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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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    O'gallerie
    1 review: *****
    228 NE 7th Ave, Portland, OR 97232
    (503) 238-0202 Write review for this local business

    "They went through my items very fast quoted. They quoted their rates and gave me no time to read their contract. They told me my items would be on ebay and they would send me a letter with their locations before so I could follow along. I found only 2 items and no matter what I put in to search the other items weren't there. Everything sold for less than lowest quoted price, but one. After auction ..."
    Rustys Resale
    1 review: *****
    11923 SE Mcloughlin Blvd Ste B, Portland, OR 97222
    (503) 657-8099 Write review for this local business

    "Their gig is to get you to buy their used clothes: they offered about $10 per dress for 4 dresses or $80 in merchandise. If you don't want to buy someone else's castoffs, don't bring your quality items here. Also, their resale prices are plenty steep. ..."
    A-1 Hawk
    1 review: *****
    12314 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97236
    (503) 760-9300 Write review for this local business

    "I have sold a few things to this store. They have treated me well, never gave me what I was asking, but what Pawn Shop does? Always gave me a fair deal, and urged me to come back and recover the item rather than just let it go. Very good about documentation, and explaining rights and responsibilities. ..."
    Heights Shop The Write review for this local business
    2430 SW Vista Ave, Portland, OR 97201
    (503) 227-4595  
    Goodwill Industries Write review for this local business
    838 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
    (503) 595-1040  
    Act Write review for this local business
    1139 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97205
    (503) 227-7969  
    Ray's Ragtime Write review for this local business
    1001 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97205
    (503) 226-2616  
    Magpie Write review for this local business
    520 SW 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
    (503) 220-0920  
    Maloy's Jewelry Workshop Write review for this local business
    717 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
    (503) 223-4720  
    BillyGoat Vintage Write review for this local business
    200 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205
    (503) 493-5902  
    Yo Vintage Write review for this local business
    413 SW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
    (971) 266-8811  
    Fringe Vintage Write review for this local business
    1700 NW Marshall St, Portland, OR 97209
    (503) 227-5630  
    Second to None Write review for this local business
    6308 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97239
    (503) 244-0071  
    Decades Vintage Company Write review for this local business
    328 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97204
    (503) 223-1177  
    Keep Em Flying Clothing Write review for this local business
    510 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209
    (503) 221-0601  
    West Coast Antiques Inc Write review for this local business
    33617 Po Box, Portland, OR 97292
    (503) 255-6603  
    Buffalo Exchange Write review for this local business
    1036 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209
    (503) 222-3418  
    Here We Go Again Deluxe Resale Boutique Write review for this local business
    0511 SW Carolina St, Portland, OR 97239
    (503) 244-6910  
    Jadestone Write review for this local business
    1314 NW Irving St Apt 503, Portland, OR 97209
    (503) 243-2014  
    Recycled Chic Consignment Write review for this local business
    612 NW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
    (503) 228-1535  
    Philo House Thrift Shop Write review for this local business
    2724 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214
    (503) 232-3992  
    Thrift Stores Union Gospel Ministries Write review for this local business
    3212 SE Ankeny St, Portland, OR 97214
    (503) 235-3551  
    Little Edie's Five and Dime Write review for this local business
    3120 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227
    (503) 284-1051  
    Teen Challenge Write review for this local business
    3121 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97232
    (503) 235-8208  

    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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