Blog: Crossroads Style

August 11, 2022 Why Buy Secondhand Clothing?

The benefits of secondhand clothing are multi-fold. There’s the thrill of always-changing thrift store racks, the considerable cost savings, and the ability to buy expensive labels for a fraction of the original price.

Add to that the environmental benefits of secondhand clothing, and you have a shopping option that’s hard to resist.

Did you know that you can follow your local Crossroads stores on Instagram and see photos of the latest pieces in stores?

We’re sharing a few of our favorite recent picks below. This is just a sample of what you’ll find in stores. You’ll see that secondhand clothing is anything but boring!

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Gucci belt, $225.

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Longchamp leather totes, $125.

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Vintage Hey Baby top, $15.

Vintage Levis Sta-Prest pants, $32.50.

Vintage Nine West mini bag, $18.50.

BC platform shoes, $28.

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NWT House of CB “Anais” dress, $68.

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Vintage All That Jazz jumpsuit, $24.

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Pendleton sweater, $24.

Love Tree skirt, $16.50.

Nike Cortez shoes, $24.

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Rare vintage Elvis tee, price upon request.

Resale stores like Crossroads are even better for shopping for secondhand clothing. You can sell your clothes for cash or store credit and save even more money! FYI- we’re now buying for fall!

 

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August 9, 2022 The Earth Tone Fashion Trend

The earth tone fashion trend is a regular visitor to the fall season, and it’s one of the trends that appear in our latest seasonal selling guide. It’s the perfect match for a season where nature is absolutely vibrant in color.

Traditionalists consider the earth tone palette one that emerges strictly from brown, but we’re fans of the more open definition where any nature tone is included. Along with rust and pumpkin colors, we love plum purple, slate gray, sky blue, and moss greens.

All of these tones are subtle and soft, and even better in lightweight knits. We also like to look for them in corduroy, linen, and silk.

Let us show you a few earth tone fashion looks that we think capture the trend, and then head over to our fall selling guide to see what else made the latest list.

Even better, show us your earth tone pieces by tagging us @crossroadstrading.

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The earth tone trend falls under the homestead chic category of fashion inspiration that we’re selling and looking for this season. Take a look at what that means. And if you missed the news, we’re now buying for fall! Visit any of our stores to sell the gently-used pieces you no longer love.

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August 4, 2022 Black-Owned Clothing Brands to Shop

If you spend time with us on our Instagram feed, you’ll see we share Black-owned clothing brands each week. Don’t worry if you missed any in July, because they’re all here!

A.Au

@shopa.au dresses are quite frankly the epitome of glamour. Scroll their feed and be in awe of the beautiful cuts, luxurious fabrics, and flowy sleeves. Soft, classic colors only add to the line’s appeal. Visit the online shop to see for yourself here.

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Sika Designs

Scroll through the IG feed of @sikadesigns, and you’ll want one of everything. The brand’s dresses are both summer-ready and so, so sophisticated. Throw their gorgeous prints and fabrics into the mix, and you’ll stand out in every single one of their pieces. Shop the site here.

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Muehleder

The spotlight shines bright on @muehlederlabel. The brand creates magic with neoprene. Yes, neoprene! The fabric is crafted into almost-sculptural pieces, and the rich colors they choose add even more depth. There are swimwear options too, right alongside dresses and tops. See them all on the brand’s website here.

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Milano di Rouge

@milanodirouge creates luxury streetwear –one of our favorite fashion categories! Marble-print jumpsuits and denim crop jackets are just a few of their stand-out pieces. Visit the shop to see exactly what we mean. Shop the entire line here.

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Salone Monet

Black-owned label @salonemonet is on a mission to bring color-inclusive nude shoes to the market. Their shoe line-up is now on the shelves of some of the biggest department stores and has even been seen on celebrities. There is a range of hues to choose from, so visit their shop to see if they have the perfect match for you. See it here.

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These 5 picks are only a few of the Black-owned clothing brands we’ve featured on our Instagram feed. Jump over there to see even more. You can also join us back here on our website next month when we’ll feature our August picks!

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August 2, 2022 5 Classic Fall Fashion Pieces

There are plenty of new trends for fall 2022– just check out our latest seasonal selling guide to see our picks. But we find that there are some classic fall fashion pieces that we turn to year and year again.

These are the pieces we usually invest the most into since we expect to wear them for multiple seasons. We look for high-quality pieces in the best fabrics we can afford. Sometimes the pieces have designer labels, and they are always treasured secondhand finds.

Since our stores are now buying and selling for the fall season, now is the time to stop in and update your wardrobe.

Here are the 5 classic fall fashion pieces we’ll be shopping for:

1. Blazers

Blazers are our secret weapon. Whether on a Zoom call or showing up for dinner with friends, a blazer instantly elevates any outfit. All of a sudden a tee and jeans are polished and chic. It’s no wonder we stock a few different versions in our closets too, including silk and velvet ones for special occasions.

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2. Jeans

Once the weather starts to cool, you can find us shifting from a daily fashion diet of dresses and skirts to daily jeans and tops. This is the time of year when we invest in our new favorite pair. Or, if we’ve planned well, we’ve already collected the current on-trend denim cut, whether it’s flared, high-waist, skinny, or cropped.

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3. Boots

There is more than one option when it comes to boots! While they work any year, the choice of style is personal. Some opt for riding boots, some pick a combat style, and others prefer ankle boots. Whatever you choose, they’ll make your wardrobe fall-ready.

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4. Leather Jacket

A classic leather jacket is one of the best secondhand finds out there. We lean towards classic colors like tan and black, but don’t be afraid to try colored versions in popular fall tones like rust and red. If you avoid leather products, there are lots of vegan leather options that have the same high-quality look and feel.

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5. Sweater Vest

A sweater vest is fun and adds that extra layer of warmth you may need as the temperatures drop during fall. There are multiple ways to style them too. Check out our blog post about just that here.

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Stay tuned in the coming weeks. Besides these classic fall fashion pieces, we’ll be highlighting our latest fall trend picks over here on the blog. There’s more fall fashion to come!

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July 28, 2022 Affordable Sustainable Clothing Finds

Despite what you might think, affordable sustainable clothing exists! The trick is to shop at secondhand clothing stores. First, you’re shopping sustainably by keeping pre-loved clothing out of landfill and giving it a longer life. Second, you’ll find that secondhand clothing costs one-third to one-half of the original retail price.

You don’t have to give up anything when you buy used clothing. Look at all these categories of fashion you can find!

Special Pieces

Shopping for secondhand clothes is like a treasure hunt. Keep an eye out for unique pieces like brand collaborations.

Opening Ceremony x Vans Panther Set. Jacket, $24. Joggers, $18.50. Tote, $22.50.

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Sugar Thrillz Dress, $32.50. Sam Edelman Shoes, $24. Crazy Horse Bag, $18.50.

New With Tags

Do you know how many people buy a new piece of clothing only to find out months later that they never wear it? Maybe it doesn’t fit them right, or it no longer matches their style. Selling it to a fashion resale store gets it out of their closet and into your hands. The piece has finally found a good home!

New Coogi Sweater, $85.

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Vintage

Vintage clothing is very popular these days, and looking for these pieces in secondhand stores is a thrill of its own. You may even find a label or style you loved decades ago and are ready to revisit.

Vintage Paris Blues Dress, $22.50. Vintage Beaded Bag, $18.50.

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Designer

Buying designer pieces secondhand makes them significantly more affordable. Plus, these fashion “investment” pieces will stay in your closet for years to come.

Gucci Princeton Mules, $265.

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Evening Looks

Don’t overlook secondhand clothing stores when shopping for evenings and special events. It makes even more sense to buy these used if you think you’ll only wear them once or twice. Sell it back to the resale store to earn store credit for your next evening event.

Nicole Miller Dress, $32.50.

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Finding affordable sustainable clothing near you is only a few clicks away. Check out our locations page to find the Crossroads store closest to you.

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