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Deep Ellum's newest shop is a California company that resells clothes

Deep Ellum's newest shop is a California company that resells clothes

Crossroads Trading Co
These Doc Martens are typical of what you find, results may vary. Courtesy photo

A national chain dedicated to reselling clothes has opened its first location in Dallas, in super-happening Deep Ellum.

The chain is Crossroads Trading Co., which sells (and serves as a traffic stop for customers to sell) gently used clothing for cash or trade. Their merchandise includes name-brand and designer clothing, which they profess to sell at a discount while keeping clothing out of landfill.

Crossroads was founded in San Francisco in 1991 by Jerry Block, a former executive with key competitor Buffalo Exchange, and Chip Gerken, with a goal of making secondhand clothing a viable alternative to traditional retail.

The Dallas store is at 2646 Main St., in a location that was previously occupied by Life of Riley, the charming gift and home shop, which moved in 2017 to new digs down the street.

According to a Crossroads representative, the Dallas store opened in mid-October. That gives them 37 locations, in major cities such as Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago, Brooklyn, and Washington, D.C.

They made their Texas debut in 2016 with the opening of a store in Houston.

They offer multiple ways to sell your clothes: You can go to the store, where they pay 33 percent of what they deem the item to be worth.

One super-convenient option is to drop your clothes off. Instead of waiting around for a busy clerk to evaluate, you leave your clothes and come back 24 hours later.

For higher end designer items such Chanel and Louis Vuitton, you can leave your clothes to be sold on consignment, and get a higher payout — from 50 to 70 percent in cash, depending on how expensive the item is.

One way they stand out slightly is that they feature a slightly larger selection of men's clothes than what you usually find.

Regardless of gender, they're looking for items in style, not vintage wear, and they won't accept damaged goods, even as small as a shirt missing a button. They also buy for the current season; some re-sale shops buy for the season ahead.

The brands they're currently seeking include Kate Spade, J Crew, Madewell, Topshop, Anthropologie, Lululemon, and Zara. But they won't take clothes from Old Navy, Forever 21, Target, or Walmart. Whoa, casting shade on Target, eh.

Items currently featured at their Dallas store include a dress by Free People for $22.50; a Marc Jacobs sweater in color-block earth tones for $28; glossy black leather booties in a size 8 by Sol Sana $37.50; and a pair of sunglasses for $12.