Between online garage sale sites and Craiglist, it’s easier than ever to shop for preowned items. Not only does this strategy save you a substantial amount of money, it’s also a great way to get your hands on unique items. Although there are certain things you probably want to buy new, never purchase these eight items from the store.
1. Office Furniture
Whether you’re looking for a desk, chair, or filing cabinets, these items are built to last, making them a great bet to purchase used according to U.S. News and World Report . If a company near you is going out of business, check and see if they are selling these items.
Kiplinger notes that furniture is one of the best items to buy used for a big savings. Visit moving sales and estate sales for pieces at a fraction of the new price. However, avoid used mattresses or upholstered items, which carry the risk for bedbugs.
3. Baby and Maternity Clothes
Time magazine recommends looking for these wardrobes at consignment stores and from community groups. Because the time we spend wearing these items is so short, it doesn’t make sense to spend a fortune. And what’s more, gently used infant and pregnancy wardrobes abound on the resale market.
4. Video Games
Dedicated gamers often purchase a new title the day it comes out, and then trade it in for credit once they’ve completed the challenge. Cash in if you have a game lover in the family by visiting video game retail stores, which often have an extensive selection of used games in good condition.
5. Hand Tools
Simple tools, like hammers, shovels, screwdrivers, and wrenches, are built to last. They can often be had for dollars at estate sales, and the most well made and well maintained ones will serve you well.
6. Designer Jeans
Have a clothes horse in the family? High end jeans can cost upwards of $200 at retail stores. But if you scour consignment stores, auction sites, and online yard sales, you can often find hot brands for less than a quarter of the price.
Everyone knows most college students are strapped for cash. Instead of spending hundreds of dollars a semester for new books, buy online (making sure to get the correct edition). Your bookstore might also sell used texts.
8. Fitness Equipment
In the market for a treadmill? Plenty of people buy these items on a New Year’s resolution whim, then let them gather dust in the basement. Check Craiglist for a great deal on weights, machines, and more.