Save Money with Used Kitchen Appliances

I want you to think of  any all of the kitchen appliances you own.  Now, think of all the ones you bought or received as gifts and barely got any use.  Chances are pretty good that you have at least one kitchen appliance that fits that description.  This poor appliance is probably just sitting there in perfectly good condition waiting for the next garage sale when you decide you might as well get sell it to get some money for it.

The fact is that there are many times when we think our life would be easier if we owned a certain appliance.  If we had that, we would use it a lot.  But for some reason or another that does not turn out to be the case for you and me and many others. So for those appliances that you don’t think you will use every day but that you would like to get consider buying them used.

I find garage sales, the thrift store and Craigslist to be great places to find a good deal on things like breadmakers, juicers and more.  I can’t think of the many times I have found breadmakers for $5.  In fact that’s how much I paid for the one I own and it was still in the box it came in with the price tag on it for $129.  If you are squeamish at the thought, let me tell you that chances are pretty good you will find units that have been used once or twice, in excellent condition.

You know what I don’t find very often at Garage sales? Pots and pans in barely used condition.  Even if someone doesn’t cook very much, they get used for boiling water for pasta or making scrambled eggs.  Pots and pans are things that get used every day and what I am trying to tell you is invest on the things you use every day and cut corners on the things that you don’t.

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  • Mary

    I use a hand me down bread machine. Came from my SIL when she moved from a house to a townhouse and didn’t have the room. I love having it, even if I only use it about once a month. And we saved money by not buying new.

  • I love my bread machine! I got it six years ago for five dollars at the Salvation Army store. It still had the directions in the bread pan! It’s starting to get creaky and old now, but it’s been such a great thing to have around. It wouldn’t have been worth full price for how much I use it, but it’s one of my best kitchen bargains.

    Another thing that you can get used are dishes! I buy most of my dishes at garage sales and thrift stores. I got a beautiful set of plates and big pasta bowls for only five dollars that my family uses every day, and you can pick up good sized mugs and tumblers just about anywhere. Pots and pans though, you’re right. Hard to find used!

  • Emily

    I have had very good luck at our local thrift store. I’ve gotten a barely used blender. Actually I found a very nice stainless steel pot set there – it was my birthday and I’d been looking for it so it was a great deal – $9 for the two pots (with nice matching lids).

  • Natalie

    I agree. My $3 garage sale Salad Shooter was my favorite and I use it 2-3 times a week!

  • Joanna

    Buying used appliances is totally the way to go. I’ve never paid for a new breadmaker. It’s fun getting a bargain like that at a yard sale.

  • Melinda

    I so agree!! I go to thrift stores on a regular basis and LOVE finding deals like your breadmaker! I have lots of kitchen gadgets and the majority of them came from thrift stores. Therefore, I don’t feel bad about my “habit”. I love to cook and love my gadgets!!!

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  • Sherri

    Bought a electric knife at the local thrift shop just after christmas two years ago. Normally, I would never buy an electric knife because of the risk of meat juices on it, but this one still had the plastic sleeves and the cord had its original twisty on it. Paid $5 for it. Still works great.
    I also bought a used rice cooker from a thrift shop about 18 years ago. Still workd great. Only paid $5. Doesn;\’t look too appealing to the eye, and the rice does stick to it (i use cooking spray to prevent sticking). Had bought a new one, but took it back because it dod not perform anywhere like the one that I now have now.

    If you find a bread maker at a thrift shop and it is milling a piece, (such as the mixer piece, quite common) you can order it on from the company as long as the model hasn’t been discontinued for over 7 years.

    Have fun shopping!!!

  • I bought used bread machine a year ago. It still works properly now.