By Molly Farrell
“With the holidays looming, shoppers are looking for ways to save money, especially college students. Consignment and resale shops are the answer to financial woes for those who are looking for an inexpensive way to wear the season’s hottest trends”
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC) — For many students and other bargain hunters, consignment and resale shops are the best place to find name brand clothes at a fraction of the selling price.
Chattanooga is home to a number of these popular places. Plato’s Closet, a young men and women’s store that sells gently worn items, is a popular place for students to find inexpensive steals on the latest styles.
Whether it’s a night out or a change of season, consignment clothing stores are a favorite for Alexandra Gellis, UTK junior. “I love Plato’s Closet because they have a little of everything; if I am in a hurry to find a dress or something to go out in, I always look there first.”
For the more designer-conscious, Encore Consignment, owned by Sherry Gravitt, has a plethora of top designer clothing at unbeatable prices. Encore also has a great selection of women’s suits and dresses for those with a more subtle attire.
If vintage is what you’re looking for, Collective Clothing, located in the heart of St. Elmo, is the perfect place to find unique pieces.
Sondra Aten, owner of Collective Clothing, says her purpose for opening the store was to give Chattanoogan’s a unique shopping experience. ” I wanted to give people in Chattanooga an opportunity to be able to purchase [vintage clothing] without having to drive to Nashville or Atlanta.”
Sondra explains the driving force behind resale shops is availability. “I try to find more unique things that are timeless, rather than ‘fast fashion’, that just comes in and out.” Consignment shops thrive on customer participation like bringing in new items to sell.
Plato’s Closet, Encore Consignment, and Collective Clothing are just some of the resale shops Chattanooga has to offer.
Where: 2200 Hamilton Place Blvd, Chattanooga, TN
Sells: Gently used young men and women’s clothing, shoes, and accessories
Hours: Monday-Friday 10 am-9 pm, Saturday 10 am-10 pm, Sunday 12 pm-8 pm
Plato’s Closet of chattanooga offers consignment clothing at great prices. The store is organized by racks of jeans, shirts, jackets, and dresses in a variety of colors and sizes.
They also sell a wide selection of gently used shoes and accessories for both men and women.
Plato’s takes name brand clothing items that are gently used (no tears, holes or stains) for a reasonable cash payout. Most stores take clothing year round, not just seasonal clothing.
Positives: Great selection of clothing for both genders, new merchandise arrives daily
Negatives: Pays customers only a fraction of the selling cost for consigned clothing, does not recognize designer brands
Where: 11500 Hixson Pike, Suite C, Chattanooga, TN
Sells: Upscale ladies apparel and accessories
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10 am-6 pm, Saturday 11 am-4:30 pm, CLOSED Sunday and Monday
Encore Consignment carries primarily upscale ladies apparel, including dresses, suit pieces, and designer accessories. The store has been awarded by the Chattanooga Times Free Press as “readers choice” since 2002.
Encore only takes clothing that is of a designer brand and in excellent condition, and primarily buys from consignors.
Positives: Great selection of high fashion designer brands, pricing is very reasonable
Negatives: Store is very small and crammed, most clothing is geared towards an older crowd
Where: 3933 St. Elmo Ave, Chattanooga, TN
Sells: Vintage/Unique clothing and accessories
Hours: Monday-Friday 1 pm-8 pm, Saturday 11 am-8 pm, CLOSED Sunday
Collective Clothing has something for everyone. The small store is crammed with vintage pieces mixed with new, trendier clothing.
Collective offers a wide selection for both men and women, and the clothing is organized into type and size.
The back of the store features a small room of accessories, and shoes from every decade can be found along the walls. The vintage, thrifty feel of the establishment is a far cry from most clothing stores.
Positives: Great selection of vintage pieces/ unique styles
Negatives: The prices are on the high side for older pieces, some clothing shows signs of wear