IKEA To Sell Secondhand In Select Stores

IKEA To Sell Secondhand In Select Stores

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Sarah Rae Smith
Sep 7, 2010

Since Friday afternoon, the internet has been a rumble about some new practices going on at IKEA. They haven't made their way to the US yet, but just the idea itself is rather revolutionary for a big box retailer of any kind. In addition to their off the shelf, new items, they'll also now be selling used, second hand furniture brought back to the store. Weigh in with your thoughts after the jump!

One of the easiest ways to green up your space is to bring in a few second hand items, that's no surprise. But what might be is that instead of hitting the thrift store, you might be able to hit up a local IKEA to find your wares.

Although many think of IKEA and their products as being more disposable or transitional in nature, the big blue and yellow giant is setting out to change that mindset. They kicked off the idea last week in Sweden (everything has to start somewhere, right?) and are hoping to take a step in a more sustainable direction.

Even though there's the obvious lack of green thinking when it comes to a store who sells items that are mass produced, we can still appreciate their line of thinking. We're curious to see if this changes the way people treat their IKEA goods, if knowing you can take it back into the store on your next visit increases your respect for an item and how you treat it.

We're curious, what do you think? Is this a step in the right direction or will it be a lost cause? Sound off in the comments below!

(Via: Time. Image: Flickr member noricum licensed for use by Creative Commons

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