Posted by Calli.
I’m a big believer in acquiring secondhand things; it’s my little way of going rogue on the consumerist culture we live in. This helps me build wealth and prevents me from getting sucked into a “Keeping up with the Joneses” mentality. I try to treat objects for what they are, goods that have a significantly lesser value than living beings.
Quotes around budget because I don’t budget. The first thing I took to my house was a box full of plants. For proof look really closely at the first picture in How I Bought My First House, Part 2. That pic isn’t staged; I really care about my plants that much. I lovingly unloaded the box, looked around and then was like, “crap, now I need a couch.”
I don’t give myself set dollar amounts for significant purchases. My budget = get good deals. As long as I feel that the pieces I buy serve a purpose in my home, I’m happy. The main way I pull this off is rarely paying full price for big-ticket items. Retail stores generally mark things up too high and I refuse to buy (pun very much intended) into the mentality that everything I own needs to be brand new. Case in point, my house was built in 1929 and my car is 10 years old. Buying classic investment pieces and avoiding fads and fleeting trends helps me differentiate between my wants and needs and ensures that I’ll love the furniture for years to come. And, when something does need to be replaced, I don’t feel guilty about doing so because I didn’t spend tons of money on it. I could go on and on about my buying habits and views on intentional purchasing but for now I’ll talk about some of the sources I frequent to get a good deal.
Facebook Buy and Sell Groups / Facebook Marketplace. ‘Buy and Sell Groups’ are generally closed meaning you have to request to join them and be accepted by the group administrator(s). ‘Buy and Sell Groups’ is a category listed under ‘Explore’ on the left panel of your Home Feed. The ‘Marketplace’ is open to the public and is location-based. You can expand your search parameter up to 100 miles from your current location and search for specific items.
Local Vintage & Antique Shops/Markets. For those of you in the DFW area, a few of my favorites are Lula B’s, Shop Vintage Dallas, Canton Trade Days and Flea Style (Flea Style also does shows in Houston). If you aren’t a Dallasite run a Google search for places near you.
Craigslist. If you haven’t been living under a rock you know what Craigslist is. If you have been living under one, no judgment. It’s a website of local classifieds and forums. You can find amazing deals on the site. The couch in my living room originally retailed for over $1,300 from Room & Board. I snagged it for a fraction of the cost.
Nextdoor. It’s a private social network/online community that consists of people who live in your neighborhood. It has a classifieds category that allows members to post items for sale.
Floor Sales. Did you know you can get discounted prices from buying things off the floor at retail stores? Places like West Elm have floor sales to clear their display items when doing inventory turnovers.
I don’t buy everything secondhand, but I do set myself up to have enough money in my “budget” to fill in with new things without having to think too hard about it.
What are some ways you get thrifty?
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