LILI'S PICKS OF THE WEEK

We know what it’s like when you’re looking to add something new to your wardrobe but things are a little tight. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a whole new look or you just want to add a new handbag to your collection. It can be disheartening when you look at the price tag and realize you’ll be going home empty-handed.

That’s where consignment stores come in. Most cities have consignment stores in one form or another, and they take in consignments from all walks of life, meaning most of the time you’ll find everything from high-end luxury goods to everyday labels.

There are some consignment stores that specialize in reselling designer labels or vintage items. In those cases, the prices can still be on the high side. However, overall, consignment stores are a great way to get your hands on some quality products without the need to break the bank.

Where to find them

We’ve been compiling lists for consignments shops in a bunch of different cities:

Atlanta

Austin

Boston

Charlotte

Chicago

Dallas

Houston

Jacksonville

Kansas City

Las Vegas

Los Angeles

Miami

Milwaukee

Nashville

New York

Orange County

Phoenix

Pittsburgh

Portland

Salt Lake City

San Antonio

San Diego

San Francisco

Seattle

If you notice anything that needs amending on these pages, please let us know. We want to make sure these pages are as up-to-date as possible.

Consigning

One of the other things that’s so good about consignment stores is the fact that they give you a way of thinning out your own collection when it starts to get a bit too big.

Most consignment stores will accept most items for consignment as long as they’re in good condition or don’t need much TLC. There are some stores that will only take designer products and some that won’t take anything if it’s over a certain retail price. Depending on the store, they might request an appointment to assess the items you want to consign before you hand them over.

Different consignment stores have their own way of paying you when you consign with them. The usual way things work is that the store will give you a percentage of the final sale of the consigned item, however, some stores will outright buy the item from you if they think it’s worth it.

Considerations

Some of the high-end consignment stores require you to book an appointment to view their products. Most stores are walk-in, but if you’re ever in doubt just give the store a call or check their website.

Keep in mind that due to COVID-19, some smaller stores might restrict the number of customers allowed in at one time. It’s also likely that some stores will require you to wear a mask for you to enter. It’s better to be safe than sorry, so make sure you’ve got your mask with you when you decide to go shopping.

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