Best Place to Sell Clothes: Without being forced to sell your soul
803 Delaware St., Berkeley, CA 510-526-8611
Tucked away off the Fourth Street drag, this cozy, well-curated boutique is a refuge from the buy-and-sell megastores where racks are packed to the gills, half the stuff you try to sell is rejected, and you stumble away with pennies on the dollar. A few minutes before Sola Lucy opened its doors on a recent Thursday one of three days a week that consignments are accepted several eager sellers waited outside clutching overflowing bags. One remarked that she's been consigning here for years, yet hasn't collected a dime only because she can't resist the temptation to take her earnings in store credit. The process is painless: You drop off your clothes and accessories and receive an itemized printout indicating how each will be priced. When an item sells, you get 40 percent, regardless of whether you take cash or credit. If it doesn't sell in two months, you can choose to have it donated to charity. Top designers like Elie Tahari mix it up with the Gap here, so as long as it's stylish and clean, bring it on.