How To Be A Thrifty Gamer in 2020

Hey pals,

I’m not a huge gamer, I enjoy playing old games from when I was younger and also always been a Sims person. But the gaming industry can be a pretty wasteful space. Things are slowly getting better as we mostly pay for a digital copy or pay to stream games now vs. always buying the latest game on disc (or game cards? whatever we used back in the day). But how do you continue to be a gamer and enjoy video games without the environmental impact and also trying to save some coin?

I’ve never been someone who stays up-to-date on the latest game trends, I don’t have the newest consoles and I don’t have a gaming computer (though I am looking into buying a gaming laptop…) and I still have a lot of my old games and consoles. But they can break and what do you do when you’ve completed them all? One of my favourite things to do is going into second hand electronics/game shops like GameStop (which might be deceased by now) or CEX. Their prices for older games are pretty decent and they take almost anything. You can sell to places like MusicMagpie but I don’t recommend it unless you’re desperate because their service is awful. Anytime I’ve booked for a collection they never arrive the day scheduled and then claim I wasn’t in and my most recent interaction where I was able to drop a box off at a shop for delivery, they claimed 6 or more of my items just weren’t in the box when they definitely were, definitely better off with CEX and going into store it’s much easier and the prices are about the same.

They buy and sell all kinds of electronics, not just video game based products. I sold an old camera I used for filming my videos, because my new phone has better sound and video quality so it became redundant. Also, a very old camera lens from my A level Photography days (8 years ago…) which gave me a nice little sum of money. I also sold a pile of old DVDs and games I no longer wanted, I’m trying to part with as many DVDs as possible really as I stream most of my content off Netflix and my family have Sky but it IMG_2651can be hard to let go. Some of the items were only worth a penny, but it’s something added to the price off what I’d gone there for. You can also check if they are taking the items you’re selling by looking them up on their website and they give you what they sell it for, what they pay cash and what they pay store credit which tends to be higher than cash coz they want you to keep coming back. It’s a good system. Almost like a game library. Buy a game, return it for some money when you’re done, get a new game. This is why I like it really.

There can be an issue with old broken electronics or random chords you don’t know what they went to, Curry’s actually recycle these items which is great as I hate the idea of electronics just being thrown out and adding to the rubbish collecting in landfill and would rather be a little kinder to the planet.

I’ve been returning to old games recently to try and complete them so I can finally find out how they ended! And then be rid of the clutter! But my Nintendo DS from when I was a kid got trashed somehow, like unfixable trashed, so I’ve known for a while I’d need to purchase a new one (or rather an old new one…) I know they sell them on their website but I would rather skip the postage and buy one in store so I checked as I was selling my unhaul of items and they did indeed. It was the newer version of what I used to have as a child and smaller, but they said it was better quality and only cost about £5 more than the older one. It has been pretty fun to get back into. I’ve been needing a space where my brain switches off from real world and can be focused elsewhere, and a lot of the game I play have mini-games that are good brain exercise, and I think I’ll be going back to Animal Crossing and Nintendogs for a more relaxing version of this too. Time to chill out.

(I wish I was making money from this post but I’m not, I just think this is a good alternative to buying new and giving things to charity as you know these items go up for sale at reasonable prices whereas a lot of things donated to charity end up being thrown away…)

It’s also a great way to actually make some extra money off of old items going to no use! My camera lens fetched me £45 more than I needed! I’m pretty sure I have other stuff sitting around I have no use for, but there’s a lot of mental preparation that goes into letting things go. The lens I sold was to a camera I still have and also haven’t used for god knows how long so I think this may be the next to go, along with a few PSP games I completed or have no interest in playing, and DVDs obviously.

But, overall, my experience there was great. I didn’t lose any money I actually made some and I recommend doing this if you need some extra money or are a gamer. It’s a pretty good deal, all in all.

~ Artie

I may sell some games on my depop for UK delivery so check it out.

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Collective Second Hand Book Haul

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Hey pals,

Leading up to Christmas, I was finding quite a few decent books in charity shops and at the doctors/hospital book donation shelves and I thought I would share what I found and if they’re gifts for people or not (I’m not spoiling anything because these where all Christmas presents so they’ve all had them!!) I would read all of these books so I’m telling everyone to give it back when they’re done so I can read it too!

 

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Gift to my mum. The title was an inside joke but also had a funny sounding plot. Paid 20-30p donation.

 

Another gift, couldn’t decide who to. I talked about this book in another post.

 

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I picked this up at one of the hospital book donation shelves. I plan on reading The Great Gatsby this year and have heard a lot about the Beautiful and Damned, and I can’t stop myself with a two for one deal! Think I paid 20-30p donation. 

I’ve read some Zadie Smith before and just thought I’d pick it up and see if I enjoyed it. I’ve not read a whole novel of hers, just bits and pieces. Part of a 3 for £1 deal.

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We all love Killing Eve in my house, this book looks pretty small so I expect it to be a fast read and I think I’ll give it to my mum when I’m done coz she really liked the show too. Part of a three for £1 deal in a charity shop.

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The potion Diaries just seemed like an easy to read YA fantasy involving magic. A bit more on the hetero/girly side for me, but I decided to give it a chance. £2 in a charity shop.

 

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We are big Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French fans, so the first is for my mum and second for my gran and then I’ll be stealing them back. I am always deeply fascinated by the lives of famous people and how they got to where they are. This was in our book self at the doctor’s surgery and I’m pretty sure I used pocket change to pay for these so can’t remember exactly how much. 

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Just as a side note: for the few books I’ve picked up at donation shelves and paid relatively low for, my family often donate books to these shelves, we often have brought bags of books as we like to help support our NHS staff and services. The books we pick up will likely be returned once we have read them, plus more. I encourage others to do this rather than donate to charity shops as they can be picked up for any amount of donation which makes reading more accessible. Plus, I am sure patients stuck in there for long periods can use these, hospital stays can be really dull and a choice in books to read can help patients feel more positive.

 

I’ll let you know what I (and my family members) think of these books when we get round to reading them!

 

~ Artie

Thrift Shopping: Mid-Size and Disabled

Hey pals,

 

I finally got out of the house alone and wanted to try and find some of the things on my thrifted clothes wish list (spoiler: I didn’t find any of them…) and I tried on a bunch of clothes and took photos, so I wanted to tell you about my experience shopping as a mid-size queer person. I’m also disabled, if you’re new here, and have a chronic illness which make me very fatigued. This shopping trip was the worst weather I’ve been out in since my third year at uni when March was frozen over. So I only made it to and through two shops before been too tired and needing to go home. I also left all my shopping bags in the car and only had my backpack, and really hate buying plastic bags. I had limited space.

Check out my clothing purge video where I finally chuck my skinny clothes

 

Nike t-shirt £3.99

The first thing I tried on was this Nike t-shirt. Now, I know nothing about vintage sportswear so it’s probably not that old, but it had a cute 90’s feel to it. I jokingly called this the lesbian footballer look when I sent it to my friend, seeking her approval.

ASOS men’s shirt (XL?)

The next item was this ASOS men’s shirt in a beautiful blush pink. I didn’t like how it fit, which was very unfortunate, as i loved the colour of it. It was also poppers not buttons? So, I wasn’t sure how I felt about this… so it went back on the rack.

 

Cotton Traders shirt £5.99 (M)

I found two Cotton Trader shirts, and looking at the label I could tell this was a good brand (never heard of them but the label was real fancy and unique) plus it helps giving me a self-esteem boost that it was a size medium and fit me really nicely. I loved this muted colour striped one, less of a fan of the next one…

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Even though this is the one that caught my eye on the rack first. My best friend make me feel like I can take more fashion risks and I picked this up with her in mind. But, sadly, I just didn’t like the orange tones that much.

I then popped to a different shop. One of the main things on my wish list is a decent pair of jeans that are similar to my Levi’s but different colours. I picked up two pairs of blue jeans labelled 36 inch waist and neither of them fit! Very rude.

 

I also tried on a pair that said it was 38 inch waist (which I was sure would be a bit too big) but even holding them up, they genuinely could have housed a circus. I didn’t even need to undo the button to pull them up.

 

Next UK 14 £4.20

I did find a very cute velour women’s top. I don’t often look in the women’s section but this charity shop looked pretty boojy and had a lot of really nice clothes hanging up (near the front anyway) and I found this in a 14. I vary from 14-16 in tops really depending on the cut and material but it looked pretty cute, even though the neck was a lot wider than I’m used to (I wear men’s crew necks all the time) so I bought this. Also, Next isn’t a bad shop for quality so I felt pretty pleased with myself.

 

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Len Goodman Memoir £2 & T cup 99p

I bought some non-clothing items, because I’m always looking for Christmas or birthday presents for people. I found the perfect mug for my Gran (who’s name begins with a T) because she struggles to hold cups based on their weight and how big the handle is, and this looked pretty perfect and wasn’t heavy. I was from Wilko, still had the sticker on the bottom so likely brand new and probably anywhere from £1-£5 originally so 99p isn’t bad! And I found Len Goodman’s autobiography. Me, my mum and Gran all love watching Strictly Come Dancing, and he used to be head judge. The blurb sounds really interesting and I think all three of us would probably enjoy reading it so £2 it pretty good for three different people!

Atmosphere £4.50

This is my final item, the first bag I’ve bought. I was a little pissed when I got it home and saw it was a Primark bag, but considering it was probably more that what I paid and it was still in reasonable shape, I think I can cope. I like a cross body strap and always keep an eye out for smaller bags that I can take and use for like a night out or to go out somewhere I don’t want to take a massive backpack or my messenger bag. I felt like this could be worn by any gender, and I hate flashy bags, so this one felt right and looks like I’ll fit everything I need in there!

 

My Total was £21.67 for 6 items, which is err-ing on the pricier side, but a lot of the more expensive items were good quality clothing so I don’t mind too much. Whereas I’ve been to a few £3 a bag sales, I’ve picked up items that have gone straight to depop sale coz I really just didn’t want to waste the bag space and some of those were pretty decent brands for hardly any money at all. I think I may have found one of my new passions to write and make YouTube videos about. I haven’t really seen many LGBT+ people making thrifting content, the few I have are either L.A based or really skinny, si I want to put myself out there as a mid-size, nonbinary, bi, disabled, and chronically ill person who loves thrifting and style!

 

 

I highly recommend any UK people check out my depop! I am a trans friendly shop (obviously but I feel it always needs to be said) and I post pretty quickly and I do try to sell as cheaply as I can but it is my main hussle that makes money so please try to be understanding.

 

~ Artie

Recent Thrifted Clothes Haul!

Hey pals,

 

At one of my family’s favourite second hand warehouses, they have a £3 per bag of clothes sale (and the bags are pretty large) and I went to my first a little while ago. I did buy more than I’m showing but some were presents for someone else, not clothes, or did not fit but are up for sale on my depop so check that out! (buying from my depop helps me out a lot!) The tables were piled up so high and they kept dumping trolleys full on top! There’s another coming soon so I plan on going there again coz I found some great things!

First, I found this funky 80’s looking reversible jumper (which is a wee bit small on my arms but my arms are freakishly long and it was too cool to leave it!) it felt very Stranger Things one side and Beetle Juice the other!

I found a few oversized plaid (ish) shirts in a range of colours and brands! The green one is actually Ralph Lauren! The middle picture felt very Bowling For Soup, Ska–style so I had to grab it, living my pop-punk dad dreams.

This was my first attempt at wearing this shirt, with a t-shirt I thrifted from another warehouse for £1.

One thing i’ve been looking for, for a while, are some grungey mens rugby shirts and I found a couple I loved! I wasn’t too sure on the first one as it was a size small, but didn’t look too bad. Definitely one to save for a skinny day. But I absolutely adore the middle one (I think in a XL) I’m dead for the green and burgundy. The third picture is my favorite way to wear it with some corduroy 3/4-length trousers I’d picked up in a charity shop. I plan on replacing the elastic in the waist as it’s a bit stretched out, but otherwise I love them! (It was also the outfit I wore in a music video!)

This was not something I thrifted during this trip, but this is how I like to wear my clothes at the moment. These are my favourite trousers right now (besides the corduroy) real Levi’s from the racks in Brighton for only £10! and the £1 t-shirt I bought at Shabitat when they had the £1 clothing sale on!

 

If anyone really likes these blog posts, I’ll happily make more including pictures of me styling some of the items as I think this is fun. I don’t see a lot of LGBT+ style bloggers or YouTubers out there and kinda fumble my way around. i love clothes, and i love style, and I LOVE thrifting! So, I’d love to share these experiences etc. with you all!

 

~ Artie

Check out my IGTV Video of my recent thrifting experiences and some other clothes I’d picked up that aren’t shown here!

I’m also thinking about showing my thrifted wardrobe in a YouTube video sometime so if you’d like to see that let me know!