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Arguably the best part of spring cleaning is tossing old gear to make room for new purchases—but what to do with all of last season's castoffs? Fortunately, the Boston area has a fair share of consignment shops looking to help you make a buck (whether it's on Chanel or Club Monaco) while stocking their racks. As we kick off April, this updated "Selling Stuff 101" guide is a reminder of 10 stores to both sell superfluous goods and buy discounted items worthy of a second life. Just don't forget a valid photo ID—and a trip to the cleaners.


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1. Found Somerville

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255 Elm Street
Somerville, MA
(617) 764-3131
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Found is a high end counterpart to the also-popular secondhand shop Buffalo Exchange across the street. Act quick when you find a treasure, whether it be a Celine bag or rag & bone sandals. Consignors receive 40% of the selling price and should call to make an appointment (there is a four piece minimum to start an account). Articles should be of a current style or wearable vintage, seasonally appropriate and generally no older than two years.

2. Oona's Experienced Clothing

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1210 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 491-2654
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Harvard Square institution Oona's Experienced Clothing has been dressing Greater Boston in the funkiest vintage gear from the 1930s through the 1980s since 1972. Want to sell here? They buy Monday through Thursday, 11am to 7pm (no appointment necessary). Oona's offers 35% of the resale value in a check on the spot or 50% in store credit; bring no more than 30 items from their favored brands.

3. Poor Little Rich Girl

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121 Hampshire Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 873-0809
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At PLRG the focus is on quirky, eclectic contemporary wears and 25+ year old vintage. Having served thousands of consignors over more than a decade, it's no surprise the boutique has won multiple "Best Of" titles. Don't bring anything over three seasons of age to your appointment-only meeting, unless it's vintage (25+ years). Items are kept for 60 days and once your balance reaches $50, they'll cut a check; otherwise, it's store credit with a 20% discount. There is a 25 piece maximum.

4. The Garment District

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200 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 876-5230
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Dubbed "An Alternative Department Store," this Cambridge spot is loaded to the brim with contemporary clothing, vintage from the 50s-90s, a costume floor, and "by the pound" shopping for men, women, and children. The Garment District is open for purchasing on a walk-in basis from Wednesday to Friday, 12pm to 7 pm, and Saturday 12pm to 4pm (25 piece maximum). Get 30% of the suggested retail price in cash or 60% in store credit. They are currently seeking clothing and handbags from the last five years, 60s and 70s originated items, and band tees.

5. Buffalo Exchange

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180 Harvard Avenue
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 779-7901
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The Allston Rock City outpost of national chain Buffalo Exchange carries all the affordable style that hipsters and students crave. When that same crowd needs beer money, last year's clothes can be sold here for immediate cash. Buffalo is buy/sell/trade, meaning you can leave with cash in hand or a higher value in store credit. Before you drop into either the 180 Harvard Avenue storefront in Allston or the 238 Elm Street one in Davis Square, make sure to call and see what kind of gear is in demand.

6. Second Time Around

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324 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 236-2028
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Second Time Around makes the consignment process easy peasy—and with 11 Massachusetts stores you can even be a bit strategic about where to drop off what. Send the Chanel bag to the swanky flagship at 176 Newbury, but bring those trendy L.A.M.B. shoes to this subterranean shop at the lower end of the street. Whatever (and wherever) you're delivering, be sure to make an appointment in advance and fold items neatly into bags. There is a three piece minimum to start an account, and once set up, it is wildly easy to check which items of yours are selling and at what price when you log into their website. Payment by check yields 40% of the selling price, while accepting your earnings in store credit results in 50%. Checks are cut monthly, so the delay between drop-off and receiving cash is minimal. Insider tip: If your item is new with tags, it will be priced at 50% of the price listed on the tag, the highest percentage offered on original retail price.

7. The Closet

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175 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116-2835
(617) 536-1919
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Its motto is "gently worn, gently priced," so if you dream of vintage Lanvin and Chanel tweed, this is your new favorite store. A hefty 50/50 split (mailed monthly) on consignment gives love back to sellers too. Assuming any of the seasonal, 1-2 year old items you bring in make the cut, there could be a significant payment in the mail upon selling. Make an appointment for a 15-20 piece haul.

8. Skinner Auction

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63 Park Plaza
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 350-5400
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From antique furniture to artwork, clothing and beyond, Skinner auction house is on hand to get your item up for bidding. Fine jewelry is based in Boston, so if you have some diamonds to spare, set up an appointment with an appraiser and begin the consignment process. Feel free to submit photos online as well for an auction evaluation.

9. Dew Luxe

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36 A Street
Boston, MA 02127
(617) 315-7531
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This South Boston spot opened just six months ago, drawing in onlookers with an edited selection of designer accessories (Chanel, Louboutin, and Hermes abound), especially a prominent shoe display. Some contemporary pieces (Elizabeth and James blouses, Fallon dog collars) are mixed in, as well as discounted fragrances and nail polish—even a children's section. It offers a typical 60/40 split (75/25 for ultra high end items) and will launch daily Facebook auctions this month to support rotating causes. First up is the Henderson Inclusion School.

10. Covet

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395 West Broadway
Boston, MA 02127
(617) 268-1100
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Owner Hanadi Hamzeh opened this "boutique with a heart" last fall bringing an experience championing eco-, animal-, and budget-friendly shopping. Prices on contemporary items from brands like Michael Kors, Alice + Olivia, and Kate Spade usually stay below $125. Consignors receive 40% of the selling price (or 50% store credit), with a 60% cut on designer accessories. Ideally, items should have been purchased new within the last year. Checks are mailed for amounts over $75 every month. First time consignors are encouraged to make an appointment.

1. Found Somerville

255 Elm Street, Somerville, MA
Found is a high end counterpart to the also-popular secondhand shop Buffalo Exchange across the street. Act quick when you find a treasure, whether it be a Celine bag or rag & bone sandals. Consignors receive 40% of the selling price and should call to make an appointment (there is a four piece minimum to start an account). Articles should be of a current style or wearable vintage, seasonally appropriate and generally no older than two years.
255 Elm Street
Somerville, MA

2. Oona's Experienced Clothing

1210 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138
Harvard Square institution Oona's Experienced Clothing has been dressing Greater Boston in the funkiest vintage gear from the 1930s through the 1980s since 1972. Want to sell here? They buy Monday through Thursday, 11am to 7pm (no appointment necessary). Oona's offers 35% of the resale value in a check on the spot or 50% in store credit; bring no more than 30 items from their favored brands.
1210 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138

3. Poor Little Rich Girl

121 Hampshire Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
At PLRG the focus is on quirky, eclectic contemporary wears and 25+ year old vintage. Having served thousands of consignors over more than a decade, it's no surprise the boutique has won multiple "Best Of" titles. Don't bring anything over three seasons of age to your appointment-only meeting, unless it's vintage (25+ years). Items are kept for 60 days and once your balance reaches $50, they'll cut a check; otherwise, it's store credit with a 20% discount. There is a 25 piece maximum.
121 Hampshire Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

4. The Garment District

200 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139
Dubbed "An Alternative Department Store," this Cambridge spot is loaded to the brim with contemporary clothing, vintage from the 50s-90s, a costume floor, and "by the pound" shopping for men, women, and children. The Garment District is open for purchasing on a walk-in basis from Wednesday to Friday, 12pm to 7 pm, and Saturday 12pm to 4pm (25 piece maximum). Get 30% of the suggested retail price in cash or 60% in store credit. They are currently seeking clothing and handbags from the last five years, 60s and 70s originated items, and band tees.
200 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02139

5. Buffalo Exchange

180 Harvard Avenue, Allston, MA 02134
The Allston Rock City outpost of national chain Buffalo Exchange carries all the affordable style that hipsters and students crave. When that same crowd needs beer money, last year's clothes can be sold here for immediate cash. Buffalo is buy/sell/trade, meaning you can leave with cash in hand or a higher value in store credit. Before you drop into either the 180 Harvard Avenue storefront in Allston or the 238 Elm Street one in Davis Square, make sure to call and see what kind of gear is in demand.
180 Harvard Avenue
Allston, MA 02134

6. Second Time Around

324 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02115
Second Time Around makes the consignment process easy peasy—and with 11 Massachusetts stores you can even be a bit strategic about where to drop off what. Send the Chanel bag to the swanky flagship at 176 Newbury, but bring those trendy L.A.M.B. shoes to this subterranean shop at the lower end of the street. Whatever (and wherever) you're delivering, be sure to make an appointment in advance and fold items neatly into bags. There is a three piece minimum to start an account, and once set up, it is wildly easy to check which items of yours are selling and at what price when you log into their website. Payment by check yields 40% of the selling price, while accepting your earnings in store credit results in 50%. Checks are cut monthly, so the delay between drop-off and receiving cash is minimal. Insider tip: If your item is new with tags, it will be priced at 50% of the price listed on the tag, the highest percentage offered on original retail price.
324 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02115

7. The Closet

175 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116-2835
Its motto is "gently worn, gently priced," so if you dream of vintage Lanvin and Chanel tweed, this is your new favorite store. A hefty 50/50 split (mailed monthly) on consignment gives love back to sellers too. Assuming any of the seasonal, 1-2 year old items you bring in make the cut, there could be a significant payment in the mail upon selling. Make an appointment for a 15-20 piece haul.
175 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116-2835

8. Skinner Auction

63 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116
From antique furniture to artwork, clothing and beyond, Skinner auction house is on hand to get your item up for bidding. Fine jewelry is based in Boston, so if you have some diamonds to spare, set up an appointment with an appraiser and begin the consignment process. Feel free to submit photos online as well for an auction evaluation.
63 Park Plaza
Boston, MA 02116

9. Dew Luxe

36 A Street, Boston, MA 02127
This South Boston spot opened just six months ago, drawing in onlookers with an edited selection of designer accessories (Chanel, Louboutin, and Hermes abound), especially a prominent shoe display. Some contemporary pieces (Elizabeth and James blouses, Fallon dog collars) are mixed in, as well as discounted fragrances and nail polish—even a children's section. It offers a typical 60/40 split (75/25 for ultra high end items) and will launch daily Facebook auctions this month to support rotating causes. First up is the Henderson Inclusion School.
36 A Street
Boston, MA 02127

10. Covet

395 West Broadway, Boston, MA 02127
Owner Hanadi Hamzeh opened this "boutique with a heart" last fall bringing an experience championing eco-, animal-, and budget-friendly shopping. Prices on contemporary items from brands like Michael Kors, Alice + Olivia, and Kate Spade usually stay below $125. Consignors receive 40% of the selling price (or 50% store credit), with a 60% cut on designer accessories. Ideally, items should have been purchased new within the last year. Checks are mailed for amounts over $75 every month. First time consignors are encouraged to make an appointment.
395 West Broadway
Boston, MA 02127