Post Consumerism

So we live in a world that has so much for those in the first world, and so little in other parts of the world. I’ve struggled with this a lot, the discrepancy that exists, and also the consumer based society that the first world lives in.

I’ve been doing a small part – by choosing to shop for my clothes solely in thrift and opportunity shops. I’ve been doing this now for the last three years, and not only have I saved a fortune, I’ve also funded a lot of worthwhile charity organisations in the process.

Where possible I have also sourced second hand furniture – choosing to only buy a mattress new in the last three years. Small tiny steps in trying to counter the consumerism, but it’s a start.

I needed new plates – after a few clumsy moments I’d decimated my plates, so I found a box full at a garage sale. The lady selling them was pleased I took them off her hands, I found some great plates in the box and now have enough to last me the next ten years (since I got my last place setting from a friend who was downsizing). New glasses? Bought them at the Church thrift shop near my part time library job. Fifty cents each and the best thing, when I have a clumsy moment, or my child accidentally drops one, it’s not the end of the world.

This year I’ve decided to look at up cycling as a new way of making more out of what I do own. So I’ve found an awesome website to review: http://www.upcyclethat.com/

Awesome ideas and things I can do!!!!

 

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2 thoughts on “Post Consumerism

  1. fibenton January 8, 2017 at 4:14 pm Reply

    Well done with the clothes! We are also trying to live a more minimalist life. It’s very liberating but I must confess we still buy new.

    • spicejac January 22, 2017 at 6:55 am Reply

      I think it’s harder to shop in thrift and op shops because you’re forced to go through racks to find things, but I often find new clothes with tags on, that people have bought without really thinking…. For me I also love the challenge……the thrill of the hunt so to speak…

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