by Texas Homesteader
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It’s no secret I like higher-quality items. There are only so many dollars in the budget ya know! But when making that final choice I will lean toward quality before I consider price.
Yes it’s true I can buy 3 brand new cheap whatsits for the same price as this one good quality whatsit that will last longer. But my choice is always going to be for the higher-quality item.
There are a couple of reasons for this.
Most importantly, higher quality items usually far outperform their more cheaply-made counterparts.
Also that item won’t have to be thrown away as quickly because it wears out or breaks. That means less landfill-bound trash leaving the our household. You just know that makes my crunchy-green heart happy!
Thrift Stores Offer Higher Quality At A Lower Price
But buying higher quality doesn’t have to break the bank. There are many ways you can have high-quality items inexpensively.
One such way is to not buy it new to start with. Thrift stores are a great place to find higher-quality items, from sturdy cookware to well-made clothes.
I love shopping at thrift stores because it closes the loop in charitable giving. Thrift stores often fund very worthwhile charities.
They get my money for a great cause, I get quality items, and nothing goes to the landfill. I feel good about that!
Pass It Down!
Another thing to consider is to always be open to items that might be shared with you. Many times it’s true what they say: They don’t make ’em like they used to.
Case In Point: This cast-iron skillet was a gift for my grandmother when she & my grandfather married back in 1934. She used it constantly for decades. Then she passed it to me several years ago.
I’ve used it for over 30 years so far and know I will be able to pass it on to my children. It’s hard to beat that kind of quality! Cast iron cookware is often found in thrift or antique stores for a song.
And these CorningWare dishes belonged to another grandmother who used them for years before they were finally passed to me over 10 years ago. Again I’ll probably use them for several years myself before finally passing them on to my children.
I love these, they go from oven to table to fridge and they’re so pretty! No more plastic food storage dishes in my fridge holding our food.
Now my fridge is almost plastic free. I love Ditching The Plastic in my fridge! And the same dish holding our food in the fridge is use to heat and serve it.
(Use care when heating cold dishes. If you heat too fast it can create thermal shock, which can crack glassware)
Look For Quality When Buying
When making a purchase I always look for quality for my cookware. Sure I could go to the local discount store & buy the latest lightweight Teflon pan for cheap. (do they even still make those?)
But why? Buying cheaply-made flimsy items is sure to frustrate me in the long run. I don’t have the time nor the money for that!
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What To Do When You’ve Got To Buy New
Even though your purchase is new, it’s pretty certain it will last a very long time.
Antiques A Good ‘Used’ Option
Antique stores are another good place to find higher-quality items. I’ve purchased many pieces of furniture from antique stores. And I’ve found them to be made of substantially higher quality than what I’m seeing in the discount stores with their lightweight veneers and particleboard construction.
The antique items I purchase are beautiful timeless classics and they look lovely in our home. And oftentimes their value actually appreciates.
Remembers, high quality doesn’t have to be expensive!
Other Low-Waste Stories
- Buying Products Used: Good For Your Budget & The Environment
- Closing The Loop In Charitable Giving
- Our Low-Waste Coffee
- No-Waste Citrus Juice For Recipes
- Don’t Waste Those Onion Trimmings
- Ditch The Plastic – Using Glass In The Refrigerator
- 5 Zero-Waste Products We Love
- Food Waste in America: What Do Those Dates Mean?
- Zero-Waste Hygiene – Using A Safety Razor
- Eliminate Plastic Produce Bags
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