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Consignment shop for larger sizes
I have some clothes that I would like to consign (or sell)
at a resale boutique - mostly business casual clothes. They
are all on the larger side (in the XL/1X and 14-18 range).
None of the shops I know of (Rockridge Rags, Sola Lucy) have
a good selection of larger sizes so I am guessing that my
pieces wouldn't be a good match. Any recommendations for a
resale or consignment place that would take items for the
I'm in the same size range as you and have found that
Rockridge Rags will take some of my clothes, so I would try
there first. Otherwise, I'm at a loss for other places and
would caution you against consigning at All the More to Love
in Alameda. Read their Yelp reviews for the reasons why-
they are unprofessional to say the least. Cece
One reason why I never go to consignment shops is that there
is never anything in my size. If you do take your clothes
somewhere, please post and let us know where you decide. I
might just have to go check them out. Big girl
Never been in, but you could try 'Seams to Fit' on
Telegraph, above Alcatraz. L
Check out 'Seams to Fit' (it's the consignment store for the
new-clothing store 'Says Who'). They're on Telegraph in
North Oakland. A great, convivial place with lots of good
stuff; good place to take your (gently) used clothing, too,
for resale. Website is http://www.sayswho.com/seams
Try L'Armoire Consignments on Solano (527-8026). They take
seasonally appropriate clean & 'ready to sell' clothing up
to a 1X. Also, there is a large size consignment store in
Oakland(?) called Seams to Fit. Andrea Kean
Seams to Fit
6527 Telegraph Avenue
Wondering if anyone can recommend local, high-endish
consignment stores, similar in personality and quality to
Rockridge Rags and its sister store in Walnut Creek, Main
Street Rags? We have some things we'd like to consign and
need a couple of other options. Many thanks,
Wardrobe makeover time
I have taken some of my nice clothes to Sola Lucy on 803
Delaware St (right by 4th St) in Berkeley and was very
happy about their efficient service and how friendly and
helpful they were. Highly recommend it. You can check them
out on Yelp: they have lots of good reviews:
I love Sola Lucy, in the 4th street area. It is in the little strip of stores I think
Delaware, between 6th street and 4th street. Very cute little shop. They just
opened a new store in Montclair as well.
Consignment Store Junkie
I really like Urbanity. It's on the north side of Solano
near The Alameda. The owner (Angela?) is really great to
work with and it seems like stuff moves pretty quickly.
I'm interested in hearing women's recommendations for used
clothing/consignment stores that have good selections for larger
women. I know the term 'larger' is relative-- I'm a size 12-14. I'm
finally tired of my totally sparse, schlumphy clothes, but really
don't have much money to spend and am looking for fun, casual, cool
and sometimes funky clothing. I've read the range of
used/consignment stores from previous BPN recommendations, but
wonder if any of the stores in particular are good for larger women.
In the same vein, can anyone recommend online resources for picking
clothes that are flattering when you're on the larger end? thanks!
tired of my same old clothes
Try L'Armoire Consignments at 1487 Solano in Albany. They sell
seasonal women's clothing, accessories,& jewelry, in a boutique
setting. Half of their clothes are 12 or up.
Try Seams to Fit on Telegraph Avenue, right above Alcatraz.
plus sized consignment shopper
Just wondering where there are some good consignment shops and thrift
stores for adults and babies. I am looking for gently used kids
clothes and casual and career clothes for mom.
check out Thrifttown in El Sobrante on San Pablo Damn Rd..it is i
think the biggest thriftstore around and i have found some nice
thrifty as well
Dressed Best for Less on Piedmont Ave. in Oakland is great. They also
have a ''marking room'' up the hill near Piedmont High where they
process all the incoming donations, and there are great deals on
clothes for all ages, toys, books, and housewares.
Try Bearly Worn in Walnut Creek.
Goodwill on San Pablo just below Ashby: not much for kids, but good
stuff for adults.
Crackerjack just off Piedmont Avenue: plenty for kids, nothing for
If you feel like making the trip, Thrift Town in San Leandro is HUGE.
Plenty for both of you.
The best consignment/resale store for women in Berkeley is Sola Lucy
on 5th Street (in the 4th street shopping area). There is also
Crossroads (Shattuck Ave) and Buffalo Exchange (Telegraph) for men's
and women's but I think for the younger crowds (I haven't shopped
there for myself since my daughter was born over 6 years ago). If you
prefer Vintage, my favorite is Dolled Up Vintage on San Pablo at
Dwight Way, and Twisters is just down the street.
As for kids stuff, the absolute best selection is at a relatively new
store on MLK called Grove Street Kids. They have baby stuff all the
way up to size 10 or 12 I think. And a friend just told me that they
are now selling used maternity! They also buy/sell shoes. There is
still Hannah's at the top of Solano which is smaller but still a good
selection. Solano Kids in Albany (also on Solano, obviously) has a
lot of baby gear (strollers and such) and toys.
Of course, if you are looking for traditional Thrift Stores,
Salvation Army on University has kids through adults, but there stuff
is not what I call bargain basement priced. In fact it doesn't seem
their clothing is much less than the aforementioned resale stores.
The Good Will is cheaper but the selection is not as good. I've heard
Thriftown is a great but so far away (El Sobrante) that with the
price of gas it hardly seems worth it.
thrifty but fashionable too!
My husband has some really nice suits, slacks and shirts that
mysteriously got too small for him. Many are in great condition
and we were hoping there was a place in the Bay Area where we
could re-sell them. All the consignment stores I know about are
for kids or women. Does anyone have any recommendations?
Also, if this type of place were to exist, where would we donate
the items that the store rejected - specifically an organization
who helps people get back to work with nice looking clothing?
GoodByes on Sacramento Street in SF sells higher end, used men's
clothing on consignment. The men's store is separate from the
In Oakland, donation of professional attire for men and women
trying to go back to work. They also provide career prep
advice and training. Excellent, well known organization.
Try Rockridge Rags on College Ave in Rockridge. I have bought
some nice used men's things there - they will probably buy your
My husband has had very good luck selling some of his better
clothes at GoodByes in San Francisco. They've sold most of the
suits/slacks/sweaters he has taken over. 3464 Sacramento is the
address for the Menms Store & 415-346-6388 is the phone number.
I'd like to clean out the closet of my ''professional'' and
''fashionable'' life - armani, tahari, theory, prada, tse, donald
pliner, max mara including coats, suits, shirts, sweaters, skirts
and lots of shoes. It's more conservative and classic than
trendy but doesn't withstand baby poop or drool very well. Where's the best local
east bay resell shop to consign? Anyone
else have any recommendations on selling my precious stuff? I'd
like to work with a nice process and nice people as well as
recover as many $$ as I can from my prior ''investments'' Ha! Thanks!
I almost don't want to give this secret away, but Sola Lucy on
4th Street is wonderful:
..the sales personnel have great taste, as well as a friendly
and positive attitude. I always enjoy shopping there--in fact
it's the first place I check before going anywhere else. (And if
you are a size 4 dress or 8.5 shoe, I would be interested in
buying suits/shoes--email me at firstname.lastname@example.org) :)
frequent consignment shopper!
On Ebay, you need to follow a kind of protocol, state all known
tears, stains, repairs, etc...PHotos should include front,
details, back, preferably on a dress dummy or manikin. You may
like to give the year bought. That's how my SIL sells vintage and
she does quite well.
Crossroads Trading Co. and Rockridge Rags are conveniently close to each other
and Rockridge bart on College Ave. Crossroads pays you on the spot so you don't
have to hassle with consignment and they will probably take your ''younger'' stuff.
For more ''mature'' things try Rockridge Rags. I think they are an actual consignment
place and the prices are relatively high so I think you will get paid decently. Both
places get a lot of traffic.
I've looked at the web site but find only very old postings.
I'm looking for decent (well-priced, nice brands) thrift stores
or consignment shops, etc., in the East Bay selling kids and/or
adult clothing. Several of the kids shops mentioned on the web
site are out of business now. Where do you all go for nicer
quality previously owned clothing, for your kids, or
yourselves? Thanks so much.
Budget minded, but want good quality
Thrift Town in San Leandro is a great store. Clothing,
household items and more. On E 14th at 162nd. It is a large
store with stuff coming in all the time. The prices are good
and they are always having 1/2 price days depending on the
ticket color on the item. Sometimes I find great deals,
sometimes nothing, so go a few times to check it out. I believe
there is also one in El Sobrante but I have never been to that
For adult clothing, there's a consignment shop on Solano (near
Santa Fe I think) called L'Armoire that has nice quality
women's clothing. For kids, I go to Hannah's further up Solano,
or Darla's on San Pablo in El Cerrito.
A good friend of my husband's runs www.customink.com, a company
that does custom tshirts and stuff online. I've never ordered
anything from them, but the website is easy to use, and we've
gotten some of their goofups, and the printing looks pretty
highquality to me (ie the ink isn't just sitting on the surface
of the fabric - something I never thought about until hearing
this guy talk obsessively about printing shirts). They have a
wide variety of makes and models - from Fruit of the Loom fat-
man-shirts to American Apparel sexy-model-tanktops.
Thrift Town! There are stores in San Leandro and San Francisco,
and they have super-cheap kids' clothes (mostly around 1-3
dollars per item), lots of toys and books and household stuff,
and adult clothes priced slightly cheaper than Goodwill. The
stores are better-organized than most thriftstores. The kids'
clothes range pretty much from hideously chintzy and ugly to
BabyGap - a great place to get your wardrobe staples on the
cheap, as long as you're not too picky about fashion. Also a
great place to get things like riding toys, bouncy seats, etc.
East Bay Miser
There are several consignment stores around. My favorite is a
new one on Solano next to the post office called Solano Kids.
Super friendly helpful people, good selection, good prices.
I've been shopping consignment since before my child was born
and I've got her trained now that she's 7. When she's outgrown
things she asks me to ''trade'' them in for new things, which I
do. There's also ''child's play'' on College in Rockridge and
Laura's Closet on College in Elmwood. The prices seem too high
to me at both places and they are very picky about what they
will buy from me. Anyway, happy shopping.
For adults, try Rockridge Rags or Maribel (the best!) Depending on your kids' ages -
these may work for them as well. There's also a place called Plato's Closet that's
for junior sizes - in Dublin? (I've only been to the one in Ft. Worth, TX - they're
franchises.) Little kid places = Crackerjacks, Child's Play, Making Ends Meet, Silver
Moon - all in Oakland.
-Resale shops rule.
I buy 90% of my and my family's clothes at Thrift Town. I shopped
there for myself when I was single, and haven't slowed down
since. When my kid outgrows her pants, it's a great feeling to
get her a half-dozen pairs in the next size for five bucks. I
also get kitchenware, linens, books, toys, and furniture there.
Not to mention the uncategorizable treasures, like the Japanese
porcelain scotch-tape dispenser decoratively glazed with tropical
fish, and the wooden wind-up jewelry box that plays ''La Vie en Rose.''
I have the best luck at the San Francisco Thrift Town, on 17th
and Mission (very convenient to BART), but others swear by their
stores in San Leandro and El Sobrante.
I shop at Lauren's closet. They have an older side & a kids
side. I find their prices afforable, but there you can always
sale your clothes and use that to purchase what you want. They
are located on Park Street in Alameda.
The consignment store that I used to take my clothing to on
Solano Ave. is no longer in business. I was hoping to get some
input from fellow subscribers on good places to take gently
used, good quality women's clothing. I was hoping for
recommendations on places that take a wide variety of items.
(For example some stores take only designer labels while others
still, opt for trendy fashions....)
Rockridge Rags on College Ave near the BART station takes nicer
There is (or used to be) a few places near the UC Berkeley
campus (Aardvarks, Buffalo Exchange, Sharks) that catered more
towards the college crowd.
My mother has a full-length black mink coat in mint condition
purchased from Neiman-Marcus and received as a gift. She wants
to sell it somewhere. I've tried eBay unsuccessfully. Is there a
consignment store in the Bay Area that would sell high-end items
such as fur coats? Obviously, it's a politcally incorrect item,
but we think it would be better to ''recycle'' a fur coat than
The Designer Consigner in SF might take it as might Goodbyes.
Both have stores on Sacramento Street in Presidio Heights and The
Designer Consigner also has a downtown store on Sutter between
Powell and Mason.
You might get more money from The Designer Consigner, if they
We've inherited two fur coats from our mom, who died recently.
They're in very good condition, and we'd like to sell them -
besides ebay, does anyone know of a place we could do this? I'm
thinking of some kind of high-end resale shop, but am not
familiar with any. thanks
I have some fur coats as well. I recently inquired at some local
antique stores in Castro Valley about selling them there & they
told me the demand for fur coats is low, and he can't get much
for them anymore. A better thing to do is to donate them to
PETA. I emailed them, and you can get a tax write off for them.
I have the email if anyone is interested in this. I haven't
donated mine yet only because I have to mail them to Virginia
but it's on my list to do.
I would like some recommendations on consignment shops to sell
women's clothing. The clothes are all in new condition, and most
are brands such as Gap, Nordstroms, etc. However, they are all a
few years old.
I saw a few recommendations on the website, but I wasn't sure
how old the listings were and was hoping for some more
information. Any tips would be appreciated. Also, any additional
ideas of places to sell such clothing?
There are many good places to sell your clothes in Berkeley.
Probably Crossroads Trading would be one of your best bets.
There is one located on College Avenue and one on Shattuck near
Durant. Also, you can try Buffalo Exchange on Telegraph Ave.
Keep in mind that all of these places tend to get really crowded
on all of the obvious times, like weekends midday. Another thing
to do would be to call ahead of time to find out when a buyer is
working, since it really is no fun to lug all of your things
down there only to be told to come again. Good luck, hope that
There is a store on Solano, I think it is called the Solano
Clothing Store, or something like that. I have been there a few
times, and they are really nice and have nice clothes. It is down
towards the lower half of Solano.
I have had good luck reselling clothes at Solano Ave.Consignment
(SAC)(near Domino's Pizza) and the Sophisticated Lady on
Piedmont Ave. The later goes for more for fancier and designer
clothes (Armani, etc.). I have gotten a couple good things at
SAC by Land's End, etc.
In Walnut Creek there is a place called Main St. Rags that you might
check out. I don' t know offhand if it's related to Rockridge Rags in, of
course, Rockridge. ;-)
I am wondering if anyone can recommend the consignment store in Berkeley or
Oakland that gives the best prices for good quality women's clothing. I
have a number of trendy linen, rayon and cotton clothing in that I'd like
to sell. Has anyone had experience with either Rockridge Rags or Sola
Lucy? Other ideas? Thanks
I had the following experiences recently....Sola Lucy only accepts designer
clothing and Rockridge Rags only accepts clothing that is less than one year
old and still in style.
I am one of the owners of Rockridge Rags and have been at the same location
for the past 23 years. I just wanted to correct something that I read on your
web site today. We ask that clothing be no older than 2 yrs. We hope to serve
the mother who is not returning to work by selling her useable items. and
being able to shop for other items in good condition that she can use. We
also take mens items and are one of the few stores that do. We would rather
not take vintage items as sometimes they are fragile and hard to
protect. Shopping for clothes should be fun, not something that you cringe
when you see the price tag. What more fun than picking up a check for items
sold ( a 50-50 split) and finding a real bargain in clothing from forever
young to Armani couture with a few suprises on the way. Our store in Walnut
Creek also carries contemporary items for women. Thanks so much for
reading this. Sincerely Joyce Suess (Oct 2004)
Can anyone help me weed through the many consignment shops in the area?
looking to sell both my husbands and my clothing (don't need kids
consignment just yet). I've been to Rockridge Rags and a shop on Solano
found their styles very different. In particular, which shops take men's
clothing as well as womens, which take dressier vs. casual clothing, which
are really picky vs. those that will take anything, any with great resale
success, etc. I've heard some even take old jeans no matter the condition
(as well-worn is very cool among the students). Any ideas out there?
Plumeria Consignment on Shattuck Ave at Berkeley Way (845-9044) is a great
store. The very nice woman, who owns the store, also takes regular (not
the latest hip or designer stuff) good looking clothes, shoes and jewelry.
the restrictions I've experienced at Rockridge Rags or Buffalo Exchange.
has taken 95% of the clothes on consignment I had to offer and over 50%
have also become a good customer over there. The owner creatively changes
window displays quite frequently and you can tell that she just loves what
doing. A pleasant place to go to!
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