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Second-hand shop

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

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.

See also

External links

Online Consignment

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