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New Thrift Store Called Plato's Closet Open in Kennewick

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KENNEWICK, Wash.---  A new upscale thrift store-type shop is opening up in Kennewick.  It's called Plato's Closet.

The store has been open since June, but not selling, just buying.  Basically how it works is you can bring in your gently used or new items, the store will pay you cash, then it re-sells them.  For the past month and a half, employees have only been buying clothes to fill up the store.  They've paid out over $50,000 to Tri-Citians.  Now, their racks are full and they're ready to start selling everything back.

The owner expects the store to be very successful thanks to a rise in thrift stores. Owner Scott Ross explains, "When I was a kid, you couldn't do it, but I've seen high school boys talking to each other, saying 'Dude, I got this for $3 at the thrift store.'"

He says some of that may be due to the economy and the deconstructed look of today's clothes.  For example, one trend is pre-ripped jeans, which you can't tell if they're new or used anyway.

Plato's Closet's grand opening will be Tuesday, July 21 at 10:00 a.m. It's located at 7303 W. Canal Drive in Kennewick.