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262 Mott Street (between Prince and Houston streets); 212-965-8415; or click here for a complete list of stores.
Encore has a pretty impressive history (Jacqueline Kennedy is said to have bought and sold here), and racks full of designer threads to match. Though the store has a reputation for having a less than pleasant staff, a recent interior makeover, and a consistently lust-worthy selection (think vintage Chanel jewelry and tweeds, Gucci gowns, vintage Thierry Mugler, and heels from Lanvin and Manolo) supplied by its ritzy neighbors is enough reason to trek to this Upper East Side bastion. If you've got some fancy labels hanging around your closet, take them to Encore and they'll accept new or gently worn clothing and accessories, as long as they are season-appropriate and not more than a few years old, or are of good vintage quality. Encore will list your items on a contract, and if they sell within the three month mandatory period, you will get 50% of the selling price. However, take note of the frequent price reductions. Any item $85 or less will be reduced by 20% after 30 days, and any item over $85 is reduced after 60 days. If you choose to leave the items for the optional fourth month, they are reduced an additional 50%. Reselling is done from Tuesday to Saturday, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and while you don't need to book an appointment, it's recommended you come in early on weekdays. If you have tons of stuff to sell, Scott, Encore's office manager, suggests bringing in a selection of pieces first to see how successful they are instead of bringing in your entire haul (and risk the possibility of lugging them home again).
1132 Madison Avenue (between 84th and 85th streets), 2nd and 3rd Floor, New York; 212-879-2850.
371 Atlantic Avenue (between Hoyt and Bond Street), Brooklyn; 718-522-3522.
If U.E.S. is for old-school designer threads, and Brooklyn has the funkiest thrift, consider Tokio 7 the perfect middle ground. The beloved Japanese-staffed store reigns supreme as the premier East Village consignor, and if you're sartorial tastes are more of the cult and emerging designer variety, your still-lovely threads will be welcomed here. You can set the price for whatever you bring in, but buyers will suggest the prices they feel will get your goods moving fast. Like most consignment shops, Tokio 7 retains the standard 50% commission fee of the actual selling price, but unsold merch is subject to a reduction of 20% after 30 days, and 50% after 60 days. Be sure to pick up your goods after the three month selling period. Anything left seven days after the expiration date elapses becomes the property of Tokio 7 without further notice or compensation.
83 East 7th Street (between First and Second avenues); 212-353-8443.
88 North 11th Street (between Berry and Wythe streets), Brooklyn; 718-486-0816.
504 Driggs Avenue (by North 9th Street), Brooklyn; 718-384-6901.
208 Eight Avenue (between West 20th and West 21st streets), New York; 212-929-5214; schedule a pickup by phone at 1-800-728-7825.