So far, the hardest thing that I have had to deal with is presents for others.
When the Geege and I decided to embark on the challenge, we decided that for birthdays and things we would *try* to buy second hand (or re-gift!). And if that wasn't possible for the particular person, we would *try* to buy handmade. And if that wasn't possible, we would *try* to buy ethically and environmentally. And if that wasn't possible, then we would go to one of the local shops and buy something Australian made.
It is pretty hard when you own a camping store, and you are really disorganised a lot of the time, not to just grab something from the store to give as a gift. My sister-in-law's birthday was a prime example and we broke the 'nothing new' challenge by getting her a piece of Icebreaker on the way to her birthday brunch (technically is it 'buying something new' when you steal it?).
I also bought a pair of school socks for Nugget. I tried to get him second hand ones from the clothing pool, but there just weren't any there. He was down a sock so we were rotating 2 pairs and with me going back to work an extra day as of this week, I felt that the purchase of another pair will save him having to wear dirty socks once a week. That seems reasonable? But I'm not sure if it is allowed.
Other than those little digressions from the path, all has gone well and after two months we are (mostly) sticking to the program. I have many questions such as:
- Are haircuts okay? (not style cuts but genuine get-this-hair-out-of-my-eyes cuts?
- What do I do about moisturiser? And skin cleansers? Are they luxuries or necessities?
- When my paper subscription runs out, can I renew? And if I don't, does that mean I can't buy a paper for the rest of the year?
- What is the deal with school uniforms? If we can't get stuff second hand, are we breaking the rules to get new things?
And as of this morning, inspired my by friend Tricia, I am starting my six items or less challenge. It is all about working out needs and wants. Living simply. Buying clothes that last. Reducing the angst of choosing your daily wardrobe. Minimalism. Anti-consumerism. All that good stuff that keeps me ticking, and will definitely help me buy nothing new for my wardrobe this month!
So I will be wearing the same six items of clothing for a whole month*! You can sign up too if you want? But you had better get in quick because today is the last day to enter (and bare with the website, it is somewhat temperamental!) I will share my wardrobe choices later this week and more about the challenge rules etc.
So tell me, if you are buying nothing new this year, how are you going? And if you know any good, online stores specialising in hand-made and recycled stuff for the purpose of gift shopping, please share!
*Undies, PJs, outerwear (like coats and rainjackets), accessories and workout clothes are excepted.
**For some reason my images are not showing today, so it is all about the text for this one!