Imagine a world in which you love and wear every item in your closet, with no almost-fitting clothes or unflattering impulse buys cluttering up the shelves. Now also imagine a fat stack of cash in your wallet. These two daydreams can be a reality (this. very. afternoon!) with a quick trip to a clothing resale store. We asked Gina Nowicki, the director of communications at Crossroads, to give us some tips. If you are unfamiliar with Crossroads, it’s a resale clothing boutique with 38 stores across the country (and the seven locations in Los Angeles are some of its busiest).
1. When’s the best time to sell your clothing, without fighting crowds in stores?
“Weekdays and midday are good bets, but the best way to get a real in-time idea is to download the Crossroads Trading app. You can see how many people are waiting in line at your local store and then add your name remotely. You’ll receive a text when it’s your turn to sell.”
2. What items should we not bother bringing?
“We’re looking for gently used on-trend clothing that is no more than two years old. You should bring in anything that meets those requirements for us to take a look at.”
3. How much more money can someone make by choosing store credit versus cash?
“We give 30 percent in cash and 50 percent in trade of what we price your clothing for.”
4. Are there any size preferences?
“As a general rule, we buy sizes 2 to 14 in women’s and up to a 38 or XL in men’s. A few of our stores do buy sizes outside this range, so it’s worth contacting your local Crossroads to find out if they do.”
5. What neighborhoods in L.A. are the most popular and have the most inventory and biggest turnover?
“Every single one of them. Our L.A. stores are some of the busiest ones we have. They buy all day, every day, and turnover is quick. In the L.A. market, we see lots of clothing from stylists and celebrity assistants, so you can find some of the best—and newest—labels on our racks.”