Another Christmas buying used
My Used Christmas
Last year when I told people I was having a UsedChristmas, I was on my own. This year, I’m hearing, “Us too – it’s awesome, isn’t it?” and “I’m more than happy to save the packaging and have stuff already assembled” and also, “Why would I buy new if I can get something in great shape for a fraction of the original price?”
Yes, my friends, it is year TWO of My Used Christmas in our home and it’s once again been a total blast collecting fabulous toys, games, books, movies and much more for my twin girls to find under the tree.
And yes, like last year, I’ve done a price comparison to show you just how much I saved by going this route. But what I REALLY want to talk about, is how this is saving so much more than just money. It’s also about participating in community and making connections. There is a lot more to this “used culture” than saving dollars.
Save this Christmas
I present to you, if you will, a checklist of what a used Christmas can save you:
- The energy it takes to manufacture yet another toy
- The packaging it takes to preserve said toy and keep it pristine for sale
- The stress of weaving your way through crowded malls and toy shops
- The need to open up the item and pull out all the individually wrapped pieces to ASSEMBLE the item
- The time spent in line waiting to PAY for all the above
- The toy/book/game/video that may have ended up in a landfill instead of being reused and loved again by your kids
- The tension of waiting for the Visa bill to come and knowing you spent WAY too much again this year
- The slightly icky feeling that this time of year is all about excess and that more excess is the last thing we need
- Your sanity, your sense of what’s right, your happiness. You’ve done something good for everyone and it feels FABULOUS
Christmas is about community
Another checklist, if it pleases, of what a used Christmas could possibly have to do with community and connection:
- You meet people, local people, every time you buy something used. Often, you end up buying again from that person and you develop a relationship, with trust
- You often connect with people who live close to you. (There’s a nice little eco component to this too)
- You are giving money directly to someone who can then use it for something they need, instead of helping a large corporation profit from inflated prices
- You are keeping things out of your local landfill
- It feels really cool to love something with a history of also being loved by others
- If posting and buying on Used.ca sites, you feel good knowing you are supporting a Canadian-owned, operated and loved company!
- Supporting Used.ca sites also means you support the Community Coordinators, who work in cities across Canada to support local charity and community-minded initiatives
- It’s just more personal. Period
I can talk too about the lesson for my girls in all this “buy used” stuff, but I’m not super keen on turning the holidays into a lesson. But then, I have the other 11 months of the year to do that, since I pretty much buy used whenever possible, 365 days a year.
Anyone else incorporating used into their Christmas preparations this year?