Saturday, May 8, 2010
Buying second hand is both economically and ecologically sound way to shop. You save loads of money while saving the resources that would be needed to create a "new" product.
Yesterday I purchased this table full of items for $3.45! Really! I picked up the baby Levis jean jacket for 25 cents. Three shirts, two pillows, a tart warmer and a pair of shoes were 10 cents each. The black sweater was $1.00. The Wrangler western ware shirt was 50 cents and the pocket knife (still in the package) was $1.00. The baby toys, scarf and magazines were all from boxes marked "free."
"But," I hear you hollering already, "I don't have time for yard sales and thrift shops!"
Sure you do! In the case above, it took about 10 minutes to stop at a multi family yard sale (that I happened to pass on my way home from the garden center) and snag these great deals.
Let's compare ten minutes of my time vs. working for the $$$ to pay retail:
The Levis Jean Jacket alone costs $34.95 retail, and the Wrangler western ware shirts, new, cost about $45. The last time I bought a new pocket knife I spent around 15 bucks. Etc. You get the point.
So, the question is, can you afford NOT to buy second hand?