thrift shop

noun

Definition of thrift shop

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

Examples of thrift shop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As more relaxed lifestyles came into vogue (and day drinking diminished), many decanters were shoved into the back of cabinets or donated to thrift shops. Jura Koncius, Washington Post, "5 old-school table accessories get hip for the holidays," 13 Nov. 2019 Try buying second-hand: Ebay, thrift shops and neighborhood listservs are brimming with stuff someone else's kids absolutely had to have a few years ago and now couldn't care less about. Elissa Strauss, CNN, "Q: Am I a bad parent if I sacrifice holiday cheer for the environment?," 18 Dec. 2019 Now, Gen Z and fashion enthusiasts alike (including some of our Teen Vogue editors!) love the thrill of scoring gems whether at their local thrift shop, vintage Instagram shops, Ebay, or our personal favorite Etsy. Bianca Nieves, Teen Vogue, "The 3 Vintage Etsy Shops Teen Vogue Editors Swear By," 3 July 2019 Other suggestions included churches that help resettle refugee families, consignment shops for crystal and silver, library sales that will take books and CDs, plus yard sales, shelters and thrift shops. Victoria Fogg, chicagotribune.com, "You probably have too much stuff. Here’s how to pare it down.," 15 Nov. 2019 Other suggestions included churches that help resettle refugee families, consignment shops for crystal and silver, library sales that will take books and CDs, plus yard sales, shelters and thrift shops. Washington Post, "We asked experienced declutterers for their best tricks," 14 Nov. 2019 Chic enough to appreciate designer frocks, Jule is confident and savvy enough to find the best styles at the thrift shop. Leslie Anne Tarabella, al, "When a Southern lady enters the room," 13 Nov. 2019 Food and clothing are distributed through a church thrift shop and pantry. Charles Bethea, The New Yorker, "After ICE Came to Morton, Mississippi," 1 Nov. 2019 Visting from: Los Angeles Job: Property manager Jumpsuit: Urban Outfitters Jacket: Iguana, a thrift shop in Los Angeles Hat: Bailey Hats. oregonlive, "Street Style visits Pendleton Round-Up: Levis and leather, fringe and funk fit right in," 27 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of thrift shop

1944, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jan 2020

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“Thrift shop.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thrift%20shop. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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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