Thursday, 23 February 2012

New to Me

Those of us who love shopping as retail therapy but who are also relatively thrifty will probably never buy anything at full or regular price.  A not-really-necessary skirt or blouse likely looks 100% better when it has been reduced to $4.99.  We scour the bargain racks looking for that super deal and even if it is not exactly what we want, will buy it because it was cheap.
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Others of us will clip coupons and collect promo codes to nab that perfect must-have latest item.  We frequent bogo sales and will buy something just to get that gift-with-purchase, all in the name of "saving".  But how many of us will consider pre-owned goods?

While you can be frugal and penny-pinching without having to buy anything pre-owned, most of us actually buy pre-owned items all the time. As a major purchase, some of us will buy a pre-owned car or house.  We likely would not hesitate to buy pre-owned books.  Even our pop bottles and beverage containers are all re-used. If you frequent garage (or car-boot) sales, everything is pre-owned.  The very idea of antique furniture means that it is old and obviously pre-owned.   Recycling has become second nature.

But many will balk at pre-owned wearables.  Consider this: How many items of new clothing are made each year?  What is the cost to the environment to make it?  Where does all the old clothing go?  They say North Americans recycle over 2.5 billion pounds of clothes each year!  Such a waste. 

True, there are many people in developing countries who need clothing, but just think: what if we all recycled our wearables?  Yuck you say. Yet clothing is washable.  You can wash it.  Would you stay in a hotel?  Who would you trust to wash something? Yourself?  or a hotel?  Check this if you said hotel:

There are all sorts of nasty videos about supposedly clean hotel sheets too.  So, give me a nice vintage wearable any day!

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10 comments:

  1. Wonderful post! I have absolutely no compulsion against buying second hand clothes and lately, some of the women I work with have begun to ask which thrift stores I frequent!

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    1. Hi Terri - Isn't it nice when people look to you as the fashion insider? There's a lady at my workplace who is always fashionable and everytime you ask where she got her outfit, it turns out to be a vintage find.

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  2. LOVE this post Narda! I will be honest, I used to hate buying clothes at thrift stores and usually opt to going to the mall for clothing but I'm taking a bigger notice at the great thrift store finds and have made a few very happy purchases there. I plan on buying more of my clothes from thrift stores from now on. :)

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    1. Hey Karla! Me too. I was hesitant, but when I think about it, it makes more and more sense in today's world. We can't just go on making clothing (or other goods for that matter) to be tossed out after a year or two.

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  3. Hey Narda - love the post and I agree wholeheartedly ... "new to me" is the best way to go! There's some amazing treasures at 2nd hand stores ... all they need is a new home.

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    1. Hi Robin Lynn! It's true, I too often wonder at the fabulous things people "throw away". Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  4. I just said, in a comment on another post, that 'new' is highly over rated. I'm happy to take used, find already-loved or buy second hand. Whatever it's called, I think it's the thrifty and responsible thing to do.

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    1. Couldn't agree more. Some things are actually better used: wood for example. I also dropped by your blog and love it!

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  5. Hi Narda! I love value shopping. I rarely buy new (except in underwear - ha!) and always feel like something is 'new' to me and that's all that counts.

    I like your philosophy of life as a treasure hunt!

    Thanks for sharing this nifty post for Alphabe-Thursday's letter "N".

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    1. Hi Jenny! Haha - me too, undies definitely have to be new. I love your idea of having a letter of the alphabet for the post. Thanks for visiting!

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