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For individuals on a tight budget that are shopping for reduced price, secondhand goods can be a great option. Secondhand shops also carry unique items to accent a home or wardrobe. Below are five terms used to describe locations where secondhand goods are sold.

  • Consignment Shop - A store that sells items that are owned by other people. A seller brings goods to a consignment store, where they are displayed until purchased. Once the goods have been purchased the store gives the profits to the seller. Consignment shops typically have used goods available at reduced prices.
  • Flea Market - A market where cheap or second-hand goods are sold or traded by individual sellers, sometimes referred to as a swap meet. Flea markets may be held outdoors or in large indoor venues, like warehouses or schools.
  • Antique Shop - A store that sells items that are old or collectible. Any item may be an antique, including clothing or furniture. Antiques are desired because of unique or beautiful features particular to a certain period of time.
  • Vintage Shop - A store that sells items that were produced in the past and reflect the style of an earlier time. Vintage stores that focus on clothing, shoes, and jewelry are very popular. Items considered vintage are typically newer than antiques.
  • Thrift Shop - A store that sells previously owned items like, apparel, furniture, appliances, books, and toys. Thrift shops are often operated to fund a charity and sell donated merchandise and very low prices. Also, some thrift shops are operated for profit and purchase merchandise from the public.
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    Hadassah Resale Shop
    47 Franklin St, Quincy, MA 02169
    We are a non-profit accepting donations of lightly used and new good quality clothing for men and women From evening gowns to business suits, household items, gift items and costume jewelry we take and sell it all.
    (617) 328-7005
    Charitable Heart
    181 Worcester St, Natick, MA 01760
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    (508) 655-2460
    User Review: "Overpriced, way too crowded. Not easy to shop there. They would sell much more if they lowered their prices, and organized..."
    Thrift Stop
    171 Broadway, Saugus, MA 01906
    Our consignment thrifty shop offers a variety of unique items. We carry second hand furniture, textiles, unusual antiques and tons of collectibles. We have something for everyone.
    (781) 233-0099
    716 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
    (617) 524-5120
    Goodwill Store
    678 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
    (617) 522-1415
    Thrift Shop of Boston Inc
    17 Corinth St, Roslindale, MA 02131
    (617) 325-5300
    Urban Renewals
    122 Brighton Ave, Allston, MA 02134
    (617) 783-8387
    Alp Thrift Antiques & Collectibles Inc
    360 N Beacon St, Brighton, MA 02135
    (617) 787-1990
    1870 Centre St, West Roxbury, MA 02132
    (617) 323-0262
    1230 Vfw Pkwy, West Roxbury, MA 02132
    (617) 323-8231
    Goodwill Stores
    520 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
    (617) 868-6330
    Smile Again Thrift Shop
    251 Bowdoin St, Dorchester, MA 02122
    (617) 287-2881
    Christ Church Thrift Shops
    17 Farwell Pl, Cambridge, MA 02138
    (617) 492-3335
    Morgan Memorial Goodwill Inc
    470 W Broadway, Boston, MA 02127
    (617) 307-6367
    Sister Thrift
    370 Pleasant St, Watertown, MA 02472
    (617) 923-1168

    Shops that sell second hand goods have been around a good while. Most sell clothing or furniture. They fall into a number of categories. Thrift stores are often the most popular. They are run independently, but usually linked to some kind of charity. They take donated items and sell them on, often at very low prices. Thus, they serve two purposes, of raising money for the charity and of providing quality goods to shoppers with limited funds. Pawn shops also provide two services. Generally, items in a pawn shop were given as collateral for a loan that was never paid. Pawn shops also buy items outright. These stores can have interesting, unusual and often valuable items including collectibles and antiques. Pawn shops are great places to look around and search through. Other second hand shops often specialize in different products. For example, they may sell baby clothes and toys or vintage records. Used book stores serve a different industry. Designer apparel and jewelry are also common, including shoes. Home furniture and kitchen appliances might also be seen, including plates and dishes. Some sell collectibles such as coins and stamps. Often, items are taken for sale on a consignment basis. Consignment is an important part of the business of many used stores. Other stores may buy items outright. Despite the wide variety of goods, clothing is often the most important, especially in thrift stores. Second hand stores offer an opportunity to purchase unique vintage items, often cheaply. They are also particularly useful for both buying and selling clothing for children.
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