Let the Good Times Roll

It's Platonic

So what if it's not brand-spanking new? There's nothing like getting a good bargain on pre-owned designer goods. Certified bargain shopper and entrepreneur Mollie Garden has known this for a long time, and she's about to capitalize. Planning to open a Plato's Closet franchise this summer in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Garden wants to take the reuse-and-recycle philosophy to a new level. Plato's Closet markets hip clothes to teens who want to be fashionable on part-time paychecks. Garden decided on Plato's Closet because of its fresh approach to the used-clothing market.

Though she hasn't yet opened the business, Garden is looking forward to choosing and buying the groovy merchandise. "To have inventory coming in and going through it on a daily basis will be fun," says Garden, 28. With designer names like DKNY, Calvin Klein and Abercrombie & Fitch to sift through, she'll be in fashion heaven. Even the more challenging aspects of the startup phase are fun. At press time, she was securing capital and getting set to sign a lease on a location in St. Cloud--yet still finding the whole process thrilling. Be it good or bad, it will be all hers, and the bungee-jumping, skydiving wife and mother of two is all about adventurous undertakings.

After four years as product manager at a software developer, Garden is ready for a change. Though it's not all fun and glamour, she's hooked. "It's going after something [I've] always wanted to do," she says. Spoken like a true entrepreneur.

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This article was originally published in the April 2000 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Let the Good Times Roll.

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