Second-hand shop

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

Sketches by reporter-artist Marguerite Martyn of people in a St. Louis, Missouri, second-hand shop in 1920
Second-hand Encyclopaedia Britannica books in a second-hand bookstore in Bugis, Singapore
The Salvation Army Thrift Store in Santa Monica, California

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.[1]

Current businesses[edit]

Websites that facilitate second-hand resale[edit]

  • eBay - Website that allows people or retailers to sell new or used products
  • Craigslist - Website that allows people or retailers to sell or give away goods and services, primarily targeted to the local community.
  • Thredup - Second-hand shopping website.

See also[edit]

  • 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.
  • Car dealership - New car dealers in certain countries offer pre-owned cars with variable quality and price. There are also dealers who sell only used cars.
  • Car boot sale
  • Consignment - consignment shop is the North American term for a second-hand shop.
  • Flea market
  • 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.
  • Music store - Some music stores sell used, vintage or collectible instruments and sound gear, often using a consignment model.
  • Thrift store - 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.[2]
  • Office furniture shop - sells mainly used goods. They are common, but lack a distinctive name.
  • Pawn shop - sells used items that were pawned or sold by individuals
  • Record shop - Many independent record stores sell used CDs, DVDs, Blu-Ray discs, vinyl records, etc.
  • Resale boutique - specializes in contemporary high-end used designer fashion, vintage clothing, or contemporary basics
  • Surplus store - often sells military surplus supplies.
  • Used bookstore - sells used books and other publications. Second-hand bookshops are a mainstay of book towns.
  • Video game store - Most stores that specialize in video games sell second-hand video game consoles, video games, and accessories, in addition to new products.
  • Jumble sale
  • Wrecking yard, scrapyard, wrecking yard - sells used automotive parts


  1. ^ "Local Car Boot Sales Information". Car Boot Junction. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Second Hand Safari". Second Hand Safari. Retrieved 14 June 2016.