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

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 area.
  • 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.

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