CONSIGN OF THE TIMES

We Co-Sign These Consignment Shops

They're kind of a big deal.

By Zoe Sayler

Two Big Blondes owner Lisa Michaud takes pride in the store's dedicated plus-size inventory.

Intrigued by the positive environmental impact of thrifting, but a little less thrilled about the impact of spending hours searching for a nice pair of jeans? Consignment gives back-of-the-closet clothing a new lease on life. It also provides its original owner an opportunity to recoup the cost of those super cute heels surely someone out there can walk in.

And in Seattle, there’s a place to consign just about everything, from vintage kids’ clothes to a pair of skis. Here’s where we’re buying—and selling—our favorite stuff.

Best Gender-Inclusive Consignment: Funky Jane’s Consignment

Alaska Junction

For size-inclusive, gender-affirming consignment, look no further than Funky Jane’s—a West Seattle institution that truly lives up to its name, with an amalgam of vintage finds, consignment pieces enhanced by local designers, and cleverly styled dress forms that serve as serious inspiration.

How to consign: Call the store to make an appointment to get your best and bizarrest clothing, shoes, and accessories assessed; consignors can sell up to 10 items per week.

Best Outdoor Consignment: Wonderland Gear Exchange

Fremont

Stereotypical Pacific Northwesterners, cover your ears: Not every outdoor activity is for everyone. Got a pair of skis you used twice? A pair of hiking boots you bought for an ill-fated Tinder date with an avid adventurer? Wonderland will find them a loving home. 

How to consign: Make a 15-minute appointment online and bring your clean, working-condition, newish outdoor gear to Wonderland. Certain types of gear are only accepted if new with tags; peruse the consignment page for more details.

Best Kids Consignment: Chrysanthemum

Columbia City

The only thing cuter than vintage clothing? Tiny vintage clothing. Decorated with old-school toys and games and packed to the brim with a variety of modern consignment and throwback threads as well as new clothing and toys, this cute Columbia City shop provides plenty of distractions for little ones. Read: You’ll have plenty of time to reminisce.

How to consign: Chrysanthemum buys in-season children’s clothing in exchange for shop credit. Drop-off is currently paused, but keep tabs on Chrysanthemum’s Instagram to be updated when they’re ready to accept summer clothing, like sandals and swimwear.

Pre-loved toys get a new lease on life at Chrysanthemum.

Best Plus-Size Consignment: Two Big Blondes 

Central District

Founded in Georgetown in 1997, this sweeping shop offers an unprecedented selection of plus-size fashions from 25-cent sale items to $800 designer consignment in styles and sizes that reflect the diversity of its customer base. In a world where it’s still difficult to find stylish clothing beyond a size XL, especially at a brick-and-mortar, “We’ve had people come in and literally cry when they see the amount we have,” says owner Lisa Michaud.

How to consign: Two Big Blondes accepts high-quality, in-season, contemporary women’s clothing (with some vintage exceptions) in size 14 and up all day on Saturday. Those consigning more than 20 items should make an appointment. Check out the shop’s website for more information on brand restrictions, condition requirements, and information on how Two Big Blondes can help you donate clothing to the Seattle Women's Assistance Fund.

Best Designer Consignment: Labels

Phinney Ridge

Pristine fashions at this bustling Greenwood Avenue shop run the gamut from KAVU to Chanel, at prices that feel like a major steal to designer enthusiasts (the ones who don’t spend months perusing thrift racks for finds Labels produces in minutes, anyway). Instagram sales keep shoppers sated between trips.

How to consign: Call the shop to schedule an appointment, and come prepared with a haul of newish (and like-new) women’s fashions—especially if you’ve got stockpiles of the shop’s most-loved brands. 

Best Furniture Consignment: Big Whale Consignment

Greenwood

Owner Diem-My Tran collects furniture prolifically, despite getting into the game just about five years ago. Literal stacks of “things that make me do a double take” line every spare inch of this Aurora storefront. That amounts to a mix curated less by era or style and more by a sixth sense for stunning furniture. “What’s good is good,” Tran says.

How to consign: Email pictures of clean, high-quality, gently used furniture to [email protected] to be pre-approved for a 90-day consignment period. 

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