Although we definitely don’t buy everything second hand, we do buy most things used. I have found that if I want something, all I need to do is wait and look around for a while, and I can usually find it used. I don’t think that means we have a household full of old crap. We have some quality items that we bought second hand and fixed up when necessary. We don’t have matching suites in anything, but we do have an eclectic mix of things that (at least in my humble opinion) have made our home comfortable and inviting.
I change things around as new stuff comes in to our lives. Right now I’m keeping an eye out for more modern lighting to replace some of the grandmotherly lamps. I like the old stuff look, but would like to add in a few modern touches.
Here is a quick list of things we’ve bought used:
- furniture/antiques (pretty much everything in the house)
- baby/kid/adult/maternity clothes
- baby equipment
- play structures
- animals (we had lovely Newfoundland dog that we bought from Kijiji after the kennel that bred her retired her from breeding)
- housewares – dishes, small appliances
- area rugs
- artwork/decorative objects
- sports equipment
We also have a bit of a round robin going with children’s clothes. Good quality clothes that I had handed down to me when our babies were born have now made it through 4 families and 7 children, perhaps more. We do of course buy new stuff as needed, but when we are done with it we pass it along. Even at my place of work, most of us have children close in age but at different stages of growth, so we tend to bring in bags of gently used clothing for the other moms to look through. We support and help out each other this way.
We also sell the things that we no longer need. Another short list of things that we have sold in the past year:
- 1940s era Cockshutt tractor that was rusting behind the barn
- radial arm saw from a high school woodshop
- electric hospital bed
Just keeping up our part in a continous loop. If we don’t need it, we can usually find someone who does.