You’d be forgiven for thinking that my challenge, if it’s anything like my blogging, stopped dead weeks (okay, months) ago.
But three months in, I’m still going strong.
One thing I’ve learned is that my Buy Nothing New challenge actually takes less discipline than keeping up a regular blog … But a few people seem to have liked the blog, so I’m going to get better at it, okay? Okay!
Part of the problem was there wasn’t much to say when, ahem, yep, I still haven’t bought anything new.
But I have learnt a few things in the process (besides the challenges of blogging), such as:
- most second hand clothing shops don’t actually have the funny whif of Salvation Army stores; and they do have lots of cool and quirky clothes and accessories (like my awesome bangle made out of mah jong pieces… which I actually didn’t even buy; my friend Lil did)
- staying out of the shops frees up lots of time for other exciting things. I really don’t know where I ever found the time I did to shop in the past!
- when buying presents, it pays to be organised. So far I’ve only had three birthday presents to buy this year (why is almost no-one born between January and March??). I really wanted my friends to unwrap amazing finds from second hand stores that would turn them into second-hand converts too - but all the first two recipients got was vouchers (for movies and spa treatments). I did a bit better for the third - a kind of amusing second-hand book. But I’m getting to grips with it now and have already planned for, bought and tucked away something very cool for BFF Sue’s 40th in September. (Learning fast!)
And the challenges? They keep rolling in, but have so far been easily overcome.
Like seeing a deal for clear shoe storage boxes - just the kind I’d been looking for for ages and may never see again! A quick email to my parents suggesting they’d make the perfect birthday present has hopefully solved that.
And thinking I really, really NEEDED a New Zealand riding jersey to wear on my Tour de France trip later in the year. I almost thought it could be a deal breaker. But my amazing friend Madeleine has saved the day by too kindly buying it for me as a belated birthday present from last year.
Obviously, the idea isn’t that I still get to have everything I want, but just get others to buy everything for me! But one of the wonderful things, is that I’m getting presents that I really, truly want or need, instead of gifts that will end up pushed to the back of a cupboard until they’re taken off to the Sallies in a few years time.
As the year ticks on, I expect the list of ‘things I want for Christmas’ is going to grow - but at least I’ll have a very big smile on xmas day!
P.s - thank you Michelle for making me blog today.