Could you manage to buy nothing new for three whole months? Will I?!
Mariana and I talked it over. “Hmmm” She
said. “I’m going to India in February and I kinda want to buy stuff there. It
would be a shame to restrict my purchases while I’m over there, I mean how often
do you go to India in your life?”
Fair enough I thought. And
really, it may as well be me who takes on this challenge. After all, mine is
family of four living on a single income. It wouldn’t hurt for us to try to be a
little more purchase savvy would it? Surely I can manage on op-shop clothes (or
even “vintage”- sounds cooler no?) And the kids DEFINITELY have enough toys! And
books, well! We still have a good amount of credit at Arty Bees second hand bookstore. That should suffice. I’m also pretty crafty at times. So, in the way of gifts I could make cards, make stuff out of clay, bake etc. and is re-gifting really such a crime?
“Ok! I can do it” I said out loud. In fact I was actually quite excited about it. You know, excited in the same way one is when deciding to go on a super healthy diet and eat only organic produce. It’s as if the concept of restriction opens up our minds to more options. Will the novelty be much the same as the diet as wear off after a day? We shall see.
Now I must confess, It was recently my 30th Birthday (woohoo!) and I should mention that I was thoroughly spoiled. I got a sparkly new watch from my parents, a spanky new laptop from my lovely partner, as well as a fantastic birthday stocking from Mariana filled with wondrous treats! So as you can see I am starting this challenge in a less than wanting position.
And when it comes to shopping I am in an annoying position clothes. I have heaps of clothes. Fantastic clothes. That I cannot fit! My baby boy is one year old now, but alas my skinny jeans are still too skinny for me! With my stocked closet in mind I find it very hard to buy new
clothes. When I see something fantastic I think ‘hmmm, do I buy it to fit now or
to fit in a few months?’ I usually give up and decide to go for a run instead.
So starting today, all of my purchases will be second-hand products.
The only things I will buy new are food, toiletries and medicines (for obvious safety reasons). Everything else will be purchased from op-shops, second-hand shops, garage sales, trade me etc. I will be posting regular updates about the fun and frustration of purchasing pre-loved goods and creating something from nothing. Right! Nothing New for 3 months, here goes!