Slowly I have been making small changes to be less wasteful because it takes so much energy and resources to make something from scratch. Someday I’d like to have a zero waste lifestyle but for now I am inching towards it. Most currently, I am focusing on avoiding new things if I can help it and I have found six different options that I want to share with you.
1. Try Zilch for a wide variety of preloved items. Zilch is a site where people give away and get things all for free, so if you want to give away some of your stuff you can also do it here. I heard about Zilch a couple of months ago at one of the Melbourne Minimalist Meetups. So far I have gotten a fully functioning juicer for free from Zilch that I am quite happy with.
2. Try Tushare to make a request. Tushare is another place where people share their preowned things for free. It’s very similar to Zilch but on Tushare you can request an item which you can’t do on Zilch.
3. Try Gumtree to get cheap furniture and electronics. Gumtree is a gem to get preloved home furnishings at affordable prices, especially here in Melbourne. The reason for this is the numerous international students who come to this city for university and leave soon after. And when they leave they sell everything that they don’t want to take back home. That’s how I got second-hand slow cooker for $20.
4. Try Ebay for second-hand clothes. There are surprisingly a lot of preloved items on eBay that are in good condition. It may not be the best browsing experience but if you search for exactly what you want you can find tons of bargains.
5. Try second-hand stores if you want to make an activity out of it. Op shop shopping can be good if you have enough time to browse through a lot of stuff. As a student, I used to go to op shops with friends and spend the time talking and catching up as well as browsing. These days browsing through stuff makes me tired quickly so I haven't been going as often as I used to.
6. Try asking friends and family. People you know probably have things that they don’t use anymore, so before you go shopping ask them if they have a spare of the stuff you need. This way you get what you need as well helping them get rid of stuff they didn’t need. It's a win-win. It's understandable if you think asking for stuff from other people is weird but I have found that people are more generous than you expect them to be, so give it a try next time you need something.
NOW TO YOU
This coming November I am planning to participate in a buy nothing month and this list is what I'll be consulting to keep from purchasing unnecessary new things. If you are interested in partaking in a buy nothing new month, we'll be sharing our progress on the facebook group (Melbourne Minimalist Meetups)
Until next time,