I had a little bit of a wobble last Saturday, when I felt an overwhelming urge to visit the charity shops. It’s what I used to do every weekend, so it’s a difficult habit to break. Plus, I was donating some stuff, so I had to go into one of them anyway. In the end I managed to resist by 1. channelling my Saturday afternoon ennui into some good old fashioned exercise in the shape of a long cycle ride and 2. buying a ball of yarn for 50p in the charity shop where I donated. Yarn is not covered by the ban, so it’s ok.
It has been good for me though, I have saved a bit of money, it’s not much, but it all adds up. I’ve had a really busy month August socially, and have managed (just) not to go overdrawn. Dave and I have also been able to buy some new art for our bedroom, which makes me happy every morning. But the biggest difference has been time. Time that I would otherwise have spent trawling the shops is used for crafting, which is evidenced by the fact that I finally have added some more stuff to the etsy shop after months of complete silence. And I have got round to fixing most of my ‘mending’ pile of clothes. The challenge will be to keep this going once I’m thrifting again. It’s also been good for my wardrobe space, because while I haven’t bought anything new, I have persisted with donating something ever couple of weeks, and I’m now (almost) at the stage where I have free hangers.
One problem is that I obviously have a deeper seated desire for consumption than I thought and have been channelling this away from second-hand clothes into much much more expensive things. I haven’t actually bought anything yet, but I will be getting a new ipod at Christmas (I do actually need it, honest!), and am seriously considering a new phone and camera too. Not particularly helpful. I have also started planning what I will be buying on the day when I go into the high street shops in January. I am thinking I will focus on updating my work wardrobe, and by the time that comes round, I’ll have a proper shortlist of items. But that’s another story!
Have a lovely weekend all!