I just finished filming a local news segment at the house about the best ways to buy used stuff. (Their title will most likely be more eloquent.) And, as I always do before an interview, I wrote up a chicken-scratchy page of notes. (It helps to focus my thoughts past the cloud of mascara and eyeliner fumes.) Points I want to make, swear words to avoid and an overall theme to my message.
I always end up forgetting the main point, yet can be counted on to babble on about weird and random tangents.
I do like what I wrote out this morning, so I thought I would share the main points with you.
How to Buy Used:
- Be patient. You will not be able to run into a store and find exactly the thing you were looking for. However, this lag time will help you figure out alternate solutions to the initial need.
- Use social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) to put the word out. A friend or family member might have an unused whatevermacallit to lend or give you.
- Peruse Craigslist for specific and bigger items. Just be sure to be safe and employ your street smarts.
- Think beyond thrift shops. Different consignment shops specialize in teens, women’s wear, men’s wear, baby stuff and household items. Even better, bring unwanted stuff from home and get store credit for your purchases!
- You can both buy used and give great gifts. Consider giving things you already own to friends and family. Books you’ve loved, family keepsakes and a previously admired item all make great gifts!
- Consider sharing ownership of rarely used items. My mother and I share a rug shampooer, which works great for us. (Of course, I bought it from Craigslist!)
- Still squeamish about used stuff? Consider these used things that you use without a second thought. Restaurant napkins, silver wear and dishes; hotel sheets and towels; bowling shoes, your hairstylist’s drape. Then, get over yourself.
- Simply don’t get that thing you think you wanted in the first place. When you give that purchase some breathing room, you may likely lose interest.
See? And I didn’t even swear!
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”
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