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Buy a Cool Stuff at a Second Hand Store

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Ten Things You Should Always Buy Used Secondhand

Designer Labels

Okay, I admit it: I have a thing for quality designer clothes. But on a writer’s salary, I can’t really afford to buy them new. Luckily, there are local stores and online sites where I can find almost-new designer clothes for less than half of what they cost on the original rack. Look for a used designer resell shops in your area, or type the brand you love into the search bars on sites like eBay or Craigslist.

Gold and Other Jewelry

Bad news for people who try to sell jewelry back to a store: They’re never going to get too much money back, even for their most valuable items. Great news for you: Instead of going to the stores, individuals and families are often looking to sell valuable used jewelry on their own, and they can give you a great rate and still get more than they would at a store. Check out the estate sales in your area for the best finds.

Baby Clothes

Every new parent wants to dress their kids in the very best, but kids – particularly infants – grow out of their clothes at a frightening speed. In fact, most parents end up with baby clothes that their kids never even get to wear. That means you can find good-quality, hardly-worn used clothes for your kids for about a quarter of the cost of new ones. Shop in local thrift shops and resell shops or scour garage sales, and you’ll save hundreds every year on the costs of having a baby.

Furniture

Used doesn’t mean ugly or worn out. With how often – and how suddenly – people move or just change their minds after a purchase, secondhand furniture stores and flea markets have plenty of high-quality sofas, tables, desks, and even cheap baby furniture. You can save thousands of dollars. I’ve furnished most of my house with great finds: barely-used items at great savings. I’ve been amazed by how low people go on their price tags for beautiful items.

Cars

This post wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t mention cars. If you’re shopping for a new car, you have a lot to read about the importance and benefits of buying a used car. The bottom line is that when you buy used, you save thousands of dollars in depreciation. Check your local paper, or look on Craigslist for nearby listings. You can talk with a dealer if you know one you trust, but remember, it’s always best to buy from an individual if you’re looking for a great deal.

Sports Equipment

If you’re going skiing for the first time, it simply doesn’t make sense to invest in a new pair of skis. When you or your child is playing a new sport, try used equipment from a used sporting goods store first. From skis and snowboards to tennis rackets and baseball equipment, you can find the right size at the right price. And take it from me, it’s wise to buy those golf clubs used – especially when you’re buying them in a pink carrying bag.

Tools

For tools that don’t have moving parts or electrical wires, you’d do well to buy them secondhand. Let’s face it, a hammer is a hammer, and there’s simply no sense in buying one new for $10 when you can get one for under a buck at a flea market, garage sale, or pawn shop. The same goes for pliers, saws, screwdrivers, and wrenches. Just stop at the simple stuff: If an item has a motor that can wear down, don’t take a secondhand-seller’s word for its quality.

Books and Textbooks

Unless you’re planning to display a book on your coffee table or buying it as part of a collection that you intend to keep for years, you don’t need to pay more just to be the first one to crack the spine. Used book stores all over the country sell books at discounts of 50% or more. Further, Amazon and Half.com will connect you to a host of sellers who offer used books in good condition for next to nothing. And what do you do when you’re finished reading? List it yourself and recoup your expenses.

DVDs and CDS

The way DVDs and CDs are constructed, they can easily last for years. They still scratch, but the days of discs commonly skipping and stopping are behind us. People who get tired of songs or movies start looking for extra cash and sell CDs and DVDs for pennies on the dollar. You can find used DVDs and CDs at your local thrift store or pawn shop, or online at sites like Amazon and CD Exchange. If you’re lucky, you may even have a local used CD store that’s still in business. Be careful when you shop online, because you need to trust your seller. You don’t want to end up with bootlegs or other illegal copies.

Musical Instruments

If your child needs a musical instrument for the school band or if you’ve decided to take up violin music lessons, you can find a top-quality used instrument for a fraction of the cost of a new one. Kids often take on instruments for only a year or two at a time, which means secondhand options abound and you won’t want to invest in something new until you or your child are ready for a serious commitment. Start by searching your local pawn shops and used music stores. If you can’t find a deal at those places, look at your local Craigslist postings or check sites like Musician’s Friend.

Success stories

ILove DisneyPrincess

Jan 15 at 00:11 am
Friperie at New York

Karen Tarroyo

Jan 04 at 17:30 pm
i bought a cutie cookie keychain.

Chloe P

Dec 14 at 18:57 pm
As a poor women living on the wrong side of London I always buy from charity shops and I've found some really beautiful things from them.

Clair Elliott

Mar 12 at 23:05 pm
often buy from second hand and charity shops

Mel De Mey

May 25 at 23:30 pm
Aaaa

Cherie Stratton

Mar 19 at 06:45 am
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Krystal Hill

Feb 18 at 19:13 pm
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Caroline Couture

Jan 21 at 05:26 am
lots of stuffs

glitter dust

Jan 17 at 15:17 pm
big fan of charity shops I do this regularly

Alina Masotti

Jan 08 at 15:33 pm
Literally the only way I shop.

Violette Meier

Jan 04 at 17:41 pm
I do it all the time.

Chantal Van de Kolk

Dec 16 at 21:43 pm
love the Christmas mug