Most of the biographies of my favorite writers end with something along the lines of “died penniless.” As a writer, “died penniless” does not bring glad tidings of future financial success. However, I love to write, so here I am, working low-wage, part-time jobs, hoping to finish my novel and get hired writing for a media outlet or an ad agency.
Poverty sucks. Living in a small studio apartment on First Street is not living the dream. Celibacy sucks too, but that’s another story. With Nevada’s unemployment rate still at 9 percent, ranking 50 out of 51 – suck it Rhode Island – many Nevadans have opted to buy second hand items through thrift store and stores that specialize in recycled merchandise. Call us cheap or thrifty, but the goal is the same; to get something you want or need cheaper than you would at retail. I prefer the word “parsimonious.” If you have to be thrifty, you can at least sound like an elitist snob!
“Down & Out in Reno” is a multi-part series I am writing as I travel around town, looking for some good deals. I will be looking for deals from a variety of shops, including charity-driven thrift shops, for profit thrift shops, and other places that offer deals.
So let’s get started!
Located at the southern end of Reno’s midtown, Plato’s Closet is a national franchise, but each store is owner-operated. It specializes in gently-used, name-brand clothing, with a focus on the twenty-something demographic.
At 45, I’m outside of Plato’s target shopper, but I have found it to be a fun experience with a friendly staff, great items, and with prices better than some other thrift shops.
The store bustled a recent Saturday evening as people from a large span of ages and backgrounds came into the store, searching for clothing as if it was lost treasure. One man was simply looking for a pair of jeans, and quickly found what he was looking for. A young man in his early 20s came in with his arms full of shirts to sell. The clerk look through them, picking out the ones the store could use and giving him back ones that were stained. Parents brought their tween children in to find clothing for school. While the store focuses on shoppers in their twenties, shoppers of all ages seemed to enjoy their hunt for a great deal.
And that includes me. I had no specific plan, but I found two shirts that I liked and quickly bought them.
The staff was friendly and helpful. With the place busy, it would have been easy for the staff to get overwhelmed. Instead, they were attentive and kept everyone happy.
Like any place that deals with used items, it takes time to look around Plato’s Closet. And finding your size adds to the challenge. However, the store is well laid out, making searching for clothes easier.
Plato’s Closet Reno
1535 South Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89502
|Monday||10 a.m. to 9 p.m.|
|Tuesday||10 a.m. to 9 p.m.|
|Wednesday||10 a.m. to 9 p.m.|
|Thursday||10 a.m. to 9 p.m.|
|Friday||10 a.m. to 9 p.m.|
|Saturday||10 a.m. to 9 p.m.|
|Sunday||10 a.m. to 7 p.m.|