Waste not want not: Getting the most out of your next second-hand shopping spree

Top five tips for pre-loved shopping

I’m sure that I’m not the only one who has sat and been flawed by shows like War on Waste and any other documentary style program which focuses on the impact humans are having on our environment.

I’m fairly sure we’ve already made, mass produced, and accumulated enough stuff to last us a lifetime. Which is why, the next time you’re looking for something to fill that retail void in your life, don’t buy new. Which is why I’m here with top five tips on how to invest your heart into something pre-loved.

1. Make a day of it

I won’t lie, op shopping is a venture. Something that can make an otherwise boring Tuesday, full of great finds and gems to make your heart sore. Make sure you plan your day, pack plenty of snacks and be prepared to dig.

2. Dig

Speaking of digging, you need to be commuted to rifling through piles and piles of items to find whatever it is you’re looking for. The treasure is always at the bottom of a beautiful pile.  Also, don’t ever be afraid to ask about what’s hiding in the back as well. You just never know what’s arrived that day, you know?!

3. Know what you’re searching for

Are books your thing? Head to Vinnies if you’re willing to take your chance on a bargain (I found a limited edition Hemingway hidden at the bottom of a pile once) or why not try Qs on Beaumont street (the largest collection of second hand books in Newcastle) or why not take it one step further and buy a secret book for you or a friend from the gals at Secret Book Stuff?

4. Be willing to alter

If clothes are your thing be a little flexible. If it’s not exactly your size what can you do to make that happen? Can you merge two items together to make a super item? Know that you’re doing your bit to repurpose, reduce, reuse and recycle.

5. Shop around always and forever

Buy second hand does take a bit of work, I’ll be the first to admit it, but the rewards are worth it. Spend some time on Gumtree

Written by Laura Kebby

I write words about talented people doing talented things, and translate chatter by putting pen to paper.