Are you curious about incorporating more secondhand shopping into your lifestyle but not sure how to start? Sometimes it seems easier to buy something new, even though we know it would be better for the environment (and our wallets) to buy secondhand, just because we don’t know where to start.
Knowing how to shop secondhand can feel intimidating to someone that doesn’t savor the hunt. There’s the research required into finding the item you need, then there is making sure you are getting a good deal and then feeling confident that the item is in good shape. This requires energy and time – two of our most precious resources. Let’s be honest, for most of us, time and energy are often in short supply. But if we can make shopping secondhand a habit, the time and energy required is lessened and then freed up for other things. And not only that, you’ll have created a sustainable habit that is thrifty, cool, and good for the environment!
There are so many options for clothing shopping both IRL (in real life) and online. Online shopping actually takes the guesswork out of secondhand. Shops like ThredUp and Poshmark have sophisticated search functions that enable you to filter by brand, size, color, and more. Not only that, but they are also very upfront about the condition of the clothing that they are selling. If there is a stain or a rip, it will be highlighted in the listing. No surprises. Just quality clothing and accessories at a discounted price. What can beat that?
Books and textbooks are also an easy way to shop secondhand without too much hassle. You can buy used on Amazon or an even better option – shop at your local secondhand book store.
Bikes and other Sports Equipment
If you have kids, then you know how quickly they outgrow their belongings and their favorite hobbies. Buying bikes and sports equipment secondhand makes a lot of sense, considering they are expensive and you don’t know how long your child will even want to continue to play _____ (insert sport here – hockey, golf, lacrosse, softball, etc.). Even for adults, fitness equipment and bikes are perfect items to purchase secondhand. That way as your skills improve, you can trade-in and trade-up! Places like eBay, Play It Again Sports, and other secondhand online retailers are a great way to get sports and fitness equipment at a discount.
There are lots and lots of household items in the world that folks no longer need when they move, downsize, remodel, or renovate. And a lot of this stuff is good quality and in excellent condition. Searching the local market on Craigslist and Facebook are good places to start. But you can even shop for furniture consignment online, for high-end items such as antiques and fine art. The key to shopping for furniture online is to have a plan of what you need and want, and it will help you to refine your search.
Of course, you know how easy it is to shop secondhand for quilting fabric (insert winky face!). And if you have any questions, we are always here to help!
Now it’s your turn! Are there items that you’ll always shop secondhand for? Tell us in the comments below!
Want more ideas on shopping secondhand? Check out 4 Simple Questions to Ask When Buying Secondhand Fabric and How to Be a Savvy Second-Hand Shopper in 4 Simple Steps.