Second-hand shop

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A second-hand shop is a shop which sells goods that are not new.

Second-hand books, Chorley market
The Salvation Army Thrift Store in Santa Monica, California
Garage sale in England
Car boot sale in Apsley, Hertfordshire, England

There are various types of second-hand shop, generally specialising in a particular type of merchandise.

  • Antique shop - sells the same type of goods, either of better quality or with rarity value, consequently charging much higher prices. The distinction between junk and antiques is not always clear-cut.
  • Charity shop - similar to a junk shop but set up to fund a specific charity. These tend to specialise in clothes. The quality of the clothes donated for sale depends on the surrounding area. In the United States, these are called thrift stores.
  • Consignment - consignment shop is the North American term for a second-hand shop.
  • Give-away shop - everything is given away at no cost. Some operate as swap shops and require the customer to donate merchandise.
  • Junk shop - sells all kinds of old goods. The best junk shops are piled high to encourage browsing and bargain hunting. These shops also sell low-quality antiques.
  • Surplus store - often sells military surplus supplies.
  • Used bookstore - sells used books and other publications. Second-hand bookshops are a mainstay of book towns.
  • Office furniture shops selling mainly used goods are common, but lack a distinctive name.
  • Vintage clothing shop - often a source of good quality garments.
  • Used cars - Pre-owned cars with variable quality and price
  • eBay - Website that allows people to sell new or used products
  • Craigslist - Website that allows people to sell or give away goods and services, primarily targeted to the local community

Temporary Venues[edit]

People will sell used goods right in front of their home in what is called a "garage sale". The products would be set up in front of the garage.

In the UK, people buy and sell at a car boot sale. Sellers will drive their vehicles to a large field, laden with products both used and new, and sell out of their boot.

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External links[edit]

Online Consignment