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A charity shop, thrift shop, thrift store, hospice shop , resale shop , op shop , or second-hand shop 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. Costs include purchase and/or depreciation of fixtures , operating costs and the building lease or mortgage.

Charity shops are often popular with people who are frugal, people who live on a limited or fixed income, collectors, and people with unusual tastes. This last group includes members of various subcultures. For example, clothing from charity stores was often modified by early punk rockers. In the United States shopping at a thrift store has become popular enough to earn a slang term, thrifting.

Wikipedia, Thrift stores, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thrift_stores (as of Apr 18, 2010)

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