We've all done it. We buy new clothes and then they sit in our closet never to be seen or worn again. But if you're a resident in or around Phoenix, Arizona, you're in luck. From Scottsdale to Tempe, there are plenty of stores within a 20-minute drive of the capital city that will buy or exchange your gently used items.
Consignment clothing stores and vintage shops are great places to save a bundle on your next clothing purchase. It isn't buying used clothing—it's more like eco-shopping. By purchasing good quality second-hand clothing you are keeping those items out of landfills.
Local flea markets and swap meets around Phoenix are other great ways to find discounted, designer clothing. Flea markets will often take extra items and allow more bargaining than other brick-and-mortar consignment stores. So before you go on your next shopping spree, it's worth double checking your closet. You may be surprised to find what goods you could trade or sell at the following Phoenix outlets.
The first Buffalo Exchange opened in 1974 in Tucson and claims to be the very first store that bought, sold, and traded clothing items and accessories on consignment. There are now Buffalo Exchange stores in more than 15 states. Inventory includes designer wear, vintage, jeans, leather, basics, and one-of-a-kind items. You'll also find new merchandise and accessories. There are two stores in Greater Phoenix, one in Phoenix and one in Tempe.
This Scottsdale shop sells upscale home goods as well as consignment apparel from top brands and well-known designers. You'll also find women's clothing, accessories, jewelry, household items, and home décor, including art and artifacts. Clothing must be designer quality, less than two years old, and clean.
My Sister’s Closet has branched out to include My Sister’s Attic and Well Suited Men’s Resale. Here, you can browse designer clothing as well as furniture, art, rugs, china and crystal, linens, antiques, and collectibles. They don't buy direct, but they accept consignments for trade or cash. The three main outposts are in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Paradise Valley.
Teens and college students are the target customers of these two Mesa-based stores. They buy and sell name-brand clothing that would typically be purchased at a mall store, like Abercrombie or American Eagle Outfitters. Most outfits are only six months to one year old.
Head to North Scottsdale or Gilbert to check out Urban Xchange, where you can sell your used name-brand clothes for quick cash or in-store trades. Just keep in mind that they don't buy goods purchased from department stores, but an exception may be made if the items are seasonal and in style.