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Ten Top Tips for Buying Secondhand on eBay

January 28, 2016

Having just blogged about “Peak Stuff”, I have to confess to feeling a little conflicted writing a post about where you can get yet more stuff from…
In my defence, this guide is for buying secondhand stuff, so it’s helping to keep the reduce, reuse, recycle thing going, and in no way endorsing buying for the sake of it!

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Where to Find Free Stuff

January 25, 2016

The old saying that you can’t get something for nothing is no longer true. There is free stuff all around, as long as you know where to look for it.
And some of it can be really great stuff. Something for nothing may no longer be true, but the one about “One person’s trash is another’s treasure” definitely still applies.
I am astounded at the things that people give away, and my faith in the kindness of people is often reaffirmed when I see the generous responses to peoples requests for the things they need.
The benefits of the ‘freeconomy’ go way beyond the bank balance too. It helps to keep things out of landfill, reduces the demand for new stuff and the drain on natural resources, and can create a lovely warm glow, all at the same time.
Needless to say, I’m a big fan.

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Ten Top Tips for Charity Shop Shopping

January 20, 2016

I am a huge fan of charity shop shopping as a brilliant way to find what you need/want without contributing to the demand for cheap consumer goods. It has the added benefits of saving stuff from landfill, and raising money for good causes, so basically it’s a win-win.
I wasn’t always such a fan though.

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Sourcing What you Need When You’re Buying Nothing New

January 18, 2016

Last week I remedied the oversight of never having blogged about why buying nothing new is so important to me, and it’s occurred to me that there’s lots of Buy Nothing New basics that I have never really covered!

Today I thought it might be helpful to share all the alternative places I’ve found to source the things we need/want without buying new. And the good news is there are lots of them!

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Why Buy Nothing New?

January 13, 2016

Three years after embarking on a Make Do and Mend Life, it’s occurred to me that this is a post I’ve never written, and really should have: Why did we embark on our year of Buying Nothing New, and why do we continue to endeavour to live a pre-loved life?
I’ll start with a short bit about why we started our year, and then give ten reasons why buying nothing new is awesome, and we should all be doing it (bring on the revolution!!)

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