Trading your trash for cash

Thrift stores are an easy way for teens to make money


Photo by Braylen Garren

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Story by Reese Langdon, Feature Editor

Swiping your card for a new t-shirt that you secretly know you won’t wear more than once. Minus $30. Handing in a wad of cash to get your daily after school Sonic drink. Minus $18 per week. Typing in your card number because the Instagram ad of something everyone just absolutely needs was too irresistible. Minus $55. With all this mindless spending of money that most teens probably need to save for actually important things, a part time job or allowance doesn’t cut it. 

Fortunately, a new way to make easy money has been becoming increasingly popular as the saying one man’s trash is another man’s treasure is proven to be true.

The “trash” referred to are clothes that are either outgrown or out-dated to the current owner. Thrift stores like Goodwill just take donations, but there are many places around Texarkana that will buy old clothes to then later resale. Some of these places include Plato’s Closet, Sassy Seconds and Uptown Cheapskate, but which store will give sellers the most money for their second hand styles?

Plato’s Closet is located towards the south end of Richmond Road and is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. and 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. on sundays. Plato’s Closet’s system finds the original price of the clothing brought in and sells it at 50-70% off to customers. The people bringing in clothes get 30% of the price that Plato’s is selling it at. Plato’s is currently overstocked, especially on small and medium size clothes, so they are not taking in a lot right now but will still take a look at clothes brought in and keep some. 

Sassy Seconds is in the same area as Plato’s Closet off of Richmond Road. Sassy Seconds is open from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. They are currently looking for more name brand items, specifically Lululemon, and they do not use as strict as a pricing system as Plato’s but more of a flexible strategy. Sassy Seconds has a designated employee that determines the price of which the original owner of the clothing will get paid back and the price at which it will be resold inside the store. 

Close to Cinemark, Uptown Cheapskate is another option when looking to sell unwanted clothes. Uptown Cheapskate currently has a limit on how much clothing can be brought in: two bags or containers of clothes max per visit. They resale clothes at one-third of the retail price and the original owners get one-sixth of the original price. However, sellers can get paid back one-third of the price if they choose to accept in store credit instead of cash. Uptown Cheapskate takes in all sorts of clothes no matter the season, but are overstocked just like all other thrift stores in the Texarkana area.

There are other thrift shop options such as Yardsales, Thrift Stores and A Little Bit More of Everything, but these listed above are the most commonly used stores in town. So next time you check your bank account and see that even your after school Sonic drink would cause an overdraft, remember that there are these local businesses here to help you turn your trash into cash.