Blog: Crossroads Style

November 3, 2022 Secondhand Holiday Fashion Ideas

Yes, it’s finally November, and we have holiday fashion on our minds! Even better, we’re on the hunt for secondhand holiday fashion, and there’s no better place to start looking than in our stores across the country.

Admittedly, every time this year, we find ourselves searching for the same types of fashion items. We always shop for shiny, shimmery, and decadent holiday fashion pieces. The more stand-out the piece, then the more we like it!

For dresses, jumpsuits, shirts, and pants, we look for silky fabrics in rich tones like burgundy, emerald green, and purple. Textures like brocade and leather are on our list too.

For accessories, we look for metallic colors and gemstone details. We can’t get enough of glitter and glamour, and finding vintage holiday pieces is like striking gold.

Take a look at some of the secondhand holiday fashion pieces that have come through our stores. You may find they’re just perfect for your upcoming holiday event calendar.

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If you’re ready to start holiday shopping too, bring in your gently-used clothes to sell, and you may receive cash or store credit towards your new holiday fashion purchases. Plus, follow us on Instagram to see the latest pieces coming into our stores.


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November 1, 2022 Make Money with Sell by Mail Clothes

With the holidays on the horizon, now is the time to consider making money with Sell by Mail clothes. These are pre-loved but excellent condition clothes that no longer fit your style or wardrobe needs.

The way we see it, this is like money taking up space in your closet! Plus, by selling them in any of our stores or by mail, you can get them into the hands of new owners who find them valuable thrifted treasures. This keeps your unused clothing out of landfill and circulating in a more sustainable fashion system.

So you have Sell by Mail clothes on hand and ready to show a buyer. What comes next? Here is how the process works at Crossroads:


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If you think you might have clothes to sell by mail, start by looking at our online seasonal selling guide, where we highlight the current trends we’re looking for. Then, search your closet for gently used items that fit the bill. If you find them, request a bag from our website and get ready to fill it with your sell by mail clothes.

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You’ll have several options when ordering your bag with pre-paid shipping. First, you can request the unpurchased items be donated or sent back to you for a return fee. Second, you can select cash or store credit.

Happy selling!


October 27, 2022 Ideas for Thrift Store Halloween Costumes

You want ideas for thrift store Halloween costumes, and we have them! In many of our stores, you can find racks dedicated to fashion pieces we think would make excellent costumes. Sometimes, you can even find a whole look pulled together for you!

Take a look at just a few of our ideas.


Simply add a pair of fairy wings to an ethereal outfit of pastels, sheer fabrics, and lace.

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TV Characters

There are so many classic TV characters with recognizable styles to choose from! The best part is that you end up with new pieces to wear after Halloween.

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Feline Fun

Leopard print coats or all-black outfits simply need a pair of cat ears and painted whiskers for a complete look.

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Movie Characters

Just pick your favorite movie! We had lots of fun recreating Beetlejuice looks over here.

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Couples Costumes

Challenge yourself to create a pair of costumes, like this store did for Dorothy and the Scarecrow.

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Time Traveler

Select your favorite decade and shop for a vintage look.

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Magical Creatures

Start with a Halloween accessory like a witches hat, then complete the costume with fashion pieces you want to add to your closet.

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If you run with any of our ideas for thrift store Halloween costumes, we want to see the final look! Please tag us on Instagram @crossroadstrading, so we can see and possibly share your look on our brand feed. Happy Halloween!


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October 25, 2022 by Gina Nowicki What is Homestead Fashion?

Homestead fashion is a trend you’ve likely heard of recently, even if you haven’t come across it yet in our seasonal selling guide. It’s one of the fashion trends we’re spotlighting this fall.

So what is homestead fashion? It’s essentially prairie fashion, a nod to the past and a pre-modern lifestyle. The style is popular with those living a purposefully slower life, usually on a farm or in nature, and practicing homesteading (think cabins, food gardening, and cooking from scratch).

The clothing is popular with all kinds of people though, and the style is most distinguishable by its prairie prints, flowing dresses, and aprons, usually in natural fibers like linen and wool. However, you’ll find the trend also covers a wider range of fashion pieces like rugged boots, wide-brim hats, overalls, and blanket sweaters.

Keep scrolling for homestead fashion inspiration, and then stop into any of our stores to see if you can put together your own look.  If you do, please tag us on Instagram – we may share it on our brand feed!

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If you stop in, don’t forget to bring your pre-loved clothes to sell. We’re still buying for fall!


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October 20, 2022 by Gina Nowicki How to Sell Vintage Clothing

It’s now as easy to sell vintage clothing as it is to sell contemporary clothing, as this category of clothing is more popular than ever.

In the past, if you were looking to sell vintage clothing, you had to look for specialty shops that focused specifically on that fashion genre, or set up an online shop yourself.

However, fashion resale shops like Crossroads now dedicate a part of their inventory to vintage clothing, so your option to sell in-store has never been easier. Just follow these 3 steps to increase your odds of selling success.

1. Look for Fashion Resale Shops with Vintage Racks

This is the fun part. Check out your local resale stores to get a feel for what they buy. In particular, look for vintage pieces either mixed into racks or placed on dedicated category racks. In the case of Crossroads, we look for any style of vintage clothing as long as it’s fashion-forward and in great condition.

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2. Properly Prep Clothes to Sell

A resale buyer has only minutes to evaluate each piece of clothing you want to sell, so it’s incredibly important that you give vintage clothing the ability to really shine.

Check for Damages and Stains

A vintage concert tee may still be sellable with tiny tears or holes, but no item will pass inspection if it’s stained. Check for stains in spots you might otherwise overlook, like under shirt collars, inside hats, in the underarm areas, and inside of pants.

Wash and Fold Neatly

Clean your items in advance so they smell and look their best. Use a sweater comb to clean up pilly sweaters, and iron the item if it makes it more presentable. The buyer wants pieces that will look amazing on the rack! Finally, fold each item neatly before placing it in your selling bag. This is a time when first impressions really count.

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3. Sell to Crossroads

Find your nearest Crossroads location and sign in at the selling counter. No appointment is necessary, and you can shop the store and find yourself new vintage pieces to purchase with the cash or store credit you receive from selling.

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These 3 tips alone will significantly increase your chance of selling your vintage clothing. Go ahead and get started!


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