Consignment Shop vs. Thrift Store: What’s the Difference?

In its most general sense, thrift shopping or thrifting can refer to buying items—particularly apparel—secondhand. Someone might colloquially mention going thrifting at a flea market, a yard sale, or some other secondhand establishment.But a thrift shop (or thrift store) isn’t just any secondhand establishment: As Current Boutique’s Craving Current blog explains, it’s typically a non-profit that diverts its...

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11 Books That Are (Probably) Lost Forever

Every so often the literary world is rocked by the discovery of a work that was thought to be lost forever. Take, for instance, Percy Bysshe Shelley’s “Poetical Essay on the Existing State of Things”: The work, published in 1811, was attributed to the author in 1872 (50 years after he had died) and rediscovered in 2006. But...

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A Surprising Side of Carl Sagan

Hollywood has been enamored with aliens for as long as movies have been a thing, but perhaps no alien-themed movie has had quite the impact of Contact, released 25 years ago this month. Based on the novel by Carl Sagan, the movie marked a sharp departure from the space-travel-and-alien movies of its time. For starters, the aliens come...

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20 Foods You Might Be Mispronouncing

When ordering a meal at a restaurant, taste should be the main concern. Whether you can pronounce the name of the dish shouldn't factor into your decision, but that's not always the case. If you've ever ordered a salad to avoid saying vichyssoise to your server, it's time to brush up on your culinary vocabulary. Here are 20...

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10 Women Writing in the Time of Shakespeare

Virginia Woolf was convinced that women couldn’t have been writers in Shakespeare’s time. Even intelligent women “ have taken part in any one of the great movements which … constitute the historian's view of the past,” she lamented in her 1928 lecture, A Room of One's Own. If Shakespeare had had an equally talented sister, Woolf said, she...

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