Secondhand stores are flourishing. According to The Association of Resale Professionals, where retailers only see around a two percent increase in sales a year, sales at secondhand stores are growing each year by 35 percent. That means you, the consumer, are getting the opportunity to find a broader range of goods at excellent prices.
Used Items are Just as Good as New
There are several items that you can save money on by buying used that still look as good as new. Used, but in good condition items you can find in the resale market include:
Newer models of bicycles, like vehicles, come out each season, meaning you will likely find older models listed in the winter and fall seasons for a fraction of the cost. In addition to looking at your local bike shop, you may want to check out secondhand websites.
You may find different types of exercise equipment that are still in great condition at far below new prices including:
- Elliptical equipment
- Weight benches
A lot of the times, people will sell used exercise equipment due to lack of use or space in their home. You may can score these high ticket items at lower prices at garage sales, on secondhand websites or perhaps even at a local gym.
When in college, many students buy used textbooks as opposed to brand new to save money, as they are often used for a single semester. You can find books at huge discounts at used bookstores or online. When you are done using the books, you can turn around and sell them yourself to recoup some of your costs.
You can save yourself thousands of dollars by buying a used vehicle that's only a couple years older than a brand new model. Many dealerships even offer certified pre-owned vehicles that come with warranties.
Used hand tools can also be easy to find. People change jobs and do not need certain tools anymore or a homeowner may have purchased a unique item just for a project that has been completed. Some tools even have lifetime warranties.
Furnishing a home with brand new furniture can put a dent in your wallet. The good news is you can find used furniture at a reduced cost. People move and need to get rid of their furniture; others decide they want to redecorate. If you do buy secondhand furniture, look the piece over carefully to make sure it is clean, and free of stains or pet dander.
In addition to these big ticket items, there's a whole range of items you can save money on by buying secondhand such as:
- Sports gear
The possibilities available for used items are endless. You can score high-quality items at a fraction of the cost.