Ten Great Reasons to Buy Something Used

My mother grew up during the Depression as the youngest of four children and, as a result, she quickly grew tired of using well-worn items. Seventy years later, she still wants to buy almost everything new.

When I was a teenager and some of my friends discovered the joy of shopping in thrift shops, Mom only allowed me to buy new clothes. Back then, I felt like I was missing out some fun, and now I know that I was. I have learned that there are many benefits to buying things secondhand, whether at a thrift shop, a yard sale, an auction, or somewhere else.

First and foremost (for me) is the low price. For the cost of one or two new outfits, I can buy a whole wardrobe. I confess that I s


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8 Responses to Ten Great Reasons to Buy Something Used

  1. carol says:

    I agree with every one of your points. The items I would be wary of buying second hand are these:

    Cars, air conditioners, refrigeraters, freezers, computer systems. With those items, I would tend to look more toward estate sales or moving sales and even then would wand to test the item most thourghly first. There are also consignment shops that might be considered. Again, I would want to thourghly test out the item first.

    Generally though, I would more than likely buy the items mentioned above from a reliable place like Sears. I know that the initial cost is more, but what I like about Sears, for example, is their product coverage.

  2. Cathy says:

    I think I’m like your mom – I prefer new, but I’m intrigued by arguments like yours and just might give it a try myself.

  3. Great post. I go to a lot of garage sales and find lots of great things at a cheaper price. And a lot of times these things are practicly brand new.

  4. Amber says:

    When I shop, I always try to shop for second-hand items and they are my FAVORITE! People ask sometimes “Where did you get that?” When I say the dollar box or the salvation they are amazed. The truth is that sometimes people buy second-hand items and sell them like they are first-hand. So anyone who holds a grudge to second-hand items might just be buying them anyway without knowing it. I also like having my clothes broken in – rather than getting new color-dripping, expensive and just-as-good-as-used clothes.

  5. Amy F. says:

    After finding a pair of pants I liked at Express recently (which set me back a whopping $80 after tax) I decided to seek out some additional pairs on eBay. Well, on eBay there were plenty of pairs of similar pants going for $15 – $35! So I bought the other nice pants I needed for work online and saved a bundle.

    Buying secondhand is also a good way to try to find things you used to own, got rid of, and wish you hadn’t.

  6. dotnetnuke says:

    I buy stuff that used, especially computer hardware, because new ones are very expensive in many categories.

  7. Jan says:

    Excellent points Shannon! I love to buy from consignment shops because it is a win-win-win-win situation. I save money, the shop owner makes money, the consignee makes money AND we are recycling. My favorite shop recently decided to carry only designer labels. This pushed me to hop back to Goodwill (which is always great!), but I was disappointed.

    The week of Thanksgiving I received an email stating the consignment shop was offering 50% off all items in the store on “Black Friday”. That day when lots of folks were at the mall, I was at the consignment shop sale which was more palatable to my pocketbook. Here’s a list of my goodies:

    3 “Chico” jackets
    1 “Coldwater Creek” blouse
    1 pr lavender slacks
    1 pr black slacks
    1 pr green slacks
    1 cotton tee
    1 multicolor knit poncho
    1 black silk jacket

    All for $74! I was (and still am) so excited. A Coldwater Creek blouse alone would have cost at least that much.

    Second-hand items rock!!

  8. Anna Nalugon says:

    I like to shop second hand clothes…
    It gives me the opportunity to stretch my peso..it is our currency here in the Philippines..

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