I am not really squeamish about secondhand goods at all.
In fact, I grew up wearing secondhand ice skates, jackets and clothing. So to me, it’s really not a big deal as long as you don’t wear the items without washing them thoroughly.
BF on the other hand, is a die-hard squeamer (sp?) when it comes to secondhand items.
He admits it’s mostly psychological, but he can’t imagine touching or using anything secondhand from a stranger.
If it came from someone we know personally — no problem, but a stranger? Forget it.
Things I won’t touch that are secondhand for psychological reasons or otherwise:
- Undergarments of any sort
- Shoes — in my head, they absorb all the sweat and odours of the foot
- High-End Electronics — have had bad experiences with secondhand or refurbished*
- Life Jackets, Bike Helmets or any kind of safety equipment
*From a stranger. A friend, I’d be okay with.
Other than that, I’m game!
I was recently given a secondhand mouse pad with a great wrist rest, and after giving it a thorough wash (heck it’s silicone and neoprene), I am pleased with having scored it for free.
BF on the other hand, was immediately grossed out (even after seeing it washed).
He could only imagine the hands of other people touching the mousepad, and sweating all over it.
As for me, I am not bothered at all — sweat comes out with some soap and water, and it’s just a mousepad, not a pair of panties!
It’s also more eco-friendly if you can buy secondhand
If you buy secondhand, it means that a new item wasn’t purchased, and as a result, you’re reusing what has already been made and available.
Less raw materials were used and nothing had to be processed, packaged and shipped.