Consignment stores and secondhand shops present excellent opportunities to earn money from clothing and items you don’t use anymore. They also offer great ways for you to save money by purchasing items you need at heavily discounted prices. Most towns have a few locally-owned consignment shops, but larger consignment store chains exist all over the nation. In this article, we’ll cover the most popular online consignment stores, national brick-and-mortar consignment store chains, and smaller local consignment stores. These include maternity consignment stores, consignment shops for babies, art consignment shops, children’s consignment shops, and more.

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What Exactly Are Consignment Stores?

Consignment stores are places where you can buy and sell gently used items. They’re great for earning extra cash for things you have sitting around your house or for picking up something you need without paying full retail price. You can buy and sell just about anything at a consignment store, including clothes and shoes, home decor, furniture, artwork, children’s toys, electronics and video games, books, CDs, and much more. Selling your no-longer-needed items to a consignment store is an easy way to earn money with minimal effort.

The payment model for consignment stores varies. At traditional consignment stores, you bring in your item, the store puts it up for sale, and you are paid a percentage of the sale price when someone buys it. With this model, you won’t see any money until someone purchases your item. In this article, we’ve included consignment stores that offer this type of deferred payment to its sellers, as well as ones that pay upfront for the items they want from you. We’ve specified how the selling process works at each consignment store in the bullet points below. Let’s take a look!

The Most Popular Online Consignment Stores

1.  Poshmark

  • Method of selling and buying: Online
  • What the store has to offer: Women’s fashion, including handbags, jeans, shoes, jewelry, accessories, and dresses
  • Rewards program/special deals: Free item authentication and free shipping (during promotional periods only) on items worth $500 or more
  • How to sell: After you create a profile, you’ll be able to start a closet, which is a place where you can list an item for sale in fewer than 60 seconds using the free Poshmark App. Simply take a picture, add a description, and wait for someone to buy the item. Get more tips from our article on How to Sell on Poshmark.
  • More information available at the Poshmark website

2. The RealReal

  • Method of selling and buying: Online
  • What the store has to offer: Men’s and women’s high-end and brand-name clothing, shoes, and accessories
  • Rewards program/special deals: Frequent discount codes
  • How to sell: You can choose between sending in your items with prepaid postage or having a RealReal associate pick them up from your home (availability of this service varies by location). Then, your items will be posted on The RealReal website within a few days. If your items sell, you’ll receive up to 70% of the sale price.
  • More information available at The RealReal website

3. ThredUp

  • Method of selling and buying: Online
  • What the store has to offer: Women’s, children’s, and babies’ clothing, shoes, and accessories. Sizes range from plus size to petite to maternity in brand-name and designer styles.
  • Rewards program/special deals: Earn $20 in site credit for every referral; frequent coupon offers
  • How to sell: Simply request a postage-paid bag to ship the items to ThredUp. ThredUp will pay you up to 80% of retail value. If your items are not accepted, they will either be sent back to you free of charge or donated on your behalf.
  • More information available at the ThredUp website

The Most Popular National Brick-and-Mortar Consignment Stores

4. Once Upon a Child

  • Method of selling and buying: Brick-and-mortar stores; numerous locations across the US and Canada
  • What the store has to offer: Toys, furniture, costumes, footwear, and clothing for children of all ages; sizes include preemie to youth 20
  • Rewards program/special deals: If you sign up for the Once Upon a Child rewards program, you’ll receive notifications for special deals, sales, and coupons. Promotions and rewards program may vary by location.
  • How to sell: If you want to sell something, bring your gently used kid’s clothes, toys, and shoes, and look around the store while the items are being appraised. f they see something they wish to buy  – that meets the current safety and condition standards – the store associate will make you an offer. Then, it’s up to you to accept part or all of the offer. If you accept, you’ll get cash on the spot for your items.
  • Find your nearest Once Upon a Child store
  • More information available at the Once Upon a Child website

5. Plato’s Closet

  • Method of selling and buying: Brick-and-mortar stores; numerous locations across the US and Canada
  • What the store has to offer: Brand-name jeans, dress pants, blouses, t-shirts, athletic wear, jackets, shoes, boots, jewelry, scarves, and purses. Plato’s Closet caters to male and female teenagers and 20-somethings.
  • Rewards program/special deals: If you sign up for the Plato’s Closet rewards program,  you’ll receive notifications for special deals, sales, and coupons. Promotions and rewards program may vary by location.
  • How to sell: If you want to sell something, bring in your clothes and look around the store while your items are being appraised. A store associate will then inform you if they want to purchase anything and make an offer. If you accept the offer, you’ll be paid in cash on the spot. (Some stores pay with in-store credit. Contact the nearest Plato’s Closet ahead of time to verify the form of payment.)
  • Find your nearest Plato’s Closet store
  • More information available at the Plato’s Closet website

6. 2nd Time Around

  • Method of selling and buying: Both online and brick-and-mortar stores; locations in Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington DC
  • What the store has to offer: Women’s brand-name and designer handbags, shoes, jewelry, dresses, and outerwear
  • Rewards program/special deals: Various online offers and promotions
  • How to sell: You can make an appointment to have your items evaluated and appraised either at home or in one of 2nd Time Around’s many boutiques. You may also ship your items to a location of your choice. Unless you specify otherwise, unaccepted items will be donated to the Joyful Heart Foundation, which benefits survivors of sexual assault, domestic abuse, and child abuse. If your item sells, you’ll receive 40% of the sale price of clothes, shoes, and accessories and up to 70% for high-end handbags.
  • Find your nearest 2nd Time Around store
  • More information available at the 2nd Time Around website

The Most Popular Local Brick-and-Mortar Consignment Stores

Most towns have locally-owned consignment stores that will buy back your gently-used clothing and other items. Here are a few examples of some of the most popular local brick-and-mortar consignment stores. To find a consignment store in your town, just search “consignment stores near me” and you’ll probably find similar options.

7. Fury Consignment (Seattle, Washington)

  • Method of selling and buying: Brick-and-mortar store located in Seattle, Washington
  • What the store has to offer: Women’s fashion, including high-end dresses, purses, scarves, shoes, accessories, and new lingerie
  • Rewards program/special deals: None
  • How to sell: Make an appointment Tuesday through Saturday between 10:30 AM and 3:30 PM. Your items must meet certain criteria to be considered. If you have at least six acceptable items, you can open an account with Fury.

Your items have 90 days to sell. After 30 and 60 days, your items’ original prices will be reduced. If your items do not sell during the 90-day period, you must pick them up or they will be donated. If your items do sell, you’ll receive 40% of the sale price in the form of a check.

8. My Sister’s Attic (Arizona)

  • Method of selling and buying: Several brick-and-mortar stores located in Arizona
  • What the store has to offer: Designer furniture and home decor, including china, crystal, seating, lighting, rugs, artwork, patio furniture, and more
  • Rewards program/special deals: None
  • How to sell: Walk into the store with clean, like-new items. You can also arrange pickup for larger items. If your item sells, you’ll receive 55% of the sale price in store credit or 45% in cash, whenever you’d like to claim it. If your item doesn’t sell within a few weeks, it will be donated.
  • Find your nearest My Sister’s Attic store
  • More information available at the My Sister’s Attic website

9. StillGoode Consignments (Spring, Texas)

  • Method of selling and buying: Both online and brick-and-mortar store, with one location in Spring, Texas
  • What the store has to offer: Antique, vintage, and modern furniture, home decor, artwork, light fixtures, rugs, china, and crystal
  • Rewards program/special deals: None
  • How to sell: First, you must get your items evaluated.  You can simply send picture and information about your item(s) to info@stillgooode.com. If you prefer, you can also bring pictures to the store itself and discuss your items with an appraiser. If StillGoode accepts the items for consignment, you can then schedule a drop-off. If you don’t live in the area, sometimes a third-party pickup service can deliver your items.

Once the shop receives your items, they’re given 120 days to sell. If they don’t sell, you are responsible for picking them up within one week. If the items are unclaimed after one week, they’ll be donated to charity. If the items sell, you’ll receive 50% of the sale price in the form of a check.

In Summary

In this article, we’ve detailed some of the most popular online, national, and local consignment shops. You likely have several local consignment shops to choose from as well. To find local consignment stores in your area, simply type “consignment stores near me” in your favorite search engine, and you’ll be well on your way to selling your unused items and finding something new for your closet or your home.