Generally speaking a thrift store is donation-based (think: Goodwill, Salvation Army) and at a consignment store, the consignor receives a percentage of what their clothing sells for. This can be broken down even further as some, let's call it resale, stores pay cash upfront (think: Plato's Closet), while at most consignment stores you will receive credit/cash after the items have sold (think: The Fairy Circle, etc., as most aren't chains). With me so far?
Now, "thrifting" is still a lot of fun as you get to find interesting, unique pieces at very affordable prices, but people have caught on and you'll many times have better luck (especially if you are lacking in time or patience) at a consignment store where each piece is carefully looked through and selected to be sold there.
All the rambling had a point: Mom, Sis and I ventured into the "original" thrift store of Greensboro (called Carolina Thrift) and this is what we brought home with us:
|Stay tuned for pictures of these pieces styled...|
|And a shot from upside down...|
If you have patience, creativity, and a love of bargains then thrift shopping is for you!
Do you prefer consignment or thrift shops? Which ones are you favorites??? Please share in the comments, I always love to find out about new second-hand stores! And stay tuned for a future feature "Secondhand Shop Spotlight" coming soon!