After a couple years of this, I noticed that the things I most easily parted with were things I had purchased impulsively at such places.
When I first really began embracing minimalism and got serious about my decluttering, I stopped going into thrift stores and going to garage sales altogether. I just didn't trust myself to say not to something that might be a good deal even if I didn't need it.
Now I've begun shopping second hand again, but this time have a different set of reasons. Here are a just a couple reasons I enjoy shopping second hand.
- Reuse ~ Buying gently used items is a great way to help protect our environment.
- Reduce ~ There is usually much less packaging involved when buying something used. I love that I can reduce the amount of waste by purchasing second hand.
- Cheaper ~ It's always nice to save a little money here and there.
- Greater appreciation ~ When I find something extra special at a thrift store, I tend to appreciate it more than if I had bought it new.
Of course there are certain frustrations as well....
- Wanting/needing something very specific and not being able to find it.
- Not having adequate time or energy to really look through everything
- The overwhelming temptation to buy "good deals" simply because they are good deals.
So for me there must be a balance. It has to make sense for me to participate in the hunt. If I have time, I will check for used items. If I don't need it right away, I will keep checking as time allows. But if I'm in a crunch, I will buy new and not feel guilty about it.
What are your habits when it comes to second hand buying?