4. Thrifting! I love thrift store/consignment/second hand shopping because it’s affordable, fun, and forces creativity. But it’s also environmentally friendly. These “rejected” items of clothing, furniture, and toys are finding a second chance in the comfort of your home rather than ending up in the landfill. Plus, you can shop with pride knowing that your purchase does not support unethical (social and environmental) practices. In fact, a lot of the time your purchase actually supports a positive endeavor. If you’re still buying new, ask yourself why. Many times thrift stores are cleaner than the average mall joint. Products are usually higher quality and in good (if not excellent) used condition. And the variety is endless. The only downside is that it can be a little addicting and sometimes you can end up with more stuff than you bargained. Oh well. Donate it back.
When I’m on the hunt for something I hit up the local MCC Store, Salvation Army, or Goodwill. If I still can’t find it, I hit up kijiji for some online thrifting. And if I still can’t find it then I probably don’t need it.