Online consignment shopping is better than you think

Lauren by Ralph Lauren Jacket from My Girlfriend’€™s Wardrobe Consignment Store, $35. Model: Michelle Mayer Haas, 41. Photo by Ashley May

I’ll admit, the idea of buying consignment makes me squeamish.

I get images of stained puffy-sleeved dresses and ’70s patterns. I think outdated, ugly and worn.

Lately, I’ve come to the realization that some really quality, classy clothes are being sold in trendy consignment boutiques (like those we used for our Smart winter coat spread).

And, actually, that goes for online, too.

Whereas a few years ago, I would have said don’t buy consignment online (because you don’t know what those clothes have been through; and, really, how honest is that photo and description?) — now, things are a little different.

Smart consignment sellers Hello La Mode and Threadflip are pacifying fears.

Hello La Mode manually checks each consignment item to make sure it is really in the condition the seller says it is. But, don’t expect a Salvation Army price. This retailer sells designer products, including a Prada suede boots and Dolce & Gabbana cashmere jacket. Hello La Mode items, even with a consignment price tag,  range from about $120 to $1,500.

Threadflip takes matters into their own hands. Sellers send consignment items to Threadflip and Threadflip sends them to customers. Threadflip takes care of the photography, uploads, pricing and shipping. The company calls itself a “social marketplace for buying, selling, and discovering new, unique, and pre-loved fashion.” Prices range from less than $20 to more than $500.

Ashley May

FlipSide editor. York County native. Fashion enthusiast. Social media junkie. I take my lattes with soy and whip. Follow me on Twitter @ashleymaytweets.

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