Paige Charlick and Adam Feldman shop at the Goodwill 34th Street Superstore in St. Petersburg, Florida. "I'd rather buy second-hand than in big stores," Charlick said. "There's less to landfill, less thrown away, you can definitely give things a new life." Chris Zuppa / The Penny Hoarder
If you want to give your friends and family something to love this Christmas, you do not have to buy anything new.
You can save a lot of money by buying used Christmas gifts instead. Secondhand shops and private sellers sell goods at a fraction of their original cost – not to mention the treasures you can possibly recoup without spending a penny.
Consider the following before you get the idea: A recent survey of the sales app Mercari 60% of people felt at ease when they received a gift that belonged to them before.
Likewise, Accenture's annual survey on holiday shopping More than half of the respondents said that they would like to accept second-hand clothing as a gift during this holiday season.
Of course, you must consider the gift recipient and gift. Your vintage-loving sister would enjoy a good second-hand store, and your 2-year-old nephew will not notice (or worry about) whether his "new" toy truck used to belong to another child.
But if your husband has longed for a particular piece of equipment that has just come onto the market, or your mother wants to have a calendar for 2020, they may not be the best candidates to give away used Christmas gifts.
As you give away items, examine the condition of the item as much as possible. Meet individual salespeople in safe, public places. When you shop online, check the website for trustworthiness and security. Look at the ratings or ratings of the sellers you buy.
Ways to find used gifts are common. Here are seven places to look for cheap gifts this holiday season.
7 outlets for used Christmas gifts
Destiny Washington (left) shops with her friend Frankie Alvarez at Goodwill 34th Street Superstore. Chris Zuppa / The Penny Hoarder
Where to find great second-hand gifts (that will not blow your budget) include:
1. Brick-and-Mortar second-hand stores and consignment stores
Second-hand chain stores such as Goodwill and the Salvation Army offer a varied assortment. Proceeds from the sale flow into community programs that support the nonprofit organizations.
You can find for-profit Konsignationsgeschäfte in your area have a special focus, such as children's clothing or menswear,
2. Online resale of retailers and private sellers
Poshmark is an e-commerce website and mobile app where people can buy and sell used clothes, shoes and accessories. Chris Zuppa / The Penny Hoarder
Sites like Poshmark. Tradesy and ThredUp are great outlets to find clothes and accessories at a discount.
Other e-commerce sites such as Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, eBay and Mercari have less of an online store interface. On these websites, private sellers put up a variety of products for sale, including toys, engineering, furniture and home decor.
3. Yard Sales, Estate Sales or Flea Markets
Farm sales, real estate sales and flea markets can include a variety of options. You can even find a table with pieces of jewelry that the seller gives away for free.
4. Public libraries
Occasionally, libraries hold fundraising campaigns offering a selection of books for sale. You can find titles for just a few dollars per pop. It's a great opportunity to get something for the book lover in your life.
Ignore the negative call that pawnshops (often wrongly) have. This place is popular for finding jewelry at reasonable prices. Here you will also find a wide selection of other goods – from DVDs to bicycles to musical instruments.
6. Buy Nothing Groups
The Do not buy anything Community (which connects neighbors via Facebook) offers the opportunity to find a gift that costs you nothing. Members of Buy Nothing groups publish items that they own and want to give away for free.
Search Facebook to see if your community has an active group, and join to see what your neighbors are saying.
7. Your own home
Regifting has a bad reputation, but honestly, it's nothing more than giving something from a second-hand retailer. The plus? You do not incur any costs.
Consider things that you have rarely or never used, such as the waffle iron that has been in the box since your marriage. Just do not give anyone a gift that he originally gave you!
Nicole Dow is a senior writer with The Penny Hoarder.
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