The Power of Buying Second Hand - Save Money & Reduce Impact

The Power of Buying Second Hand

In today’s tough financial times, everyone is struggling to make ends meet. Many people dismiss second hand buying without a second thought, losing out on a powerful, untapped savings solution.
Second hand goods are often mistakenly associated with poor quality, which is not the case at reputable stores. In fact, the items sold at a respectable second hand store are often brand new (next time, look for the original price tag still attached).

It is not necessary to buy everything new. If you need to save a few rands, consider thrift shops, consignment stores, used book shops, etc.
Just be careful of falling into the trap of buying more than you need because the items are so cheap, or you might not be doing yourself a favour after all.

Apart from saving money, if you shop second hand, you can:

  • Help to reduce our carbon footprint: the environmental impact you leave behind in your lifetime. By buying second hand, you are re-using and therefore reducing the need for new products.
  • Give back to the community. The proceeds of many second hand mission stores go to community projects, e.g. homeless children, people with terminal illnesses or disabilities, animal shelters and more.
  • Spice up your Home D©cor without emptying your pocket. Give used bedroom suites, tables and other furniture a second breath of life with a new coat of paint and some creative touches.Or become part of the popular vintage trend with and old lamp or clock.

Be sure to only shop at reputable stores that can guarantee the quality of their products. A good second hand store needs to have systems in place to ensure that the items you buy are not damaged,
otherwise your intended saving might end up being a waste of money.

There are some products that you should rather buy new, for example (see the full list at

  • Bike helmets
  • Cribs
  • Laptops
  • Blenders
  • Camera lenses
  • Child car seats

These you should definitely buy second hand, though:

  • Bicycles
  • Textbooks
  • Household appliances
  • Toys
  • Furniture
  • Wedding attire
  • Pets

Unleash the power of second hand buying and be on your way to becoming and staying debt free.