Blog: Crossroads Style

February 29, 2024 The Best Preloved Clothes in Stores Now

Preloved clothes are exactly that: clothes that once won over a shopper, only to find themselves hanging in a closet or waiting in a drawer for too long.

Maybe it’s because they never fit the owner just right, or maybe it’s because the owner changed styles. Whatever the reason, preloved clothes find a new owner and a second (or third!) life in our stores.

If you follow our regional Instagram feeds (and we really hope you do! Find some linked below), then you know that we buy in amazing used clothing all day every day. From popular mall brands to designer pieces, we stock our stores with secondhand gems.

In fact, we perused our regional feeds this morning and found some pieces we had to share. Take a look, and then plan your next visit to shop or sell!

example of preloved clothes: a used leather Gucci bag

example of pre-loved clothes: a checked sweater, pair of sneakers, and green corduroy pants

pair of Nike sneakers in tan suede with navy blue swoop

example of preloved clothes: a white blouse, black corset, and striped pants

off-shite linen skirt, crochet tie-top, and white tank top

designer suitcase

burgundy sweatshirt, paisley jacket, jeans, and white trainers

pair of Doc Martens

Do you have preloved clothes in your closet that you no longer wear?


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February 27, 2024 Flirty Hemlines for Spring

Dress and skirt hemlines are looking extra flirty this spring, so much so that we’ve added to them to our seasonal selling guide.

Whether flared, bubble, or flounced, these special hemlines add a whole new dimension to a spring or summer look. Plus, they’re really fun to wear!

Below are a few of the looks we plan to replicate this season. Notice how these flirty hemlines work on both midi and maxi lengths.

Woman wearing an example of flirty hemlines. A tan plaid dress with flared bottom.

A woman wearing an example of flirty hemlines. A houndstooth bubble skirt with flounce hem.

Woman wearing a floral dress with slit hemline

Woman wearing an example of flirty hemlines. A pink and purple plaid bow dress with frilly hem

Woman in black floral mid-length dress and black strappy sandals

Not your style? We have plenty more seasonal trends for you to admire, plus racks and racks of treasure hunt fashion finds on the racks of our stores.

If you find yourself with any of these seasonal trends in pre-loved condition in your closet, now may be the time to sell them to Crossroads for cash or store credit. We offer 30% in cash or 50% in trade of what we price the item for, and you’ll get paid on the spot. It doesn’t get much easier. You can even use our waitlist app to add your name to selling waitlist before you’ve even left your home!

With spring on the horizon, now’s the time to start planning that closet spring clean!


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February 26th, 2024 Staff Style Spotlight: Alejandro

Alejandro wearing a white striped sweater and denim

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

Describe your all-time favorite Crossroads find.

Doc Martens Chinese New Year of the Ox editions that I have never seen before!

Which clothing brand(s) do you get excited to see at Crossroads?

I love seeing brands like Ksubi, and seeing new brands that I have never heard of.

Alejandro and wearing a white striped sweater and denim walking with one model

Describe your personal style in 5 words or less.

Never too much/little.

What is your go-to spring uniform?

I always got me some cargo shorts on or a short sleeve button up.

Alejandro and wearing a white striped sweater and denim walking with two models

What tips do you have for selling at Crossroads?

Always bring your freshest clothes, vintage, and unique pieces always do well.

What is your favorite part about working at Crossroads?

I love seeing people find a new piece that they couldn’t find anywhere else. I also love seeing when people find something that fits their style perfectly!


Thanks for the Staff Style Spotlight, Alejandro! As a Lead Cashier, Alejandro 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.


February 22, 2024 Get Cash for Clothes by Mail

Giving cash for clothes is what we do! Most people sell directly in our stores to collect cash or store credit on the spot, but if you don’t live near a store (or just don’t have the time), you can try our Sell by Mail program too.

However you choose to sell, there are a few things to consider when deciding on the clothes to bring to us. These 4 tips will greatly increase your odds of earning cash or trade.

1. Check the Brands We Love

Our selling guide shares the styles, trends, and labels we’re currently looking for. We’re always looking for popular mall and boutique brands in great condition.

2. Focus on Current and Classic Styles

We love to stock our racks with the trends and styles we’re seeing on the current runways, as well as classic investment pieces that can be worn for years.

Current and classic styles will always increase your likelihood of selling.

buyer giving cash for clothes at a Crossroads selling counter

3. Bring in Those High-Quality Fabrics

We’re on the hunt for superior natural fibers like cotton, silk, cashmere, leather, and wool. In fact, what your clothes are made of can turn your piece from a “maybe” into a “yes, please!”

Like with any fabrics, just make sure to inspect for pulls and stains. Our buyers won’t be able to accept damaged items.

4. Check the Condition

Finally, our buyers look for pieces that customers could wear out of the store. For this reason, they look closely for stains, tears, loose threads, missing buttons, and broken zippers. The better the condition, the more likely an item will be purchased!

Ready to give it a go and earn cash for clothes? Just visit one of our stores or order your Sell by Mail bag here.



February 20, 2024 So 90s: A Ditsy Floral Dress

If you’re unfamiliar, a ditsy floral dress is a dress with a scattered print of mini flowers. Think of the classic Liberty prints we all know and love.

The ditsy floral dress was very popular in the 1990s, and in two distinct styles. The first was a mini silhouette in a wrap style, and the second was a straight-line maxi style. Both styles were typically paired with a pair of Converse sneakers or platform shoes.

These dresses usually came in a soft lightweight fabric and were the go-to look for spring and summer in the city.

The look is back, and it wasn’t hard to find several outfits we plan to replicate ourselves this season. Scroll through them all and decide which one best matches your current style.

The Classic Wrap Mini Dress

woman in light blue and yellow ditsy floral dress with mini red handbag

Peasant-Style Neckline & Sleeves

woman in pink and blue ditsy floral dress with black converse shoes

In an Apron Dress

woman in black, pink, orange, and teal ditsy floral dress in an apron style

Wrap-Style with Buttons

woman wearing one in a black and tan print, paired with Converse high tops

Gathered Waist

woman wearing one in a brown and yellow print, with combat boots

We’re shopping for the ditsy floral dress for our closets and for our stores. If you find yourself with pre-loved pieces in excellent condition that no longer suit your style, try selling them in one of our stores or by Sell by Mail! We’re currently on the hunt for styles, trends, and labels like these.


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