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Questions for Shopping in Thrift Stores

Any bargain hunter delights at the thought of bringing home a great second hand find as a personal treasure. However, conscientious thrift shopping does not come without questions. Get answers to the following questions and you are sure to find a cheap deal that will save money.

  • What is the difference between a consignment shop and a thrift store?
    Both consignment shops and thrift stores resale used items. However, all proceeds from a thrift store belong to that store. Consignment stores pay a portion of their proceeds to the consignor authorizing them to sale such items. Expensive jewelry like genuine gold and silver is more than likely sold through consignment.

  • What type of items do thrift shops typically carry?
    They carry many different items. Thrift shops regularly carry clothes and jewelry. Second hand furniture is also readily available. Some stores cater to used furniture sales, while others offer buyers a cheap place to purchase clothes and footwear.

  • Do thrift shops have regular sale days?
    Yes. Many thrift and resale retail have a weekly sale on different items. Some use a system where certain colored tags indicate a sale item. There may be half off sales or price reductions during a certain time of day each week. Shop owners and management get very creative to bring in new buyers and keep regular customers coming back. The key is: know your thrift shop and remember to put sale dates on your calendar.

  • Can I donate my items to a charity shop?
    Find a local charity shop you wish to donate to. Websites have listings of what charity shops are in need of. Call ahead to make sure there is space for big ticket items such as furniture or electronics. Any donation can be considered a tax write-off under charitable deductions.
  • Association of Resale Professionals
    When you want to make a positive impact on fellow citizens and the environment by recycling and reusing, we can help. Find out more about donating to thrift and consignment stores in your area.
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    Plato's Closet
    1 review: *****
    2220 Nicholasville Rd Ste 106, Lexington, KY 40503
    (859) 278-6660 Write review for this local business

    "When I brought in some clothes to sale cause I lost 50 lbs I left there feeling like I a loser. The staff was laughing and making rude and judgmental comments on the sizes in and the styles of the cl ..."
    Once Upon A Child
    1 review: *****
    2220 Nicholasville Rd Ste 114, Lexington, KY 40503
    (859) 276-0006 Write review for this local business

    "I have been this store twice in the last six months and they are so rude. The first time I went there to shop and had about 100.00 worth of stuff to buy. Then the employee behind the counter was very ..."
    Louisville Thrift Store
    1 review: *****
    2540 West Main Street, Louisville, KY 40212
    (502) 387-8971 Write review for this local business

    "This new store will be great once it grows and expands its stock selections. Great customer service and nice people makes this thrift store my new place to shop! ..."
    Stephen Lawrence LTD Write review for this local business
    2051 Richmond Rd, Lexington, KY 40502
    (859) 293-5430  
    Apres Vous Write review for this local business
    183 Moore Dr Ste 225, Lexington, KY 40503
    (859) 275-5577  
    Goodwill Temporary Staffing Write review for this local business
    577 W Main St, Lexington, KY 40507
    (859) 225-6575  
    Clothes Mentor - Lexington Write review for this local business
    2220 Nicholasville Rd, Lexington, KY 40503
    (859) 260-1112  
    Styles Indoor Strip Mall Write review for this local business
    1248 Versailles Rd, Lexington, KY 40508
    (859) 396-1461  
    Street Scene Write review for this local business
    2575 Regency Rd, Lexington, KY 40503
    (859) 260-1578  
    Vector Inc Write review for this local business
    400 E Vine St Ste 400, Lexington, KY 40507
    (859) 254-5336  
    Elite Repeat & Co Consignment Shop Write review for this local business
    138 Burt Rd, Lexington, KY 40503
    (859) 276-4416  
    Re-Kid Write review for this local business
    197 Moore Dr, Lexington, KY 40503
    (859) 260-1402  
    Salvation Army Write review for this local business
    736 W Main St, Lexington, KY 40508
    (859) 252-7706  
    Goodwill Write review for this local business
    3101 Clays Mill Rd, Lexington, KY 40503
    (859) 223-4550  
    White Donna L/Resale Write review for this local business
    450 Ash St, Lexington, KY 40508
    (859) 226-0633  
    Lexington Rescue Mission Thriftstore Write review for this local business
    720 Bryan Ave, Lexington, KY 40505
    (859) 254-1712  
    Back to Basic Ministries Thrift Store Write review for this local business
    1158 Industry Rd, Lexington, KY 40505
    (859) 253-0253  
    Room Service Inc Write review for this local business
    933 Liberty Rd, Lexington, KY 40505
    (859) 226-0423  
    New Generation Thrift Shop 2 Write review for this local business
    1539 Eastland Pkwy, Lexington, KY 40505
    (859) 294-9207  
    Bee Hive Write review for this local business
    712 Henry Clay Blvd, Lexington, KY 40505
    (859) 259-4056  
    Able Services Write review for this local business
    709 Addison Ave, Lexington, KY 40504
    (859) 554-4931  
    Class Acte II LLC Write review for this local business
    1809 Old Paris Rd, Lexington, KY 40505
    (859) 294-5119  
    Goodwill Industries Write review for this local business
    3640 Boston Rd, Lexington, KY 40514
    (859) 224-4574  
    Goodwill Industries of Ky Write review for this local business
    3130 Mapleleaf Dr, Lexington, KY 40509
    (859) 263-5900  

    Thrift stores typically hire several types of employees. The specific types that they hire, however, often depends on the kinds of services that they offer. If a thrift shop is operated as a charity that accepts donations, then it might need a manager with experience running non-profit organizations. Hiring a non-profit management professional could help the organization provide tax incentives to individuals and business that donate second furniture, footwear, clothes, and textiles to the shop.

    A consignment store, however, often sells second hand furniture and used clothes for profits. They can, therefore, benefit from an expert who knows how to evaluate the monetary value of vintage clothes, second hand furniture, and antique jewelry. By discerning the market value of costume jewelry and clothes for men, women, and children, then could improve the profits that the store generates. These experts can also determine how much money they should offer when buying used baby furniture and gold jewelry. This allows the store to offer customers better bargains.

    Whether a shop operates on a consignment or charity basis, it still needs to attract customers with cheap prices. They can often attract more customers by hiring advertising consultants. These consultants can show them the best ways to advertise their cheap resale prices for silverware, jewelry, and footwear. Although this service costs some money, it could help the store earn more in the long run.

    Stores also need sales associates who can help customers choose the items that they want to buy. These employees or volunteers should have strong communication and organization skills.

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