It is impossible to live a life completely free of consumption, but we can choose what we consume and where it comes from. When it comes to shopping, I strive to buy used as often as possible. There are some items that should be purchased new such as socks, underwear, hygiene products, helmets and other safety gear, and occasionally shoes. But most of what I buy comes from flea markets, thrift stores, and yard sales. There are many reasons why shopping resale is better than buying new:
Better for the Environment
The amount of resources used to make new products is staggering. Water is a precious resource and is wasted on textile production. We are inundated in old clothes, electronics, and all manner of junk. These items ultimately end up in a landfill. Buying used items prevents the production and transportation process and cuts out the need for using natural resources.
Shopping resale also saves you money. Flea markets, thrift stores, and yard sales are full of bargains just waiting to be found. I’m a frugal person, so I’m always looking for ways to save a buck. It’s amazing how quickly people pawn off items they spent retail value for.
Packaging is a major source of waste, especially plastic waste. Shopping for new items means more packaging and more trash. Used items rarely come with any kind of packaging preventing this kind of trash accumulation.
Perhaps my favorite thing about shopping resale is the hunt for unique finds. I’m not a thrifty person, so I like my clothes to be somewhat different from the latest styles. I also like unique furniture pieces and knick knacks.
Supports Small Businesses
Tired of giving your money to big corporations? By shopping resale, you can rest assured that you’re giving your money to local businesses. Shopping local helps build the community instead of making rich businesses richer.
“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” they say. This is very much true for people on the hunt for a good upcycling opportunity. Often times very valuable items end in thrift stores until someone recognizes their worth. Some people have even made entire careers of upselling thrift finds. I’d like to get into the business of upcycling, too.
I can’t wait to show off some of my favorite flea market finds!