2014-01-27

A year without shopping



Six months ago I began searching my clothing consumer conscience.
You can read more about it (and my crowded wardrobe) here and here.
The soul searching reached its culmination this week, in the decision:
I am going to take a year off clothes shopping.

About 10 years ago, when I was broke and 80's style clothing began
its come back in fashion, I did a year without clothes shopping.
It didn't feel like a big decision then, more of a quiet protest on my part.
By the end of the year I was very proud of myself. I had saved lots
of money and my consumer behavior had changed radically.

Things are different now. I am not living the single student lifestyle
and most of all - I work in retail. My livelihood for the last
5 years has basically been riding on rampant consumerism...
It has obviously affected the way I live, think and shop
and I have noticed that I have become something of a hoarder.

At the same time I have always been interested in recycling.
Pre-owned, home-made and upcycled stuff makes me happy
 and with time I am becoming both more aware and more creative.
Looking at my over-stuffed closet and many stacks of fabric now
makes me frustrated and a little bit embarrassed.






My Rules:

1. During 2014 I will buy no clothes or fabric.
The only allowances are underwear and sandals for summer.

2. I will start with no shopping for 6 months.
In time for Cinnamon man's birthday I will make an assessment
and decide whether I will continue for the rest of the year.

3. I am going to shop my closet and fabric storage.
Between all the unused tops and dresses, and all the left-over fabric
I can probably make as many clothes as I would buy in a year.

4. I will get rid of some of the stuff I don't use
- throw out decade old clothes, upcycle, sell and donate.



I just learned today that a fellow blogger, Mindless Indulgence,
is having the same idea as me, so I was thinking
- maybe more of you would like to join in?






 





33 kommentarer:

  1. I think I'm jealous... I want to do a year without something... I would be cheating if I did a year without shopping because I don't buy clothes all that often. Most of the time my brother brings me things (weird, I know). I won't even suggest to go a year without buying books because that would be torture. Hm, I wonder, wonder, wonder...

    Well, for now, I can't wait to see what you shop (and remake) out of your closet!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. My youngest brother buys me many things, as well! It's not weird in the least for some ;)

      Radera
    2. I think it's wonderful that your brothers are taking such good care of you! My brother gave me his old espresso machine a few years ago and I love it, but other than that I only get things for my birthday.

      Radera
  2. This is a great idea, don't know if I'd be strong enough to do it but it is wonderful. I find myself CONSTANTLY decluttering, purging my spaces, yet they seem to fill back up again with junk I don't need! Oh and don't worry about thinking I was American, that was too funny lol! I went to Ireland with my mum a few years ago and everyone thought we were American, asking us which state we were from. Mind you I was in Florida in May and everyone thought we were from Minnesota based on our accents?! So weird!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. I think doing something like this requires some planning. One has to have thought about it for a while, can't just jump on the wagon. It all feel into place for me when I cleaned out my craft room and realized just how much fabric I just have lying around...

      Radera
  3. Such a scary idea! It would def cut down on the time I spend looking for clothes at the thrift shops. Maybe ... I'll join in (said tentatively).

    SvaraRadera
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    1. I haven't visited a thrift store in years and I kind of miss it. I'm thinking about doing some "thrift-storing" of my own on this blog in a few weeks :)

      Radera
  4. Very cool how we seem to have the same idea right at the same time! Obviously I'm joining in the "no shopping spree" although I aim for a shorter period of time. If it goes well, I might continue, but I never did such a challenge before!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Last time I did it I hardly thought twice about it actually. I hope it'll be the same this time. I have never been a recreational shopper, more of a bargain hunter, so I don't think I will miss it that much.

      Radera
  5. I am in the exact same boat as Magaly Guerrero-- I don't buy clothing often, and when I do get any, it's either from my mother or my youngest brother. However, I do buy fabric and books frequently, and my stash has recently been bulked up enough that I could potentially go till July without buying more fabric...
    However my notions pile is a bit scarce comparatively, and I'm not sure I have the will power to stop myself from buying more fabric while buying notions...

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Not everyone needs to have a year off shopping obviously, but I really do. Though, I have the feeling that your make-up collection resembles my dress collection..? :)

      Radera
  6. Jag inbillar mig att jag är väldigt ekonomisk och bara köper det jag behöver, ända tills jag ser ett par skor...Men nu är det så eländigt att jag inte ens kommer i mina stövlar på grund av att vaderna är för tjocka. Så nu jäklars ska jag gå ner i vikt och därmed shoppa i min egen garderob :) Jag hakar gärna på :)

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Trevligt!
      Jag anser egentligen också att jag är väldigt ekonomisk, eftersom jag bara köper billiga saker och att anledningen till att jag har så mycket är att jag aldrig slänger något - men jag tror inte att det är hela sanningen...

      Radera
  7. Seems like many of us are on the same wavelength this year. Are the planets in specific houses or shifts that is causing this need to scale back and simplify? Or maybe it's just the result from last year's trauma and changes? Who knows. For my experiment I'm not buying anything all year, including knitting and sewing supplies. I flip once a month for a treat and that's going to be something on the smaller side. I think I'll be concentrating on music instead of clothing. Maybe a nice bubble bath? Or another pair of jeans? But not more clothing.

    Good luck doll!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Thank you, professor :) I think it's just a reaction to the long economic dip the western world has suffered the last few years.

      ...though I have to ask... What is "another pair of jeans" if not more clothing..?

      Radera
  8. If nothing else, renting and having few possessions here makes me realize just how many clothes I have that I hardly wear anymore. But having a closet full of clothes also comes from a time in my life when I worked in a clothing boutique (and got everything at cost plus 10%)!

    Once everything comes out of storage, I plan on donating some more. And if I REALLY like the fabric in the clothes, then I want to start upcycling them. Pinterest has been a great inspiration these past few months - I hope you are going to post your upcycling creations! :o)

    SvaraRadera
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    1. I love Pinterest for upcycling inspiration! But I'm sure many of your pieces could find happy new homes among your blog friends too :)

      Radera
  9. I haven't bought any clothes for well over a year anyway because I've been too broke, but I am also in major decluttering mode at the moment. Husband, son, cat and I are hoping to move soon to something smaller so I'm busy downsizing and simplifying. :)

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Oh, I thought you were already moving or even moved by now. I remember you being busy with the move already in December. Is it hard to find a new place?

      Radera
    2. Yes, we've got a pretty specific location in mind, so we're still looking. We're getting organized so we can pounce the moment the right place comes up. :)

      Radera
  10. That's a kind decision to make. Not sure if many people could follow in your footsteps.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. I think it very much depends on what else you've got going on that particular year. I know last year I wasn't ready, but now I am :)

      Radera
  11. I don't often buy new clothes for myself, but when I do they're usually thrifted.
    I do have far too much 'organised clutter' though, which Amber and I are in the process of sorting through.

    Have a lovely day :)

    SvaraRadera
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    1. About half of what I buy is pre-owned and pretty cheap, I just have so much of it. I wish I could claim "organized clutter" like you, but not even close...

      Radera
  12. Åh vad roligt, jag började faktiskt med det där i November efter att jag läste en artikel om det :D jag blev så less på alla mina impulsköp som jag aldrig använder. Hittills har det gått bra förutom mina t-shirts köp på ebay för några veckor sen xD så svårt att hålla sig när man får sina klädcravings.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Att göra ett helt år är ett ställningstagande, en förändring av sitt liv och kräver planering. Jag köper inte ofta kläder och skulle lätt kunna gå några månader utan att handla, men att gå 1 år kräver att en organiserar, letar fram ur gömmorna, lagar etc.

      Men jag gör inte detta för att göra en miljöprotest eller för att få folk att skämmas - jag gör det endast för att jag personligen har alldeles för mycket!

      Radera
  13. Brilliant, my girls and I always love to buy secondhand clothes and they also dive in to our wardrobe and up-cycle things their dad and I wore in the eighties, I am not often tempted by too much retail except for books, vintage toys and art supplies, I hate the way so many 'fashion' shops just sell versions of the exact same clothing, tend to like handmade (my hubby and one of my daughters sew) and just printing stuff on T-shirts myself. Good luck on your quest, great way to save money too!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. It's been forever since I visited a thrift shop, I miss it when I think about it.

      How cool that your hubby actually sews. I've only ever met one other straight guy who sewed. He made historically accurate men's shirts.

      Radera
  14. I love your idea! ♡ I wish you luck with this adventure! I cleaned out my giant walk-in closet before moving, because we have single door, old fashioned closets, and I haven't bought clothes in a year! I need somethings new, but I hate how expensive it is and I have to admit that I don't really care about fashion. I admire the ladies they dress so artsy and don't look like they came from a store.

    Each month, I give my daughter a small budget for clothing. She does well shopping sales for new clothing, but because I like the vintage stores, she has grown to love second-hand hats, purses, scarves, and jewelry. She is the opposite in that she enjoys putting outfits together.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. You had a *giant* walk-in closet..? *Drooool* Well, good for you not buying any more clothes last year!

      Btw, how did you do that heart symbol? I'd love to know!

      Radera
    2. Oh, and I too admire 'artsy' looking folk and their unique clothing!

      Radera
  15. I'm totally with you! I have unworn clothes and a lot of fabric lying around. You've inspired me, and I won't shop in 2014 either. :)

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Very cool! Will we get to see some of your creations to?

      Radera

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