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Back to School Clothing Shopping on a Budget

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Back to school shopping can often be a challenge for parents.

Shopping for school supplies and new clothes can add up pretty quickly especially for families with more than one child.

There are ways to keep up with the latest trends at an affordable price and potentially even make some money along the way.

Bringing clothes to second hand or thrift stores that buy them back has become a popular trend among many young people. Some parents are also jumping on board with the idea, packing up their child's gently used clothes that they have outgrown and using that money to buy them new clothes.

It's an affordable alternative.

Plato's Closet is not your typical second hand store because they carry hundreds of different name brands both designer and mall retails that thrift store price tag is there.

Almost all the items in the store are up to as much as 70-percent off the mall retail price. Clothes, accessories, bags for both boys and girls make up the store.

"They are actually very gently used items. We have a whole process the buyers are trained on. They are trained to look for the current styles, trendy styles. Looking for things that were in the store over the last year, year and a half, so it is that current style and then being a place that offers cash on the spot for clothing. It allows these teens and college students to change their style as much as the styles are changing," said Plato's Closet Store Manager Erik Setzer.

If you bring in some clothes your child may have outgrown Plato's will offer you money on the spot for items they are interested in.

Some parents said stopping in these stores lessens the burden and also gets their child what they need.

"All the kids want the name brands, so to be able to come here and get them at such a discounted price is really nice," said Faith Schafer, a Kirkwood resident.

Right now, Plato's Closet is looking for boys and girls denim and outerwear, girls boots, sandals and boys longsleeves and heavy sweatshirts.

You can also check out places like Thifty Shopper, Rescue Missions and more to help ease that back to school shopping burden as well.

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