thrift shop

noun

Definition of thrift shop

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

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The high street offers a wide array of thrift shops and cell-phone stores, but, honestly, not much else. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "A D Day Journey in the Spirit of A. J. Liebling," 7 June 2019 The Junior League has used thrift shops to fundraise since the 1920s. Valerie Bauerlein, WSJ, "Junior League Strains to Keep Members, Thrift Stores," 26 Dec. 2018 Today, 85% of Junior League members work and the number of thrift shops has been in steady decline, with 31 shops in operation now, down from 70 in 2000, according to the association. Valerie Bauerlein, WSJ, "Junior League Strains to Keep Members, Thrift Stores," 26 Dec. 2018 Furniture sought by Brother Benno’s Brother Benno’s is looking for donations of furniture to sell at its thrift shop at 3955 Mission Ave. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Nonprofits get grants from Woman's Club," 29 May 2018 Someone had wrapped the newborn in a tan towel before placing him in a cardboard box and leaving it outside a thrift shop on Muldoon Road. Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage newborn abandoned in a cardboard box 30 years ago now is trying to find his birth family," 17 May 2016 On that bright, beautiful morning, a three-to-four-story wall of an adjacent building that was being demolished collapsed onto the thrift shop, killing six and injuring 13 others. Julie Shaw, Philly.com, "On 5th anniversary, a memorial park is dedicated at Salvation Army store collapse site," 5 June 2018 The nonprofit organization helps people with developmental disabilities, and features a farmyard, petting area, bounce house, carousel, thrift shop, country store and bakery. Sheryl Devore, chicagotribune.com, "Lambs Farm car show awards 25 trophies," 22 May 2018 Got a nice one at the charity thrift shop the other day. Chris Erskine, latimes.com, "My salute to May, a month of mothers, milestones and stuffed mushrooms," 11 May 2018

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1944, in the meaning defined above

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thrift shop

noun

English Language Learners Definition of thrift shop

US : a store that sells used goods and especially used clothes and that is often run by a charity

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