Blog: Crossroads Style

August 28, 2020 by Mauricio Gomez Sell by Mail: A Step by Step Guide

We get it, it’s hard to find time to get to your local Crossroads and sell those pieces you’re no longer wearing or never put on in the first place. No worries, we’ve got you covered with our Sell by Mail program!

Things to Know Beforehand

  • We know you spent good money on the clothes you’re sending in which is why we offer return service. For a $15 fee, we will send back any items we pass on.
  • Payout percentages are the same as in-store: 30% in cash or 50% in trade.
  • We do not offer consignment; a little confusing, right? This just means we will purchase your items outright. You don’t have to wait for your items to sell in our stores to get paid out. Hope that clears things up.

sell by mail envelope.

Step One: Request a Bag

You can request a bag on our website. Each bag is individually packaged in our Sell By Mail envelope and shipped to the address provided. Our primary form of communication is email, so make sure to provide a valid and regularly used email address.
Sell by Mail adding shoes to bag.

Step Two: Fill it Up/ Send it Back

Once you receive your Sell by Mail bag you will notice a UPS label taped on. This is how we’re able to look you up in our system. Yep, that’s it. When filling the bag, make sure the flap can securely close; if the bag looks like it’s about to burst, consider reducing the amount of items.

I’m sure you’re wondering: well what should I put in the bag? We are looking for gently used, on trend items preferably purchased within the last three years. Here are some suggestions:

  • Condition is everything! Broken zippers, stains, unwashed, unintentional rips and tears are avoided by our buyers. Make sure the pieces you’re sending are something you would consider an excellent hand me down.
  • What’s it made of? Our customers are very fabric conscious. They love cotton, silk, wool, cashmere and leather. Check your labels!
  • The more money spent on the piece, the higher the resale value. We are currently not interested in purchasing fast fashion pieces as their price points are too low to for our stores to sell competitively.
  • Accessories are hot sellers; however, we do not buy jewelry through our program. Shoes can be sent at your own risk. Please be sure to package them appropriately.
  • Style and age is very important. If the item you want to send in can be considered vintage, out of style, or is something you no longer see people wearing, chances are it’s something our customers are not looking for.

Putting shoes into the envelope
Once your bag is filled up, drop it off at your nearest UPS location. The labels on our bags are prepaid and only trackable through UPS. Make sure to ask for a drop off receipt for verification purposes. Once the bag has been scanned, you can expect it to arrive to our Northern California warehouse within seven business days.

Step Three: Now We Wait

The estimated processing time we post on our website is our best estimate from the date of the bag’s arrival to our distribution center located in Northern California. If you feel like it has been longer than what we’ve posted, don’t hesitate to send us an email: hello@crossroadstrading.com. We will get back to you with a more detailed timeline.

waiting for sell

Step Four: Cash Out

Get cash for 30% of what we price your items to sell for, or get 50% in trade credit.
Putting a bag into the envelope.

Step Five: Do it Again

If this is a program that works for you, feel free to request additional bags through our website. We love our repeat sellers, especially the ones sending in the brands, styles and one-of-a-kind pieces our customers are looking for. Just like fashion, our programs are ever evolving, so make sure to check back for any updates to our Sell by Mail program. What are you waiting for? Order your Sell by Mail bag now!

November 26th, 2019 by Jennifer Beile 5 Ways to Adapt Your Preppy Style for the Modern Age

The origins of preppy style originate from “preparatory schools,” private institutions synonymous with wealth, status, and typically, privilege and exclusivity, all of which are currently foreign to the modern fashion world. As with the traits of the origins of the style becoming outdated, so is the somewhat vanilla, minimalistic tailored style of the classic preppy visual. Update your preppy style for the modern age with simple layers and additions of edge and unexpected details, putting an eclectic spin on the classic silhouettes and buttoned-up style.

Step Up Your Plaid

Plaid has long been a staple of the classic preppy image. Revitalize your plaid and focus on unique colors and unexpected ways to wear the print, like Blair’s tailored plaid jumpsuit, to add a modern spin on a classic print.
Woman wearing full plaid suit as a preppy style.

Reinvent Your Cardigan

We’ve seen the traditional cardigan come a long way in terms of utility and style this past year. Wear it buttoned-up as a top or throw it over your shoulders for a modern twist on a conventional piece.
Blogger wearing preppy cardigan tucked in to denim.

Play With Fabrics

Styling conventional preppy pieces in traditionally edgy fabrics, like faux leather, will add a layer of interest to an otherwise classic outfit.
Woman brown button up and flowing trousers.

Add a Statement Piece

An eclectic piece adds a twist on the classic heir of preppy style.
Woman wearing preppy overcoat as a statement piece.

Unexpected Details

Whether with shoes, jewelry, layering pieces, or intricate details like stitching or studs, adding unexpected edgy details will add a modern twist to your preppy style.
Woman wearing simple blazer with preppy accessories.

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November 22nd, 2019 by Samantha Furno Layering 101: Stay Cozy, but Look Chic

With that winter chill in full force, the only way to survive the cold during these winter months is by layering. The act of layering is synonymous with the season.  Although it may seem like a chore when you’re getting dressed to brave the cold, consider layering as a thought-out part of your style routine instead and you’ll be sure to take your winter style to the next level! I’ve outlined 5 simple tips below that will ensure that you’re a layering master this winter season.

Start with a Stylish Base

When it comes to base layering, a turtleneck is a foolproof way to add a more classic element to any winter look this season.
Woman wearing cream colored outfit with layering turtleneck.

Hoodie & Jacket Combo

Comfortable hoodies will look instantly elevated when worn beneath a stylish jacket this winter season. Plus, you’ll be ready if you get caught in the rain as well!
Blogger layering cream jacket with white hoodie.

It’s All in The Accessories

Blanket scarves, pom-pom beanies, printed gloves; no matter what you choose to top off your cozy fit, you’ll be sure to be bundled to the max! Be bold and try something in a vibrant hue or even a trendy leopard print!
Woman wearing oversized scarf and leather purse.

Opt for a Vest

A vest is a fantastic alternative to a jacket or coat this winter, plus opting for one with a more tailored fit with polish off your fit beautifully.
Woman layering a flowy vest with high-waisted pants.

Double Up on Sweaters

Not only is an oversized sweater a must-have for any winter wardrobe, it is also a great option to throw on over a fitted sweater or two to ensure you’ll be as cozy as can be!
Woman layering oversized sweater as a base.

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Staff Style Spotlight: Cynthia

Photo of staff member Cynthia in yellow sweater with plaid skirt.

Meet Cynthia, a Crossroads Floor Supervisor. We asked employees at our Melrose Avenue store to bring their style and star in our latest Crossroads photoshoot wearing their favorite Crossroads finds. Take a look at her photos and read about her style.

Triptych of cynthia and another staff member. 

What is your favorite thing about working at Crossroads?

I love the people: both co-workers & customers. The environment here allows you to express yourself in such an artistic way!

Tell us about a Crossroads find that got away.

There was a pair of Gucci sneakers that I have wanted forever! I was waiting to purchase them. Just as I made up my mind to get them, they sold!

Diptych of Cynthia smiling with another staff member.

What is your favorite winter trend?

I love coats! I love trench coats!

Staff member Cynthia in black overalls.

Top tips for selling at Crossroads?

Always look around and see if you like anything before choosing cash or trade when selling.

Diptych of Cynthia in black overalls.

November 20th, 2019 by Samantha Furno 5 Items You Need to Complete Your Holiday Party Look

As crazy as it seems, the holidays are already right around the corner again! Whether you’re style is more classic chic or if you verge more on the statement-making side of things, one thing is for certain, holiday parties are a blast and getting dressed up for such festivities is all a part of the fun as well! There is no reason to hold back with your style this time of year, as the holidays are for bold, eye-catching looks with a hint of glamour! I’ve rounded up five trendy styles that will surely pull together your holiday looks just in time for a night out celebrating!

Evening-Ready Bag

Add a pop of color to an all-black ensemble with a deep maroon clutch or opt for a stylish bag with unique hardware, such as shiny metals or pearls instead.
Woman holding a furry bag with dress for holiday party idea.

Sequin Anything

The more bling, the better with this beloved holiday trend. Sequins are the simplest way to guarantee you’ll be stepping out in eye-catching look!
Woman wearing sequin dress for holiday party inspiration.

Silk Slip Dress

Shiny silk dresses are a chic alternative to sequins this time of year! Plus, slip dresses look wonderful layered beneath a kitschy holiday sweater or a chic leather jacket!
Woman wearing neutral colored silk slip dress with silver bag.

Festive Heels

2019 has truly been the year of stylish and fun footwear, so why not step up a holiday party fit with some strappy metallic heels or a crystal embellished stiletto?!
Woman wearing simple t-shirt and jeans with bright heels for holiday party looks.

Hair Accessories

Keep it sparkly from head to toe by topping off your holiday outfit with a glitzy headband or even a couple of bold barrettes!
Woman wearing hair wrap as an accessory for holiday party idea.

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