By: Courtney Murphy
When I stepped into Plato’s Closet on Battleground Avenue, located almost directly behind Kirkwood, I could instantly tell that it was a teen and twenty-something dream. With rows and rows of gently used trend setting brands at affordable prices, Plato’s Closet has something to offer everyone. If you aren’t looking to add to your wardrobe but need to weed out some things from your own closet, Plato’s will purchase your gently used items. There is no appointment necessary and they will pay you on the spot. These facts alone set Plato’s Closet apart from other consignment stores. Not only is Plato’s Closet a great consignment store, but it also loves to give back to the community and has generously donated money as a sponsor of this year’s Kirkwood 5K.
I recently had the chance to sit down with the current manager of the Greensboro store, Rena Milroy. She has an exciting year ahead…she is transitioning to ownership of the Plato’s Closet on Battleground in January. She has worked with the franchise for 12 years.
When I asked her what attracted her to this business, her reply was quick, “I love that it gives people the opportunity to afford name brand items who could not normally afford them. And we purchase a lot of items that help people recycle their own wardrobes. We can have as many as 100 buys per day.”
Of course, after we talked “business”, we had to make the K5K connection.
CM: What drew you to K5K and BackPack Beginnings?
RM: I like it because it is a community event. I like to support the neighborhood. My son’s Spanish teacher at Mendenhall introduced me to it.
CM: Are you and your family planning to run in the race this year?
RM: I will walk it and my husband will run it. My two children, who are 12 and 13 will also participate.
CM: What is your favorite part of the race?
RM: I like that it is in my neighborhood and it helps our community. I like that it’s family oriented. And I like that regardless of athletic ability, it is welcoming to everyone. That’s what I look for in a race.
Rena says that she plans to get a group of people from her store to participate in the race this year as well. Of course, she can’t get everyone from the store. Some will already be working hard, getting ready to open for business that Saturday.
So, after you’ve crossed that finish line, run on over to Plato’s Closet and spruce up your fall wardrobe, or earn a few bucks and clean out your closet by selling some summer things. Either way, it’s a win-win.