Second Hand Has Never Been Better

Like many people, I don’t particularly like spending a lot of money, mostly because it’s hard to come by and easy to spend. Essentials cost more today than they ever had and since we can’t change the cost of fuel, food and rent, we can reduce the cost of clothing, books and other miscellaneous things. In an age where the internet exists, we don’t even need to leave the couch to go thrift shopping.

Value Village

This iconic company does inflate their prices, but does keep their prices low enough to create a savings margin for the customer. With their wide range of stock you can find a lot of great things there. I’ve bought many purses, shoes, shirts and kitchen wear there. I don’t think a single item has ever been more than $13.99 in my purchasing history, though no doubt there are items that likely do cost more.


This online retailer deals in secondhand women’s and childrens clothing. With shirts and shoes going as low as $2.99 USD it really is a good place to save a few coins on essentials. Not all pieces on the site are so low in price, as designer wear can be quite expensive, but still sold at an incredible discount compared to its shop prices. The most expensive item I ever purchased from this site was a pair of Jeffrey Campbell Litas, which were in excellent condition and came in at $49.99 USD. Most often my items come in at under ten dollars. Don’t forget shipping costs when you are ordering. They tend to be fairly low but still worth remembering.

Thrift Books

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This site is exactly what you would think it is. An online secondhand bookstore. One must be careful to read the condition of the books before ordering though. Like eBay, “good” doesn’t mean a conventional good. “Good’ means it probably isn’t missing pages, but is very obviously damaged. That being said, I ordered an entire series of books and saved about thirty dollars in doing so. I really do think this is an excellent way to get your hands on books if you aren’t the library type.

Between these three locations you can get just about anything you need at a fraction of the price! Need a new pot? Value village! Pair of pants? ThredUp! Looking for the next novel to fall in love with? Thrift Books! I can’t even explain how much I love second hand. Not only is it more environmentally friendly to re-use, but you can save a lot of money by going secondhand.

Author: Eva Blakeman

A graphic designer, who happens to be an ironworker, who makes YouTube videos, also writes this blog. Writing is my favourite thing to do, so keep an eye out, because the next post is just around the corner.

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