Consignment stores in NYC: Where to buy discount designer clothes

Find a great deal on designer clothing (at discounts of up to 65 percent off!) at these consignment stores in New York, and find out how to sell your duds

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Consignment stores offer preloved clothing (or sometimes brand-new but unsold stock from designers) to customers at a fraction of their original (admittedly high) price, meaning you may find those Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo or Prada items you’ve been lusting after. Most shops also allow the public to consign their goods, offering a cut of the selling price. Read on to find out where to get great deals on dresses, shoes for women, shoes for men, accessories for women, or accessories for men, and the process of consigning your duds to finance your next fashion splurge.

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BIS Designer Resale

  • Price band: 2/4

An Upper East Side institution of gently used designer womenswear since 1997, BIS is selective with consigners, picking only top-of-the-line brands that fit an uptown aesthetic, such as Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo and Prada, and hawking them for 60 to 90 percent off retail prices. If your wares qualify, they’ll earn you a 50 percent cut of the selling price. A recent sampling of items on offer in the second-floor shop included a belted floral-print Diane von Furstenberg strapless dress ($75), a Ralph Lauren lime-green cashmere V-neck sweater by Ralph Lauren ($125) and a classically colorful Pucci shift ($275). We even spotted a butterfly-print spaghetti-strap tank by Catherine Malandrino for a mere $50.

  1. 1134 Madison Ave, (at 84th St), 10028
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Buffalo Exchange

  • Price band: 1/4

With outlets across the country and four spots in the five boroughs (in Williamsburg, Cobble Hill, the East Village and Chelsea), Buffalo Exchange takes a the-more-the-merrier attitude with its consignment. It even accepts clothes from H&M and the Gap and sets the average price for those pieces around $15—you’ll see either 30 percent of the estimated retail value in cash up front or 50 percent in trade—but everything is discounted at one fourth to one third of its original price. It’s not all basics, though; hunting through the many racks for hidden gems should yield upscale threads, such as. For men, a knitted sweater from Opening Ceremony ($45) and a classic black blazer from Marc by Marc Jacobs ($48), and for women, a ruffled-front blouse from Rebecca Taylor ($32) and blinged-out glittery silver wedges from Miu Miu that are from two seasons ago ($150).

  1. 504 Driggs Ave, (at North 9th St)
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Columbia U Consignment

  • Price band: 1/4

Don’t let the $5 bin and under-$29 rack outside this shop fool you into thinking it’s exclusively for those with thinner wallets. Amid the old records (45s $1, LPs $2) and tchotchkes (like a globe for $39) are some serious fashion finds, at up to 50 percent off retail prices. A Michael by Michael Kors cardigan can be yours for $29, orange Hunter boots are $89, and a brand-new with tags Marni dress is $295. It feels like a college haunt, with tracks like “Don’t Stop Believing” coming from the sound system and a vintage red crinoline tutu ($150) that’d be perfect for a dorm-room costume party, but the Louboutins ($150–$425), Hermès rings ($165), and both new and vintage Ray-Bans ($110–$165) belie any lowbrow reputation. Fancier pieces like evening gowns can be rented for $50 per day. Sellers earn 50 percent from sales, and if the item doesn’t sell after 30 days the price will be slashed by half with the consignee’s approval.

  1. 52 Tiemann Pl, (between Broadway and Claremont Ave )
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Eleven Consignment Boutique

  • Price band: 3/4

This relative newcomer launched its first outpost in the East Village in December 2010 and just opened a Park Slope outlet in March. But despite its newbie status, it’s making quite a splash, with wares marked down by approximately 40 percent. The busy store stocks both classic and playful pieces for women and men, from a red cashmere cable-knit sweater from Ralph Lauren ($200, originally $425) and a zigzag-stripe Missoni dress ($185) to a Diane von Furstenberg tribal-print kimono top ($75) and a psychedelic floral-print Milly frock ($150). Expect to find labels like Theory, Rag + Bone and Chanel; accessories range from $15 for new costume jewelry (chunky necklaces abound) to a Burberry spiked cuff for $1,000. Consigners who want to sell their clothes can either get cash or store credit right away, worth one third of the estimated value of their goods, or earn 50 percent of the item’s cost once it’s sold.

  1. 70 Fifth Ave, (between Bergen St and St. Marks Pl), 11217
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Eva Gentry Consignment

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Behind this storefront along a trendy stretch of Atlantic Avenue, you’ll find a carefully curated selection of designer goods for women. T-shirts start at $20, but most items will run you upward of $100, with brands like Marc Jacobs, Milly, Rick Owens and Balenciaga constantly gracing the racks. A recent visit turned up a white double-zip Rick Owens jacket made of buttery leather ($750, originally priced around $4,000), a classic brown quilted Chanel purse with a long gold shoulder strap ($798), brown cross-strap platforms from Céline ($275) and black stretch leggings with leather panels from Belgian designer Ann Demeulemeester ($250, originally $1,689). A few vintage finds, like an LV garment bag dotted with the brand’s signature monogram ($898), are interspersed among trendier, in-season pieces. Consignment is by appointment only and sellers receive 40 percent of the final sale price of each item.

  1. 371 Atlantic Ave, (between Bond and Hoyt Sts), 11217
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Ina

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Out of this minichain’s five locations, the biggest and newest is in Chelsea. The roomy space carries clothes, handbags, shoes and accessories, usually limited to the current season or timeless vintage pieces, from strictly high-end labels (Alexander McQueen, Zac Posen) at 30 to 50 percent off. Gents can outfit themselves in a Thom Browne blazer ($540, originally $1,300), a Tom Ford pocket square ($100, originally $200) and leather wing-tips ($695, originally $1,250). Eye-catching pieces for ladies include a vibrant Dries Van Noten floral coat ($625, originally $1,800) and Karen Walker thick-rimmed cat-eye shades ($195, originally $329). Make an appointment (Monday–Friday) to sell your items, or fill out an online form before mailing your clothes. Consignors earn just under half of the selling price, and items are discounted further every month they stay on the rack.

  1. 207 W 18th St, (between Seventh and Eighth Aves), 10011
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NYC Consignment

  • Price band: 3/4

Out of this minichain’s five locations, the biggest and newest is in Chelsea. The roomy space carries clothes, handbags, shoes and accessories, usually limited to the current season or timeless vintage pieces, from strictly high-end labels (Alexander McQueen, Zac Posen) at 30 to 50 percent off. Gents can outfit themselves in a Thom Browne blazer ($540, originally $1,300), a Tom Ford pocket square ($100, originally $200) and leather wing-tips ($695, originally $1,250). Eye-catching pieces for ladies include a vibrant Dries Van Noten floral coat ($625, originally $1,800) and Karen Walker thick-rimmed cat-eye shades ($195, originally $329). Make an appointment (Monday–Friday) to sell your items, or fill out an online form before mailing your clothes. Consignors earn just under half of the selling price, and items are discounted further every month they stay on the rack.

  1. 22 Jones St, (between Bleecker and W 4th Sts), 10014
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Second Time Around

  • Price band: 4/4

With almost 40 stores in 12 states from Maine to Florida, Second Time Around is a power player in the consignment business, offering between 50 and 66 percent markdowns. Launched 40 years ago with a shop in Newton, MA, STA’s most high-traffic NYC store is on Lexington Avenue (there are nine more in New York, visit secondtimearound.net for details). In fitting with its Upper East Side location, the selection skews toward either preppy or timeless pieces, with J.Crew acting as a benchmark. Expect to see Diane von Furstenberg wrap dresses ($129), Tory Burch flats ($119), Chanel bags ($900–$3,000) and Burberry trench coats ($350–$500). A Michael Kors sequined black-and-gold dress ($449) with a checkered pattern and a feathered hem is perfect for Gatsby parties, while newly arrived black, red and navy Ferragamo pumps ($129–$149) provide a more casual option. Book an appointment to sell your in-season designer wares and receive 40 percent of the final selling price (although sometimes 50 percent is offered for select high-end designer handbags)—the longer an item goes unsold during the 90-day consignment time frame, the more its price is slashed (by 20, then 30 and finally 50 percent). All Second Time Around outlets have individual Facebook pages, which are updated frequently to highlight new stock.

  1. 1040 Lexington Ave, (between 74th and 75th Sts), 10021
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Tokio 7

  • Price band: 2/4

Among an East Village brimming with consignment shops, the 17-year-old Tokio 7 is an old standby. It stocks a quirky mix of out-there statement pieces and items from big-name brands suitable for everyday wear. Finds include a layered, belted black dress with gold polka dots from Commes des Garçons ($800, originally almost $4,000), a Rick Owens leather jacket ($1,000) and Armani sunglasses ($45). Many dresses fall under the $100 mark, while two pairs of black strappy Manolo Blahnik heels were priced at $150. The high-fashion couture items, which owner Makoto Watanabe hangs behind the cashier, include a Chanel leather coat ($3,800, originally $13,000). Consigners get 50 percent of the selling price, with unsold pieces slashed by 20 percent after one month on the rack and an additional 50 percent after two months.

  1. 83 E 7th St , (between First and Second Aves), 10003
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Trunk Show Designer Consignment

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Modeling agent Heather Jones graduated from hosting oversubscribed pop-up trunk shows to opening this small Harlem storefront with Lenore Gomez in June 2012. Men’s and women’s threads and accessories range from edgier brands (Margiela, Rick Owens) to Madison Avenue labels (Gucci, Ralph Lauren, Burberry), with in-season items marked down between 20 and 70 percent. We lust after spiked, Gaga-worthy Giuseppe Zanotti platform ankle boots ($1,500, originally $3,000) and a men’s black button-down with white polka dots by Saint Laurent ($400, originally $600). The store also stocks new wares by up-and-coming or recently established neighborhood designers, like Beast of Glory’s windbreakers with scarf-inspired collars ($75, usually $95). Make an appointment if you want to bring in clothes for consignment; proceeds are split 50/50, or 60 percent is offered in store credit.

  1. 275–277 W 113th St, (between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd (Seventh Ave) and Frederick Douglass Blvd (Eighth Ave)), 10026
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Encore Consignment
Encore Consignment

You forgot America's first consignment store, Encore Consignment! Encore is where NYC's fashion elite, including Jackie Kennedy, consigned. Encore is located on 84th & Madison right next door to the other consignment business you profiled, Bis. Please come and check us out, in the store and on our website! http://encoreresale.com