Secondhand Style: Chicago's Top Consignment Stores
Know before you go
Shop early The best choices of garments in your size and seasonal accessories are available early in the season. All sales are final.
Shop often Savvy resale shoppers stop into consignment stores frequently to see what's new. Some stores call loyal customers to inform them of new merchandise received from their customers' favorite consigners.
Just buy it If you love it, make it yours now. Designer merchandise sells fast -- especially accessories and handbags, because size doesn't matter. Some top consignment stores will even offer merchandise layaway with a down payment.
Look for bargains With new merchandise arriving daily, resale shops can't afford to keep items on the sales floor too long. Generally prices get slashed after 30 days, starting at 20 percent off the resale price. It never hurts to ask if you can get discounts on full-priced items, because they may be planned for markdown soon.
End-of-season sales Like their retail counterparts, resale boutiques hold clearance sales to make room for next season's merchandise.