First; I LOVE Cycle Stores! And although the shops of Het Good, which can be found throughout the Netherlands, have my preference, because of their great decor and low prices, I also do not skip another thrift shop. I simply can't walk past. Actually, thrift stores have only advantages, and I'll list the 10 biggest benefits for you.
1. Cyril shops are much cheaper than regular stores thrift shops sell almost exclusively second-hand items, which are by definition cheaper than their new sister. Unless you're talking about a special antique piece or a collector's item, but you know what I mean..
2. Buying at the thrift store is better for the environment if you buy something from the thrift store it is already produced, and with that it was already destined to end up on the waste heap. You buy it only lengthens the journey from production to waste. Because you do not buy new you do not contribute to causing more waste. Do bring your own bag then!
3. In thrift shops you run against treasures; sometimes you are not looking at all and suddenly you see that great winter coat hanging, or the snowboots you were looking for exactly in your size. Or that Wedgewood sign you dropped yesterday, so you can make things complete again.. The thrift shop almost always surprises you.
4. The thrift shop is always happy when you clean up; and how good is it that you don't have to store your stuff until a new owner arrives? If you can't or don't want to sell/give away your stuff in the way that suits you or at the price you want, take it to the thrift store. There they are always happy with your stuff and someone else will find in your stuff a treasure!
5. The thrift shop often offers jobs, whether voluntarily or not, to people who, for whatever reason, need it; there are interns, people in the WW, people who voluntarily work on their social network, returnees, integrating asylum seekers and so on.. All these people spend their time at the thrift shop and therefore feel meaningful and important.
6. With their revenues, recycled shops often support beautiful initiatives so I know a thrift shop whose income from the books is used to support a school in Namibia. Just ask about it! The employees will be happy to tell you about their charity.
7. Many thrift shops have a coffee corner with delicious homemade cakes! For example, the shops of Hel Good, or De Basisz in Zeewolde, are equipped with a cosy coffee corner. I always make a day of it myself, I visit several shops and have a drink in between with something tasty.
8. Cycle shops often still have items that are almost no longer available for sale think of video recorders, records from the past or cassette tapes. Still useful if you want to play that old videotape, or if you only have a cassette player in your newly purchased old cookie tin.
9. Cyril shops often burst from the toys how nice it is to walk through the store with your child, sister, nephew, niece, brother or neighbor and say, “Find something fun!”? You can do it in the thrift shop! The chances of them choosing something that is priceless are particularly small. In addition, children learn that it can be great fun to buy second-hand.
10. Cyril shops are often very helpful when you need to clean up a house. It doesn't sound so cozy, but when someone dies, you're the heir to, you sometimes face a situation where things have to be cleaned up after a death.. Cyril shops are often willing to empty homes for you, free of charge, as long as they are allowed to keep the stuff. Just get together with the other next of kin the things that are important to you or that you like to keep, and have the rest picked up by the store. You guys have something else on your mind. I have to admit, it was crazy that Grandma's display cabinet was at our thrift store, but it was also grateful, someone else would be enjoying it right now!