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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...