Second Hand Items: When it is Best to Buy

If you want to save some serious money when shopping, checking out the vast marketplace of second-hand items is the best place to start. It takes a bit more work than simply buying something new online or at the store, but you’d be amazed at what you can find in thrift stores and antique shops. Here’s a primer on why you’d want to buy used, how to do it, and what to buy.

The Benefits of Buying Used

One obvious benefit to buying used is price of the merchandise. You can guarantee used goods will almost always be cheaper than new goods, and in some cases you’ll find there is a drastic difference.

In terms of quality, used merchandise can actually be of more value than new products. With new merchandise, there’s a chance that what you’re getting isn’t high quality. If you find a used item that’s in good enough condition for resale, odds are it’s a quality product since it has passed the test of time thus far.

You’re not the only one to benefit when you buy used goods. Second hand goods are typically sold by local stores, private sellers, and local nonprofits that give back to the community, such as Goodwill Industries. You could consider yourself to be “going green” as most of these second hand stores keep used goods from going to the landfills and use little to no packaging on merchandise.

How to Score the Best Deals

The second hand marketplace is continuing to grow in demand. People are often finding the best deals are at thrift and consignment stores. Most communities have at least one or two second hand stores for donating and shopping.

You can also find used items on several websites and apps. The most well-known is eBay, but there are also more niche marketplaces available. For example, Shop Goodwill is an online selling platform where you can peruse through a wide array of antiques, jewelry, collectibles, and unique buys that are specially selected from Goodwill’s around the country.

One key to scoring deals when you’re buying used is being able to recognize quality items. You will want to do some research on the products you intend to buy used so that you know what to look for. Let’s say you’re interested in men’s clothing. If you are unsure how to determine the quality of such items, you can use online reviews of garments and the materials used.

Buying second-hand items is not only easier on your wallet—when you buy used goods from a local nonprofit, like Goodwill, you can also help support your community. Goodwill Omaha has various programs that help people with job barriers get into the workforce. You never know what you will find, enjoy the hunt!

A special thanks to Joe Humphries, who is a contributing writer and media specialist for Three Centuries Store. He regularly writes for antique and home improvement blogs. He frequents antique stores, flea markets and Goodwill on the weekends on the hunt for vinyl records and compasses.

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Huskers #TBT on #ThriftyThursday

Did you know that Goodwill operates an online store?  Shop Goodwill hosts really unique items, and you can shop from the comfort of your home, or work, or mobile device.  This week, Shop Goodwill has some really cool older Husker items, just in time for Nebraska’s homecoming game against Illinois.

eric croutch

Omaha native Eric Crouch won the Heisman in 2001.  Remember one of the greatest all-time Husker players with this signed picture.  Bidding ends tomorrow – click here.




This Memorial stadium print is right from the glory days.  Celebrate the 1995 Huskers with this on your wall.


red football

white football


Proudly display these signed footballs in your living room.  Pick red, white, or both and cheer on the Huskers in style.

Happy shopping and GO BIG RED!

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#ThriftyThursday – Elegant Dishware

At Goodwill, we never know what might be donated on any given day.  That is what makes working for and shopping at our stores so much fun! This week, Thrifty Thursday is here to bring a pretty awesome find from our Blair store.

This 39-piece serving set is from the yellow gold collection made by Cotillion by Japan.  These dishes are antiques, and full set can be hard to find!

While not in mint condition, these dishes would look great in a dining room hutch.  However, at thrift store prices, you can afford to purchase these as your everyday dishes.  The cute cups and saucers are sure to add a touch of elegance to your meals at home.

This set, which includes 6 dinner plates, a vegetable bowl, and a serving platter, are currently up for bid, along with hundreds of other awesome finds, on Shop Goodwill  –

Happy hunting!

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