08 January 2008

rage & zen

I am still hopping mad about my termination experience yesterday, but I am trying to forget about it & move on. Well, maybe tomorrow. Today was my excursion to Plato's Closet, aka the only consignment store in central Florida. If you can call it that. I took my 4 big bags bursting with clothes that were still wearable, just not by me. While waiting to hear what riches I would be bestowed, I browsed the next-door Old Time Pottery.

After I got lost & found zen in a forest of fake flowers, I found that awesome tiki ceramic-ware that I wish I had a reason to buy. Maybe my consignments will yield so much that I will treat myself to something silly like that, I thought to myself.

I strolled back into P's C., head held high. "So, what's the verdict?"

A whopping $28. They handed back my 4 bags, still quite stuffed to the brim. "this is what we're passing on," they said. "Some of the labels are outdated, and there is some wear evident on some items". Outdated? I guarantee nothing was older than 3 years old, and yet I see, in the store, clothes that were in Hollister when I worked there 7 years ago when they still had 2/4/6 sizing as opposed to 3/5/7? And clothes from Express when I worked there 4 years ago?
Wear is evident? Some of it was brand-new. And please, first how about explain all the ratty/nasty clothes being sold here, and the overwhelming smell of cigarette smoke coming from the clothing racks? But, I digress. I took my 28 bucks and dropped the rest of my clothes off at Goodwill. I tell you what, Goodwill smells better inside than does Plato's Closet. I'd also wear anything in Goodwill before anything in P.C. That place is plain confounding. I won't be back.

In the end, I can't live off of the bounty from my clothing sales for a couple weeks as originally hoped. Back to the world of job-searching. sigh.

6 comments:

L. said...

That sucks. I hate hypocrisy. Probs no one shops there therefore the measly 28 was all they had in the store. Goodwill rules.

ambika said...

I've almost always been super disappointed when trying to sell clothes. Unless the items have their tags-on-new, it's impossible to know what they'll take. And yeah, given some of the shite I've seen on Buffalo Exchange's shelves, I really don't get what their logic is.

And man, *I'm* annoyed about your job so I can't imagine how you feel. That's insane. Retail does suck but it shouldn't suck that much. I'm glad I hated Old Navy anyways.

WendyB said...

Yeah, I've had that experience with consignment too. Now I only bother to bring in evening gowns/dresses. Everything else can go to the thrift store (if not to my friend's daughter)...even the very high-end stuff.

Wendy said...

I gave up selling clothes. I went to Crossroads once and they are too picky about the items they take. I just don't want to deal with it. Plus donating to charity shops is a better plan.

Heather said...

I love Plato's Closet, but they never give me much money either. I recommend going to the least-stocked one and bringing lots of shoes, especially boots. One time, I made $70 that way. Usually it's $15 here or $25 there though.

The Clothes Horse said...

What a horrible fired story/reality! I hate it when people act tricky like that. I always despair of selling my used clothes and books so much that I end up keeping everything and being more broke in the end...