By Linda Cameron

Hardly worn but gently used. Wardrobe crowding builds up from inspired shopping sprees. At several Twin Cities consignment stores, you can get cash for your under-utilized apparel and accessories. But before parting with unwanted couture treasures, review the shop’s consignment contract. This document spells out the terms for payment, pricing, and the types of merchandise the shop will accept. Many consignment shops post useful tips and information on their websites. All consignment pieces must be in good condition and neatly packed.

3406 Lyndale Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 354-3970 

Charming and upscale, this Twin Cities consignment accepts brand merchandise from leading designers such as Gucci, Dior, and Chanel. Retail and mall brands and pieces from unknown designers are rarely accepted, unless the style is truly unique. Consignors are paid immediately if June accepts their goods. No need to wait until everything has been sold. Also, no need to reclaim unsold belongings unless the consignor chooses to do so. Every item is authenticated before acceptance. So be sure the original designer labels are still intact.

Rodeo Drive 
4110 Minnetonka Blvd.
Minneapolis, MN 55416
(952) 920-0188

Some consignors say Rodeo Drive in Twin Cities is a great place to sell no longer wanted fashion wear. Merchandise can be consigned by appointment or by mail. If consigning by mail, Rodeo Drive has a protocol to follow and a consignment contract. The consignment period is from 60 to 90 days, with price reductions every 30 days and periodic promotional discounts. A consignor earns 50 percent of the selling price after all items are sold. Payment is on the 15th of the month.

1587 Selby Ave.
Saint Paul, MN, 55104
(651) 644-4110

If you have genuine vintage wear, you’re in luck. While some consignment boutiques only consider the most contemporary, at Lula vintage has appeal. Opened in 1992, Lula specializes in men’s and women’s clothing from quarter centuries past and present. This vintage boutique accepts men’s and women’s fashions, including accessories, that date back to at least 1968. The more authentic or rare, the more likely the item will sell. If you have a collection of at least 30 vintage pieces, the store will arrange to evaluate them in your home. It’s a convenience many consignors enjoy. But it’s also worthwhile to see what’s new in vintage at Lula.

Related: Best Vintage Clothing Shops In the Twin Cities

My Sisters’ Closet 
1136 Grand Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105
(651) 222-2819

Very pretty and pretty chic, My Sisters’ Closet also has an upscale Minneapolis location on South Hennepin Ave. Both sister stores buy contemporary and vintage fashions on consignment. Clothing, including vintage apparel, must be seasonally appropriate. The consignment period is 90 days. Items might have periodic price reductions or be sold at special discounts. Consignors are paid 45 percent of the selling price. In lieu of cash or a check, a consignor can opt for credit. (But who wouldn’t prefer cash or a check?)

Fashion Avenue
4936 France Ave. S.
Edina, MN 55410
(952) 929-7919

You can go to Fashion Avenue in the high fashion 50th and France district, or visit Fashion Avenue 2 in Wayzata. Fashion Avenue looks for haute couture men’s and women’s merchandise. This upscale reseller also accepts out-of-state consignments. Collections can consist of formal wear, swimsuits, and active wear. All items must carry a leading retail brand name or designer label for authentication. For each item sold, consignors earn 50 percent of the selling price. Payment is for sales from the previous month. For more details, prospective consignors should read the downloadable consignment agreement.

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