I put “high-end” in quotes like that because while they had many brand names, they also had a considerable amount from Target and Walmart too. Good pieces? Possibly, but still, they’re not high-end.) They also purchase REAL designer bags and apparently the manager is certified to ID fakes.
I poked around a bit and saw some stuff I really liked but wasn’t in the mood to try on or find a home for in my closet (yet) so I didn’t get anything.
What I did do, though, was ask how it works.
You bring them clothes and accessories, they go through them and buy what they want if you agree to the amount and you take the rest home or can donate them to the City Mission. Sweet, I didn’t even have to take stuff with me!
(Some people do opt not to take what they offer and list items on eBay etc for better prices. I don’t have time for that.)
I happened to have that bag of clothes in my car looking for a drop off place and figured why not…while I knew that I wouldn’t see much for them, I was surprised that even though they were looking for spring and summer items – which were included in the bag, they didn’t want some of the skirts and dresses. They ended up buying a few accessories that were in the bag and nothing else.
I may have misplayed my hand though. When I asked what they did with the clothes they didn’t want and they told me about the donation, I said, “Sweet. I don’t want to cart that stuff around with me.” I’m wondering if by saying that, did it suggest to them that they could keep some of the items and resell them without paying me for them? (I’m not saying that’s what happened, I’m wondering if it’s possible.)
But it’s not a mistake I’ll make again for sure. Also, I would be interested to see if some of the items end up on their shelves anyway.
Have you had any experiences with Clothes Mentor or their sister store for teens Plato’s Closet? Do you have any tips for me or other readers who might be considering taking clothes to them?