Monday, June 14, 2010

GG - buying used

Dear Blog,

It has been a while since I have posted about the eco-friendly journey Heath and I are on. And this one seems to be a new and welcomed hobby to many and I am happy about it, but I hope it will catch on even more. It is buying used. Used what? Used anything! Our favorite place to shop lately has been Goodwill (especially on half-off Saturdays). We started going there for the vinyl records, we go back because we can't afford going anywhere else, and we will keep going there because we realized how lovely it is to get something "new" without actually manufacturing more stuff. So this means garage sales, thrift stores, antique stores, craigslist, ebay, family members getting rid of stuff, and so on. Here are a few things around the house that are second hand...
Found at Goodwill. $20 but I got it 50% off!

These canisters were also found at various Goodwill locations and they
ranged from $0.99-$3.99. Again, I got them 50% off. I use these for
grains, beans, flour, sugar, etc. which I buy in bulk. NO PACKAGING!!!
Juniper's high chair we bought off Ebay. Made many decades ago and I love it!
A hand-me-down coffee table from my Grandma. My Grandpa found it
many years ago next to a dumpster and liked it. So it was extra free.

I know some people have reservations about buying their things used. I did too until I was forced (forced may not be the word I'm looking for but I have lived on a very tight budget for quite a while now so I feel like I have had no choice) to make used purchases on things I wouldn't have considered before, like dishes, furniture, decor, electronics, or clothes. I basically would only get novelties from these types of places, like the records that I mentioned before. Then once I gave in I realized I had been missing out all this time. And since Heath and I have such a strong yearning to be different from everybody else, we loved the chance to have pieces that were practically one-of-a-kind. And if you feel that the store is too dirty. I can assure you that if you clean everything when you get home you will be just fine.
You can get a lot for $20 if you know where to find it. So, let's all go shopping. It'll be fun!
Emily Wilcock


  1. another cool site to check out is called 'freecycle'. it's right up your alley, emily. it's where people post things to give away so their unwanted/unused stuff doesn't end up in a landfill. you may also go on this site and request something you may need that someone has just collecting dust but they never got around to having a garage sale or donating. spread the word!

  2. Yes, I wanted to post about that but I didn't really know what it was called and I want to know pretty well what I'm talking about. I'm am looking it up right now! Thanks ma!

  3. I love finding great thrift store pieces. Those are the best kind. One mans trash...
    Love the highchair!

  4. well done Emily! my little bros had a metal tray high chair like that. I loved used. I'm queen of it.