Tip 3: Quality Time
"Pay attention to the quality. A poorly constructed piece that has already been worn won't last that much longer. I'm not saying that you should be totally label conscious, but there often is a correlation between quality and brand. Inspect the stitching, material, and general feel of the garment. If it feels cheap, you're probably not getting as good a deal on it as you would on a better-quality item priced just a bit higher!"
Tip 4: Don't Take It Personally
"Don't take it personally when a buyer passes on your gear. I think a lot of us think it’s a statement about our style, but you have to remember that this person is working, and they can only buy things that they think they can sell – it has nothing to do with your sense of style!"
Tip 5: So Fresh, So Clean
"Buyers are going to look for imperfections in clothing when they look through your stuff. If your white T-shirt has a small stain or tear at the seam, see if you can correct it before you take it in. That stain may be small to you, but it may be the reason the buyer rejects your shirt. Spray and Wash does wonders, as do bleach pens. Even if it was rejected on the basis of a small stain or tear, if it's easy to fix, then you can possibly even bring it in again."
How could we round up our top consignment shops without including the wondrous Wasteland? A trip to Melrose isn't complete without a stop at this L.A. staple. Not only does this spot have the buying-slash-selling art down pat, but you are sure to stumble upon some super-swanky finds. Looking to sell? Be sure your merch is up to code, and that you aren't stumbling in with a stained skirt or tank top in winter — not going to cut it. Sorry, folks.
Wasteland, 7428 Melrose Avenue (at North Martel Avenue); 323-653-3028.
Ask any Angeleno what consignment shops top their go-to list, and we're sure Great Labels will come up. Stop in any time to find brands like YSL, Dior, Prada — you get it — at a beyond-bargain price. We approve!
Great Labels, 1126 Wilshire Boulevard (Near 12th Street); 310-451-2277.
The Address Boutique
Bargain lovers — treat yourself with a trip to the Address Boutique. This one-stop shop has everything we dig in a resale space: fancy frocks, a friendly staff, and leading labels. This Santa Monica shop is about as chic as consignment gets. We need those blue, high-heeled loafers in our life.
The Address Boutique, 1116 Wilshire Boulevard (at 11th Court); 310-394-6171.
Prep yourself to spend mega-dough here — that's how serious the selection is at Fashionphile. You are going to want it all. The designer handbags are out of this world. We are talking Hermès, Balenciaga, and Louis Vutitton. We get giddy just thinking about swinging by this stellar store. Definitely a must-hit.
Fashionphile, 9551 Wilshire Boulevard (Near North Beverly Boulevard); 310-279-1136.
It’s A Wrap, 1164 S Robertson Boulevard (Between Pico and Olympic boulevards); 310-246-9727.
The Closet, 2708 Main Street (Near 2nd Street); 310-3965013.
P.J. London, 11661 San Vicente Boulevard (Near Darlington Avenue); 310-826-4649.
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