The best consignment stores in New York

Get deals on like-new threads—or recoup some cash from that impulse Barneys buy—at these essential secondhand boutiques

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NYC Consignment

Since most of the best affordable apartments in NYC are not equipped with massive walk-in closets, there comes a time when you have to ditch your old duds to make room for the new. It’s a shame to see those pricey frocks you bought from the best shops in New York (but only wore once) go to waste. Luckily, Gotham is bursting with stores that will take your discards and help finance your next purchase. Whether you take the cash or opt for store credit, consigning your duds is one of the best style hacks for New Yorkers.

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BIS Designer Resale

This Upper East Side institution of gently used designer womenswear is selective with consigners, picking only top-of-the-line brands 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) and Ralph Lauren lime-green cashmere V-neck sweater by Ralph Lauren ($125). We even spotted a butterfly-print spaghetti-strap tank by Catherine Malandrino for a mere $50.

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Upper East Side

Columbia U Consignment

Don’t let the $5 bin and under-$29 rack outside this shop fool you; there are treasures to be found here. 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. Fancier pieces like evening gowns can be rented for $50 per day, and sellers earn 50 percent from sales. But if the item doesn’t sell after 30 days, the price is slashed in half with the consignee’s approval.

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Morningside Heights

Eleven Consignment Boutique

This shop is 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) to a zigzag-stripe Missoni dress ($185) and a Diane von Furstenberg tribal-print kimono top ($75). 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.

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Park Slope

Eva Gentry Consignment

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 $100. You’ll find that brands like Marc Jacobs, Milly, Rick Owens and Balenciaga constantly grace the racks. A recent visit turned up a white double-zip Rick Owens jacket made of buttery leather ($750, originally priced around $4,000), and 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.

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Boerum Hill

Fisch for the Hip

If you can afford a crocodile Balenciaga bag priced at $3,000 (or if you’d rather look cool than eat), this is where you go. Brimming with Birkins, Gucci purses and Fendi totes, the store has also housed a Helmet Lang leather jacket ($188) and patent Louboutin pumps ($200). Visit during store hours with seasonally appropriate garments, and an associate will price them that day. Clothing sales garner you 50 percent, and handbag sales get you 70, paid by check once per month. But if you’re dying for a Stella McCartney dress but low on shopping funds, ask about the shop’s layaway program; they’ll help you set up a plan to pay that stunner off over time.

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Chelsea

Ina

This minichain has five locations in the city and offers clothes, handbags, shoes and accessories 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) and Tom Ford 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 for every month they stay on the rack.

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Chelsea

NYC Consignment

For luxe designer duds and inexpensive knickknacks, head to this chic resale haven from Sabina Palterman. The West Village native grew up shopping with her friends at vintage stores; after a music career under the name Lady Saba, she was inspired to start her own retail business. Gents will find classic necessities such as crisp Brooks Brothers button-downs ($30), Theory dark-wash jeans ($35) and even a Prada tux ($375). Women will love a Roberto Cavalli peasant top ($220), a Balenciaga printed dress ($525) and a Chloé silk skirt ($175). Random extras include Hello Kitty iPhone cases ($12) and JellyBath foot soaks ($15). If you have garb you want to sell, drop by anytime, and Palterman will take a look at it—if she likes what she sees, you’ll get half of the price when it sells.

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West Village

Second Time Around

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. 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) and Burberry trench coats ($350–$500). 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). But 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). FYI: All Second Time Around outlets have individual Facebook pages, which are updated frequently to highlight new stock.

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Lenox Hill

Tokio 7

The East Village is brimming with consignment shops, but 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.

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East Village

Trunk Show Designer Consignment

The 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 at this shop. 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). 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.

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Harlem

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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