Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Still A Non-Consumer at Heart

I've recently begun playing a game with myself wherein each day I inventory the clothes I'm wearing.

For instance, today I'm wearing

1) A shirt that once belonged to a friend of a friend
2) Jeans that once belonged to my sister
3) Shoes I found in a Freecycle bin in my dorm in London

The only things I've bought myself in this outfit are my socks, bra, and underwear.

This is not an infrequent occurrence. In fact, it's incredibly rare that I wear an entire outfit in which everything I wear I bought myself new.

This is my life. Two and a half years after I started a mad challenge to not buy anything new, my life has been transformed.

Today I went to Target to purchase some underwear. As I passed the racks of clothes, I thought, "Huh. That's a cute shirt."

And then I moved on.

I had come to purchase underwear. And that's all I wanted or needed to buy.

No impulse shirts. Or knick knacks. Or purses.

I didn't need that stuff. I didn't want it. I didn't want to waste time looking at it.

I just picked up my underwear, and got out of there.


Farmer's Daughter said...

I've found myself doing the same thing. Even putting something in a cart and then putting it back, since I didn't need it. I just can't stand the waste.

What I really hated about shopping for maternity clothes is that I truly do NEED them, and I hate feeling pressured that way into buying things. I just tried to get things that are durable, and I got a whole garbage bag full of clothes from a friend, so it wasn't so bad.

knutty knitter said...

Lets see -shirt- best friends mother, trousers - 7years and counting, jersey - friends husband, socks - sister in law, shoes 11 years and counting, singlet -sister, undies mine 2 years and counting.

yup definitely second hand. I think the last time I bought an outfit was my sisters wedding about three years back. On the other hand when I do buy something I usually get the best I can afford because it will last longer.

viv in nz

Cath@VWXYNot? said...

Sweater - Gap. Jeans - Gap. t-shirt - R&W. Shoes - Mountain Equipment Co-op. Socks and undies - The Bay.

I suck :(

(But I do like the Gap, and their jeans are the only ones I can find that fit me and don't cost $300).

Farmer's Daughter said...

Cath, don't feel bad, just keep them forever!

Jennie said...

Some of my clothes I've had so long I barely remember where they came from.