February Update: A Year Of Second-Hand Challenge

February Update: A Year Of Shopping Second-Hand Challenge

As is always the way with thrift shopping, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. This month I visited a lot of charity shops, one day I even hit double digits, and didn't find what I was looking for. This is where shopping for items second-hand can get frustrating. It can take a lot of time to find the exact thing you need.

On my list this month was: a sage green shirt, garden tools (particularly a fork for the compost bin), and rugs for the apartment. I'm always keeping a look out for books, planters, and jars too. Unlike January where I found almost everything on my list, February hasn't been quite such a success. Fortunately I'm only looking for 'nice to have' items rather than 'need to have' ones so there's no rush to find what I'd like to buy. If I had any urgent purchases to make I'd be pretty irritated by now.

One aspect of shopping second-hand that has really been highlighted this month is that not buying new often means some sort of compromise is involved, whether that's in colour, size, design, or style. You can choose to wait it out in the hope of finding a perfect item and risk losing out on something that's close enough; or you can compromise and buy something that's close enough but not exactly what you were looking for.

Things I've purchased:
a wooden pot from a charity shop - £2.50
Forks Over Knives cookbook from a charity shop - £3.50

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