Are you the kind of person that loves to bargain shop? Or do you have a fabulous piece in your wardrobe that you haven’t worn in ages? Consignment stores are the answers for those looking to sell or purchase special apparel at a discounted price. If you enjoy the thrill of searching through dozens of racks to find the that one-of-a-kind vintage gem, then you’ll love this list of the top five consignments stores in New York City, the 2014 edition.
Michael’s The Consignment Shop for Women
1125 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10028
You’ll find only luxury designer items at this Upper East Side institution. Established in 1954, Michael’s only accepts designer items like Chanel and Prada, so save the mass-produced pieces from Zara or H&M to sell elsewhere. With a well-maintained website, there’s no need to leave home to search the racks or sell your designer digs.
332 E. 11th St.
New York, NY 10003
With four locations throughout New York City (Williamsburg, Cobble Hill, East Village and Chelsea), Buffalo Exchange has a more causal approach to its consignment philosophy. It accepts any brand as long as the quality is good. If you choose to sell your unwanted clothing at Buffalo Exchange, bring your more trendy items as it tends to carter to a younger demographic.
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74 Guernsey St.
Brooklyn, NY 11222
First opened in 1997, Beacon’s Closet started out as a Brooklyn-only consignment store with a large Williamsburg location. Now with two additional Brooklyn locations and a Chelsea store, Beacon’s has established itself as one of the top resale stores in the city. Beacon’s buys both designer and mass-produced apparel. It’s also a go-to for most consignment sellers and shoppers, which means you’re sure to find a gem. But be prepared for crowds!
Trunk Show Designer Consignment
275 W. 113th St.
New York, NY 10026
Uptown Manhattan’s best-kept secret, Trunk Show Designer Consignment has garments for both men and women. It offers designer digs from Gucci and Givency as well as edgier brands like Surface to Air and Commes des Garcon. Trunk Show Designer Consignment supports local designers as well, so you’re sure to come across a one-of-a-kind item.
Eleven Consignment Boutique
180 1st Ave.
New York, NY 10009
Don’t let the age of this fairly new consignment store discourage you, it has some really great finds. Eleven Consignment opened its East Village location in 2010 and has since expanded to Park Slope, Brooklyn. Expect to find both high-end designer brands like YSL as well as Ralph Lauren and Theory.
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