The Circular Economy: A Guide to Secondhand Stuff

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You may not be familiar with the term, but chances are you’ve participated in a circular economy at some point. If you have ever shopped at yard sales, donated toys or clothing to your local thrift store, or purchased a used car, you’ve been a part of the recycling of goods beyond their initial purchase. Buying used is no longer taboo, and today everything from fashion to functional items, such as refrigerators and home decor, can be found on the secondhand market.

The benefits of secondhand selling

Not only is the secondhand economy a great way to earn cash, selling, swapping, and buying used items helps eliminate waste, it also ensures that items have an opportunity to fulfill their useful years. Goods such as books, DVDs, and electronics often sit around taking up space after being watched, read, or used just once. Instead of throwing these items out, you can reduce your carbon footprint and help others do the same while recouping some of your investment.

But more than putting a little jingle in your pocket, selling your unwanted belongings can help you declutter your home, which will have a positive effect on your mental and physical health. Psychology Today explains that clutter around the house can negate the pleasure you feel in your surroundings. Further, an extremely cluttered environment is more challenging to clean and may even be the reason you feel drained and indecisive.

Your stuff, doing good

While there’s nothing wrong with earning an income from the items you already own, there are also other ways to get a return on your investment. Donating your unwanted home goods, building materials, and appliances to your local ReStore is a great way to invest in your community. ReStore sales support Habitat for Humanity and keep thousands of tons of materials from landfills each year. Other items, such as clothing, books, toys, and shoes are almost always welcome by schools, which give these items to underprivileged children.

There are many ways to get the most out of your unwanted belongings whether it’s selling online, hosting a yard sale, or donating to charitable organizations. Whatever your goal, don’t undervalue the benefits of clearing the clutter from your life.

A guest post by Kent Elliott

Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Gumtree Second Hand Economy Report
Good Housekeeping
Psychology Today

Meet Your ReStore Staff

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I like to be able to help people. I helped a pastor save $1,500 getting a fridge for his church. Habitat is very family oriented.

Habitat cares about its employees — I love working here!



I love the wide variety of customers in the community! I enjoy meeting new people. I love to tell them about sales and make them smile.

I met a veteran with a fixed income. Through our senior citizen discount and our military discount, I was able to help her get a dryer despite her limited funds. She thanked me profusely.



I’ve only been working here about a month. It’s going great. I like interacting with the customers and my coworkers.

I like learning about what Habitat stands for. They’re about giving back to the community. Any profit we make, that goes towards building houses in the Richmond area.



I’ve been working here for 11 years. Harold and I, we were part of the original crew. He was one of the first people I met. I’m a merchandiser. I do customer service and I’m a donation receiver.

I meet a lot of good people. I learn from them. You never know when you’re going to meet someone who helps you out later.



I’ve been here a while –I don’t even know! I’m pretty much the oldest one here.  I unload the truck, help customers, and pick up items. I like that I get to learn different trades and meet different people.




Homeowner Spotlight: The Brown Family

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Future Neighborhood:  Chestnut Hills

Ms. Brown is a hardworking, single mother of twin nine year olds Ashley and Anthony.  Ms. Brown is visually impaired, but has not let that slow her down.  She has worked as a switchboard operator for 21 years at the Virginia Eye Institute and enjoys helping others with their vision needs.

In their free time, the Brown’s enjoy reading, listening to jazz music and playing video games together.

Construction on the Brown’s home began in February of 2017.  Currently, Ms. Brown is completing 10 financial and homeownership education classes and 350 hours of “sweat equity” or volunteer time.  Once completed, she will purchase her home and pay an affordable, zero percent interest mortgage, making her dream of homeownership, and the stability that it brings, a reality.

Her children cannot wait to move into their beautiful, healthy and safe new home right in time for the new school year!

“I am proud of my determination because I am a winner and do not quit.  Owning my own home will mean a sense of security for me and my children.” – Ms. Brown, Future Homeowner