Thrift Stores, Consignment Stores, Antique Stores~ What’s the Difference?

Ever wonder what the difference is between thrift stores, consignment stores, and antique stores?

Today I'm sharing some information on all three; similarities and differences and I'll share which one is my favorite!

Thrift Stores

Thrift stores are stores where people donate something they no longer want.  This can be anything from a kitchen item, clothing, to furniture.  Our local thrift stores are Goodwill and Saint Vincent DePaul.  These stores will then resell items to you for a profit which goes to their charity/ organization.  Thrift stores are often packed with. stuff, but not always well organized.  Be prepared to dig a little!  

If you'd like more specific information on thrift stores, I did a couple of posts you may want to catch up on.  Thrifting: 5 Favorite Items  to Hunt For (LINK), and Thrifting 5 Tips to Make the Most of Your Experience & Why I like Thrifting (LINK),  I also have a number of posts on thrifted items which I have restored or up cycled you can search for on the blog as well.

 Consignment Stores

Consignment stores are different in that people don't donate items but instead “loan” an item to a consignment store for them to resell.  When an item resells from the store, the seller receives a portion of the profits.  The stores are much better organized and you won't find a lot of junkie items.  The owners will only see items they think will sell.

Antique Stores

Antique stores are different from both of the above because they are often curated by a vendor who treasure hunts the items to resell for a profit.  You will find malls which house a large quantity booths, rented to different people.  Each booth is unique to the person curating it.  Many are themed to a specific type of style and or collectible.  To be a true antique, an item has to be at least 100 years old. Anything 50+ years old is considered vintage.  Antique stores typically have items of value and the prices can be a little higher.  I have found that you. can negotiate at antique stores by asking if this is the best they can do at the front desk. You can read more about my bucket list trip to the Ohio Valley Antique Mall (LINK), here

I personally enjoy shopping at antique stores the most.  They are full of curiosities and beautiful items and furniture that have a story.  


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