I`ve taken a serious knack to rummage sale shopping this summer. There`s some really great stuff out there if you`re willing to spend a little time sifting through it.
My new effort to be "green" is basically looking at used first. Used clothes, used cars, used appliances, used furniture... etc. Obviously, there are things that can`t be bought used, but as I surf through sites like craigslist, I`m stunned at just how much is on there. We ended up getting a used yard trimmer for a dollar at a yard sale, and the parts to fix it were $15. Works great, and it`s another thing that won`t land in the dump.
Anyone else into yard-saling? Do you have your own yard sale every year, or are you more apt to just pitch stuff? Do you feel comfortable buying used items?
A question I`ve kicked around is - is it appropriate to give a used item as a gift? I`ve given antiques to people as gifts. I wouldn`t mind someone giving me a gently used item as a gift. I sometimes see a decor item, or a peice of clothing at a consignment shop, and it looks brand new. Would it be bad form to give it as a present?