Second-Hand Shopping: How to Get Started

Are you looking for a way to save money and help the environment? If so, you should consider second-hand shopping! This is a great way to find quality clothes, furniture, and other items at a fraction of the price. In this blog post, we will discuss how to get started with second-hand shopping. Let’s dive in!

Why second-hand shopping?

Second-hand shopping is a great way to reduce pollution.

In addition to saving money, second-hand shopping is also better for the environment. When you buy second-hand, you are keeping items out of landfills. This extends the life of the item and reduces waste. For example, a review of 41 studies found that for every additional 3 months a piece of clothing is used the carbon, water, and waste footprints are reduced by 5-10%.

You are also decreasing the demand for producing new items.

70% of the carbon footprint of clothes comes from material production, preperation, and processing. When you opt for a second-hand item instead of a new one, you are helping reduce the demand for more pollution-intensive material production.

So, how do you get started?

Online Second-Hand

Bookmarking second-hand sites can make it keep them more visible and accessible when you are on the hunt for clothes, books, furniture, and other gear.

Buy Nothing – Download the app on IOS or Android or keep your local Facebook group bookmarked.

Craigslist – a way to find a wide variety of items, near and far.

eBay – an online marketplace for new and used items. Be sure to filter for second-hand or you may be purchasing something brand new.

Facebook Marketplace – a way to find a wide variety of items, near and far.

Mercari – second-hand online marketplace aimed to help you declutter.

Play it Again Sports – second-hand sports gear.

Poshmark – an online marketplace, most ’boutique’ items are not second-hand. Fashion, home goods, beauty products, etc…

ShopGoodwill – online version of Goodwill

ThreadUP – online consignment shop.

Keep Second-Hand Visible

Do you usually search for items online on your laptop, phone, or tablet? Or a variety of devices? Here are 3 ways to keep second-hand sites visible and easier to access.

  1. Bookmark sites on your desktop or laptop computer. This should keep it clickable at the top of your search window.
  2. Move your favorite second-hand app to your front or home screen.

Combine second-hand sites into a folder accessible on your front or home screen. Here’s how to do that on an iPhone and Android.

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