A Guide to the Best Resale Stores in RVA

Although Richmond, Virginia is famous for many things (most tattooed city in the United States!), its collection of resale stores is truly unparalleled. As a college student living on a budget, it’s essential to know the ins and outs of places to sell your clothes, as well as inexpensive places where you can purchase new duds.

Ashby

Located between Mellow Mushroom and the Byrd Theatre in Carytown, Ashby is one of the trendiest resale stores in Richmond. Adorned with an appealing blend of rustic and chic decor, the business looks more like a hip, upscale boutique than a traditional resale store. It boasts an amazing collection of small, quality pieces of jewelry and other miscellaneous items, like iron-on badges and pins, in addition to their wide array of clothing. The clothes themselves are relatively inexpensive, with most items priced below $30 at an average of anywhere between $10-$15. Ashby sells and buys both men’s and women’s clothing, shoes and accessories. Although they do not buy every day (check their website for details!), their purchase rates are more than fair at 30 percent cash on the spot or percent store credit. They love brands like Urban Outfitters, American Eagle, Forever XXI and H&M especially, but even Target or off-brand clothes can be sold, as long as they are in-season at the time of the sale. Overall, Ashby is one of the nicest and most popular resale stores in Richmond that will surely leave you either a richer person or a snappier dresser!

Rumors

If you are a VCU student and have never set foot in Rumors, what are you doing with your life? As their Instagram page, @rumorsboutique, describes, the store is a “pre-loved clothing boutique offering stylish and recycled hand picked items from around the world.” They are located on West Broad Street, directly beside Asado and across from the VCUArts Depot. The collection of clothing and accessories sold at Rumors is mesmerizing; they have a fantastic assortment of vintage and modern wear for both men and women, often featuring popular brands like Converse, Urban Outfitters, Birkenstock, American Apparel, Free People, H&M and more. They also have the coolest t-shirts in Richmond. While Rumors definitely tries to uphold their brand’s image through the clothes they buy and therefore are picky about certain brands and styles, they do offer 30 percent in cash or 50 percent store credit on every item they buy. If your style already aligns with the majority of Rumor’s inventory, though, you’ll make a fortune! In addition to resale items, Rumors also sells many new items like jewelry, bralettes, shoes and more.  

Uptown Cheapskate

Uptown Cheapskate is one of the largest resale stores in Richmond. Located near Short Pump Town Center in the same stripmall as Skate Nation, it offers a wide variety of name-brand apparel and accessories for teenagers and adults. Their inventory can be overwhelming at first because it’s so extensive, but that only means you’re more likely find something you like. On any given day, you can find brands like Kate Spade, Vera Bradley, H&M, Urban Outfitters and lots more. Some of their clothing is a bit outdated, however, because they buy many different styles and brands. If that doesn’t bother you, though, Uptown Cheapskate is a budget-buyer’s dream! Both men and women can sell their clothing, shoes and accessories. The store also has a killer selection of bralettes, jewelry and purses on the cheap. Check out their Facebook page for information on sales and promotions!

Plato’s Closet

Perhaps the one of the most famous resale stores, Plato’s Closet is a nationwide chain. There are two locations in Richmond, one on West Broad Street and the other closer to Midlothian Turnpike. Just like Ashby, Rumors and Uptown Cheapskate, Plato’s Closet offers quality, brand name clothes at inexpensive prices. They are probably the least picky of all resale stores in Richmond, as they purchase many different styles and brands. Their website lists many brands they especially like however, including Xhiliration, Steve Madden, Adidas, Aeropostle and more. Plato's Closet is the recommended option for sellers who have lots and lots of clothes and not a whole lot of time to sort through and sell them. 

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