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We took the same clothes to three different Brooklyn thrift shops, and got wildly different offers

By Clayton Guse
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Selling or trading your clothes at thrift shops is a New York pastime. You never know what kind of valuable hidden gems are laying in the back of your closet. A few nice pieces of vintage clothing could give you enough store credit to spruce up your wardrobe. The best part? A portion of the profits made by New York thrift shops go directly to charity, meaning that your shopping addiction can actually make the world a better place. 

Anyone who's sold their old clothes at a New York thrift shop knows that the value of their items is anything but objective. One shop might love that funky vintage mumu that you've been holding onto, while another might turn it away. In an effort to help you determine how, when and where you should sell your old clothes around New York, we took the same 16 articles of clothing to three of Brooklyn's most popular thrift shops (Beacon's Closet, Buffalo Exchange and Crossroads Trading Company) and compared the prices offered by each.

Each of the shops featured in this piece have slightly different rates. Buyers will provide a retail value for each article of clothing you bring in, which is what they'll price it at on the shelf. At Beacon's Closet, you get 55 percent of that price in store credit, and 35 percent in cash. At Buffalo Exchange, those figures are 50 percent and 30 percent, respectively, and Crossroads gives 50 percent in store credit and 33 percent in cash. Below, we'll provide the retail price for each item that received an offer at one of the three shops.

It's important to note that prices offered by thrift shops are subject to any number of factors, including the season and sometimes the particular buyer that you encounter, so don't take this list as a hard and fast guide to selling your clothes in Brooklyn. Instead, it's meant to give you a general sense of the best practices for getting the most out of your local thrift shops. 

Vintage Versace black leather pants

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Beacon's Closet: $29

Buffalo Exchange: $55

Crossroads Trading Company: Did not offer


Vintage Dolce & Gabbana red, checkered turtleneck

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Beacon's Closet: $34.95

Buffalo Exchange: Did not offer

Crossroads Trading Company: Did not offer


By Corpus navy floral dress

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Beacon's Closet: $15

Buffalo Exchange: Did not offer

Crossroads Trading Company: $24


Vintage Moschino grey jeans

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Beacon's Closet: $29

Buffalo Exchange: $30

Crossroads Trading Company: Did not offer


ASOS black cut-out long sleeve blouse

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Beacon's Closet: Did not offer

Buffalo Exchange: Did not offer

Crossroads Trading Company: $24


H&M copper cami

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Beacon's Closet: Did not offer

Buffalo Exchange: Did not offer

Crossroads Trading Company: $10.50


Oxford Circus tank

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Beacon's Closet: Did not offer

Buffalo Exchange: Did not offer

Crossroads Trading Company: $10.50


Keepsake neon yellow dress

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Beacon's Closet: Did not offer

Buffalo Exchange: Did not offer

Crossroads Trading Company: $18.50


The stuff that no shop would take

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Exactly half of the items we brought in did not receive offers at any of the three stores. Here's a run down of what they were:

Gap navy blue long sleeve button-up

Ark & Co. white dress

Classiques Entier sea foam green blazer

Red Balls On Fire striped black suede pants

Marc Jacobs grey jacket

Blue Sky quilted skirt

DKNY black and grey zip-up vest

Cotillion Footwear salmon heels

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