I realize other folks don't have this desire and I try to hide my disappointment. But, I admit I have a few new items littering the house I wish I didn't have, but, I'd dare guess the spectrum sways toward the used side in my home than new - and you can quote me on that.
I just want to offer a few suggestions to save money buying used while limiting your impact on the environment in return. A Win-Win!
If you have (or are having) kids, take this simple advice when looking for your basic needs, such as strollers, joggers, changing tables, toys, blankets and clothes:
- Search your local Want-Ads (Craigslist, etc...) for practically anything you could want for a new baby, growing toddler or school-aged kid. Why pay full price when you can get someone's seconds that are almost new!
- Search Garage Sales in your area. You will be amazed at what people give away. I just happened to stop by a garage sale on Capitol Hill and got two, like-new Stearns life vests for $5. Yes, two!
- Take advantage of Consignment Shops. Turn your old children's clothing and toys into cash (or credit) by taking them to your local shop to consign. I carry about $60-$80 credit for used goods at my local consignment shop in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle. Think about how much I can buy with $60 in children's used clothes and accessories.
- Saturate your friends and family by asking what items they no longer need and would like to donate (or loan) to you. You save money - and the Earth - by borrowing used items relevant to your situation. I am happy to say there is not one thing (besides some toys and clothes) in my son's room that isn't used - and his room looks sharp! Don't get me started, but even his blanket he uses every day was used 12-years ago! Love it!
- Get involved in local Yahoo! Mom Groups designed to connect with your neighborhood. It's an amazing resource for buying used. I can't tell you how much I utilize my own group for just about anything.
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- Scour your second-hand stores. Man, when I worked on Mercer Island - an affluent suburban of Seattle - I shopped their local second-hand store every day on my lunch hour. Say no more, I was looking SMOOTH and had so many brand-named clothes for a few dollars each. Take advantage of the ultra-hip, second-hand stores - especially in college towns and cities - where you'll find all the latest styles but at half (or more) of the price.