Not too long ago, resale shops were an embarrassment for anyone who had to
buy second-hand. During times of war when only the most privileged bought new, second hand shops flourished in America. Ill fitting, hand-me-down clothes resulted in the taunt of ‘hick’ or ‘yokel’ for many school children. Even though childhood ridicule and teasing is likely to continue, shopping at a resale shop is now in vogue – even the rich don’t like to pass up a great deal. The advantages of shopping resale may begin with the savings, but over and above the financial gain are other reasons that inspire people to visit their local resale outlets.
Unique, Trendy & Vintage
Vintage clothing, collectibles and other trendy items that you might not otherwise find at a traditional store are often sold resale. For many, the shopping experience is an exciting adventure. Several popular reality shows, including American Pickers, showcase not only the financial benefits, but the fun associated with finding and purchasing used items. In addition, the merchandise at resale stores changes daily instead of seasonally, giving you more opportunities to find your next great treasure. And, odds are you will never run into anyone wearing the latest outfit you bought at a resale boutique.
Helping a Worthy Cause
Many charitable organization have gotten into the resale business as a way to bring in revenue while offering the public a dividend – bottom line prices. The Salvation Army, Disabled Veterans of America and Purple Heart are three well-known organizations. According to NARTS: The Association of Resale Professionals, resale is a multi-billion dollar a year industry. Goodwill Industries alone generated $2.69 billion in retail sales from more than 2,500 Not for Profit resale stores across America in 2010.
Green & Eco-Friendly
Perhaps more relevant to ecology-conscious people is the amount of product being recycled. Truckloads of donated merchandise roll into the parking lots of more than 30,000 resale, consignment and thrift shops in the U.S. So every purchase you make at a second-hand store is one less item in American’s landfills.
For Anyone in Debt
No matter what your reason, resale shops are a great way to save money, especially if you have problems with debt. And you can be trendy, eco-friendly and help a great cause at the same time! But keep in mind, purchasing items second-hand will still lower your bottom-line. So if you have debt problems, don’t justify any unecessary purchases just because it’s “resale.” Stick to your plan and always follow a budget! You can still get into trouble (even buying resale) if you’re not disciplined.
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