Sep 052012

Author: Kirsten Swanson

Back to school and need a change in wardrobe? Recycle stores in Fort Collins make it easy to revamp your fall style on a budget.

Clothes Mentor and Plato’s Closet are two recycle stores in Fort Collins. The process makes it easy for shoppers to bring their gently used items to in the store and sell them for cash or store credit.

Nicole Margheim, manager of the Fort Collins Plato’s Closet, said the experience in the store is unlike one shoppers would feel at the mall.

“We truly are one-stop shopping here at Plato’s Closet,” Margheim said. “You can come in the store and find any store or brand that you would find in the mall.”

Plato’s Closet specifically tailors to teens and 20-somethings when it comes to style. In the racks of the store, shoppers find hidden gems like Steve Madden heels and wedges, Lucky brand and True Religion jeans and even Juicy Couture handbags.

Clothes Mentor provides styles for ages anywhere from nine to 89.

“We have everything from athletic wear through casual wear,” Paula Braley said. Braley is the Fort Collins store manager. “We’ve got lots of career wear and lots of casual wear.”

Clothes Mentor also has racks and racks of professional clothing. Blazers, slacks and dress shows line the walls of the store.

Both stores sell these designers labels for 60 percent of what shoppers will find in department stores.

“You can feel good about yourself and spend a fraction of the cost,” Margheim said.

Another perk of recycle stores is the fact that shoppers can sell their gently used styles.

Braley said by offering cash on the spot, customers get a real bang for their buck from outfits that may have the tags on them.

“Sometimes we buy things and we think we like them and never wear them,” Braley said.

Both stores are also looking for part-time help in the Fort Collins stores. Check out their Facebook pages listed below for more information.

Plato’s Closet –

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CTV Reporter Kirsten Swanson covered this story. She is a senior journalism major. Reach Kirsten on her Twitter @KirstenESwanson.


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