Sure, it’s a lot of fun to go out and buy something new, that’s never been used before, and bring it home to make it your own. But sometimes you can find something just as good–if not better–at a secondhand or thrift shop…for a lot cheaper. I’ve been trying to replace all the plastic stuff in my kitchen with glass. Glass is expensive, so I’ve only been replacing a bit at a time. So, I decided to check out my local Goodwill store. Boy, am I glad I did!
The largest jar in the background is almost 2 feet tall. If I had bought it new, it alone would probably have cost me at least $20. Instead, I got the whole lot for $14. One good washing later, and they’re as good as new and already doing duty on my cabinets. The jars make excellent storage for all my bulk goods–beans, rice, pasta. They also work well for transporting thing like soup and almond milk (for my coffee) to work for my breaks. These two little gems:
…are only about 2 inches tall, and have already joined my collection of other tiny jars that currently house my supply of vitamins. They look way better than a cluster of plastic bottles, too. The muffin pan will probably not only make muffins, but will also do double duty when I make deodorizing disks, when I want them larger than ice-cube-size.
Buying secondhand is green in more ways than one. Not only can you cut down on waste, but you can save some green as well.