When I think of secondhand shopping, the first thing that comes to mind is clothing. Piles and piles of thin-kneed corduroys next to racks and racks of broken –in sweaters, abandoned hats and cheap suits—it all sounds like a lot of fun. I never expected to say this, but I love snooping around a secondhand store, finding that funky whatever I’m after, and spending five dollars or less on it. It’s just about the only way I could ever like to shop.
But, secondhand shopping is much more than just clothing. You can, probably should, buy just about everything secondhand nowadays, from cars and computers to furniture and kitchen appliances. Toys, camping equipment, iPhones, TVs, instruments, books, and whatever else—they all come readily available (eBay, Craigslist, or a quick search), slightly used, and massively discounted. And, I won’t lie: saving money is a great benefit, but it’s not why I do it.
For me, buying things secondhand represents one of the greenest things a person can do. It’s right up there with—actually far beyond— carpooling, energy-efficient fill-in-the-blanks, and even recycling cans. Even compared to buying sustainable vegan clothing. How, pray tell, is this case? Well, it’s simple really.
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