On the fifth day of Christmas
My true love gave to me… 5 pre-loved things
Would you prefer one big expensive present or lots of presents that cost less? The obvious answer is everything! Buying pre-loved (aka second hand or vintage) can get you everything you want.
Buying a pre-loved item is not about saving money, although reducing the amount you spend at Christmas is a bonus! Buying pre-loved can actually give you a choice of different and interesting presents that you may not be able to buy in the places you normally shop.
Why buy pre-loved?
- You could buy something that is no longer made or published. Try looking for a book you remember from childhood and want to give your child or niece/nephew, but it isn’t in print any more.
- Buy something with a different style. Call it retro or kitsch or just something you love because of its unique style.
- You want something with a story behind it. Imagine where the brooch you could buy has been and who might have owned it 20 years ago!
- A unique gift. Avoid getting three of the same book and two Pirates of the Caribbean DVDs and give something different.
- An affordable gift. Whilst saving money is a bonus, there are items you can buy from a charity shop a lot cheaper than a brand new one, including books and plates.
- Get more for your money. If want to buy something for dressing up or for use in crafty activities, you could get more by buying things others didn’t want to keep.
Places to check out pre-loved items
- Your local charity shop (or any charity shop you pass by)
- The Oxfam second hand store
- The Preloved website
- Car boot sales (see the adverts in your local papers)
- Church fetes
- Nearly new sales at your local National Childbirth Trust
- At Swishes – if there isn’t one near you we could help you organise one, just contact us.
- Auction Houses (see your local yellow pages or Thomson Directory)