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!