This post is the third post in a multi part series on sustainability. These posts are meant to be guidelines on how to make more sustainable choices in your day to day life. Enjoy! You can find the series here.
- Look for your item on Craigslist. There are plenty of other people in your area (most likely) that look at the item you’re looking for a useless junk in their house – offer to take it off their hands.
- Put the word out to friends/family. This can help as well for the same reason listed above, but your friend may just give it to you
- Garage Sales. Though this could be tough and you may not find what you’re looking for, you can often find some real gems at garage sales. Often times people are trying to clear out space and will get rid of some stuff that is oddly expensive (50 ft extension cords, for example) for a fraction of what they would cost you for a new one.
- Check the alleys/backroads. This may not be for everyone, but I’ve been doing it lately. I’ve been trying to find some borders for my raised garden beds and dont really want to waste new, good lumber on that (nor do I want to pay for it) so when I go driving around little used roads, I’ve been looking for scrap lumber that I can use.
While reusing wont always fit your situation (You may want the warranty that comes with the new item, you may want updated features, etc) often times it’s very overlooked – even by me. Getting your items used is a great way to keep materials from being used needlessly and save quite a bit of money.
Readers: Do you buy used items or reuse things? If so, what things do you reuse?