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Where to Shop for Quality Consignment
Resale, consignment, vintage … whatever term you use, it can mean amazing deals on clothes both new(ish) and vintage. From pristine 1920s party dresses to Forever 21 T-shirts circa early-2012, here are
some of the best spots around to score sartorial points.
Mercy vintage now
Come to this Piedmont Avenue shop if you’re looking for funky vintage looks. From a large selection of boots — cowboy to granny lace-up — to a flurry of dresses from the ’40s to the ’80s, the store is a candy shop for anyone trying to unleash her inner ’70s-era Jane Fonda or ’60s era Yeh Yeh Girl. And the prices are extremely reasonable with dresses priced from the $20s up. Drop by to sell your classic clothes any time the shop is open, and check out the website for examples of vintage pairings to take inspiration from and a chance to purchase some of the offerings online.
4188 Piedmont Ave., (510) 654-5599, www.mercyvintage.com, open 11 a.m.– 7 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Sun.
Crossroads Trading Co.
This is the go-to shop for resale and consignment in the Bay Area, with nine stores sprinkled around the area. Come here if you’re looking for on-trend new and resale duds for both men and women. Arranged by type and color, its expansive Oakland shop offers an array of brightly-colored dresses, tops and shoes for women and trendy jeans and other gear for men. A sprinkling of high-end designer fashions line the walls, but the real meat of the store is the wealth of resale items from Banana Republic to Forever 21. The consignment register is open all day — be prepared for lines and check the website before you drop by to see what items the shop is currently scouting for.
5901 College Ave., (510) 420-1952, www.crossroadstrading.com, open 11 a.m. –8 p.m. Mon.–Sat., 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Sun.
This Rockridge shop is the spot for vintage fashions from the 1940s and ’50s for both men and women. From awesome white huaraches for men at $24 to crochet tops for women at $16, the prices and range of merchandise are very pleasing to any vintage aficionado. The shop also has a pretty large selection of older vintage finds — from an Edwardian morning dress for $150 to 1920s velvet and satin flapper dresses for $150 — and a sprinkling of new duds that have that groovy vintage feel.
5488 College Ave., (510) 594-9219, www.prettypennyclothing.com, open 11 a.m.–7 p.m. daily.
This hip and stylish Lakeshore consignment store opened in 2003 and is still going strong. The store is on the smaller side, but the merchandise is so well curated it’s like shopping in your well-dressed roommate’s closet. The bulk of the stock is au courant fashions from the likes of Prada, Diane von Furstenberg, Marc Jacobs and Theory — at prices hovering around $25 to $40. Maribel also has a selection of stylish pieces from more lowbrow labels, like the Gap. Head to the back to find the sale rack and a basket of toys to entertain tots while mom shops. Also featured are resale and new jewelry from local designers.
3251 Lakeshore Ave., (510) 419-0677, open 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun.
Labels Luxury Consignment
Labels is the crème de la crème of designer consignment. Looking for Gucci? Louis Vuitton bags? Jimmy Choo stilettos? You’ll find ’em here, along with a wide swath of contemporary and vintage designer shoes, bags, scarves, belts and other accessories for women. Just stepping into the store — off College Avenue in Berkeley’s Elmwood District — feels like entering a Fifth Avenue boutique. But the prices are far more palatable — $88 for a Lulu Guinness flamingo-themed handbag-and-scarf combo; $248 for a Burberry handbag; as low as $50 for some of the stylish footwear. And the sister store in Walnut Creek has clothes, too! Consignment items taken anytime with a
50 percent split.
2629A Ashby Ave., Berkeley, (510) 356-4144, www.labelsluxury.com, open 10 a.m.– 6 p.m. Mon.–Sat., noon–6 p.m. Sun.
Just for Kids
Here’s a quick roundup of the best local resale spots for wee ones.
Resale children’s clothing, gear, toys and maternity wear. New toys, too!
5858 College Ave., (510) 653-3989, www.ghosthound.net/childsplay, open 10 a.m.– 5:30 p.m. Tues.–Fri., 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat., noon–5 p.m. Sun. Buying times are 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Wed.–Fri., 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Sat.
Call ahead to make sure the buyer is there.
Small but well-selected collection of resale kid and baby clothing, new toys.
1871 Solano Ave., Berkeley, (510) 525-3488, open 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Mon.–Sat., 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Sun.
Resale and vintage kids, juniors and maternity clothing; new toys.
1420 Park St., Alameda, (510) 865-2219, open 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Mon.–Sat., 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Sun.
Mainly new, but a selection of vintage and resale kids’ clothing.
5095 Telegraph Ave., Ste. C, (510) 595-5325, www.rubysgarden.com, open 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Mon.–Sat.
New and resale clothing; new toys, including eco-friendly ones.
3233 Lakeshore Ave., (510) 835-2229, open 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon–4 p.m. Sun.