- The items are likely to be cheaper than if you bought them new
- If you buy from a charity shop your money will go to a good cause
- You will help to prevent perfectly good items going into landfill
- Reuse is more environmentally friendly than recycling as there is a carbon cost to recycling.
- You are helping someone to declutter without feeling wasteful
- You may be able to find something original and quirky that you couldn’t find elsewhere
- You may be able buy something much nicer than you could afford if you bought it new
- You may be able to buy more items than you could afford if you bought them new
- You could give someone a second hand gift and then the rest of the money you would have spent on something new (particularly good for young children, as they can have a present and some money towards their savings).
- If it is something you just want to use for a short time e.g. over the holiday period (e.g. a set of crystal glasses), but you don’t have room to store all year round, you can sell it on again at a similar price after the holiday period / give them back to their owner.
- If you see something you like it is there and in stock. For example if you see a table and chairs you like, it is in stock and can be delivered or picked up very quickly, whereas if you ordered a new table and chair set, you might have a long wait.
- If you have an eye for antiques, you may find something selling for a price far below it’s market value.
- If the item(s) gets broken or damaged you won’t be too upset (as long as it isn’t being borrowed!) which is great if you have small children or lively pets.
- You don’t have to borrow or save up for a long time to be able to afford the items.
- You may be able to complete a set, which can no longer be bought new for example there are lots of websites selling discontinued crockery e.g. China Search
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