Post # 1
A few months ago my sister and I went to a GoodWill, and went a bit crazy getting items for next to nothing. Today while I was cleaning, I ran across a picture frame that I had found there, and then completely forgot about!
So it got me thinking, do you buy used items? If so, what kind? For example, clothes, dishes, beds, bedspreads, towels, baby items, etc.? Or do you prefer to have brand-spanking new things? And I’m not really talking about items like vehicles or houses, but you can include those if you want to!
I have found clothes in good condition at thrift stores before, but the only thing I really purchase regularly used is books.
Post # 3
I’ll buy jeans secondhand, and I’m a sucker for used bookstores. That’s about it though unless my budget is suddenly significantly tightened.
Post # 4
@shaka: Oh me too, on the bookstore part! I got a bit carried away at a Half Price Books once, but hey, can’t beat spending $90 on 25 books (I just HAD to get two book series)!
Post # 5
I do not buy any household items used now. I use to get used books but now I have a kindle and my hubby pirates everything off the internet. i’m all about getting a good deal but will wait to buy something until it is the right season. For example I will get swimsuits at the end of summer when they go on sale. Same with winter coats, if you buy them in the spring for the next year than you get them dirt cheap. Last January I bought a christmas tree with all the decorations for around $50 bucks for Christmas of 2013. The $50 included christmas cards (personal and professional), lights, ornaments, outdoor lights, and outdoor decoratons.
I do buy used cars because I just do not see the value in a brand new car that will lose at least 10% of it’s value because I drove it off the lot.
Post # 6
I’ll buy used movies, that’s about it.
Post # 7
@Twyla_Smith: I will buy clothes, you can wash them. Shoes, NO! But our Goodwill often has “seconds” or end of season left overs brand new with tags on them from Target or even the Gap. I’m sorry, but I will gladly pay $6 for a pair of brand new men’s shorts from the Gap (for my son).
Post # 8
Shoes I won’t buy used (unless they are BRAND new, which I make an exception for), but I buy all of my clothes except for my bras and underwear at Goodwill or Consignment shops. I can never understand so much money on clothes, when you could get something someone wore a few times or even never for half price or even less.
I’ll also purchase home decor at thrift shops, but I won’t go as far as purchasing towels or bedding. No thanks!
We got our washer and dryer given to us by some friends because they couldn’t figure out why the washer wouldn’t spin, and DH fixed it. so we got a $2k washer and dryer set for free. We purchase most of our kitchen appliances second hand with the exception of our KitchenAid mixer and KitchenAid pot and pan set. Both of those were wedding presents.
All in all, DH and I are suckers for a good deal and as long as it’s still in good condition we have NO problem with purchasing second hand. As long as it’s not something that shouldn’t be second hand like the above-mentioned.
Post # 9
I love thrift stores, and I have found great old books, clothes, and dishes there. There is also a specific used movie and CD store in town that I will sometimes buy DVDs from, but not often. I’m picky about electronics being used.
Post # 10
F YEAH USED ITEMS!
Clothes: Vintage clothes rule, they’re often made from higher quality materials than current stuff anyway.
Books, movies, and music: I have like nothing to say about this, if you’re a serious reader/watcher/listener and don’t buy used, then I guess either you only enjoy things that came out in the last 60 days or you just get a buzz off of spending money?
Dishes and kitchen items: LOVE getting these used. The item’s condition is evident before you buy it (don’t get something rusty or scratched, duh), and you can put it through the dishwasher and it’s as clean as new. Epic deals to be had.
Exercise equipment: Another huge favorite. I got a legit treadmill for $50 recently. Used stuff is literally the ony way I can pick up a new sport or workout routine, I’m not going to drop hundreds just on spec!
I also love getting outdoor items and big appliances used. Maybe about 1 in 10 big appliances fails before it’s paid for itself, but amortizing over the other 9 that are insane “they don’t make em like that anymore” workhorses, it’s still worth it on average.
Never bought used towels, sheets, shoes, or undergarments – those kinda soak up bodily fluids, and they wear out quickly.
Used stuff RULES. There is an insane amount of high quality, low price, used things in the US. It’s like some kind of first world fairyland of cheapness and plenty. I LOVE IT!!
Post # 11
Years ago i watched The Story of Stuff, and ever since I’ve tried to 1) consume less, and 1) buy used when possible. My primary reason for buying used is environmental. That said, I’m really not that good at it. It’s a lot harder to buy second hand.
Check it out here if you’re interested: http://www.storyofstuff.org/movies-all/story-of-stuff/
Post # 12
I buy used books whenever they’re available, and used clothes. However, about half of everything I own home-wise is used, but hand-me-downs. I also don’t get rid of things until they are completely unusable. For instance, my TV is from 1994–and I’m not exaggerating!
Post # 13
@Twyla_Smith: LOVE thrifting clothes. Any furniture that has no stuffing and removable covers, I will buy secondhand.
In fact the only things I will not buy secondhand:
-Anything with stuffing in it (pillows/cushions/sofas with cushions/chairs with cushions/etc.) due to bedbug paranoia. And I will sometimes make exceptions to this if I know where it’s coming from and it’s trustworthy.
Everything else I will happily buy used whenever possible.
Although, I guess music and movies are an exception. I don’t buy those things at all. ;D (And I’m increasingly going that way on books as free pdfs and mobis are increasingly available…)
Post # 14
When I was in school I would always go on Amazon or the Barnes and Noble marketplace and buy my textbooks used from them because it was always cheaper than the on-campus bookstore. I got so many textbooks for less than $10 just by being a smart shopper.
I still prefer to buy the books I read for pleasure new but do I buy a lot of coffee table books used just because they are usually pretty pricey and if I can pay $1.99 for a big fashion book then why wouldn’t I?
Post # 15
I love buying used books! Half price books is my favorite place, I can go crazy in the clearance section!!