One of my best friends recently got married and to celebrate her return from her week-long Chicago honeymoon, we spent the day venturing from thrift shop to thrift shop in the Overland Park area. Being new to the area, she was still becoming familiar with her shopping options. I decided our first stop should be to a store called TurnStyles. TurnStyles is powered through Catholic Charities that takes in community donations. As luck would have it, my friend had several boxes of items from her wedding that she was looking to donate. So it was a win-win situation for us and the store.
As a self-identified thrift store expert and fashionista, I couldn’t believe I’d never visited TurnStyles, and I’m even Catholic to boot! I’d give it two thumbs up. It is now my new favorite thrift store because of the lower prices, clean environment and organization.
When we entered, I was impressed at the organization. Everything had its place: women’s clothing, men’s clothing, children’s clothes, furniture, books/movies, household items and shoes. Since we both had the same objective, it was easy for us to chat while sifting through the women’s clothing racks. After one trip to the dressing room we both successfully announced that we’d found a couple winners. For me, it was a blue-checkered flannel, a purple polka-dot sweater and a tan dressy tank. The grand total including tax was approximately $9.65.
The reason it was more inexpensive than most thrift stores was because each rack had one listed price. For example, the items on the women’s clothing racks were each three dollars. This made it easier to know ahead of time how much I would be paying. There was no longer the need to pull out my phone to calculate the total from several price tags. Even though it was a smaller store than Savers or City Thrift, it had a trendy vibe and a cleaner feel and smell. Normally my allergies start flaring up from the collection of dust on the clothes, but that wasn’t the case in TurnStyles. It was a nice change!
I have visited and shopped at many different types of thrift stores, including a couple chains. In Save Cash, Look Smash’s first post, you read about my thoughts on Plato’s Closet, which is a contemporary youth-targeted store with several locations in the Kansas area. While Plato’s Closet does an excellent job serving its target shoppers, it’s atmosphere is far too specific to serve a broader group. After relying on Plato’s Closet for my starting years in high school, I needed a new thrift store, which led me to Savers.
Savers is a thrift store chain with three locations in Kansas. I, however, have only visited two on a regular basis. The first time I visited Savers, I was blown away by the spacious design and amount of merchandise. Unlike Plato’s Closet, Savers has a bigger store layout which allows them to categorize their items more effectively. Savers also carries nearly everything from clothes to accessories to home decor to electronics to kids’ toys. Savers has lower prices than Plato’s Closet because they are not restricted to name brand items, but there’s still a chance that you may come across an item with the original sales tag!
Savers is hands down my go-to thrift store because I always seem to find exactly what I’m looking for – even if I have to hit both locations to find it. The reason for this is because Savers accepts ALL donations on a daily basis so the inventory is different every time I’m there. This chain also celebrates their holidays with sales on select merchandise. An example would be having 50% off everything around Christmastime or having 40% off dresses, purses and shoes just because. Luckily, I’m subscribed to their emails so I’m updated ahead of them when a sale is approaching. So if you’re like me and you enjoy sales, I’d become a Savers Card Holder so you get in on the exclusive member-only sales.
Overall, Plato’s Closet is a cool store with excellent merchandise, but as a post grad, it’s just not my ideal place to shop anymore. So unless you’re in middle school or high school looking to stay on the A list for name brands, I would suggest looking into the Savers chain. If the lower prices, endless inventory and constant sales aren’t enough to get you committed then I don’t know what will.
To some, thrift stores have become known as the outlet to find the cheapest clothes. The stores are depicted as unsanitary and disorganized. In addition, people who choose to shop at these stores are stereotyped as stingy, tacky and poor. However, while thrift stores are not the equivalent to a five star hotel, they are still relatively clean, functional places of business. While there are several different chains in existence, the one that wins the award for having the most stylish, contemporary items is Plato’s Closet.
Plato’s Closet channels its business towards high school and college students. This is primarily because they understand the need for these individuals to save money while still sporting the latest trends. Their store items fit nearly every style whether you’re going for goth, preppy, chic, sporty, vintage or hipster. Their strategy for updating their clothing and accessory selections is through purchasing items from their customers. All you have to do is bring in currently trendy attire, and you’ll receive cash on the spot.
In addition to receiving money for your name brand clothing and accessories, you will enjoy Plato’s relaxing environment. From the alternative music to comfy seating, you’ll be able to comfortably shop for hours. You’ll sift through and have to pick and choose between attractive choices. I have been to Plato’s Closet dozens of times, but the greatest purchase was a fitted leather jacket for only 10 dollars. I would definitely recommend that you take some time, save some bucks and check out Plato’s Closet.