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YWCA Crowded Closet

Photo of YWCA Crowded Closet entrance
Meredith Spolarich, JoAnn Sylvano, and Karen Singer stand outside entrance to YWCA Crowded Closet on (re)opening day!

For over 40 years, the Crowded Closet consignment shop has been a staple in our North Shore community and shopping destination for mid to high end women’s designer clothing.

YWCA Evanston/North Shore is now honored to have the opportunity to steward Crowded Closet’s legacy into the future. We’re also looking forward to enabling synergy between our two shops, Crowded Closet and YWCA Shop for Good in Wilmette.

Just like YWCA Shop for Good, 100% of profits from Crowded Closet support YWCA’s domestic violence and economic advancement programs, helping hundreds of women and children throughout northeastern Cook County.

Shopping  options

  • Shop in the store (see current store hours below): we’re at 40% capacity as mandated by new mitigation plan and we’re disinfecting surfaces with frequency.
  • Shop online from the safety of your home: we’re constantly adding new items from both YWCA Crowded and YWCA Shop for Good to our website at ywca-shop-for-good.myshopify.com.
  • Find something you like online? You can have it shipped or pick it up curbside.


Please email crowdedcloset@ywca-ens.org or us at 847-475-1135 for an appointment. Due to COVID-19 restrictions the shop is not taking walk-in consigners, consigners must have an appointment. Thank you so much!

We welcome you as a Crowded Closet volunteer!

Crowded Closet is looking for volunteers to assist customers and check out.  If you have a sense of fashion and skills in retail customer service and are looking for a fun and meaningful volunteer activity, please consider interviewing to join our volunteer team. We need you!

Contact us at 847-475-1135 or email crowdedcloset@ywca-ens.org.

YWCA Crowded Closet
820 Dempster Street
Evanston, IL 60202

Current hours:

  • Tuesday, 11 am – 5 pm
  • Wednesday and Thursday, 12 pm – 5 pm
  • Friday and Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm

JoAnn Sylvano, Shop Manager