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Consignment is the act of consigning, which is placing a person or thing in the hand of another, but retaining ownership until
the goods are sold or person is transferred.
"Consignment shop" is an American English term for second-hand stores that offer used goods at a lower cost than new. Many
offer new items as well.
In the context of sale, it is usually understood that the consignee (the seller) pays the consignor (the person who owns
the item) a portion of the proceeds from the sale. Payment is not made until and unless the item actually sells. The
consignor retains title to the item at all times, and can end the arrangement at any time by requesting return of the item.
A specified period of time is commonly arranged, after which time if the item does not sell the owner can reclaim the item
(or, if not reclaimed within a period of time, the seller can dispose of the item at his discretion).
A charity shop, second-hand shop (U.K.), thrift shop, thrift store, hospice shop (U.S., Canada), resale shop (when not meaning consignment shop (U.S.), or
op shop (Australia/N.Z.) is a retail establishment operated by a charitable organization for the purpose of fundraising.
Charity shops are a type of social enterprise. They usually sell mainly second-hand goods donated by members of the public, and are often staffed by volunteers.
Because the items for sale were obtained for free, and business costs are low, the items can be sold at very low prices. After costs are paid, all remaining income
from the sales is used in accord with the organization's stated charitable purpose.
A flea market is a large, traditionally open-air market where people sell a wide range of goods, typically used. Many
communities have weekly flea markets which are held in large fields or conference halls during the winter, and some of
these markets have been happening for decades, or centuries, in a few cases. A flea market is often a great place to find
bargains on used goods in reasonably condition ranging from trucks to jewelry.
Several different kinds of merchants can be found at a flea market. In some regions, people bring their own possessions
to a flea market, setting up a small stall to sell various used goods. In other cases, a merchant may actually be a dealer
of used goods who either frequents flea markets or runs a store and travels to flea markets. Used-store owners frequently
prowl flea markets looking for goods which they could resell for a higher price, as well.
A pawnbroker (or pawnshop) is an individual or business that offers monetary loans in exchange for an item of value that is
given to the pawn broker. The word pawn is derived from the Latin pignus, for pledge, and the items having been pawned to
the broker are themselves called pledges or pawns, or simply the collateral.
If an item is pawned for a loan, within a certain contractual period of time the pawner may purchase it back for the amount
of the loan plus some agreed-upon amount for interest. The amount of time, and rate of interest, is governed by law or by
the pawnbroker's policies. If the loan is not paid (or extended, if applicable) within the time period, the pawned item will
be offered for sale by the pawnbroker/secondhand dealer.
Unlike other lenders, though, the pawnbroker does not report the
defaulted loan on the customer's credit report, since the pawnbroker has physical possession of the item and may recoup the
loan value through outright sale of the item. The pawnbroker/secondhand dealer also sells items that have been sold outright
by customers to the Pawnbroker or secondhand dealer.
Andrea's guide to Ottawa, Ontario consignment stores, thrift shops, pawn shops and flea markets.
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