What Consignment Shops Want

What Consignment Shops Want

So, you’re looking to make a little extra cash by taking your gently worn designer duds to a Melrose consignment store. What clothing items and accessories consignment shops want depends on the store, so before you clean out your closets and look for a cool store credit or cash, check out our list of Melrose Ave. consignment retailers, and see if you have what it takes to meet their needs.

American Rebel

Cool and retro: that’s what American Rebel has to offer, whether it’s leather jackets, vintage T-shirts, or chic Breakfast at Tiffany’s style cocktail dresses. What do they want from your closet? Store staff says ‘50s to ‘70s era clothing, vintage T’s, “anything leather,” and designer dresses that look “slinky or the opposite with big, pouffy skirts.” Also of interest: cowboy boots, jump suits, fanny packs—yes, they’re back in style—faux fur, purple clothing, and if it is in “terrific condition,” period pieces from the ‘20s and ‘30s.

American Rebel
7474 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles 90046
(323) 655-3725

American Vintage

A wide and wild range of choices are available at this store, where shoes and boots and purses are in-demand accessories.  What do they want from you? Denim and more denim is “always in demand,” store buyers say. They’re also in search-of ‘80s attire, although it “depends what it is” and its condition; ‘90s era outfits are also in vogue. The store frequently looks for dresses and suits from earlier eras, too. Rock n roll t-shirts are also a yes, depending on condition and fit. As for accessories, hot sellers like designer purses, thigh-high boots, cool backpacks and knit scarves are also sought-after. Mini-dresses? Those are in-demand right now, too.

American Vintage
7575 Melrose Avenue
(323) 944.0640

Crossroads Trading

At Crossroads Trading Company, casual clothing with brand names such as H & M and Forever 21 are in demand, but then, so are cocktail dresses from all eras, and ‘70s and ‘80s style jackets. “Light denim, earth tone dresses and jackets, graphic T-shirts, and gently worn sandals with heels, sequined anything” are all in demand. The store’s online buying guide for Spring, 2019 lists more items, including polka dot clothing, gently worn sneakers and loafers, designer handbags, tote bags. Bold colors, pastels, lace, and floral prints are also being sought.

Crossroads Trading
7409 Melrose Ave
(323) 782-8152

Melrose Trading Post

There is something for everyone—at the giant flea market of the fun and fashionably hip at Melrose Trading Post. Vintage cat suits? Yes. Tie-dyed T’s and scarves? Yes, again. Want to try your hand at selling a whole booth worth of closet finds? On the 2nd Sunday of the month or any Sunday through the morning Stand-By Line, you can apply for a booth and sell handmade or vintage jewelry; vintage and handmade clothing; handmade and vintage shoes; and purses – but with a strict warning against counterfeit purses and bags. Known as category 2 merchandise, if you’re booking a space for the 2nd Sunday or through the Sunday Morning Stand-By Line, to sell, fill out the Online Vendor Registration Form, download the Vendor Handbook, and read through it to learn about the trading post’s booking procedures. You can find it at https://melrosetradingpost.org/newvendors/

Melrose Trading Post
7850 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046


Fringed jackets, swirly skirts, vintage band shirts and bomber jackets, check. How about crop tops, spring sandals, and glittery dresses? Here, too. Jackets from cropped to maxi length, hats, designer frames – all here. And from you? It’s going to depend on the day. Wasteland selects designer labels, vintage from the ‘20s through the ‘90s, and some modern labels. Gently used only, hip and fashion-forward are the key. The best way to find out what they want, staff members say, is to come into the store. The shop buys from 12-6, seven days a week. Designer handbags and boldly colored totes are in demand this spring, and designer labels are always in demand, with the caveat that some labels sell better than others. P.S. Chanel is always chic.

7428 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 653-3028

About Genie Davis

GENIE DAVIS is a multi-published novelist and journalist, and produced screen and television writer living in Los Angeles. Her novels range from suspense to romance, mystery, and literary fiction, with titles including mystery thriller Marathon, the noir Gun to the Head, and the romantic suspense of Executive Impulse, Between the Sheets and Animal Attraction. In film, her screen work also spans a variety of genres from supernatural thriller to romantic drama, family, teen, and comedy, has written on staff for ABC-TV’s Port Charles; written, produced, and directed reality programming and wrote and co-produced the independent film, Losing Hope. As a journalist, you can see her work in many publications including her own diversionsLA.com.