A line of 20 people formed outside Tempe’s newest clothing exchange store, Rag-O-Rama, to be part of its grand opening. Customers were let in 10 minutes early to begin their shopping, trading or selling.
The store celebrated its grand opening by giving the first 100 customers a $15-off coupon and a chance to enter their raffle to win a bike or skateboard.
John Banks, Rag-O-Rama’s manager, said the store has been opened since June 14 and business has been doing well.
“Business has definitely picked up since the kids got back for school,” Banks said.
Mackenzie Beck, associate manager, said part of the reason the grand opening happened after the initial opening date was because they wanted to give the students an opportunity to know about the store.
Beck said her favorite part of working at Rag-O-Rama is how unique all the items in the store are. She is looking forward to Halloween season the most, she added.
“We do huge things here for Halloween,” Beck said. “We bring in brand-new costumes.”
Beck said they already received seven shipment boxes of new costumes and accessories.
Beck said another thing that makes Rag-O-Rama a great clothing store is its concept of recycling.
“I love the fact that it’s new and used,” Beck said.
People can recycle their old clothes by selling or trading them to Rag-O-Rama. Other customers can purchase those items later.
Even though there are other stores similar to Rag-O-Rama in the area, Banks said he thinks there is enough room for more than one buy, sell and trade stores.
Banks said Rag-O-Rama does not get its inventory just from people selling or trading it.
“We have different vendors we buy from,” Banks said.
Banks said they do this to keep Rag-O-Rama on the cutting edge of fashion.
Samantha Garlejo, attended the grand opening of Rag-O-Rama and sold the store a dress and a pair of shoes.
“They give you 30 percent cash or 50 percent store credit of your items’ total amount,” Garlejo said.
She said she drove by the store a few times and decided to come in for the grand opening. The store is much cheaper than a lot of similar clothing exchange stores, she added.
“My housemate bought three items for $12,” Garlejo said.
Beck said that if you want the store credit but cannot find anything in the store that day, Rag-O-Rama will put the amount on a card for later use.
Rag-O-Rama is located on University Drive and Roosevelt Street.
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