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A BUY IT USED GUIDE

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By now you know that a great way to reduce waste is to buy used items instead of new ones, but maybe you’re wondering where to look! Here’s a guide to buying or borrowing commonly needed items pre-owned in the NoHo Arts District and surrounding San Fernando Valley!

BOOKS

MAGAZINES

  • Borrow from a friend!
  • You can read tons of magazines digitally from the LA public library on Zinio - it’s free and there’s no limit!

CLOTHES

  • Thrift stores like Goodwill on Lankershim, and American Way in Burbank have tons of used clothes
  • Resale boutiques like Wasteland, Crossroads, and Buffalo Exchange have a curated selection of used clothes, but usually cost a bit more
  • Vintage shops like the new Iguana Vintage on Lankershim Blvd. are the place to find used clothes over 20 years old
  • Host a clothing swap with friends

TRANSPORTATION

  • Check Craigslist listings for bicycles, skateboards, roller blades, and even cars for sale by owner

TOYS

  • Try having a toy swap with friends
  • Thrift stores like Goodwill on Lankershim, and American Way in Burbank can be great for used toys too

MOVIES and MUSIC

ELECTRONICS

  • Sometimes you can find great stuff at thrift stores like Goodwill on Lankershim, and American Way in Burbank. Make sure you use their outlets to test that the power still works!
  • Yard sales are great for used electronics
  • Try Amazon’s warehouse deals
  • For cameras and TVs, you can try B&H and Adorama’s used sections online

PET SUPPLIES

FURNITURE

  • Check the thrift stores - if you’re a little skeeved out by the idea of used furniture, try the “higher end” thrift stores like the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop on Victory in Burbank
  • Craigslist - people are always moving in this city!
  • You can also check Craigslist for curb alerts - sometimes if you get there right away, it will still be in great shape!
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Brianne Richard

Bio Brianne lives and works North Hollywood and has been a lover of the Noho Arts District since she moved to Los Angeles from the East Coast in 2010. She is passionate about finding new ways to reduce, reuse, recycle, and repurpose! In her spare time, she edits her documentary web series Glad Rags, which is about vintage and sustainable fashion, runs an Etsy shop selling vintage and repurposed treasures, and co-produces a podcast! She's always making an effort to reduce her impact on our precious resources and share her passion for the repurposeful lifestyle!

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