LIVONIA — Uptown Cheapskate, a resale clothing store, will open a Livonia location later this year.
The business, similar to Plato’s Closet or Clothes Mentor, will allow customers to buy and sell men’s and women’s clothing and accessories. The store will be located in the Livonia Marketplace shopping center, on the corner of Seven Mile and Middlebelt roads, in a former Dots store.
“Our vendors bring in their gently-used items, they have to be within a year or two old, and we have buyers that are trained to evaluate what they bring in,” said Angela Moore, the owner of Livonia’s store. “They’re paid cash or store credit for those items.”
Moore said Uptown Cheapskate‘s target demographic includes millennials, the oldest of which are 40, and Generation Z, the youngest of which are teens. She considers Livonia a good place to reach younger adults.
“The stores I’ve been in are full of what millennials are wearing,” she said. “It’s brand name items like Lululemon, Nike and those type of things.”
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The business is expected to receive its remaining city approvals later this month. Moore, who is Black, said she’s excited to open a Black-owned store in the city.
Uptown Cheapskate will be “open to buy” in June, meaning people will be able to sell their clothing to build the store’s inventory but not shop. It will officially open to shoppers around September. When Uptown Cheapskate opens, Moore said roughly 90% of the store’s items will be used clothing and accessories.
“It’s definitely better for the environment,” Moore said. “We’re taking the clothes that could go to landfills and recycling them in the community.”
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