Reselling or Consigning Your Unwanted Items Online and in Chicagoland Area Stores

 

It is always worth the effort to try and sell items that you no longer need that have life left in them. However, it is not easy to find the right resale or consignment store interested to sell your unwanted items because most places want specific things. It is essential to know what you have to sell or consign. For example, you need to know the age of your clothes. Certain items require an appraisal or authentication documentation.

It is essential to realize that your unwanted belongings are ultimately worth what someone is willing to pay. Generally, once an item can no longer get returned to the store at full price, it is usually worth half to a third of what it cost even in like-new condition.  Do not become upset or insulted when a merchant gives you a low offer because that is business. You do not have to take their offer, try negotiating. Realize that they are taking your item on the chance that it will sell. A reseller does the work of advertising and featuring your articles in their store. The more resale or consignment shops you interview, the better. Call the stores first and go over their resale or consignment terms; everyone is different. Make sure to remember when the consignment ends and understand if they do markdowns during the duration of the agreement.

Weigh your selling options. You can try online resale websites, which are all different. Most have fees and require you to do all the work, such as post, ship, and engage in all buyer communication. Also, selling online would entail additional costs due to the use of an electronic commerce (e-commerce) company that facilitates payments between parties through online funds transfers.

There is also an option to utilize free online marketplaces that are, in a sense, a virtual garage sale. Facebook’s Marketplace is an example. In such selling platforms, you create the post and meet the potential buyer somewhere or invite them to your home for the sales transaction.

In any event, no one said this was going to be easy. The following are lists of my favorite places to sell or consign your unwanted belongings in the Chicagoland area.

Books

 Everything But The House (online)

https://www.ebth.com/how-it-works

  • Everything in a house from clothes to furniture

 

Half-Priced Books

(3 locations)

  1. 5605 W. Touhy Ave., Niles, IL 60714 – 847-588-2286
  2.  701 N. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills, IL 60061 – 847-573-1947
  3. 1075 E. Golf Rd.,  Schaumburg, IL 60173  –  847-995-0240
  • Bring books to the store’s Buy Counter
  • Cash paid

 

Children’s Resale

 

Poshmark (online) – www.poshmark.com

  • Women’s clothing, jewelry, makeup, footwear, and accessories
  • Men’s clothing, accessories, bags, footwear, and outerwear
  • Kid’s clothing, accessories, footwear, and outerwear
  • Home bedding, bath, accents, dining, holiday, art, kitchen, office, party supplies, storage, and organization

  

 

Vestiaire Collective (online) – www.verstiairecollective.com

  • Men’s clothing, shoes, bags, accessories, watches, and jewelry
  • Women’s clothing, bags, shoes, accessories, watches, and jewelry
  • Kid’s clothing, footwear, bags, and accessories

 

 

The RealReal (online) – www.realreal.com

  • Women’s clothing, handbags, footwear, jewelry, watches, and accessories
  • Men’s clothing, bags, luggage, grooming, outerwear, footwear, watches, and jewelry
  • Girl’s clothing, outerwear, footwear, accessories
  • Boy’s clothing, outerwear, footwear, accessories
  • Baby clothing, outerwear, footwear, gear, furniture, décor, and accessories
  • Offer free in-home pickup, free shipping or drop-off
  • Ship items directly to The RealReal free
  • Home furniture, dinnerware, flatware, serving pieces, barware, barware, glassware, fine art, and home décor

  

 

Kidizen (online) – www.kidizen.com

  • Boy’s clothing and footwear
  • Girl’s clothing and footwear
  • Baby’s clothing and footwear
  • Women’s clothing, footwear, accessories

 

 

 ThredUp (online) – www.thredup.com

  • Women’s clothing, shoes, handbags, jewelry, and accessories
  • Girl’s clothing, footwear, outerwear, swimwear, and accessories
  • Boy’s clothing, footwear, outerwear, swimwear, and accessories

 

 

Cloud & Bunny  – www.cloudandbunny.com

1600 W. Montrose Ave., | Chicago, Illinois | 773-592-9526

  • Walk-in or drop-off
  • Two bags or box limit
  • No hangers or trash bags
  • 20 percent cash or 40 percent store credit upon sale
  • Accept only designer kid’s clothes and shoes up to size 12 in excellent condition.

 

 

All Kids Closet – www.allkidsclosetresale.com

6555 Willow Springs Rd., | La Grange Highlands, Il 60525 | 708-937-9089

  • Any brand clothing in good condition
  • Cash 20 percent
  • Walk-in or drop-off

 

 

The Second Child – www.2ndChild.com

954 W. Armitage | Chicago, Il 60619 | 773-883-0880

  • First-time clients by appointment
  • 33 percent consignment of the sale price
  • Upscale clothes only in perfect condition
  • Maternity clothes, educational toys, recall-free, safety-approved baby equipment

 

 

Still Adorable – www.2ndChild.com

995 Waukegan Rd. | Glenview, IL 60025 | 847-729-2488

  • Cash 30 percent
  • Upscale clothes only in perfect condition
  • Baby equipment, books, small furniture, and room décor

 

 

Wear & Share – www.shopwearandshare.com

139 N. Hale St. #5112 | Wheaton, IL 60187 | 630-456-4140

  • Consignment
  • By appointment
  • Online email form

 

Women’s Clothing, Jewelry & Accessories

 

Everything But The House (online) – https://www.ebth.com/how-it-works

  • Everything in a house from clothes to furniture

 

 

Poshmark (online) – www.poshmark.com

  •  Women’s clothing, jewelry, makeup, footwear, and accessories
  • Men’s clothing, accessories, bags, footwear, and outerwear
  • Kids clothing, accessories, footwear, and outerwear
  • Home bedding, bath, accents, dining, holiday, art, kitchen, office, party supplies, storage, and organization

 

Tradesy (online) – www.tradesy.com

  • Women’s clothing, handbags, footwear, accessories, & wedding

 

Vestiaire Collective (online) – www.verstiairecollective.com

  • Men’s clothing, shoes, bags, accessories, watches, and jewelry
  • Women’s clothing, bags, shoes, accessories, watches, and jewelry
  • Kid’s clothing, footwear, bags, and accessories

 

 

The RealReal (online) – www.realreal.com

  •  Women’s clothing, handbags, footwear, jewelry, watches, and accessories
  • Men’s clothing, bags, luggage, grooming, outerwear, footwear, watches, and jewelry
  • Girl’s clothing, outerwear, footwear, accessories
  • Boy’s clothing, outerwear, footwear, accessories
  • Baby clothing, outerwear, footwear, gear, furniture, décor, and accessories
  • Home furniture, dinnerware, flatware, serving pieces, barware, glassware, fine art, and home décor
  • Offer free in-home pickup, free shipping or drop-off
  • Ship items directly to The RealReal free

 

  Kidizen (online) – www.kidizen.com

  •  Baby clothing and footwear
  • Boy’s clothing and footwear
  • Girl’s clothing and footwear
  • Women’s clothing, footwear, accessories
  • Women’s maternity

 

 

ThredUp (online) – www.thredup.com

  • Women’s clothing, shoes, handbags, jewelry, and accessories
  • Girl’s clothing, footwear, outerwear, swimwear, and accessories
  • Boy’s clothing, footwear, outerwear, swimwear, and accessories

 

 

 My Sister’s Closet  – www.mysistersclosetchicago.com

5413 West Devon | Chicago, Illinois 60646 | 773-774-5050

www.mysistersclosetchicago.com

  • 90-day agreement
  • First-time clients need an appointment
  • Clothes no older than two years old
  • Consignment

 

 

Kelsey Resale Boutique

(2 locations)

22 West Burlington Avenue | La Grange, IL 60525 | 708-937-9440

Email KelseyresaleLG@gmail.com

49 S. Washington Street |Hinsdale, IL 60521 | 630-442-7969

Email Kelseyresale@gmail.com

  • High-end clothes, footwear, and accessories
  • 50 percent consignment of the sale price

 

Boy & Girl Teen (Juniors) Casual Clothing

 

Poshmark (online) – www.poshmark.com

  •  Women’s clothing, jewelry, makeup, footwear, and accessories
  • Men’s clothing, accessories, bags, footwear, and outerwear
  • Kids clothing, accessories, footwear, and outerwear
  • Home bedding, bath, accents, dining, holiday, art, kitchen, office, party supplies, storage, and organization

 

Tradesy (online) – www.tradesy.com

  • Women’s clothing, handbags, footwear, accessories, & wedding

 

Vestiaire Collective (online) – www.verstiairecollective.com

  • Men’s clothing, shoes, bags, accessories, watches, and jewelry
  • Women’s clothing, bags, shoes, accessories, watches, and jewelry
  • Kid’s clothing, footwear, bags, and accessories

 

The RealReal (online) – www.realreal.com

  •  Women’s clothing, handbags, footwear, jewelry, watches, and accessories
  • Men’s clothing, bags, luggage, grooming, outerwear, footwear, watches, and jewelry
  • Girl’s clothing, outerwear, footwear, accessories
  • Boy’s clothing, outerwear, footwear, accessories
  • Baby clothing, outerwear, footwear, gear, furniture, décor, and accessories
  • Home furniture, dinnerware, flatware, serving pieces, barware, glassware, fine art, and home décor
  • Offer free in-home pickup, free shipping or drop-off
  • Ship items directly to The RealReal free

 

ThredUp (online) – www.thredup.com

  • Women’s clothing, shoes, handbags, jewelry, and accessories
  • Girl’s clothing, footwear, outerwear, swimwear, and accessories
  • Boy’s clothing, footwear, outerwear, swimwear, and accessories

 

 

Plato’s Closet

(2 locations)

  1. 1414 N. Roselle | Schaumburg, Il 60195 | 847-310-8433
  2. 4614 N. Harlem | Harwood Heights, IL 60706 | 708-867-2800
  • Cash 30 percent of the sale value
  • Junior sizes
  • In-style fashion
  • Drop-off

 

Men & Women Clothing, Footwear or Accessories

 

Everything But The House (online) – https://www.ebth.com/how-it-works

  • Everything in a house from clothes to furniture

 

Poshmark (online)- www.poshmark.com

  •  Women’s clothing, jewelry, makeup, footwear, and accessories
  • Men’s clothing, accessories, bags, footwear, and outerwear
  • Kids clothing, accessories, footwear, and outerwear
  • Home bedding, bath, accents, dining, holiday, art, kitchen, office, party supplies, storage, and organization

  

 

Vestiaire Collective (online)-  www.verstiairecollective.com

  • Men’s clothing, shoes, bags, accessories, watches, and jewelry
  • Women’s clothing, bags, shoes, accessories, watches, and jewelry
  • Kid’s clothing, footwear, bags, and accessories

 

The RealReal (online) – www.realreal.com

  • Women’s clothing, handbags, footwear, jewelry, watches, and accessories
  • Men’s clothing, bags, luggage, grooming, outerwear, footwear, watches, and jewelry
  • Girl’s clothing, outerwear, footwear, accessories
  • Boy’s clothing, outerwear, footwear, accessories
  • Baby clothing, outerwear, footwear, gear, furniture, décor, and accessories
  • Home furniture, dinnerware, flatware, serving pieces, barware, glassware, fine art, and home décor
  • Offer free in-home pickup, free shipping or drop-off
  • Ship items directly to The RealReal free

 

ThredUp (online) – www.thredup.com

  • Women’s clothing, shoes, handbags, jewelry, and accessories
  • Girl’s clothing, footwear, outerwear, swimwear, and accessories
  • Boy’s clothing, footwear, outerwear, swimwear, and accessories

 

Crossroads Trading Company – www.crossroadstrading.com

1730 Sherman Avenue | Evanston, Il 60201 | 847-864-9803

  • 30 percent cash upfront
  • 40 percent store credit
  • 50/50 consignment split of the sale price
  • Trendy clothes, footwear, and accessories.

 

Anne’s Unique Boutique – www.annesboutique.com

16 South Bothwell St.| Palatine, IL 60067 | 847-991-1976

  • 40 percent consignment on sale price
  • Drop-off or walk-in only
  • Items must be no older than two years

 

Furniture & Home décor

 

Everything But The House (online) – https://www.ebth.com/how-it-works

  • Everything in a house from clothes to furniture

 

Poshmark (online)- www.poshmark.com

  • Women’s clothing, jewelry, makeup, footwear, and accessories
  • Men’s clothing, accessories, bags, footwear, and outerwear
  • Kids clothing, accessories, footwear, and outerwear
  • Home bedding, bath, accents, dining, holiday, art, kitchen, office, party supplies, storage, and organization

 

The RealReal (online) – www.realreal.com

  •  Women’s clothing, handbags, footwear, jewelry, watches, and accessories
  • Men’s clothing, bags, luggage, grooming, outerwear, footwear, watches, and jewelry
  • Girl’s clothing, outerwear, footwear, accessories
  • Boy’s clothing, outerwear, footwear, accessories
  • Baby clothing, outerwear, footwear, gear, furniture, décor, and accessories
  • Home furniture, dinnerware, flatware, serving pieces, barware, glassware, fine art, and home décor
  • Offer free in-home pickup, free shipping or drop-off
  • Ship items directly to The RealReal free

 

Village Treasure House – www.villagetreasurehouse.org

1460 Paddock Drive | Northbrook, IL 60062 | 847-832-1030

  • Email images to info@villagetreasurehouse.org
  • Drop-off Sat – Weds. 11 a. – 4 pm
  • Consignment 50/50 split of the sale price
  • The agreement terms are 90 days. Unsold items go to the donation

 

New Uses 

1701 N. Larkin | Crest Hill, IL 60403 | 815-730-7800

Email: Newusescresthil l@gmail.com

  • Accept many types of furniture and household items
  • Cash paid and it varies depending on the item

 

Divine Consign – www.divineconsign.com

1800 S. Harlem Ave. |North Riverside, Il 60546 | 708-386-3366

  • Consignment 50/50 split
  • 60-day agreement (markdowns after 30 days)
  • Refer to the website for items accepted

 

Twisted Trunk

1826 Glenview Rd. | Glenview, IL 60025 | 224-616-3258

Email – diane@twistedtrunkglenview.com

  • High-quality furniture and home décor
  • 90-day agreement
  • Consignment split 50/50

 

High-end Furniture, Art & Antiques

 Everything But The House (online) – https://www.ebth.com/how-it-works

  • Everything in a house from clothes to furniture

 

 

 The RealReal (online) – www.realreal.com

  • Women’s clothing, handbags, footwear, jewelry, watches, and accessories
  • Men’s clothing, bags, luggage, grooming, outerwear, footwear, watches, and jewelry
  • Girl’s clothing, outerwear, footwear, accessories
  • Boy’s clothing, outerwear, footwear, accessories
  • Baby clothing, outerwear, footwear, gear, furniture, décor, and accessories
  • Home furniture, dinnerware, flatware, serving pieces, barware, glassware, fine art, and home décor
  • Offer free in-home pickup, free shipping or drop-off
  • Ship items directly to The RealReal free

 

 

Anna’s Mostly Mahogany – www.annasmostlymahogany.com

531 Bank Lane | Highwood, IL 60040 | 847-432-9151

 

Studio 8

7316 Madison St. |Forest Park, IL 60130 | 708-665-3145

 

 

High-end Furniture, Art & Antiques

 

Everything But The House (online) – https://www.ebth.com/how-it-works

  • Everything in a house from clothes to furniture

 

 

The RealReal (online) – www.realreal.com

  • Women’s clothing, handbags, footwear, jewelry, watches, and accessories
  • Men’s clothing, bags, luggage, grooming, outerwear, footwear, watches, and jewelry
  • Girl’s clothing, outerwear, footwear, accessories
  • Boy’s clothing, outerwear, footwear, accessories
  • Baby clothing, outerwear, footwear, gear, furniture, décor, and accessories
  • Home furniture, dinnerware, flatware, serving pieces, barware, glassware, fine art, and home décor
  • Offer free in-home pickup, free shipping or drop-off
  • Ship items directly to The RealReal free

 

Anna’s Mostly Mahogany –  www.annasmostlymahogany.com

531 Bank Lane | Highwood, IL 60040 | 847-432-9151

 

 

Studio 8

7316 Madison St. | Forest Park, IL 60130 | 708-665-3145

 

 

China, Crystal, Silver, Collectibles, Jewelry & Watches

 

Everything But The House (online) – https://www.ebth.com/how-it-works

  • Everything in a house from clothes to furniture

 

 The RealReal (online) – www.realreal.com

  • Women’s clothing, handbags, footwear, jewelry, watches, and accessories
  • Men’s clothing, bags, luggage, grooming, outerwear, footwear, watches, and jewelry
  • Girl’s clothing, outerwear, footwear, accessories
  • Boy’s clothing, outerwear, footwear, accessories
  • Baby clothing, outerwear, footwear, gear, furniture, décor, and accessories
  • Home furniture, dinnerware, flatware, serving pieces, barware, glassware, fine art, and home décor
  • Offer free in-home pickup, free shipping or drop-off
  • Ship items directly to The RealReal free

 

Replacements.com (Online) –  www.replacements.com 1-800-737-5223

  • China, silver, collectibles, estate jewelry & watches

 

 

Anna’s Mostly Mahogany – www.annasmostlymahogany.com

531 Bank Lane | Highwood, IL 60040 |847-432-9151

 

 

The Antique Barn

971 N. Milwaukee Avenue | Wheeling, IL  60090 | 847-537-9886

  • Prefer telephone calls over email
  • Pays cash and amount varies
  • Take items such as high-end china, clocks, dolls, and furniture

 

Antiques, Watches Jewelry & Collectibles

 

Everything But The House (online)- https://www.ebth.com/how-it-works

  • Everything in a house from clothes to furniture

 

 

Worthy (online)

www.worthy.com

  • Auction Jewelry
  • High-end jewelry & watches

 

 

Secret Treasures

605 Dempster | Evanston, IL 60201 | 847-866-6889

Email secrettreasuresantiques@gmail.com

  • Drop-off purchasing policy or email for pre-approval and receipt
  • Accept Art, crystal, linens, sterling, and selected china
  • Consignment 50/50 split
  • Antiques & Collectibles from the Victorian Era to Post WWII

 

Lincoln Antique Mall

3115 W. Irving Park Rd. | Chicago, IL 60618 | 773-604-4700

Email Kris@lincolnAntiquemall.com

  • Pays cash and amounts vary
  • Accepts Mid-Century furniture, art & home décor

 

 

Archie’s

5516 W. Devon Ave. | Chicago, IL |  773-774-1433

  • Pays cash and amounts vary
  • Coins, precious metals, flatware, estate jewelry, watches, antiques, and collectibles

 

Heritage Trail Mall

heritage.trial@yahoo.com

847-256-6208

  • Relocating to Northfield, Il
  • Subscribe to their email to get updates when they are accepting items
  • Consignment items are larger pieces such as furniture, paintings, mirrors and lighting
  • Cash paid for small items such as ceramics, figurines, and jewelry

 

 

Lost Eras

1511 W. Howard St. | Chicago, IL | 773-764-7400

info@losteras.com  Send images via email to receive a quote

 

 

Exercise Equipment & Sporting Goods

 

2nd Round Fitness

238 E. Irving Park Rd Unit 102 | Wood Dale, IL 60191 | 847-951-2297

  • Mostly commercial gym equipment
  • Buys some home gym equipment
  • Text with images to 847-951-9227
  • Pays cash based on their discretion

 

 

Play It Again Sports

(2 locations)

  1. 5600 95th St. | Oak Lawn, IL 60453 | 708-636-6311
  2. 575 S. Waukegan | Northbrook, IL 60062 | 847-564-918
  1. 30 percent cash
  2. 40 percent trade
  3. 50/50 split when an item sells

 

Johnson Fitness & Wellness Store- www.johnsonfitness.com

453 S. Waukegan Rd. | Northbrook, IL 60062 | 847-205-4388

 

 

Online Website That Sells Almost Anything

 

eBay –www.eBay.com

Facebook Marketplace- www.facebook.com/marketplace

OfferUp- www.offerup.com

Letgo- www.letgo.com

Craigslist – www.craigslist.org

 

It is nice to deal locally with a brick-and-mortar resale or consignment shops because you can physically bring items into their stores and leave with the ones that cannot sell.  Most resale and consignment shops will donate unsold items when your contract ends, but others will keep them when not picked up promptly and profit. Therefore, read your agreement carefully.

Online transactions are more work, but you usually make more money than utilizing a storefront, which generally is a 50/50 split. You also have control over the pricing. The downside is the work involved. Most online resale websites require you to post and maintain full engagement with potential buyers.

 

 

 

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