Friday, March 12, 2010

Frugal Tip Friday: Buy it used!

Before you head to your local "big box store" the next time you need a new pair of pants, a muffin pan or a fresh book to read, check out your local second hand stores and garage sales. "Buy used, save the difference" actually works! In fact, you can actually save lots of money and still get a great quality product. Take for example the pictures above. Today we popped into our local thrift store and happened to spot this beautiful quilt. Upon looking closer, I was overjoyed to discover that it was actually hand sewn! The entire thing. Someone spent hours upon hours cutting, ironing, stitching, and pouring their love of the fabric and the craft into this absolutely lovely blanket. A blanket, that if placed on a site like Etsy, would sell for $100 or more. And how much did I pay for it? $11.o0! There are a few small stains on it, but I think I can probably get them out with a little stain remover. Other than that, it is in perfect condition.
While there, we also got a "new" small skillet, as I had totally worn my old one out, and an Easter basket for our little girlie's first Easter Sunday. In total we spent about $15 dollars. About what we would have spent on the pan alone had we bought it new.
We buy used for everything we can. Clothes, dishes, decorations, books, furniture, movies, games, toys, appliances, vehicles and the list goes on and on.
So the next time you need something "new," look into "next-to-new" first!

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