Yes, we are here!

At MOTHER EARTH LIVING and MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we have been educating folks about the benefits of self-reliance for 50 years. That includes researching and sourcing the best books and products to help individuals master the skills they need in times like these and beyond. Our online store is open and we are here to answer any questions you might have. Our customer service staff is available Monday through Friday from 8a.m.-5p.m. CDT. We can be reached at 1-800-456-6018 or by email. Stay safe!

Green City Garden Girl: Tips for Buying Used Goods

| 12/16/2010 1:08:21 PM

KyLynn HullKyLynn Hull is a stay-at-home mom and dabbles in many things including writing, urban farming and raising backyard chickens. She writes regularly for garden and food blog, Green City Garden Girl - Bound by the Seasons. 

Now here me out—I have a thing about buying used goods. I may be slightly obsessed about it, but I'm very fulfilled when I get a deal and know it wasn't purchased brand-new. I wish I was perfect—I'm far from it—but I genuinely give a hoot about the environment and the waste we put into it. I realize other folks don't have this desire (and I try to hide my disappointment), and I admit I have a few new items littering the house I wish I didn't have—but I'd dare guess the spectrum sways toward the used side in my home than new. And you can quote me on that.

I just want to offer a few suggestions to save money by buying used while limiting your impact on the environment in return. A Win-Win!

garage sale goods 
Pick up household items for cheap at garage sales. Photo By Susy Morris/Courtesy Flickr. 

If you have (or are having) kids, take this simple advice when looking for your basic needs, such as strollers, joggers, changing tables, toys, blankets and clothes:

• Search your local classifieds (Craigslist, etc.) for practically anything you could want for a new baby, growing toddler or school-aged kid. Why pay full price when you can get someone's seconds that are almost new! 

Subscribe today and save 58%

Get the latest on Healthy Living and Natural Beauty!

Mother Earth LivingRedefine beauty and embrace holistic living with Mother Earth Living by your side. Each issue  provides you with easy, hands-on ways to connect your life with the natural world -- from eating seasonally to culinary and medicinal uses of herbs; from aromatherapy and DIY cosmetics to yoga and beyond. Start your journey to holistic living today and you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $19.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $24.95.

Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter


click me