At Plato's Closet, it's in with the old

Yvette Cuttita and her teenage daughter Nicolette, of Duanesburg, were stocking up on spring fashions at Rotterdam's newest store during the recent winter break.

Nicolette held several pairs of shorts while she stood in line at Plato's Closet, a used clothing store located across the street from Rotterdam Square Mall at 90 West Campbell Road.

We've found a couple of good things here, said Yvette. "The prices are very reasonable."

Plato's Closet is a national franchise geared to teens and young adults that sells used brand-name clothes.

Kellie Robertson, who owns the store with her husband, Neil, said about 100 people were lined up in front of the West Campbell Road store for its grand opening on Monday, Feb. 17.

"Abercrombie, Hollister and American Eagle are the hottest brands," said Robertson, who also owns the Plato's Closet on Central Avenue, Albany. "And we generally sell our items at about a third of what you would spend at the mall for something new."

Robertson said she'd noticed many would-be mall shoppers stopping at Plato's Closet instead.

"Well, the parents are the ones driving the cars, and they stop here first before going to the mall where they know they'll spend more," said Robertson.

Andreine Giovannone and her three children heard about the new store from a friend.

"It's my kids that brought me out here today," said Giovannone, whose daughter was looking for brand names like Abercrombie and Lacoste amid the long racks of women's clothing.

It's kids that brought Robertson and her new store to the Rotterdam area, too.

"The demographics show that there are a lot of high school and college kids that live in the area," said Robertson. "There's Mohonasen, Schalmont, Niskayuna and then there's SCCC and Union College. High school and college kids are our biggest customer-base."

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