There are more options than ever – both online and in person – so why bother buying secondhand?
1. reducing your carbon footprint – One used purchase is one new purchase less. On a larger scale, this means the demand is lower, so the supply will be lower. Whether it’s a bluetooth speaker or a pair of pants, all products take natural resources to make. I’ve been surprised how many items I’ve almost bought new but then found them on OfferUp, Ebay, Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, or Letgo.
2. forget about size numbers – When it comes to secondhand clothes, I notice I pay less attention to what number is on the label. There are so many different styles, brands, and eras on the racks. The sizes all run differently. I end up finding clothes that fit me better because I disregard the labeled size and eyeball the size, instead. A lot of times after my purchases I see the labeled size is larger than I would have expected. I’m in love the with piece and it fits so well. If I had seen a certain number or letter I’d be likely to not even try it on because “I don’t wear that size” (or think I don’t). I often find more comfortable clothes because I’m not focused on what “should” fit.
3. encouraging creativity – thrift shopping is like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re going to get. It keeps me open minded about what I think I might like. While clothing brands typically chose a single style to represent, thrift stores do not discriminate on certain styles. Seeing the spectrum of styles keeps my mind open. Again, I find versatile pieces I adore!
4 . obvious highlights – Books highlighted with the best notes. Shoes with an extra comfy heels–the hard work is done. No need to break in shoes. We can just enjoy our new-used items. Better than new.
5. more affordable – A used couch or a used car, either can be thousands less. As always, if it’s an online purchase, make sure to look at the seller’s rating to confirm their track record. I’ve never had any issues. In fact, everyone has been extremely friendly. I’ve gotten most of my bedroom furniture for a fraction of the original price. Waste not, want not!