How to Shop Secondhand

An Easy Way to Shop Ethically


Shopping secondhand can also help change the world.  Buying used prevents more products from being mass-produced in sweatshops.  Buying second hand also helps the environment.  Since I cannot always find (or afford) ethically-made products, I frequently rely on secondhand purchases.  Read below for tips on getting started:


Do a google search or ask friends and family for recommendations on the best local thrift stores.  Thrift stores provide local jobs, help people with low income afford what they need and often they also support local charities or schools.


For higher end used clothing, find a local clothing swap (or start one), try a consignment shop or check out Silkroll.  (You can also join the Facebook group "Buy, Sell, Trade: All Things Ethically Made" to find lightly-used ethical & fair trade clothing.)


Shop an online thrift store, such as ThredUP.



Use an online service like Offer Up or Facebook Marketplace to find people selling their used furniture, electronics and more in your area.


For used books, games and DVDs try Half Price Books (or, if you are lucky

       enough to have one in your hometown like me, go check it out) or look for a local used book store.


Try garage sales.  If you have the time on a sunny weekend, you can find lots of great deals and meet people in your community.


Go "dumpster diving."  Use sites like Trash Nothing, Buy Nothing on Facebook or FreecycleTM. to find free stuff people in your neighborhood are getting rid of.  Someone else's trash may well be your treasure.

To learn more about shopping ethically by shopping secondhand, check out the links below:
Fairly Southern Why I Buy Consignment.

Fairly Southern

"Why I Buy Consignment"

Fairly Southern 7 Tips for Online Consignment Shopping

Fairly Southern

"7 Tips for Online Consignment Shopping"

A Beginner's Guide to Ethical Shopping: How to Shop for Ethical & Fair Trade Products.

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