I found myself at a thrift store about a week ago, one that I haven’t visited in a long time. I really didn’t need anything, but since I was on that side of town, I decided to check it out. In the past, any good must be purchased, but now I apply my new shopping skills before buying anything. Here’s a little bit of what that looks like.
- Browse first, pick up later. I shop without picking up anything. I look for things I like, then once I’m done, I go back and get the things I remember. If it didn’t stick in my head, it’s not worth buying.
- Do I need this? This question doesn’t mean I can’t have it if I don’t need it. What it does mean is looking at the big picture. Why do I want it? How long will I use it? Will I even use it more than once of twice? What item will I get rid of to get this with my one for one model?
- Can I repurpose something I have, borrow or trade for this? Basically I’m asking, “Is there a better way?” Let’s take a tool for example. Do I have something that will do the same job? Could I borrow or rent this item? I look at all other options.
I did something a little different on this shopping trip. I took photos of everything I would have put in the cart or considered buying right away. Here’s the photos.
Things I didn’t buy.
This extremely well build patio coffee table would have come home with me. I don’t need, I would barely have space for it, but it was a screaming deal at $29.99. I still want it just looking at the photo of it. I love the modern style, and the way this was built, it could serve as a storm shelter.
Awesome cap, too tight for my head. Continue reading
I promised you dirty laundry, so here it is. There’s actually more of it, but this is my basket. My kids have one upstairs too. So why an I showing you this? I have no idea, other than it seemed like a fun title for this blog post.
I was thinking a few days ago how ridiculous it is that I have as many clothes as I do. I have a relatively small closet, at least considered small by Frisco standards. It’s a walk-in for skinny people. I thought, “What if I got rid of half of my clothing?” Helping my friend move back into her house, and helping her purge clothing from her son’s outgrown wardrobe, was the final push I needed to do this.
I decided to do it. Get rid of half of my clothes. Going into this, I had no idea if this would be easy or difficult. Will it feel like a sacrifice? Let’s see…
Let’s start with my closet. I have approximately 278 pieces of clothing in there, so I will need to purge 139 pieces. The first pass through the closet yielded 84 pieces of clothing. Not bad for a first pass, but still a pretty long way to go.
The second pass, which was a little bit difficult, yielded 28 pieces of clothing. This pass felt a little bit like a sacrifice, but when I thought about it, most of this is stuff I don’t wear anymore. This batch included my pair of mismatched shoes, as they’re too small and hurt my feet. Sad about those, but it makes sense to pass them on. These will go to the first person that asks for them (size 7.5), as the thrift store would pitch them in the trash thinking they need exact matches. Continue reading
This photograph was light painted for a gallery collection called “Excessable”, showing how we worship stuff, particularly name brand stuff.