The bad economy has been good for one industry... secondhand stores. The Association of Resale Professionals says secondhand sales are increasing 35% a year, at a time when regular retailers are only seeing gains of about 2%.
Good Morning America has a list of things you should always buy used to save money. I'm sure not everyone will agree that all the items are "buy used" only. But what this boom in secondhand sales means for you is better inventory and bigger bargains. And no one can argue with that. The list includes:
Like I said, you may not feel entirely comfortable about buying secondhand on some of these things, like that last one, maternity clothes. But if you're looking to save a lot more than just a few bucks, buying used to definitely the way to go.
What other things are better bought used than new? Check out the Good Morning America's story here.