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March 21, 2011 / bdurgin

Gear up for spring without breaking the bank

Yesterday marked the start of the spring season. For a lot of us, this means digging through boxes of clothes that have spent the winter hibernating.

Now, not everything that was packed away will return to your closet. Some things might not fit…both size- and style-wise. But getting rid of these outfits can leave some unwanted space in your wardrobe. And it’s no secret that saving up for college expenses doesn’t leave you with a whole lot of cash to blow on a spring shopping spree.

So if you’re itching to ditch those clothes, make some money and buy some replacements, then look into stores like Plato’s Closet and Crossroads Trading Co.

Plato’s Closet will buy the clothes (and accessories!) that you no longer want to keep based on style, condition, brand and the store’s current stock levels. While you’re there, you can browse the racks and purchase the designer clothes that other people have brought in. You walk in with a bag of clothes and you walk out with an even better bag of clothes.

Crossroads Trading Co. has a similar buy and sell idea, but with the added option of trading. Rather than taking cash for your clothes, you can get a certificate for 50 percent off of any item.

With all of the money you’ll save, you can buy yourself a microwave, mini-fridge or small TV for your future dorm room.

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