Like Macy’s, Lord & Taylor or Bloomingdale’s. Some communities still have local department stores, but most are either regional or part of a national chain. Department stores provide lots of variety. You can try things on, browse and see lots of different types of merchandise all under one roof. You can shop with your friends and you can find something for everyone. You will find more upscale trendy merchandise at premium prices. They will be more expensive than discount or outlet stores. These stores sell apparel, accessories, cosmetics, shoes. Some also sell items for the kitchen, domestics (things that go on your table or bed) and sometimes luggage. If possible, wait until an item goes on sale. These stores have great sales. There are also more moderate-priced department stores like JC Penny, Sears (which also carries hardware), and Kohl’s ( a hybrid with merchandise priced lower than a department store and higher than a discount store). Department stores are primarily in malls, or free standing in your downtown area.
You can find amazing items at these stores, especially if you live in or near a big city. Often people buy things, use them once or twice and then want something else. Their taste, size or needs might change. These stores carry everything from apparel to furniture. They are all, since they are used, at great bargain prices. When shopping these kinds of stores, give yourself some extra time, because they are not as well organized as traditional stores. If you have a good fashion sense, you can find great items and put them together with things you might already have in your closet and create an awesome and unique fashion statement. As a teen this is a great place for cheap chic. You can really stand out or be a trend setter with your friends. Go as a group, and see who can find the best look.
There are often plenty of choices in major cities, and some communities will also have them. Some are independent; some affiliated with a religious group or charity where the sales go to the group. Not only are you getting a great deal, but you are helping a worthy cause. Thrift and Second Hand stores carry merchandise that has been donated. Consignment stores carry merchandise that still belongs to the owner. If the store sells the merchandise then the sale is split between the owner and seller though not always 50/50. If the merchandise does not sell, the store owner can return it to the merchandise owner.