WELCOME TO SWANKY SECONDS where we are always accepting fashion and home items from both existing and new consignors. We only accept items that we know we can resell; this knowledge comes from years of experience, carefully observing the preferences of our local customers.

Although we would like to accept all gently used, designer fashion and home items, our space is limited and our customers’ style is unique; therefore, please do not be offended if we turn down fabulous items that are in great condition.


 ***For a complete list of  designer brands that are Accepted and Not Accepted, please see our Brands Page***

Accepted Fashion & Home Items/Styles

FASHION ITEMS/STYLES that we ACCEPT:  Tank tops, short sleeve shirts, long sleeve shirts, hoodies, sweaters, cardigans, vests, ponchos, jackets, coats, furs (during fall/winter), skinny and straight leg jeans, leggings, tights, unused socks/stockings, skirts, dresses, formal wear, athletic wear, Wisconsin/Milwaukee team sports wear, resort/beach wear (including unused bathing suits), perfume/cologne, shoes, boots, scarves, gloves, hats, jewelry, belts, purses, cross-body purses, wallets, evening purses, make up bags, totes, briefcases, travel bags, luggage, sunglasses, designer dog apparel and carriers, umbrellas, and high-end men’s accessories such as a Burberry scarf or Louis Vuitton tie (especially before the winter holidays).

FASHION ITEMS/STYLES that we SELECTIVELY ACCEPT :Suits, pants, turtlenecks, blazers, velvet jackets, one shoulder dresses, strapless dresses, open (“cold”) shoulder tops/dresses, sheer tops, button down tops, short cotton cardigans, corduroy and suede jackets/pants, capris, shorts, jean skirts, plain t-shirts, unused intimates and robes, clothing out of season.

FASHION ITEMS/STYLES that we DO NOT ACCEPT:  Wedding dresses, dresses from bridal stores (including JCrew bridesmaids dresses), men’s clothing, kid’s clothing, underwear, used socks, clothing with shoulder pads, one shoulder tops, wrap tops, tops that have a tie at the bottom (in front or on the side), sweaters with tight waistbands, short waisted tank tops, polo shirts, suit separates, double-vested blazers, vintage clothing, camis, sweater sets,  jeans with bell/flare/striaght leg/bootcut bottoms, mock turtlenecks, ruffle neckline tops and dresses, non-designer purses, monogrammed Coach purses/wallets (those with the letter “C”),  shoes with foot pads or remnants of pads, velour track suits,  plain JCrew/Ann Taylor/Loft/BR capris and pants,  watches without batteries or with resale values less then $59, sheer scarves, square scarves, rubber flip flops, and clothing that is wrinkled, shrunk, stained, pilled, missing hardware, and/or missing a label.

HOME ITEMS that we ACCEPT:  Vanities,  accent tables, accent chairs, futons, sofa tables, plant stands, jewelry chests, larger wine racks, small bars, barware, stools, bedroom chests, benches, bookshelves, screens/room dividers, vintage luggage, art, mirrors, lamps, wall decor, larger planters/garden decor (spring/summer), designer throw blankets/pillows/rugs, journals, and books (Paris, fashion & dog topics only).

HOME ITEMS that we DO NOT ACCEPT:  Bedroom furniture, dining room tables/chairs, couches (other than futons), buffets, china cabinets, hutches, armories, t.v. stands, comforters, sheets, large rugs, linens, curtains, collectibles, candle sticks and holders, brass, china, dishware, utensils, light fixtures (except table lamps), bathroom fixtures/decor, and most electronics.

Item Condition

Bring your items clean and free of wrinkles, cigarette smoke, odors, spots, stains, pills, holes, tears, deodorant marks, or any other damaging issue. Be sure that all original buttons, zippers, belts, knobs, and other original parts are still on the item and make sure they work as they are suppose to (watches/clocks must have working batteries). Items can be on hangers OR neatly folded in bins/bags.

Consignment Intake

We take items for consignment at the front counter, Tuesday-Sunday during store hours of operation.

***You do not need to make an appointment***

Inventory Report

Within 30 days of dropping off items, you’ll receive an email with your Consignment Agreement (new consignors) and Inventory Report. Please open the attached Inventory Report and verify its accuracy. If you notice an error,  promptly notify management to resolve the matter in a timely and effective manner.

Our email will indicate either all your items were priced -OR- a few items were not ultimately selected by management for consignment due to condition, style, brand, age, season, or existing stock level. If the email indicates items being returned, you must pick these items up within 5 working days. If your out of town, you can reply to request additional time with a propsed modified pick up date of no more than 4 weeks out. Once the pick up end date has past, items become the property of Swanky Seconds or donated to a charity of our choice.

If after 30 days you have not yet received an email with your Inventory Report (typically due to an illegible email address, an AOL email server, or various email system’s default junk/promotion filter settings), please check your spam. promotion, and junk mailboxes. If still no message, please email us to inquire about your account status.

Mark Downs

Consigned items are automatically marked down twice while on the sales floor (10% on day 30 and an additional 10% on day 60).  Markdowns are cumulative. If the store is running a promotion (example: All Shoes 15% off), then the promotion applies to all items in the store. Management reserves the right to mark down the price of your items(s) at any time.

Consignment Duration – Consignment End Dates

The consignment period is 60-120 days, depending on the date of item were left for consignment. At drop off, you will be given a Consignment Card that identifies the month in which your consignment period will end. If you previously elected to pick up items that do not sell (rather than have them donated), the Consignment Card will identify the week (5 days) that your unsold items will be available for you to pick up. Additional, we will also supply the Pick Up Week in the top right corner of the Inventory Report that is emailed to you once item’s have been priced.

It’s your responsibility to remember the Pick Up Week associated with each drop off. Swanky will continue to send Consignment End emails; however, will no longer be responsible for bounced emails or accounts that do not provide email addresses.

Swanky will continue to send a Consignment End email to request to “reconsign” some or all of their items for another consignment period, if applicable. This email will occur before the scheduled Pick Up Week to ensure consignors do not make an unnecessary trip.

Although unlikely, management reserves the right to end any consignment account early. If this occurs, you will be notified via email and asked to retrieve your items by a specified date that will be no less than 20 days from the date of the email.

Upcoming Consignment Drop Off – Consignment End – Consignment Pick Up Dates:

                                     Drop Off: Oct 1, 2018 thru Nov 30, 2018          End: the second week of Feb 2019       Pick Up Window: Feb 25, 2019 thru March 1, 2019

Drop Off: Dec 1, 2018 thru Jan 31, 2019           End: the second week April 2019          Pick Up Window: April 23, 2019 thru April 30, 2019


After your consignment period has ended (refer to the above chart), your unsold items will be retrieved from the sales floor. Based on your chosen form of payment, you will either be issued a Check (for 45% of total sales) or Store Credit (for 60% of total sales). Store credit never expires. To cover staffing costs associated with retrieving unsold items from the sales floor, a $5 return fee will be deducted from the account balance of consignors who have chosen to have their unsold items returned, rather than donated.

If you will be receiving a check, it will be mailed to the address on file and should arrive before the last day of the month in which your consignment ended. If you do not receive your check in the mail, or if you received yet lost your consignment check, promptly notify management so we can resolve the matter. After 90 days has elapsed from check issuance, Swanky Seconds is no longer able to issue replacement checks.

For consignor who have chosen to receive a Check, any balance less than $20 at the time of settlement will remain in your account to be used as Store Credit or rolled into your next settlement .  If at the timje of next settlement, your cumulative account balance exceeds $20, you will be issued a Check, sent by mail to the address on file.

If requested, we will gladly donate all (or a portion) of your consignment balance to local school- Swanky will  match the donation by 10%. You will be notified (by email) of the amount & timing of the donation, before the Check is mailed.

Return of Unsold Inventory

Unsold items being returned (per your contract selection) must be picked up before the end of your Pick Up week (as identified in the chart above). If you will be out of town, or have an emergency, you can request additional time by sending us an email with a modified pick up date of no more than 4 weeks out. Once the original or modified pick up week/date has past, the items become the property of Swanky Seconds or donated to a charity of our choice.

If you have selected check as your form of payment for items that sold during the consignment period, a Settlement Report will accompany your check that is mailed to your address on file. The Settlement Report will indicate that either your items are being “Returned” or that your items have been “Donated.” The Settlement Report can serve as an additional reminder that your consignment period has ended.

We recommend you review the items being returned to you. If an unsold item was overlooked and not in your bag, please send an email identifying the brand, category, and item number. Management keeps a log of items not found/returned at Consignment End. If/when your item is subsequently found, you will be sent an email to let you know that it is available for you to pick up.


Swanky Seconds pledges to do our best to protect your items from damage, theft, and loss; however, we are ultimately not responsible for damaged, stolen, or lost items during their time on the store’s premises.


***Thank you for considering Swanky Seconds as your consignment partner. Selling and purchasing consigned items helps our community in its sustainability goals to reuse and recycle**

Housekeeping Note: Due to the volume of transactions conducted each day, we are typically unable to answer the store phone during store hours of operation. The best way to reach us during (and after) store hours is by email