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I am a huge fan of shopping at thrift stores, consignment shops, and yard sales for used items. Not only is this a great money-saving strategy, it is also better for the environment. Buying used requires less resources to produce, and helps keep waste out of landfills.
Here is my top 5 list of things to buy used:
- Books -- I never buy new books anymore. Instead, I frequently borrow books from the library for free, or search for used books. See my related post: Alternatives to buying new books for more information.
- Wooden Furniture -- Huge savings here! Check the condition and if the furniture seems sturdy, you may be able to refinish the surface and have a "like new" piece to add to your home.
- Lighting and Home Decor -- Lamps, light fixtures, and other home decor items usually go for about 10% of the original purchase price. With lighting, be sure it is UL certified.
- Children's Clothing -- Kids outgrow their clothes at such a rapid rate. Instead of stressing over whether or not that stain is going to come out of little Johnny's new outfit, try finding quality used kids clothes and save yourself a ton of money. If the price is right, I have been known to stockpile clothes for the girls for years to come.
- Glassware/Bakeware -- You can find significant savings in used glassware or bakeware. If you see an item you like, be sure to purchase it right away. Items in thrift stores tend to move very quickly!
Have a favorite thing you like to buy used? Leave us a comment and share your ideas with us!