The Cottage Master has been doing the majority of the grocery shopping for the past 4 or 5 years now. My shopping has been predominately at Goodwill, Value Village, and garage sales during this time. I’ll run into the Wal-Mart, Target and occasionally a Safeway store to buy bits and pieces but not for serious shopping. I haven’t missed serious shopping during the time but every-so-often I get the bug to S-H-O-P.
This weekend hubs and I went to Costco together. I had a couple of things on my list and it had been such a long time since I just “went shopping” I assumed that there would be a plethora of tempting items to fondle. After picking up the package of 12 rolls of paper towels (that will last for a year or more) and stopping to visit with a friend who was there, too, I began to wander up and down the isles looking for things that I’ve never seen or thought of before. It wasn’t long before I complained to hubs, “Everything here is brand new.” Nothing had any charm or unique character. I wasn’t tempted by all of the new books or DVDs. I’ve gotten all the books and movies that we’ve wanted from our public library system for free. Of course, we have to give them back after a few weeks, but that helps to keep our house uncluttered!!! The experience started me to make a mental list of things that I would never consider buying used. Food, undies and toiletries topped the list and I wouldn’t want to buy a used computer when I needed an upgrade. But after that everything else was up for grabs. Given the right set of circumstances I’m not opposed to purchasing a pre-owned car, appliance or clothing. What is on your list of absolutely will not buy used?