If you cannot afford to spend several paychecks on a pair of jeans, visiting consignment shops and resale stores are an option to consider. Many times these stores offer mildly used objects and clothing for low price. Before you start thrift shopping, it is important to know the differences between a consignment shop and resale stores.
Both consignment and resale stores are similar. They are a great place to get some of the furniture taking up room in your basement out of the house. They are a great place to go to find pieces of clothing for cheap. They are also a great way to find a wide variety of objects in far condition.
The similarities pretty much stop there. If you have something you want to sell, you can take a to a consignment shop. Usually, consignment shops have a screening process or certain material they are selling. They also sell the object for you and you get some compensation. It is like a garage sale without do any of the work. You are not paid unless the item sells. If it does not sell, they usually will take it off your hands or give it back to you. Many times, you can find one of a kind object at consignment shops. They are typically more organized.
Resale stores on the other hand have many different types of product. You can usually tell a resale store when you walk in because the place is filled with stuff. You can easily find furniture, clothing, books, and more. With resale stores, you can easily donate anything and everything if you have something you do not want anymore by simply leaving it at the location. The quality of the materials differs from object to object. Resale stores are usually run by non-profit organizations.