thrift shop


: a shop that sells secondhand articles and especially clothes and is often run for charitable purposes

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The nonprofit Assistance League of Rancho San Dieguito seeks donations of clean clothing, decorative items, art and jewelry at its volunteer-run thrift shop, 1542 Encinitas Blvd. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 July 2022 The senior Cannons ran a thrift shop. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 20 July 2022 The thrift shop’s sign was covered up. Christopher Arnott,, 9 Nov. 2021 There’s also the bespoke-cool aesthetic of Aime Leon Doré and Bode, both brands that make pieces reminiscent of heirlooms dug up at a New England thrift shop. Aemilia Madden, Harper's BAZAAR, 6 Feb. 2023 Though Smith called the decor eclectic, the combination of the teams' thrift shop and online finds have come together beautifully — a perfect metaphor for the team itself, on which everyone has a say. Bahar Anooshahr, The Arizona Republic, 26 Jan. 2023 Hit up your local thrift shop or antique store and look for vintage glassware, artwork, vases, or other decor that catches your eye. Cori Sears, Better Homes & Gardens, 26 Jan. 2023 In particular, Gen Z has taken to flipping their thrift shop purchases, adding to the perception that new shoppers are driving up prices. Devika Rao, The Week, 8 Jan. 2023 The animal shelter continues to raise money through donations and proceeds from fundraisers and its thrift shop at 120 Aberdeen Drive in Cardiff. San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1944, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of thrift shop was in 1944

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“Thrift shop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

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thrift shop

: a shop that sells secondhand articles and is often run by a charity

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