As I am sat here typing this, I am starting to wonder why on earth I have decided to do this! 'What have you decided, Carly?' I hear you all cry. Well basically I have decided to give up buying 'new' clothes for a year. This means no shopping on the high street, online or on ebay, for a whole year, and anything I do buy has to come from a charity shop. Crazy? Yes. Difficult? Most definitely yes! Possible? I reckon so.
I made the decision to do this on a bit of a whim whilst out (you guessed it) shopping with my mum! I know I shop too much, and whilst I am not crazy enough to have racked up massive credit card bills due to my shopping habit, I am always a bit skint at the end of the month, and can normally name at least 2 or 3 items of clothing I could have done without, and without which I could most likely have afforded more than just rice cakes to get me to the next pay cheque.
So why have I decided to do this? Well there are a few reasons really:
1. Money saving (see above!)
2. Not wasting things. I have so many clothes I have bought and never worn, or only worn once, and it is a little bit ridiculous! And don't even get me started on my shoes! I must own at least 5 pairs of shoes which don't actually fit, but that for some reason I insisted on buying and keeping, because if I wait long enough, my feet WILL shrink and fit into them!
3. What money I do spend will be going to Charity shops, which has got to be a good thing right? And it will make me feel better, and will give me something to grasp onto next time I have to walk past New Look without going in and buying that new dress.
4. I will have to be more creative with what I wear. I will hopefully come up with new combinations of clothes, and start what I hope will become habit in the future...not rushing straight to the nearest shop just because I don't want to be photographed in the same outfit twice! And yes, I completely realise that no one else cares one bit if I do wear the same thing twice, and it is a ridiculous obsession that us women have because we spend too much time watching 'Sex and the City'! So I want to break this habit now!
5. It will be a challenge. And I do love a good challenge.
My original plan was to not buy anything for a month? But what's the point in that?! Yes I may have more money at the end of January, but come February, I would be back in my usual conundrum. And as one of those people who doesn't like to do anything by halves, a year seemed like the next step up!
Now, I do have a few exceptions to the 'Charity shop only', which I think are fair enough:
- Underwear can be bought new. I will try to make do with what I have, but should I need new underwear, I don't really fancy wearing other people's cast offs!
- Same with tights!
- Black shoes for work. I have 2 pairs, and am quite happy to get them repaired if possible, but if they do need replacing, there is not a lot I can do. However, will try wearing flats to and from work to try and minimise wear and tear on them.
- Dancing shoes. I tend not to buy more than one pair of these a year anyway, but again, they need to be good quality and fit me right, so new is a must.
So that's it really. And what you people bored enough to have clicked on my link are reading is a blog of my year of no shopping. Why a blog? Firstly, I have always wanted to write a blog, but have never had anything interesting to blog about before (whether this classes as an interesting thing to blog about can be debated below!) I'm pretty sure there will probably be a few people out there who also have a slightly unhealthy shopping habit, so this may make a few other people think about working with what they already have (if I am successful that is and don't end up going on a mad shopping spree by the end of next week). I will just write the occasional blog to say how it's going, particularly if I have thought of any resourceful ways to use my old clothes, or to vent frustration, especially at times when I would ordinarily buy new clothes, like my birthday in 3 weeks (hint hint!!). Am also most definitely up for trying some 'shwopping' for things like balls and nights out, think that would actually be as fun as shopping without costing a penny!
Wish me luck!