The Swedish and second hand buy

 

The Nordic nations have more than one common trait, but there is one trait that tops it all; Second-Hand-Shopping. You might think, well that is nothing new to me, I’ve purchased a second hand car last Autumn and last year I went to a garage sale that my neighbour held and a year before that I bought an antique comb with Mozart’s face on the handle from the city of Salzburg. But you are wrong! You can’t even comprehend how deep the culture of second hand buying is rooted in the hearts of the Scandinavian people. It is more natural for us to buy a second hand good than a first hand one. The rule is that unless a product is not easily found in a second hand hub, then we buy it off the shelves.  

The Swedish and second hand buy

Sweden has a website called Blocket where you can browse through the nations’ unwanted products. Denmark has Gul og Gratis and Norway has Finn. It doesn’t end there but those links will give you a glimpse of what the second hand market looks like in Scandinavia. If you are a Swede and you don’t have the Blocket application on your phone or tablet, then you might as well not call yourself a Swede.

At first you might think we are cheap, or rather odd, but eventually you will learn that there is so much good that comes out of this act that makes it remarkable. I would like to think that we are re-using goods and hence contributing to saving the planet. We are minimising waste, spending less, helping individuals rather than conglomerates, preserving our heritage, promoting nostalgia, learning to trust one another, finding unusual stuff that you would never find in a seasonal shopping spree and all and all, having a ton of fun. I know, I know….. It all sounds too good to be true! There are those very few occasions where you buy a product and find out that it wasn’t as functioning as it should have been, or the stain wasn’t as removable as you had thought it was, but overall the benefits definitely outweigh the few mishaps.

I sometimes wonder, how much longer would the Earth survive if everyone had the same view on second hand shopping as we did.

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swedish and second hand buy.

swedish and second hand buy. 

swedish and second hand buy.

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