would you rather buy new or used?

I put up an informal poll on Facebook to see what my friends like to buy new vs. used. The reason I did this is because one night when I should have been sleeping, I wondered how many things most people buy used. I would guess cars are the most common used thing people buy, at least in regards to the high dollar items. But I also thought of houses. We don’t really refer to them as used but if someone has lived in a house you bought, technically it’s used. So cars and houses are big ticket items on the used list. But what else? How about toothbrushes? Just kidding, that’s gross. Well, here are a few comments pulled from Facebook for what some people prefer to buy used.

Cars was the item most agreed upon. Then books. After that, furniture, one of my favorites to buy used usually at estate sales. Financial expert Dave Ramsey said about buying used furniture:

For what you spent on some little cheap piece of furniture that’s going to fall apart, you could’ve gotten on Craigslist and bought a real quality piece slightly used from somebody who’s just getting a divorce and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it.

You can check out the rest of his comments in context here, but back to the Facebook inquiry, the list of used things goes on with:

puzzles

purses

athletic equipment

kids’ clothes

kids’ toys

kitchen cookware

quilts

area rugs

jewelry

computers

boats

houses

So you can see there is a wide array of things that folks will buy used. It’s also important to note that, as some of my friends commented, they won’t always and only buy these things used, because sometimes you do buy a new house or a new toy for your kids, but with things that have a short lifespan (kids’ clothes, for instance), buying used is a more economically sound thing to do. It’s why people buy used cars, too, because they say the second you drive a new car off the lot the value drops significantly.

How about you? Is there anything you prefer to buy used that’s not on the list? What will you only buy if it’s brand new? Thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness

Taylor Swift’s “Cardigan” and 13 country songs about things you wear

Taylor Swift surprised everyone with a new album (Folklore) during quarantine and the first video to come from it accompanies the song “Cardigan”…

Inspired by the the comfy cardigan she finds by the piano at the end of the video, here’s a list of songs about clothes you can wear. Update: This is a list of COUNTRY songs about clothes you can wear. There are just too many songs to not narrow it down. So next time you’re on $10,000 Pyramid, you should be able to knock this category out of the park!

13 Country Songs About Things You Wear… and 1 About Things You Don’t Wear


Keith Urban “You Look Good in My Shirt”

Jake Owen “Barefoot Blue Jean Night”

Nancy Sinatra “These Boots Were Made For Walkin'”

Jon Pardi “Dirt On My Boots”

Miranda Lambert “Smoking Jacket”

Brooks & Dunn “Boot Scootin’ Boogie”

Randy Houser “Boots On”

Kelsea Ballerini “Stilettos”

Dolly Parton “Coat of Many Colors”

Jennifer Nettles “Drunk In Heels”

Chris Young “Gettin You Home (The Black Dress Song)”

Johnny Cash “Rock and Roll Shoes”

Shania Twain “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?”

Honorable Mention: Kenny Chesney “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem” (even though this is actually about clothes you’re not wearing)


Thanks for stopping by! Also check out a list of 10 songs that no longer apply to our lives: Covid-19 edition

-Out of the Wilderness

Train graffiti art, pt 1

I was stopped at a railroad crossing for way too long so I thought, “Why not do something while I’m doing nothing?” …so I took some photos of the canvas passing in front of me. Here are a few of the tags (I think that’s what graffiti is called sometimes?) and check back tomorrow for the rest!

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-Out of the Wilderness

What happened to the viral “candles” video?

Earlier this year my brother-in-law brought up a great question. He asked me if I remembered the video where a dad was asking his children to say something nice to their mom for Mother’s Day. Each kid said something like, “I love you Mom,” or “You’re the best mom!” and then when the camera pans over to the last child, she’s covered in lipstick and says, “CANDLES!” It was quite funny, but you know what it isn’t? Anywhere to be found! 

After he asked me about it I did a little searching and sure enough, it doesn’t pop up on any relevant searches. A video that went viral can’t just disappear, can it? Surely there would be screen grabs of the little girl, and/or other people who saved the video and reposted it but it seems to be gone from the internet. 

So the search continues, and I’d love your help. First, do you know which video I’m talking about? Second, how can it just go poof and be gone? 

This is just crazy and frustrating and I’m determined to find it now. Noboby puts Baby in the corner!

-Out of the Wilderness

I’ve done the impossible… and beyond!

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I’ve done it! Just last weekend I accomplished the Impossible. Flying with birds? Nope. Walking on water? Not yet. Holding my breath for more than a minute? Uh uh. Wow, now having the Impossible Burger from Burger King sounds so anticlimactic. But folks… the announcement is… drum roll please…

I ordered the Impossible Whopper at Burger King!

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The occasion was to celebrate family visiting for a short stay as they passed through town. Some of us got McDonald’s, and two of us got Burger King. Honestly, I think the last time I had anything from Burger King was probably a bacon double cheeseburger and I loved every bite, but that was decades ago, I’m sure.

This is not my first experience with meatless restaurant burgers. Well, first I should say that I absolutely love the teriyaki flavor Sweet Earth burger found at grocery stores like Kroger and Whole Foods. I add vegan cheese, sometimes mushrooms or hummus or avocados and oh my… oh my….

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But for restaurant meals, I’ve had the Beyond Meat burger while I was on this trip in Atlanta, Georgia. I never would have thought my first Beyond Meat burger would be in a hotel but boy, was it delicious.

Back to the Impossible Whopper. I was impressed with how much it reminded me of burgers made with meat. It was tasty for sure. I ordered it without mayonnaise so when we got back to my house, I just added that myself with the vegan alternative. I left the lettuce and onions on which definitely made the overall experience more flavorful.

The only strike against this burger is not really the burgers fault, per se. It tasted just like a fast food restaurant burger. I can’t exactly put a finger on it, perhaps it was the thin size or something. But it just had that fast food feel to it. I much prefer a bigger, “meatier” burger, if you will. You definitely didn’t ask for this but here is my ranking of the burgers based on enjoyability:

  1. Sweet Earth burger patties – best grocery store burger I’ve found anywhere, and I’ve tried other brands
  2. Beyond Meat burger – tasted exactly like a nice juicy beef burger, and it was amazing
  3. Impossible burger – granted, this was from Burger King so another test with frozen patties or a different restaurant may be necessary

Have you tried any plant-based burgers? If so, chime in below with your experience and thoughts on the taste, and overall experience. Thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness