The Secret to Making More Money When You Consign Your Clothes

Aemilia Madden

Selling clothing secondhand is a great way to give your old favourites a chance at a new life (and hey, to make some money while you're at it). But dragging all of your stuff over only to wait in a long line and in the end make a total of $12 is a major bummer.

To make sure you're making the most you can, we talked to an expert. Emma Blakemore is the New York and Washington, D.C. district director of Crossroads, which means she knows the ins and outs of the buyer-seller relationship. Her tips range from the best time to sell (early mornings) to what the buyers are looking for. "We really try to educate our sellers on what we do want rather than what we don't want because there will always be an exception," Blakemore said.

So the next time you're itching for a closet cleanout, there are a few things to keep in mind: condition, style, season, and stock level (how much clothing is currently in each store). "We want current, contemporary styles, things that are trending right now in fashion on the runway, in blogs, magazines."

Read on to see a breakdown of Blakemore's advice and shop picks that will keep their value when the time comes to sell!

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