Whether you’re decorating a new home, updating your current space, or looking for a specific item you really need, shopping for home goods second-hand has any number of benefits. There are plenty of reasons beyond saving money to skip retail and find a real treasure.
Buying items for your home on the second-hand market rather than shopping new prevents those used items from winding up in landfills. Americans send millions of tons of home décor items, including kitchen tools and furniture, to landfills every year. Every time you choose to buy used, you help reduce the impact on the planet from the disposal of useable household items.
Shopping used more often also reduces the need for more manufacturing, which can have an even more positive impact on the environment.
Shopping the classifieds for home accessories gives you access to things you won’t find on the shelves at your local stores. Whether you’re looking to complete a discontinued china set or want something more unique than the mass-produced pieces you will find at big box stores, shopping second-hand allows you to add unique and personal touches to your home. There’s nothing quite like the thrill of the hunt of seeking out distinctive pieces.
Not all of your finds have to be used, either. Shopping the classifieds can also help you find brand new home décor items that were purchased but never used. Many of them may not be available new anymore, making them difficult to find as well as a great deal.
When it comes to home furnishings and other home items, new doesn’t always mean the best quality. Shopping used means you can find items that are proven to be solid and may well have been built to higher quality specifications in the first place. While many stores are selling particleboard, you can pick up solid wood for the same price – or even less.
You may not be able to afford high-end home brands if you shop for them new, but when you look at used items you’ll find you can pick up those brand names for less and get more quality for your money. That means a high-end looking home and long-lasting, quality items that won’t soon send you back to the store for a replacement.
Shopping used to fill your home is a wise decision for your bank account, for the planet, and allows you to create a space that fits your personality. Before you head to the store, check out local online classifieds to see what unique finds are out there at a great price.