Shopping: New, or Used?

    Samantha Cameron

    Let’s talk used. 95% of the clothing and general “stuff” I buy are used. And yet, I can almost bet that I have nicer stuff than you. I don’t say this to brag, but to contradict this stigma that used items are gross or aren’t as good as new. Don’t get me wrong, some are, but most aren’t!

    The last clothing items I bought were on Poshmark. I spent $75 on three items: a skirt and two dresses. These items are all Kate Spade and retail for about $900. One of the dresses still has on its $358 price tag! I could have easily gone to Target and spent about the same amount or more on the same type of items. I’ll take the Kate Spade please. Not only is it similar in price, but it will last me much longer, saving me even more money in the long run.

    And then there are the kids… I’m not sure if you have children, but I do and mine pretty much destroy everything. Books, clothing, toys… needless to say they all get mostly used stuff too. There is no point on me spending retail on things that aren’t going to look new, two seconds from now anyway. Plus, when you have three kids, everything you buy them adds up. PLEASE don’t put their clothing on credit cards that you’ll still be paying on long after they’ve outgrown it! There are so many physical resale options as well as online options to help them look their best within your budget.

    All in all, shopping used gives you the biggest bang for your buck. It’ll help you stay within your budget allowance and also maximize it. More often times than not, you will get better quality items that will last longer, for less money. Plus you can resell them later! Cha-Ching!!