Jill Cordes suggests you out your local thrift store to save money and reuse items to cut down on waste. (Courtesy: Brighter Living)



You've probably heard of the three Rs for a cleaner environment:  reducing our impact, reusing what we can, and recycling waste.  But have you heard of the two Ss?  It’s one of my favorite things:  secondhand shopping.  Secondhand shopping can save you a lot of money, if you know what you're looking for.  If you've got an afternoon to browse, you may not need a plan, but you're more likely to find something useful if you're on a mission.  No matter what you're looking for, there’s a good chance you'll find it at a thrift store.  Clothes, toys, books, music, linens, sports gear, furniture -- these are all things you could buy new, but shopping for these items secondhand can save you money and keep them from filling up our landfills.  And don't get discouraged if you don't find what you're looking for right away.  Turnaround time is pretty fast at stores and flea markets.  So each week you'll find a new treasure trove of used goods.  Not only can you add creativity and your own personality, you’ll also save money and help reduce waste.  I’m Jill Cordes.

BRIGHTER LIVING: Secondhand green shopping
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