Thrift vs. Consignment: Explore Chic Secondhand Shopping

Searching for sustainable fashion while shopping at a consignment store.

In the ever-evolving world of fashion, two stars have steadily risen to the limelight: thrift stores and consignment shops. Both offer the allure of secondhand shopping, and both champion the cause of sustainable fashion. However, they aren’t one and the same. Let’s explore the intricacies that set them apart, and also what binds them in the grand tapestry of fashion retail.

Thrift Stores: The Treasure Troves

Thrift stores, often run by non-profits, offer a plethora of items donated by individuals. These can range from clothing and accessories to home goods. The prices? Astonishingly affordable. You’re paying primarily for the joy of discovery. Not only does thrift shopping save you money, but it also supports charitable causes in many instances. Want a taste of what you might find?

Consignment Shops: Curated & Classy

Consignment shops, like Rock It Resell, operate a bit differently. Here, products are brought in by individuals who wish to sell them. The store then sells these items on their behalf and shares the profit. What sets consignment shops apart is the careful curation – only items deemed high quality or brand-specific make the cut. Curious about how to consign with us? Head over to our consign with us for all the details.

Quality and Selection

While thrift stores offer the thrill of the hunt, the quality and selection can be unpredictable. On the other hand, consignment shops offer a more curated experience. They often have a stricter acceptance policy, ensuring the goods are of a certain standard. To learn more about our standards, explore our what we accept.

Sustainable Fashion

Both thrift stores and consignment shops are stalwarts of sustainable fashion. By giving clothes a second (or third!) life, they prevent unnecessary waste and reduce the environmental footprint of fashion. So, whether you’re a thrifty shopper or a consignment connoisseur, you’re doing good for the planet with every purchase.

In addition to brick and mortar stores, there has been a huge explosion of online marketplaces such as Poshmark and eBay that give previously loved items a second chance.

Pricing Model

Thrift stores typically price items based on broad categories and not individual brand value. In contrast, consignment shops price items based on brand, condition, and demand, which often results in higher prices compared to thrift stores but offers assurance of quality and brand authenticity.


Thrift stores and consignment shops, while distinct in their operations, both promote a sustainable, ethical, and economical way of shopping. Whether you’re on a treasure hunt or seeking premium secondhand brands, know that with every purchase, you’re crafting a greener, more conscious world.

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