One of the easiest ways to enjoy a thriving sustainable lifestyle is to start buying second hand. By not buying new, you’re actively reducing your consumption of the earth’s resources and making a small but powerful difference with each purchase.
Buying second hand isn’t just good for your wallet; it’s good for the planet too! Aussies who bought second hand last year saved $500¹ on average, and in 2013, Australia as a whole saved a whopping $3.5 billion¹.
So – are you keen on getting second hand savvy? Here are some simple tips to get you started:
- Do your research and know your budget
- Always meet the seller in person to see the item first hand
- There’s no such thing as a stupid question, so get asking
- Use your powers of persuasion to negotiate the best price
How Gumtree supports the second hand movement
Gumtree is sponsoring ‘The New Joneses’: an 8-star energy rated house completely furnished with second hand goods. Check it out at Federation Square, Melbourne, from the 15th – 16th February. To know more about sustainable living, check out www.thenewjoneses.com.
¹Research conducted by Galaxy on behalf of Gumtree, September 2013