If you're looking to purchase secondhand clothing, here are some definitions to help you get started:
VINTAGE Fashion's Rebecca Tay places the timeline dividing vintage from nonvintage clothing at about 1990.
CONSIGNMENT Shops that sell goods on behalf of owners. Owners and shopkeepers usually divide the proceeds. Often these are higher-quality fashions, including designer labels.
THRIFT SHOPS Items are sold "as is" for bargain-basement prices, and usually the proceeds go to charity. Bargain-basement quality is usually the rule too, although there are some occasional gems.
-- Andrew Bender