I don’t know about you but when I need to buy something – car, TV, microwave oven, etc. – I never get it second-hand. It must always be brand new. I know, buying something that belonged to another person can save me a lot of money. However, when I was a child, there were many occasions when I received things that belonged to my older sister, such as school books or even some items of clothing. To use the verb from the text above, I inherited them.

The things one gets from an elder sibling or relative are known as hand-me-downs. The fact that I often received hand-me-downs in my childhood is the reason why, as an adult, I prefer buying brand new stuff.

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