Conventional wisdom says something's a bargain only if you need it. The secondhand shopper in me says, "Not always." Broaden your definition of a bargain, and you may open your eyes to overlooked treasures. I call it a bargain if it is...
- Something your family needs for less than you would pay retail (right down to the cleaning products at an estate sale)
- Something which may cost you now but will save you money in the future (a blender which inspires you to serve brunch at home, the iron that's so smooth you quit sending shirts to the cleaners)
- Something priced comparably to cheapo, new goods--but of a much higher quality (my son's spring shirts)
- Something you can sell or trade to meet another need (the Prima Latina set for groceries)