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Plato’s Closet, a consignment store for teens, to open in Tacoma

Post by Kathleen Cooper / The News Tribune on July 9, 2012 at 4:02 pm with No Comments »
July 9, 2012 4:02 pm

Plato’s Closet, a clothing consignment store for teens and 20-somethings, will open this week in Tacoma’s Lincoln Plaza.

Nancy Jornlin of University Place is betting on fashion- and money-savvy young adults to make the national franchise a success. The store, opening Thursday at 2505 S. 38th St. across from Costco, specializes in that demographic’s clothing and accessories.

Unlike a typical consignment store, no appointment is necessary to sell clothing and accessories to Plato’s Closet. The store pays cash for what people bring in. Jornlin wants new styles – those that have been in retail stores within the past 12- to 18-months, according to a news release.

“We don’t try to create new fashion trends, we respond to actual trends in a timely and value-oriented manner,” Jornlin is quoted as saying.

Plato’s Closet’s parent company, Winmark Corporation, also franchises Play It Again Sports, Once Upon A Child and Music Go Round. According to the news release, Winmark plans more than 30 additional franchise locations in Washington in the coming years. In the past 12 months, Winmark opened more than 40 new stores and now has franchise locations in 48 states and Canada.

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