Could designer fashion be any more expensive these days? Our secret is consignment.
Buy mint-condition pieces for a discounted price and even sell your next-to-new goods to make a few extra bucks. Check out these must-shop consignment stores in San Francisco (and beyond).
(Courtesy of Sui Generis)
Despite a bit of address shuffling, Sui Generis is a longtime beloved destination for edgy and gorgeous high-designer mens- and womenswear. Brands on offer include Gucci, Tom Ford, Alaia, Dries Van Noten, Saint Laurent, and more. Recent finds include a Love Moschino studded jacket and a Burberry Prorsum lace dress.
How to consign: Schedule an appointment to sell your pieces—you'll receive 40 percent of the purchase price. Before you go, check the store's list of accepted brands and plan to bring at least $500 worth.
// 2231 Market St. (Upper Market), suigenerisconsignment.com
The internet consignment behemoth has three beautiful spaces in the Bay Area: In San Francisco's Union Square, Palo Alto, and at Larkspur Landing in Marin. Each of these shops is brimming with designer merch (recent seasons only) for men and women both. If you've ever shopped with TRR, you know they are picky-picky when it comes to quality, so plan to bring your best and get the same in return. At the SF location, you can enjoy a Sightglass coffee and Mr. Holmes pastry from the cafe.
How to consign: Drop your stuff curbside or head inside to meet with a luxury expert for a free valuation. If you have any fine watches in your position, they'll pay you for them on the spot.
Head here for designer finds for both men and women at affordable prices. Snag a pair of Gucci booties or an embroidered spring jacket, all in near flawless condition. Recent finds include a quilted Burberry coat, ruffled Dolce & Gabbana top,
How to consign: Items require a minimum of a $100 resale value and will be held for 60 days; Goodbyes offers a 50/50 split on the selling price. On items priced $500 or more, you'll receive 70 percent of the selling price.
// 3483 and 3464 Sacramento St. (women's) and 3462 Sacramento St. (men's), Presidio Heights, goodbyessf.com
Known for its collection of luxury handbags as well as jewelry and accessories, Fashionphile carries the big brands—Chanel, Celine, Saint Laurent, Versace, Lanvin. Hot right now: a Chanel goatskin quilted large flap bag and Saint Laurent pink suede star-print sneakers.
How to consign: Submit details and photos of your items online to receive a buyout price quote. Then, you'll receive a free FedEx U.S. domestic ground shipping label to send your item in. Payment is processed the next business day upon receiving and authenticating your bag or bauble. Or, make an appointment at the Fashionphile Studio at Neiman Marcus Union Square.
// Selling Studio at Neiman Marcus, 150 Stockton St. (Union Square), is open on weekdays by appointment only, 415-423-3332. Shop online at fashionphile.com.
Cris is a lovely consignment boutique brimming with modern designer clothing, accessories, shoes, and leather goods for a third of the original retail price. Expect a large selection of Chanel, with some Lanvin and Hermes thrown in for good measure. Recent finds include a resort-ready Balenciaga floral-print handbag and red suede Hermes booties.
How to consign: Go during their buying hours (noon to 5:30pm Wednesday through Sunday), price each piece together, leave it in the store for up to two months, and then split the sale price 50/50.
// 1813 Polk St. (Russian Hill), crisconsignment.com
With two locations in Berkeley and Walnut Creek, this sleek shop has a plethora of brands to choose from—go for the Marc Jacobs and splurge on the Balenciaga. You'll find apparel, handbags, and accessories. Recent finds include a Stella McCartney faux suede tote, Chloe leather ankle boots, and a Chanel silk gown.
How to consign: Book your 30-minute appointment online or by calling 925.952.4566. Items must two years old or newer, unless it's high-end vintage. The split is 50/50 and payments are made every Friday.
// 2629 Ashby Ave (Berkeley), and 1367 N. Main St. (Walnut Creek), labelsluxury.com