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Shoppers Find Style at Local Resale Shop

Clothing can give confidence, comfort, add flare or help blend in. While some people put careful thought into what they wear, others take the easy road. But no matter what wardrobe decisions people make, there is a universal truth that everyone can relate to: we want to feel good.

As the owners of Plato’s Closet, 1282 N Interstate Drive in Norman, Lauren Houghton and Pam Chappell spend their days sorting, organizing and crafting a unique inventory of clothing. How they got started two years ago is a case of intrigue.

Chappell was working in a salon next door and saw people going in and out all day, carrying bags. She decided to find out what was going on and ended up buying the business with her oldest daughter.

“I told the former owner, if she ever wanted to sell the store, that I was interested. She took me up on my offer. I talked with my family. And my oldest daughter and I decided to buy the store.”

Chappell found out that Plato’s Closet is a resale shop that pays cash on the spot for name-brand, on-trend clothing, shoes and accessories, which offers an affordable way for customers to keep their closets freshly stocked, whether it’s by clearing out unworn items or adding in something new.

“We buy all seasons, all day, every day,” Houghton said.

Whether shopping for a coat in the middle of summer for a cool-climate trip or a swimsuit in the dead of winter for a holiday cruise, Plato’s is likely to have it. Chappell said they work to offer their customers a personalized shopping experience, one that meets their needs, at really great prices.

Plato’s buys and sells a wide variety of women’s and men’s clothing inlcluding plus sizes up to 6X. The store is organized by color, category and size to help shoppers easily find what they’re looking for. Customers can browse through designer handbags, jewelry, shoes, athletic wear, dresses and casual wear, priced at up to 50 to 70 percent off original retail.

They even let shoppers snag the store’s hottest finds on Instagram and Facebook. They pair outfits with fun shoes and accessories for creative inspiration and, when a customer sees something they like, they can simply comment and, the store will hold it.

“It takes a lot of time to post and go through all of the comments, but it’s important to us that our customers find what they’re looking for,” Houghton said.

Selling at Plato’s is easy too. No appointment is needed and all that is required is a valid state issued ID. Walk in with unwanted clothes and walk out with cash in hand.

“We’ll go through your items and offer you cash on the spot,” Houghton said.

Savvy shoppers can sign up for their rewards program to earn coupons, frequent shopper discounts, special promotions and more. The store also provides updates on clearance. Just text PCNorman to 578-277.

Plato’s Closet Norman is open seven days a week, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. For more information, follow them on Instagram and Facebook or visit – BSM

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