>> Friday, October 31, 2008
What does the phrase "second-hand" bring to mind? Inferior? shabby? Does it elicit a certain yuck-factor?
How is it that used bookstores are a sought after haunt while thrifts stores such as Goodwill and Salvation Army remain forsaken outcasts? Most consumers remain uncomfortable or disconcerted with these options, choosing to purchase most or all of their needs new.
Whatever the reasons or stigmas you may have can be quickly overcome once you get that sought-after item for a fraction of the cost or free. Before organizing a pilgrimage to your local Target or Wal-mart consider purchasing used or scoring a freebie from Freecycle or Craigslist. Adopting gently owned items prevents them from becoming waste and saves costly production of equivalent new goods while conserving natural resources and protecting the environment.
Several of my recent large purchases have been from a local Goodwill. I still smile when I look at the vintage 4-poster pineapple-knobbed bed my son is sleeping in and wonder the provenance of the piece. Whose children before, dreamed in that bed? Why was such a worthy well-cared for treasure given up rather than bequeathed? Did the owner purchase an IKEA replacement? ;)
Here are some easy segues to get your feet wet purchasing pre-owned.
- Most folk wouldn't hesitate to buy a used car-
- They don't make things the way they used to-
- Support your neighbors- keep it local
regarding newly minted toxic plastics from overseas and where they are sold. Nuf said.
- Check out used books- Some folk like their books pristine while I find "marginalia" fascinating. The prices are a fraction of the huge on-line booksellers.
*Swaptree - free less the postage
* Bookins - trade and exchange books. Only cost is $4.49 shipping for any book.
- Looking for household goods-
Why not value the heritage of not-new and buck the disposable society? Come on, be a trendsetter!