Let’s talk about the difference between thrift stores and consignment stores. I shop at both thrift stores and consignment shops and find equally impressive items each and every time at both. I honestly don’t have a favorite type of store, as I know that each offers its own unique fashion pieces that I can easily style. But, let’s be honest. There are some notable differences that you should know if you are not too familiar with the different types of stores.
In this outfit, I am rocking items from a consignment store, and two thrift stores. Can you tell which piece is from which type of store? I am sure you can’t and that is exactly the point. Many people have some misconceptions of what items you can find at thrift or consignment stores and often don’t give either a chance.
- Fashionistas bring in gently used items for evaluation, and the consignment store will determine if they likely to sell well from that particular shop. If the items are deemed a good risk, the shop sells them on behalf of the original owner, takes a percentage of the sale price, and gives the remainder to the original owner. Some consignment shops will take the items, price them, sell them, and then pay out the consignee’s portion. Some will pay up front.
- The styles of clothing in a consignment store is typically much more current than what you would find in a thrift store. Thus you can much more easily find the current trends at consignment stores.
- You will also find a lot more higher end labels than you would typically find in a thrift store.
- Items in consignment stores are typically in very good condition.
- Expect the price points of the items at a consignment store to be much higher than most thrift stores.
- The consignment store will more than likely be organized like that of a retail store, with items very organized and much more easier to shop.
Here, I am wearing this beautiful Lush lace skirt from My Sister’s Closet, one of my absolute favorite consignment stores here in San Diego. At My Sister’s Closet you can easily find high end designers such as Louis Vuitton, St. John, Prada, Pucci, Chanel, Armani, Gucci, Hermes, and the list goes on and on. I love this store particularly because their prices are definitely reasonable even when it’s a designer label. For example, this Lush lace skirt carried by Nordstroms retails at $89. I purchased it at My Sister’s Closet for $12. Can you say SCORE!
- Are ran by a Not For Profit organization to raise money to fund their charitable causes. These range from the large Salvation Army / Goodwill chains to individual school, church or hospital thrift shops.
- Clothes in thrift stores are donated by the community and can range from any era or period or even style as thrift stores are not picky when it comes to in trend or not.
- Thrift stores are not always neatly organized and you may have to do a lot of digging to find your gems.
- The price points are much lower than those at a consignment or retail store.
- You may find high end designer labels at a thrift store, but they are not in abundance like at a consignment store. However, when you find those higher end pieces, you will definitely feel like you hit a jackpot due to the insane low price the thrift store has marked the item.
Here, my shoes and cobalt blue blouse are from thrift stores. I found these animal print Nine West pumps at City Digz Thrift in San Diego, a thrift store affiliated with Father Joes Village, where proceeds from the thrift store benefit programs for homeless youth. These gorgeous pumps set me back $8, but retails for $69. This Express blouse came from Goodwill in Waldorf, Maryland and cost only $2.00 after a 25% military discount.
Have you checked out a thrift store or consignment store lately? Can you add some differences between thrift and consignment stores that you have noticed yourself?