I wrote a while ago about there being no substitute for quality. In the last few months I've bought a couple of things second hand which have reminded me why quality really counts.
Firstly, my Christmas shopping run last year found me looking for scooters for the Hoopla Kids. I was set on finding two Micro scooters second hand. This I achieved but one needed new handlebar grips. This is when I truely realised the quality I had bought. I discovered that it is possible to buy every part I could need for these scooters, and better still I could pop into the shop only 10 mins from home and pick them up. So when the wheels get too worn, or the running board from the mini we have has finally got too much damage to it, we can simply replace those parts and keep on using the scooters.
The second item we purchased recently was a Springfree Trampoline. It was second hand from someone just down the road and most of it was 10 years old already. Evidently I'm lucky to have a stubborn husband as these things don't come apart easily!
Along the way half a dozen rod holders got broken. Now that's not many in comparison to how many there are. After a quick phone call I found that the replacement parts I needed were only a courier away, in fact despite the trampoline being 10 years old it seems most parts if not all are still available.
I was encouraged that in the age of everything being disposable that it's still possible to get all the big or little replacement parts at realistic prices for these items. And I think for me that partly defines a quality item - one that can keep going, keep giving, keep being enjoyed. Quality really does count.
Somehow, despite loving quality things, we've ended up with more than a few single use items in our home. But I always felt annoyed by the wastefulness, so over time I've sorted through and hunted out a few sustainable solutions to meet our needs.
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