This is the perfect time of the year to plan for consigning your unwanted wardrobe pieces. Not only is it the time of the season for beloved spring cleaning, summer is just around the corner and it’s prime time to unload your past season faves in exchange for cold, hard cash. How else are you going shop your list of this season’s must-haves? Here are some quick tips for an ideal consigning experience and suggestions for the best resellers in your neighborhood. Now, break out the champagne and get ready for a montage Carrie Bradshaw style.
1. Before trekking to your resale boutique of choice with a heavy load of cast-offs, take a moment to call ahead and find out exactly what styles and labels they are open to buying right now. The process will go much smoother for everyone involved if you edit your offerings to items you know the store will be interested in.
2. Take inventory of what you’ve decided to sell and consider where you’ll be selling it. Trendy pieces will be more popular downtown, while professional or tailored items may find a second home via a Madison Avenue shop. Location matters and you’ll be more likely to successfully pass on pieces appropriate for the neighborhood’s respective clientele. Also, make sure the store is a place you would frequent. If not, chances are others won’t be shopping there either.
3. Although some shops may let your as the consignor set your own price, it’s more likely that each store follows their own pricing guidelines. Make an appointment to drop off the goods and observe pricing is possible that way you can trust each piece is priced fairly and if you feel an item is under priced, you can vouch for its worth. Get the terms in writing and read the ‘fine print’ pertaining to who is responsible for lost or stolen items, etc.
4. The best way to ensure you get the most cash for your exchange, time, and effort is to only take items in good condition and make sure everything is laundered or dry cleaned when you present it to the boutique. Also, make sure you know all the guidelines at the shop. Some may require your apparel on hangers or other similar particulars.
Sister shop to the Eva Gentry retail boutique a few doors down, is the place to take your best items for consignment. With sleek interior design like white leather furniture and crisp décor, your gently used items will look and sell like new in this boutique setting. Specializing in label of the avant-garde variety, Rick Owens, Ann Demeulemeester, Comme des Garcons, and Maison Martin Margiela items can often be found gracing the shelves. The goods stay on the floor for a full season (about 6 months), during which consignors receive 40% of the selling price. At the end of the season, items are marked down 40% and sellers will receive 20% of the sale price. An appointment is required to consign your merchandise and unsold items can be claimed or left to be donated to CAMBA women's rehabilitation center and homeless shelters located in Brooklyn. Take a peek for yourself when you stop in, designers from Eva Gentry have been known to unload samples here and you might also find deeply discounted items from past seasons.
371 Atlantic Avenue (between Hoyt and Bond Streets), Brooklyn; 718-522-3522
This East Village consignment staple is the perfect middle ground for your not quite designer but edgy, contemporary, or emerging designer duds. “Vintage, unusual, funky” is their motto, after all. The store’s Japanese heritage makes it partial to labels like Issey Miyake and Yohji Yamamoto, but they’ll also take everything from high-end designer to upscale denim brands like Acne and Diesel. Tokio 7 allows the consignor to specify prices on your goods, but is happy to make suggestions based on their customer’s buying preferences. Merchandise is assigned an ‘expiration date’ and follows a standard discount rate of 20% after 30 days and 50% after 60 days. Consignors receive 50% of the final selling price and you have 7 days to pick up any unsold merch after it’s expiration date.
83 East 7th Street (between 1st & 2nd Avenues); 212-353-8443
If you’re the type of fashionista that in no way, shape, or form believes in recycling and outfit (we’re talking one night out and it’s time to retire) this is the perfect consignment spot for you. INA stands by impeccably high standards that make its customers shopping experience so amazing they have to come back. Merchandise is practically pristine (don’t be surprised to spot items that still have their tags), the staff is boutique-worthy trained, and the selection features items that are right on trend for the current season. With three women’s stores, one men’s, and one that stocks both—you can make this a group project with a lucky gent of your choice. From Zac Posen to Chloe, each shop carries apparel, shoes, and accessories. INA boats locations in multiple high (fashion) traffic neighborhoods from Soho to the Upper East Side. Consignors should make an appointment Monday—Friday to sell wares in their preferred location. You’ll receive about 45% of the selling price of your items, which will be mailed to you on a monthly basis or accumulated for INA shopping credit.
208 East 73rd Street (between 2nd & 3rd Avenues), or click for all locations; 212-249-0014