I live in a small, Colorado mountain community during the summer. For a while there was no movie theater in the entire county. There are, however, great thrift stores. Once a week when we drive the 34 miles to go food shopping, we visit those thrift stores. Our kitchen (and closets) are filled with the spoils of our visit—the blender in our cabin came from a thrift store, as did our bread machine and many other small kitchen items, like cups, utensils, and serving plates.
Reusing (buying at garage sales or thrift stores, or cruising around on garbage days) always trumps recycling if you’re trying to reduce your carbon footprint. It’s also fun because you never know what you may discover.