Blog: Crossroads Style

December 29, 2022 Time for a Closet Cleanout

The New Year is on the horizon, and we’re itching for our January closet cleanout. This annual event is when we assess everything in our personal closets and ask the tough questions like, Am I really ever going to wear this?

After we take a look at every single piece, we then sort our unwanted clothing into two piles. One pile is for selling to a resale shop like Crossroads Trading and one is for donating. How do we make this determination? Clothes that are the most likely to sell are current (within the last three seasons) or classic vintage, and in excellent condition.

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A lot of our sellers also turn to our seasonal selling guide and lookbook to get ideas for the styles we’re looking for.

If you’re new to selling your clothes, watch an expert Crossroads seller, @bjonesstyle, clean out her closet:

Ready to conduct your closet cleanout and earn cash or store credit? Find your local Crossroads store and bring in your clothes. No appointment is necessary! You can even use our waitlist app to avoid the line.

And if you don’t live near a Crossroads store location, you can still sell to us! Check out our Sell By Mail program.

December 27, 2022 Q&A with Christina of @fivetwoandmore

We’re always paying attention to your Instagram tags, and Christina of @fivetwoandmore caught our attention when she shared her #crossroadsfinds. We reached out to see if she’d tell us more about her personal style (she focuses on petite fashion!), and her love of secondhand fashion. Read on to learn more about her.

Please tell us a little bit about yourself, Christina.
Hi, Thrifting Community! I’m Christina, a native New Yorker from Queens. I’m a full-time lawyer who likes to express herself through her style.

 

As a creative outlet, I began sharing my fashion journey as a petite female on Instagram. I share how to style clothes for a petite figure and how to find affordable pieces while remaining stylish and feeling good in what you wear.

 

That’s not the only thing I like to share. I love to share the amazing food I get to enjoy no matter where I am, beauty products for sensitive skin, and all the new places I get to travel to and explore. Join me as I balance my worlds and make the most of the moment and my wardrobe.
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How would you describe your personal style?
My personal style is hard to explain. It truly depends on the occasion and how I feel. One moment I’m feeling very feminine, girly, and flirty, another moment I’m feeling comfy and cozy, and another moment I’m feeling sporty and street. My wardrobe and my style cover many bases. You can find me styling most things except for the color pink.

 

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Thank you for tagging your #crossroadsfinds! How did you find our stores?
I was raised to always find the best deal or sale, which ultimately led me to thrifting and secondhand clothing. I wasn’t aware that I could find brand new with tags or barely worn clothes from brands that I love for such a steal and affordable price. Once I learned about thrifting and secondhand clothing, I looked for stores in New York where I could shop and found Crossroads Trading in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

 

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You’re in one of our favorite fashion cities: New York! Are you noticing any NY fashion trends on the rise?
What I love about New York is all the different fashion trends and styles people are following. It can easily depend on the neighborhood and season. Recently, I’ve noticed certain trends that are coming back that were trends when I was really young. Some trends I’ve noticed include dad sneakers, looser/baggier bottoms, chunky boots or loafers, reusable totes as purses, and vintage luxury pieces.

 

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What would be your dream secondhand fashion find? 
A luxury dream find would be a Dior handbag or Jimmy Choo mule. They’re nice to have, but not a need. A non-luxury dream find would be a black leather jacket with an asymmetrical zipper. I used to have one that no longer fits and became very frayed. It’s definitely a staple I want back in my closet.

 

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A big thank you to Christina for taking the time to tell us more about her personal style, and what she’s seeing on the streets of NYC these days. You can admire all of Christina’s fashion finds on Instagram at @fivetwoandmore. You can join us there too!

December 26, 2022 Staff Style Spotlight: Mika

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As part of our Staff Style Spotlight series, meet Mika, a Lead Cashier at Crossroads. We asked Chicago employees to bring their style and star in our latest photoshoot wearing their Crossroads finds. Read about Mika’s personal style, favorite Crossroads finds, and favorite thing about working at Crossroads.

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Tell us about your favorite Crossroads find.

I bought a gray floral satin maxi slip dress by Vince several months ago, and it is easily the most flattering piece I own. A close second is a hand-painted hoodie by Half Evil. It’s my favorite streetwear piece when I need an extra layer.

What are you dying to see come into your Crossroads store?

I am desperate for a Vivienne Westwood bustier top; it would be a great addition to my wardrobe. I’d also love to grab one of Skoot Apparel’s custom hoodies. I love how edgy their designs are.

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What are your winter closet essentials?

Chicago winters are brutal, so layering is a must. I love to have really great long-sleeve basics to grab, and statement sweaters are essential. I also really love a platformed chunky sneaker to stay stylish and above the snow.

How would you describe your personal style?

My style consistently blends together 90’s grunge/goth and Hypebeast branding. It’s a bizarre combo, but it’s very me!

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What is your favorite thing about working at Crossroads?

I love seeing the unique pieces our customers bring in! It’s so fun to hear the stories behind each garment.

Top tips for selling at Crossroads?

Shop around! What we have in store is a great example of what we’re looking for. Also, bring in everything, even if you’re skeptical about whether they will sell. You never know what hot new niche style the items might fit into.

Thanks for the Staff Style Spotlight, Mika! As a Lead Cashier, Mika has the exciting job of creating an aesthetically appealing environment that welcomes all customers, assisting customers throughout the store, and handling all sales-related tasks. Does this sound like something you would be interested in? Join our team! Check out our Careers page to learn more about working at Crossroads.

December 22, 2022 Trending: New Year’s Eve Outfits

We don’t mind going from one week of holiday outfits to another week of New Year’s Eve outfits. It gives us one last opportunity to get dressed up for the year!

New Year’s Eve looks different for everyone. Some will celebrate outdoors with ice skating or town square countdowns, some will enjoy a late night at home with friends, and some will want to dance the night away.

Whatever your New Year’s Eve plans look like, our stores have New Year’s Eve outfits just for you. Here are a few that our store teams put together to inspire you.

Coat & Mini

For those outdoor gatherings. Wear with tights and warm boots, and don’t forget your hot cocoa.

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Ethereal

Welcome the New Year in like a dream. Slip dresses and tulle achieve the look.

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Cozy Layers

Soft cashmere hoodies and faux fur coats will keep you warm until dawn.

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Stand Out

When you’re headed into big crowds, you want to stand out. Not only because it’s New Year’s Eve, but so your friends can easily spot you! Pink leopard, sequin dusters, and mixed prints are just a few ideas.

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Classic LBD

If you don’t want to make one more decision after the busy holiday season, there is always the little black dress to fall back on. A classic.

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Enjoy your New Year’s Eve!

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December 20, 2022 Where Can I Sell Used Clothes for Cash?

You’re looking for extra spending money and wondering: where can I sell used clothes for cash?

Good for you, knowing that clothes in your closet that you no longer love can still have value to secondhand fashion shoppers. If your closet is brimming with clothes that…

-You used to love, but don’t fit your style anymore

-Never fit just right

-Were a gift but are not to your personal taste

…then selling them at a secondhand resale shop is a great idea, and Crossroads Trading stores offer you exactly that chance!

Start at the Website

Check out our seasonal selling guide to learn about the styles we’re buying right now. Clean out your closet with these items in mind.

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Bring the freshly laundered, excellent-condition pieces to your local Crossroads Trading store. No appointment is necessary.

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Sign up to sell at our selling station, and have one of our friendly buyers assess your clothing. You’ll earn 30% in cash or 50% in store credit for what they price each item for.

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Choose your payout and receive it on the spot. No waiting for your clothes to sell!

If you picked store credit, check our store racks for incredible secondhand fashion pieces that meet your current style.

No more wondering, where can I sell used clothes for cash? Well, Crossroads, of course!

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