At its heart, the circular economy is all about reducing waste. Many of us know that recycling, reusing and repurposing is a key part of this. But what about actively choosing to buy second hand?
Buying second-hand clothes, toys, books, and more, many more items, offers a plethora of benefits. Not only are you stopping something from heading to landfill, you could be snapping up a bargain.
Many items that are classed as second-hand because someone else has owned them, are in fact, like new. How many unworn or unused items do you have in your home? If we’re honest, we all probably have a lot.
One of the downsides, admittedly, is that it can be time consuming. Searching on individual websites or heading out to charity shops, especially if you’re looking for something specific, can be a lengthy process. And I’m a huge believer that taking steps to a more sustainable life doesn’t need to be overly complicated.
Thankfully, there’s a solution! Rumage.com is a second-hand shoppers paradise. This easy-to-use shopping site amalgamates results from across all the second-hand marketplaces. Which is incredibly clever, and very helpful when it comes to saving time.
How to use Rumage.com
I’ve been trying out Rumage and it is fabulously straightforward. The site features a search bar where you type in what you are shopping for. Your results come up and you click on the result you are interested in. This will then take you to the seller, where you can find out more and make your purchase if you decide to go ahead.
A brilliant feature is that you can set an alert for your search. This is a great idea if you’re casually thinking about buying something but want more time to choose. It’s also ideal if you’re looking for something very specific that make take time to become available.
As an added benefit, Rumage.com is completely free to use. So there are no hidden fees or sneaky add-ons. Just a seamless process of searching and shopping, all from the comfort of your own home.
I tested out Rumage to look for a Michael Kors bag. I’ve been coveting one for ages, but want to buy second-hand. This is because of my commitment to sustainability and reducing consumerism. Also I just don’t have the money to justify buying a new one when there are beautiful, and often barely used, options out there. I get a bargain, the seller makes a bit of cash, and the bag is saved from landfill. Fantastic.
Rumage is the ideal place to help me search as it takes the time pressure out of looking on multiple sites. I can just casually scroll through the results and decide what to investigate further. As it happens, I’m still deciding. But I know Rumage will have the answer when I’m ready to commit.
If you’re looking to shop sustainably, without the hassle, Rumage.com is for you. Happy rumaging!