I always chuckle when I see an article on these daring experiments people will do to not buy anything new for a month. Or other forays into thriftiness. Oh, I’m not criticizing, I think it’s great and I wish more people would challenge their consumer spending habits.
But for me, thrift and shopping secondhand are, well, second nature. Raising our family on one income made this imperative. And trust me, some days it wasn’t fun trying to figure out how to clothe and furnish a home on a shoe string. But for the most part, it was an enjoyable adventure.
And it was all part of my training to become a Craigslist Ninja.
Today, my reasons for garage saleing or thrifting are different. 27 years into marriage, there’s nothing I need household wise. The kids are young adults who tend to their own expenses. And of course, I am a minimalist.
So why do I persist in my tightwad ways?
- It’s fun. I enjoy the sense of community found in a fun garage sale. I get to meet neighbors and hear a little of their stories.I find treasures.
- Today, I snagged a telephone cord purse for a buck. They sell on eBay for any where between $70 -120. Need I say more?
- When I am looking for something – like sheets for our camper – a little patience saves me big time. I found a brand new set of sheets – $3. That’s even less than a Kohls or Ross clearance sale. Bonus – no sales tax!
- It keeps stuff out of the landfill. Why buy new when I can find a perfectly usable older one? A can of paint works wonders for needed facelifts.
- It puts money directly into the hands of the person selling. I especially like this. I feel like it’s a win-win. They’re decluttering their house and getting paid for it! I find a needed item for a fraction of retail.
- I love supporting worthy causes. Here where I live, my favorite thrift store benefits battered women. And it’s all LOCAL. (Unlike some of the larger national thrift stores that follow business models I find objectionable.)
While I suspect I’ll always subscribe to the Less-is-More way of life, secondhand shopping is the way to go when I do need something.