Things break. Things deteriorate. Even when I was a child back in the 70's, when the television stopped working, you called the repair man to the house and he fixed it (for a reasonable price, mind you). Now, when the television stops working, you throw it away and get a new one. It's just mind boggling how we've become a throw away society.
ebay, Gumtree, Facebook and Craigslist are also wonderful options for searching for secondhand items as are yard sales and the classified ads in the newspaper. When the children were small, I got nearly all of their clothes as either hand-me-downs or from second hand sources. As they've got older (now 7 and 5) clothes aren't holding up to the rough and tumble so I look at end of season sales, in the next size up.
Think about buying second hand next time. You never know what treasures you might find and they'll probably last a lot longer than what the things that are made nowadays do.
This post is part of domesblissity's THRiVING - Thrifty Living feature.