Monday, April 28, 2008

Thrifty Shopping

For Many, Thrift Shops Are a Wardrobe Essential - New York Times:
"According to the National Association of Resale and Thrift Shops, the industry is growing at a rate of 5 percent a year. And as the prices of gasoline and groceries edge higher and debt — be it mortgage or credit card — weighs more heavily, saving money on clothes, shoes and household goods has become increasingly essential for many people."
Why Shop Secondhand?
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Even if you're not on a tight budget, shopping secondhand is still a great thing. It is recycling at its finest- keeping perfectly usable stuff out of landfills. You can have nice things without spending so much money and consuming new materials.

  • Impulse Control: When I'm looking for something, I always check Goodwill first. It's fun, like a treasure hunt, and it also helps with impulse control. If you don't find what you're looking for, you have to wait until it shows up, and it forces you to think about whether you really need it.

  • The Hunt: My most recent thrifty treasures include a breadbox, a roll-top desk, curtains, work pants for the boyfriend ($5 secondhand jeans last longer than $15 new jeans), and cute brand name clothes for me. Everything is in great condition at a quarter (or less) of what you would pay new. Some things are even new!
Thrifty shopping is the way to go! Don't be embarrassed when someone asks where you found that wonderful item, be proud of your thriftiness. Hopefully it will spread and catch on, and more people will shop smarter.

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