If you’re looking to be easier on your wallet and are obsessed with designer and luxury brands, consignment shopping might just be the perfect fit. Whether you are a shopper or a consignor, you want the best store to buy or sell. There are lots of things to consider before heading into a consignment store including the authentication of an item (who wants a fake Hermes?), the cleanliness of all clothing and accessories (rip and tattered, smelly and dirty won’t cut it) and, of course, the overall consignment collection (vintage and contemporary). Here is a narrowed list of the best consignment stores in Los Angeles considering all of the above, along with some guidelines on becoming a consignor.
111 N. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Recess, a contemporary and vintage clothing and accessories consignment store on La Brea Avenue, resells both designer and non-designer goods. Consignors who bring their items to Recess receive 50 percent of the final selling price, and for merchandise priced $1,000 or more, receive 60 percent of the final selling price. Maintaining the integrity of goods it sells, consignors are asked to bring in clean items in excellent condition, and on hangers. And, if items are not sold and consignors do not pick up their reclaimed items, they become property of Recess and often donated to a charity of the shop’s choice. No appointment is necessary when bringing in consignments.
Owl Talk Clothing
5060 Eagle Rock Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041
Operated by sisters Kathleen and Sharon Kroner who have more than 20 years of retail and fashion experience, Owl Talk Clothing is a retail and resale store filled with both new and used women’s clothing, accessories and jewelry. Unlike some stores, the vintage items here are in good condition which keeps shoppers loyal and coming back time and time again. Thinking of consigning? The Kroner sisters request that all items brought in are clean or dry-cleaned – items with pet hair, smells or rips will not be accepted. Owl Talk Clothing seeks designer label or vintage shoes, boots, jewelry, purses, belts and hats, which are all quick to sell.
2629 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90403
The fancy ladies of L.A. bring their luxury goods to sell at Haute Seconds. This consignment boutique located in Santa Monica is the ideal spot for shoppers on the hunt for designers including Louis Vuitton and Chanel. Consignors are offered a 40-percent commission of the selling price, and 50 percent for goods that are higher end. Haute Seconds values its shoppers by ensuring that the clothing and accessories it resells are authentic and in excellent condition. The store consults with an outside source to authenticate and appraise all items.
658 N. Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004
From Prada, Christian Louboutin and Chanel to H&M and Target and contemporary styles to vintage, Ampersand is a consignment boutique with the philosophy of selling fabulous pieces “at the best possible prices.” The Ampersand retail team makes pricing decisions based on thorough research and first-hand experience. On the racks, you’ll find everything from dresses, blouses, shoes, purses and jewelry, all of which are best sellers. Consignors receive 50-percent commission when opting to donate any unsold items, and 40 percent with a requested return on the items. Ampersand donates unsold clothing and accessories to Dress for Success.
8214 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Hollywood’s most fashionable celebrities such as Julianne Moore, Selma Blair and Charlize Theron, and stylist Rachel Zoe, are drawn to Decades, arguably the most popular of the L.A. consignment stores for old time glamour and fashion. Co-owners Cameron Silver and Christos Garkinos carefully curate a wonderful collection of pieces from luxury designers Christian Louboutin, Givinchy, Celine and Chanel and contemporary designers Michael Kors, Diane Von Furstenberg, Alice & Olivia and more. Decades also has a nice selection of men’s merchandise too. With prices up to 80 percent discounted from original price off top fashions, it’s no wonder why Decades stands out amongst the crowd. Consignors are encouraged to bring in at least 10 items to open up an account with Decades.
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