I like to buy second-hand most of the time for several reasons: a. it is much cheaper, b. there is little or no packaging involved and you are really recycling, so that has to be better for the environment, c. you get things that have more character than what is available in the shops.
I had a great day shopping for my flat yesterday. The “Posh Op [opportunity] Shop” furnished me with two corduroy chairs ($30 each plus $20 for delivery) and some ceramic coasters ($5 for 5) to prevent my retro sideboard from chewing up the deep pile carpet. Then, as I popped into the Salvation Army just before closing on my way to return DVDs to the library (To Sir With Love***, 84 Charing Cross Road****), I found a wonderful old cooler ($10.25). Now trying to find things that aren’t made of plastic is a real mission, so this was quite a triumph. I can’t wait for the summer and picnics galore with lashings of ginger beer – hurrah!