This article isn’t about how to re-use something you already own, but how to re-use something that someone else once owned, which is the greenest way that you can shop. Absolutely no manufacturing or repackaging is needed to get these items ready for re-introduction into the marketplace. We’re talking about garage sales, estate sales, auctions and consignment stores.
Keep an eye out as you head out to do your errands on a Saturday or Sunday and you’ll most likely see several Garage Sale signs.
Look through your local classifieds.
Go to your local CraigsList.com and look in the “Garage Sale” section under “For Sale”. You can skim the listings or search for particular items.
Check out your state government’s version of a garage sale – state surplus. You’ll find anything from air compressors to ping pong tables. Items are kept in a storage facility which you can visit during their open hours and purchase just like in a store or in an auction, depending on each site’s setup. Click Here to locate your state’s surplus property sales.
Look under “Consignment”, “Second Hand” or “Pawn Shop”.
Your local phone book
Garage Sale Finder – enter your zipcode to find garage sales in your area. Print out maps to the sales you find.
Look in your local classifieds.
Local phone directory under “Auctions”.