By Troy Petenbrink

Looking to purge your closet? Consigning your good quality used items is a great way to earn some extra cash. From everyday casuals to luxury designer wear, there are plenty of consignment shops in the DC area waiting to do business with you.  Here are five of the best.

Secondi
1702 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 667-1122
www.secondi.com

Secondi is one of the longest operating consignment shops in the D.C. area and among the most award winning. It specializes in women’s clothing, shoes, jewelry, handbags, and accessories that are no more than two years old and in excellent condition. Secondi only accepts items from higher end retailers and designer labels. It pays its consignors 50 percent of an item’s selling price once it is sold. First-time consignments with Secondi are by appointment only; return consignors are able to drop-off.

Ella-Rue
3231 P St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-1598
www.ella-rue.com 

Ella-Rue receives rave reviews for its collection of high-end women’s luxury fashion. It features items from leading designers such as Dior, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, and Prada. Items for consignment with Ella-Rue can be brought into the shop with an appointment, picked up (if local), or shipped when pre-approved using a free shipping label. It pays its consignors 50 percent of an item’s selling price once it is sold. Ella-Rue’s consignment period is 90 days, unless otherwise specified. After 30 days unsold items will be reduced by 20 percent of their retail price, and after 60 days they are reduced by 50 percent.

Mustard Seed
7349 Wisconsin Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 907-4699
www.mustardseedshop.com

Mustard Seed has been a go-to consigment shop for many buyers and sellers since 1991. It specializes in men’s and women’s contemporary casual clothing that is no more than two years old but will also consider vintage clothing and accessories dated from the 1950s through the 1970s. In most cases, individuals with items accepted for sale at Mustard Seed are immediately paid 50 percent of the established retail price. In the case of high end handbags and shoes, they are taken on consignment and consignors are paid after the items sell. It takes consigned items by appointment only.

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New To You
108 West Broad St.
Falls Church, VA 22046
(703) 533-1251
www.newtoyou.net

New to You has been featured on NBC’s Today Show. The popular Northern Virginia consignment shop carries men’s and women’s clothing and accessories. It accepts very current, modern luxury labels from leading retails such as Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Cusp, and from designers such as Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci and Prada. It pays its consignors 50 percent of an item’s selling price once it is sold, and items not sold within 45 days are marked down 20 percent.

Current Boutique
1809 14th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 588-7311
www.currentboutique.com

Current Boutique prides itself of making consigning with its shops as easy as possible. In addition to its D.C. shop, it has locations in Alexandria, Arlington, and Bethesda. Current Boutique features an “inventory of quality, modern and timeless classic fashion” and . It pays its consignors 50 percent of an item’s selling price once it is sold; however, it will adjust prices down at its sole discretion. Items for consignment can be brought into any Current Boutique without an appointment or shipped using a free shipping label (no prior approval is needed).

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