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Our Favorite San Francisco Consignment Shops

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Shopping is one of our favorite hobbies (no shocker there). What you may find a little surprising, however, is our serious love of the closet purge. Not just to make room for more stuff but also to make some fast cash and relish the fact that our beloved designer castoffs will become Queen Bees in someone else's closet. You see where this is going, right? Check out our guide to the 14 best consignment shops in SF—for selling, for buying and for the benefit of Mother Nature.

Have a favorite to add to the list? Let us know in the comments below.

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Simply Chic

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This small, bright boutique has an impressive selection of Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Ferragamo and many more high-end designers. The specialty here? Accessories, but the clothing is great too. Consignors get 50 percent (70 percent for items over $3,000). No appointment necessary.

Crossroads Trading Co.

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This is the SF chain's flagship—and our favorite. But you can find Crossroads locations all over the Bay. The stores carry a range of vintage, contemporary labels, and some new items, all of which are in-season and on-trend. Check out the website for buying guides and tips. Along with consignment, you can sell outright. Consignors get 50 percent when an items sells, while sellers get 35 percent of the sales price on the spot. Or, if you decide to go the trade route, you get 50 percent toward new purchases.

Cris Consignment

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If you're on the hunt for high-end labels, Cris is your girl. Find Catherine Malandrino, DVF, Michael Kors and other runway favorites in mint condition. Sellers split 50-50 with the store. Consignors are welcome to walk-in any day except Saturday when the store requires an appointment.

Fashionphile

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If you're looking for a luxury handbag at a fraction of the original price, head to Fashionphile. It's home to gorgeous, gently-used handbags and a few accessories (namely from Chanel). Consignors have the choice to consign or to sell directly to the store. Either way, expect between 50 percent to 70 percent of the resale price.

Goodbyes

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This trio of stores all clustered on Sacramento Street (men's and sale adjacent to each other; women's across the street) are longtime local favorites for consigning and shopping regular and higher end labels. Ladies, the designer shoes are always drool-worthy, and there's a quick turnover with new items added weekly. At least $100 in merch gets you in as a consignor, and the store splits the profits 50-50. If the item sells for $500 or more, the split is 70-30 in favor of the consignor.

Designer Consigner

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It's all about quality not quantity at this small consignment shop. There's always a good selection of luxe labels like St. John and Chanel in sizes that actually fit curvier gals. If you can't find what you're looking for here, have the staff call over to the Nob Hill store to check. When in need of shedding some of your own designer labels, pack 'em up for 40 percent of the sales price.

Jane Consignment

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We love the tagline: A breath of fresh wear. Located in the Richmond district, Jane's Consignment isn't as picked over as some of the stores in more bustling hoods. You'll find an eclectic blend of Ann Taylor, BCBG, Joie, and DVF, as well as the occasional Chanel handbag. Consignments are taken by appointment only, with a minimum of five items to open an account. You'll get 40 percent of the retail price.

Wasteland

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Wasteland is legendary for having the hippest and edgiest vintage in town, from contemporary brands to 80s vintage to high-end designers. Selling is straightforward: sellers get 35 percent of the sale price. It also consigns more expensive items, usually $200 or higher. No appointment necessary for selling.

Sui Generis Consignment

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It's been described by the New York Times as "a consignment store run as if by museum curators." The two stores—menswear in the Castro and women's in Cow Hollow— are filled with hip, avant-garde and special occasion-designer labels. Appointments are required to consign, and garments must be in excellent condition and freshly dry cleaned. Sellers gets 40 percent plus 10 percent off when shopping the store.

Buffalo Exchange

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Similar to Crossroads in terms of brands and styles, Buffalo has three Bay Area locations (in the Mission, Haight and Berkeley). Sellers get 35 percent in cash, 50 percent in trade. Buffalo consigns less often, mainly for higher-end, more expensive items at its discretion.

Painted Bird

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Fashion mavens love this teeny store, as do sellers. The styles, which tend to artsy and hipster-ish, are always on trend and in good condition. You get 50 percent for trade or 30 percent in cash. No appointment necessary.

Mary's Exchange

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This store focuses on current trends (even if the clothes are actually vintage). As a buyer, expect to find seasonal, spring pieces like lightweight sweaters and jackets, ankle boots, and platform sandals. And sellers, use the current stock as a guide for what to take in to consign. Mary's offers consignors 50 percent of the sale price. Items stay on the floor for 60 days, at which point the seller needs to pick them up or they will be donated.

Chloe's Closet

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This Bernal Heights gem sells kids clothing, newborn to pre-teen. The store requests that clothes be clean and neatly folded when you come to sell. Sellers get 35 percent of the sale price in cash, or 50 percent in trade. Clothes must be in-season, but they buy swimwear year-round. You'll also find women's and maternity apparel. Make sure to check out the newer Inner Sunset location, which features just kids items.

The RealReal

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Worship at the altar of Chanel, Louis Vuitton and the like? The SF-based e-luxury consignment shop is nirvana. Buyers get lost in the ginormous selection of authenticated designer clothes, bags, jewelry (and art). Sellers will be counting their Benjamins, scoring 60 percent to 70 percent of the sale price You can easily shop online and consign by mail, but those with lots to unload may want to schedule an in-home pickup.

Simply Chic

This small, bright boutique has an impressive selection of Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Ferragamo and many more high-end designers. The specialty here? Accessories, but the clothing is great too. Consignors get 50 percent (70 percent for items over $3,000). No appointment necessary.

Crossroads Trading Co.

This is the SF chain's flagship—and our favorite. But you can find Crossroads locations all over the Bay. The stores carry a range of vintage, contemporary labels, and some new items, all of which are in-season and on-trend. Check out the website for buying guides and tips. Along with consignment, you can sell outright. Consignors get 50 percent when an items sells, while sellers get 35 percent of the sales price on the spot. Or, if you decide to go the trade route, you get 50 percent toward new purchases.

Cris Consignment

If you're on the hunt for high-end labels, Cris is your girl. Find Catherine Malandrino, DVF, Michael Kors and other runway favorites in mint condition. Sellers split 50-50 with the store. Consignors are welcome to walk-in any day except Saturday when the store requires an appointment.

Fashionphile

If you're looking for a luxury handbag at a fraction of the original price, head to Fashionphile. It's home to gorgeous, gently-used handbags and a few accessories (namely from Chanel). Consignors have the choice to consign or to sell directly to the store. Either way, expect between 50 percent to 70 percent of the resale price.

Goodbyes

This trio of stores all clustered on Sacramento Street (men's and sale adjacent to each other; women's across the street) are longtime local favorites for consigning and shopping regular and higher end labels. Ladies, the designer shoes are always drool-worthy, and there's a quick turnover with new items added weekly. At least $100 in merch gets you in as a consignor, and the store splits the profits 50-50. If the item sells for $500 or more, the split is 70-30 in favor of the consignor.

Designer Consigner

It's all about quality not quantity at this small consignment shop. There's always a good selection of luxe labels like St. John and Chanel in sizes that actually fit curvier gals. If you can't find what you're looking for here, have the staff call over to the Nob Hill store to check. When in need of shedding some of your own designer labels, pack 'em up for 40 percent of the sales price.

Jane Consignment

We love the tagline: A breath of fresh wear. Located in the Richmond district, Jane's Consignment isn't as picked over as some of the stores in more bustling hoods. You'll find an eclectic blend of Ann Taylor, BCBG, Joie, and DVF, as well as the occasional Chanel handbag. Consignments are taken by appointment only, with a minimum of five items to open an account. You'll get 40 percent of the retail price.

Wasteland

Wasteland is legendary for having the hippest and edgiest vintage in town, from contemporary brands to 80s vintage to high-end designers. Selling is straightforward: sellers get 35 percent of the sale price. It also consigns more expensive items, usually $200 or higher. No appointment necessary for selling.

Sui Generis Consignment

It's been described by the New York Times as "a consignment store run as if by museum curators." The two stores—menswear in the Castro and women's in Cow Hollow— are filled with hip, avant-garde and special occasion-designer labels. Appointments are required to consign, and garments must be in excellent condition and freshly dry cleaned. Sellers gets 40 percent plus 10 percent off when shopping the store.

Buffalo Exchange

Similar to Crossroads in terms of brands and styles, Buffalo has three Bay Area locations (in the Mission, Haight and Berkeley). Sellers get 35 percent in cash, 50 percent in trade. Buffalo consigns less often, mainly for higher-end, more expensive items at its discretion.

Painted Bird

Fashion mavens love this teeny store, as do sellers. The styles, which tend to artsy and hipster-ish, are always on trend and in good condition. You get 50 percent for trade or 30 percent in cash. No appointment necessary.

Mary's Exchange

This store focuses on current trends (even if the clothes are actually vintage). As a buyer, expect to find seasonal, spring pieces like lightweight sweaters and jackets, ankle boots, and platform sandals. And sellers, use the current stock as a guide for what to take in to consign. Mary's offers consignors 50 percent of the sale price. Items stay on the floor for 60 days, at which point the seller needs to pick them up or they will be donated.

Chloe's Closet

This Bernal Heights gem sells kids clothing, newborn to pre-teen. The store requests that clothes be clean and neatly folded when you come to sell. Sellers get 35 percent of the sale price in cash, or 50 percent in trade. Clothes must be in-season, but they buy swimwear year-round. You'll also find women's and maternity apparel. Make sure to check out the newer Inner Sunset location, which features just kids items.

The RealReal

Worship at the altar of Chanel, Louis Vuitton and the like? The SF-based e-luxury consignment shop is nirvana. Buyers get lost in the ginormous selection of authenticated designer clothes, bags, jewelry (and art). Sellers will be counting their Benjamins, scoring 60 percent to 70 percent of the sale price You can easily shop online and consign by mail, but those with lots to unload may want to schedule an in-home pickup.