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Savvy New Yorkers have long depended on consignment and thrift stores not only to pick up a new outfit for less, but also to pick up a little cash when we’re ready to part with some of our wardrobes. However, the act of consigning used clothing and accessories isn’t as easy as buying — nothing's more disappointing than showing up with an Ikea blue bag filled with stuff to sell and getting totally shut down.
To avoid that pain, we called up some of New York’s most popular consignment and thrift stores to see what items they are currently accepting. If you just finished a Kondo-style closet detox, see where you can get the most money from your used goods.
We’ll update our list accordingly as more stores get back to us.
Beacon’s Closet Bushwick
Beacon’s has an infamous reputation of being selective when it comes to purchasing from hopeful sellers. The Bushwick location is currently riding the wave of the 90s comeback, so come with high-waisted jeans, crop tops, overalls, and brands like Tommy Hilfiger. Beacon's sellers can get cash on the spot (35% of Beacon’s resell price) or store credit (55% of resell) to be used the same day. 23 Bogart Street
Beacon’s Closet Manhattan
Located near Union Square, this location is loaded with designer goods, catering to its hip neighbors in Greenwich Village as well as students from Parson's The New School and NYU. Currently, it’s only accepting summer-friendly styles from high-end designers like Gucci, Prada, and Alexander McQueen; contemporary favorites like Hood By Air, Helmut Lang, and Rag & Bone; and true vintage. Steer clear from bringing in mall brands (Forever 21, H&M) or work-friendly labels (Loft, Banana Republic). 10 West 13th Street
To consign at any of their six stores, you must book an appointment with a stylist who will go through your things with a discerning eye. Right now, the Chelsea location is welcoming designer sandals and handbags that are in good condition. As for apparel, they opt for styles from high-end and contemporary designers that aren’t dated or retired trends. If selected, your items will be sold at the full, agreed-upon price for 30 days, 20% less for the next calendar month, and increases to 70% off the originals at the 90th day. 207 West 18th Street
INA Union Square
This location is pretty similar to Chelsea. In addition to seeking designer shoes and handbags, they noted that they’ll only take vintage items if a style that’s been seen on the runway recently — for example, western prints at Saint Laurent. 110 East 13th Street
Similar to INA, you have to bring your A-game to Tokio 7. The East Village shop only takes in brands that would be found at Barneys or Bergdorf Goodman. They didn’t disclose much to us, except that all designer items should be within season. 83 East 7th Street