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New stores in Madison let you save money buying trendy clothing and clean out your closet for cash

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MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – Madison has two new stores designed to save shoppers money on trendy clothing and accessories.

Plato’s Closet and its sister store, Style Encore, have only been open in Madison for a few weeks, but they’re already full of great deals.

If you’re looking for a trendy winter coat, gloves, boots, pants, tops, scarf or purses — all gently used or even new — you can find them there.

“Teen, young adults casual brands from the last two years or last two seasons,” said Sivon Meads, the manager at the new Plato’s Closet in Madison.  “Anything from Michael Kors, Coach, even expensive brands like that, anything that’s trending with teens, that’s what we take here.”

She moved over to the Madison store from the Huntsville location.    Meads emphasizes Plato’s Closet is not a consignment store.

“It’s a resale shop,” she said. “You get your money on the spot.  With consignment, you actually have to wait for the items to sell.”

She and her fellow workers admit they browse stores at local malls to find what they like and want, but then end up doing most of their shopping here.

“We have the exact same thing,” said Amanda Colligan, a saleswoman at Plato’s Closet.

“I know I’ll get it at least 70 percent off of retail value,” said Meads.

While Plato’s Closet caters to young adults, next door, Style Encore has what young professionals and women might like better.

A saleswoman looks up pricing on a handbag for a customer.  “I can give you $10.30 on this handbag.”

It’s the same process at Style Encore as Plato’s Closet:  the stores take items from the last two years, gently used or new, and they must be trendy.

“We buy all seasons and you don’t need an appointment and we purchase seven days a week,” the saleswoman tells the customer.

It’s a good way to clean out your closet and earn money, then save big on the must-haves of the season.

The new Plato’s Closet and Style Encore in Madison are located next to TJ Maxx, 7696 Highway 72 West.

They’re open every day:  10:00 am – 9:00 pm Monday thru Saturday, then 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Sunday.