Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Why I Buy Used
Moving back to Texas was such a light bulb moment for me. Especially because we were in such a hurry that the movers had to literally throw random items from our house into boxes. Just imagine moving and not cleaning/straightening your house beforehand, not getting rid of anything you didn't use. There were toys with lamps, clothes, random office supplies just tossed in boxes. Unpacking JUNK really puts the important things into perspective.
So what if we can theoretically buy a more expensive [insert item here], do we really even want it or can we even use it? Its like this: If I could afford to buy a large bag of $6 candy every time I went to the store (say between the grocery store, gas station, etc. I go 3 times a week), and did that, it would be impractical. I do not need to buy the $6 bag of candy every.single.trip. But some might say "If I can afford it, why not?" I say lets STOP and think about what we are buying. Think about the price vs. the quality. Think about the actual need. This will cut down on a lot of excess purchases.
If you have visited this blog before, you know I love thrifting. Things are so awesome at the thrift stores, when I recently went mall shopping, the prices shocked me back to "reality" and I just couldn't bring myself to purchase anything. The idea that every time I buy something, I become part of the mathematical formula that is demand really makes me more conscious of my consumer decisions. Many stores have replenishment set up on a min/max system. Example: Store can have a max of 8 items, once people buy 4 of those, the computer kicks in and creates an order to fill the quantity back up to 8. (Did I mention my background in the corporate retail world?) Buying used means I am not triggering a replenishment order. Buying used means less packaging, less resources. Buying used means being conscious of what I bring into my home. How does the quality of used compare at lower prices than the mass market stores? I am not saying that I am boycotting the mall, or never buying at retail again. Its not about that. Thrifting, buying consignment, garage sale items is about being aware, and having fun. I enjoy digging around. I look forward to estate sales. I want to wear a 100% vintage wool cardigan while reading an old leather bound book. Do you buy used? Why?