Frugal Gratitude For Those Who Buy Retail
Walking around the thrift shop I consider how grateful I am for those who purchased the items I am buying originally. Again I have thoughts of gratitude when I climb in my "newer" used car. This gratitude also comes to mind when I see Husband stretched out in his Craig's List leather chair now making his study quite frugal grand. Truth is, many of the items we buy in some kind of a second hand form would not be ours if we had to pay their original retail price.
I caution myself, though, not to wear any kind of prideful heart at being able to "score" these second hand deals. It is a grateful heart I have for those who so graciously share their bounty with thrift shops and/or are willing to sell their now no longer needed treasures on sites such as Craig's List. I try not to take for granted the many opportunities I have to acquire nice, quality merchandise for a price I can afford.
Perhaps you too have seen the frugal person who revels in their thrifty shopping savy. It can actually be exciting to go to garage sales and thrift shops and find exactly what you need for far less than the original cost of the item. I have heard people brag that they never buy anything new or on sale. I understand their enthusiasm and for many the need to be as careful as possible with each cent their hand holds.
Yet, I think, a caution should be raised when we lose sight of the fact that someone somewhere did make a purchase at a retail price and we can be most grateful. Just think about it, if no one was out there buying items first hand, those of us second hand shoppers would find our frugal lives to be greatly impacted. Yes, I am grateful for those who shop and give me a turn when they no longer want or need an item.
Sure I understand that for many, selling an item after you no longer want it, frequently are making some sort of return on their original investment. Be it cash from a Craig's List sale or even a deduction on taxes for a donation, there is a benefit to the original purchaser. Still I practice appreciation for those willing to provide merchandise that meets my budget.
How about you? Do you practice frugal gratitude for those who buy retail?