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High style at low cost Plato’s Closet Valparaiso offers trendy styles at a fraction of the mall prices When Tammy Wendland and her daughter, Heather, were reviewing the hours for a Plato’s Closet store online, she realized that they could potentially own a store as well. That knowledge, and a great deal of motivation and determination, set the Wendland family on the business venture of a lifetime. cash on the spot. You can leave with extra cash or save even more money by trading!” and makeup styling, gourmet meals, a before and after party, and a limo ride to the locations of the photo sessions. Photos are taken at The Wendland family – husband, numerous locations in and around John; Tammy; and their children Valparaiso. “We display the model’s Johnny and Heather – all stay photos on our social media platform, involved in operating the store. “It’s and on several electronic billboards become quite a family affair,” Tammy throughout Porter County. The said. “All of us love to wear the models get treated like royalty during “Upon learning about the potential trendy styles carried at Plato’s Closet the entire process, so it’s quite a lot of store ownership, we contacted Valparaiso, so it’s a natural match.” of fun for them.” corporate headquarters and got the Some of the brands carried include ball rolling,” Tammy said. There’s also a $500 scholarship for American Eagle, Nike, Adidas, one of the models. “We always try to Plato’s Closet Valparaiso, at 3125 Akira, Vans, Pink by Victoria Secret, find very creative ways to give back Calumet Ave., has been in business Guess, Lululemon, Converse, to the community,” Tammy said. for six years. They buy and sell Michael Kors, Dooney & Bourke, “The scholarship is just one of the name-brand, gently used clothing and many more. “We emphasize and accessories that are trendy, ways we try to help.” newer, trendy, casual clothes and clean and in good condition. accessories, including authentic The Wendland family participates designer purses, wallets, sunglasses, “Plato’s Closet Valparaiso is a great in quite a few community efforts in and more,” Tammy said. “The quality way to keep your wardrobe up to Valparaiso. Tammy is an ambassador is high, while the prices are low.” date at just a fraction of the prices for the Chamber of Commerce, you’d pay at the mall,” Tammy said. Every year, the Wendland’s choose welcoming new businesses to the “We buy and sell current styles that new models to show off the store’s community and participating in have been sold in the mall stores inventory through a unique and ribbon-cutting ceremonies, new within the past 18 months or less. It’s fun process. “We get as many as member breakfasts and mentoring an affordable way to purchase the 500 applicants when we advertise new chamber members. They work designs you want without paying the for models,” Tammy said. “A with local schools to hire special high costs at the mall stores.” panel of judges makes the final needs students and provide them selections based upon every model’s an opportunity to learn job skills The process is incredibly simple. submission and social media and obtain working experience. “You bring in your gently used brand presence; 10-12 models are then They have also provided internship name clothing and accessories,” selected to represent the store for opportunities with several local Tammy said. “We’ll review your the year.” school districts. They enjoy items, and the computer provides supporting the Valparaiso Police a quote based on style, condition, The models are treated to an demand and brand. You get paid incredible day of professional hair and Porter County Sheriff’s Departments, Porter County Animal Shelter, Valparaiso University, needy local families, various Valparaiso and other high school organizations, Dollars for Scholars, Natural Helpers, and more. “We have a very strong belief in giving back to our community,” Tammy said. “We believe that small businesses such as ours should reach out and make a difference whenever possible.” Next time you’re ready to shop for trendy clothes and accessories, visit Plato’s Closet Valparaiso. You’ll find amazing options at even more amazing prices. Plato’s Closet Valparaiso 3125 Calumet Ave. Valparaiso 219-465-1755 Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday Noon-6 p.m. Sunday

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