I’ve just discovered Online Consignment Shops and can’t believe it took this long. I love Thrift Store shopping and Consignment Shops are the next best thing. These shops help you clean out – and thus organize – your closets and in turn allow you to find your own great deals on gently-used or overstock items. This isn’t only good for your wallet, this simple green act is also good for the environment.
Online Consignment Shops vary in the kind of products they carry. Some offer high-end designer clothes, some do vintage, some cater to the business women, some to children and others to the family. Unfortunately, men’s consignment shops, unless they’re brick and mortar walk-ins, are difficult, if not impossible, to find.
One of these men’s walk-in stores – Off the Cuff is well worth a visit by any man who is living in the Toronto area. This store has great reviews, a large selection of men’s clothing and accessories, and from all reports, helpful friendly staff.
Online Consignment Shops have their own list of standards, brands and conditions. If you meet their conditions they will supply the shipping bags for free shipping. It’s important to read the fine print as each consignment shop has their own clearly defined list of what they will or won’t accept. They will only accept goods for which there is a demand (makes sense) so leftovers from Walmart and similar places won’t be accepted.
Changeroo – A High-Quality Canadian Children’s Consigment Shop
This Canadian consignment shop, Changeroo.ca located in Montreal, was founded in 2014 by Liane Guimond. It carries only like-new children’s clothing – high quality, top brands like Baby Gap, Land’s End, Children’s Place, Jona Michelle, etc. at seriously low prices. The Globe and Mail listed Changeroo as one of Canada’s 10 most remarkable small businesses.
Changeroo is not setup to accept items by mail – instead you need to drop the goods off at specified locations in the Montreal area.
They will, however, ship items across Canada with free shipping on orders of $50.00 or more. If you have children this is a shop you won’t want to miss. When I checked it out I was very impressed by the cute clothes listed and the great prices.
TrendTrunks is a different kind of Consignment Shop
This is an interesting one – It’s a Canadian shop that acts like a promoter for women’s items, the sale of which you control. The following information is direct from their website:
1. Make more money! 100% of the selling price goes back to you. It’s free to list on TrendTrunk.com OR our mobile app.
2. Get LOTS of inquires! Thousands of buyers will see your items and also be emailed if your items match their interests. You’ll start to receive messages from interested buyers. Respond promptly to sell your item quickly! You decide how you want to transact; whether you meet in person or ship the item, along with your preferred method of receiving the funds (I recommend PayPal – it’s totally safe and no hassle). The buyer and seller must mutually agree on transaction details.
3. We have the right buyers. Trend Trunk curates listings to ensure the best experience for our buyers and sellers. We attract buyers who will value and appreciate your items. When it’s time to cash in your closet of stylish and fashionable items, Trend Trunk is the best way to sell your brand new to pre-loved clothing & accessories.
Trend Trunk isn’t just a selling place, it also has a listing of shoppes where you can find great deals on new or gently-used items.
About FlipSize Online Consignment Shops – Available in Canada and the USA
Flipsize buys and sells quality new or used children’s clothing to size 12. All items must meet their No Dud Standards and be in either new or like-new condition. If items show any sign of wear, flaws, defects they will not be accepted or returned. Check their site for all the specific details.
About Minitrade Online Consignment Shop – A Canadian Consignment Shop for Women and Children.
Minitrade buys and sells quality used clothing for children up to size 16, women and couture. It is the largest Canadian online consignment shop.
To Buy: All items are one of a kind so no choosing different colours, sizes, etc. Shipping costs are a standard $10.00 per order, with free shipping on orders of $50.00 or more (pre-tax).
To Sell: You can earn 50-80% of the consignment item’s resale price. Like all the other consignment shops they will only accept gently used clothing, cleaned and in excellent repair. There is a charge for every product that doesn’t meet their standard so it’s important to read their FAQ.
About LAB Consignment – A High-End Canadian Shop for women.
LAB is based in Toronto and is the shop to go to when you want something a bit special. It sells luxury and contemporary, pristine-condition, pre-owned, designer shoes, handbags, clothing and accessories for women. All merchandise must be clean, pressed, and in excellent wearable/usable condition. They will not accept uncleaned, unpressed, stained, or otherwise damaged clothing.
My Kids Threads – USA only.
My Kids Threads is a children’s designer consignment shop offering new and used baby & kids clothes up to 80% off from designer brands Burberry, Catimini & Ralph Lauren.
To Buy: Save up to 80% on new and like-new designer children’s clothes sizes newborn-14. Shop from the convenience of your home with the confidence of their Quality Promise as each item has been individually inspected.
To Sell: Consign your new and like-new baby and kid’s clothing from upscale designer brands at no cost to you with pre-paid shipping and earn up to 50% payout.
I’ve included this one because, although they don’t ship internationally including to Canada at this time, they are looking to expand sometime in the future. This would be an interesting site to check from time to time.
Swap Consignment Shop – USA only.
I’ve also added the Swap Consignment Shop, even though at this time it’s only available in the USA, because it’s the one I most wish was available in Canada. They’re very much like a quality Thrift Store since, besides clothes, they also offer Toys and Games; Baby Gear; Books; Decor; Movies and Music; Sports and Outdoors.
I will be keeping my eye on this one in the hopes it will come to Canada sometime in the near future. In the meantime all you Americans can enjoy what Swap.com offers its customers:
- Unbeatable low prices (50-95% off retail)
- Excellent customer service
- Best value for the unneeded items
- Huge selection of kids’ items, women’s apparel and maternity wear
“Swap.com is the fastest growing online consignment store in the United States. With over 340,000 unique items available from our inventory, we offer the largest selection of pre-owned baby, kid’s, maternity, and women’s apparel and accessories. The service started in January 2013 and operates out of the Chicago suburb of Bolingbrook, Illinois and is the U.S. subsidiary of Netcycler, an international company based in Helsinki, Finland.”
Couture – Designer Resale Boutique – Based in Florida, USA, but will buy from and ship to Canada and other International Destinations.
Couture Boutique is one of the largest designer pre-owned luxury boutiques in the world. They offer top dollar for your designer handbags, jewelry, and accessories. In turn they sell top quality designer products by Burberry, Cartier, Chanel, Gucci, Prada and more. If you’re looking for a ‘once in a lifetime’ gown or that perfect accessory, this is the site to check out. Not only that, but they have a Buy-Back program whereby you may be able to sell the item back to them at 70% of the purchase price. Can’t beat that.
Check out their website to find out exactly what labels they purchase and the designer products for sale.
If you know of good Online Consignment Shops, especially Men’s, please let me know. Monitoring these Online Consignment Shops is something I’ll continue to do and of course, any good finds I’ll share with you in future posts.
I will definitely go through my closets to see what I no longer need or want and try TrendTrunks first. Can always use a bit of extra money, can’t you?
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Talk to you again next week,
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