Secondhand dealers not only allow you to buy secondhand goods, but they also allow you to sell the ones you already own. Buying and selling secondhand goods can be a method of recycling, a means of purchasing goods at cheaper prices, a source of antiques and collectables or a way to make money.
There are many different ways to buy and sell secondhand goods. Items can be donated to or purchased from thrift and charity stores, resold to a second hand dealer, committed for auction on approval and even auctioned off online. Many secondhand dealers will deal in a broad range secondhand goods; this can include thrift and charity stores, and auction houses. These dealers may sell everything from furniture and homewares to books, records and even machinery. Some secondhand dealers will also sell and auction goods online. Some dealers will specialise only in particular types of second hand and recycled goods.
The recycling of vintage dresses and secondhand clothing has been popular for many years, with many different types of stores, from charity and thrift shops, to specialist vintage resellers and even recycled designer and couture specialist stores. Secondhand white goods dealers will provide refurbished fridges, washing machines and clothes dryers, often with a limited warranty. Salvage dealers will sell secondhand building supplies and fittings which have been sourced from demolitions. This is a popular way to find antique door handles and light fittings for home restorations and renovation.