Thursday, January 26, 2012


Gratuitous picture of the girls, because I hate to post sans photo.
When I posted about the red scoops, I kind of figured I'd get some eye rolls for feeling guilty about buying them.  Granted, the post was overly dramatic for a fifty cent transgression, but I did that to make a point.  So what's the point? 

As others guessed, it isn't about the fifty cents.  The No-Thing New project grew out of a discussion about saving money.  We are facing some financial uncertainty right now, so that definitely provided the spark, but there is much more to it than that. 

Let's remember something:  I am the woman with one hundred twenty three skirts.  A huge percentage of those skirts were bought at thrift stores for five dollars or less, but let's be's still an embarrassing abundance of skirts. 

I see addictive behavior in my shopping, and I want to change that.  It doesn't matter that it's mostly thrift shopping.  It doesn't matter that those skirts would have cost considerably more if I'd paid retail prices.  The sad fact is that each of them provided a temporary lift--the thrill of the hunt, the excitement of having something new--and I don't want to encourage that pattern anymore. 

An anonymous commenter said:
But is it really so bad to be addicted to the browsing if you do not overspend? Certainly there are worse things you can do that are relaxing and enjoyable...

Part of me wants to say, "Yeah!  That's right!  It's not like I'm gambling or ordering oodles of stuff from QVC or scoring crack in a back alley!"  But another part of me recognizes that if I'm constantly thinking about what I can get next, I'm not enjoying what I already have.

I hope this has made the reason for my "crusade" a bit more clear.  Please, if you have any questions, ask away!


Julie said...

I so understand what you are trying to do. It really isn't about 50 cent scoops its that we never know when enough is enough. Sometimes it take a drastic change for one to recognize we can change and do better. I think as Americans we just take for granted that we are surrounded by so much stuff all the time, that we don't have a healthy outlook about "things" or how we are gathering these items. I so agree that we don't even enjoy what we have! The "high" is always in obtaining more. Keep up the good work and soul searching:)

Sherry @ A Happy Valentine said...

I understand completely. I have worked hard to declutter my home and my life and I don't want to clutter it up again. I try not to bring home anything unless it will serve a real purpose or give me real pleasure. It doesn't matter if I paid money for the item or if it's given to me, I don't want it if it's going to just be clutter. Your red scoops serve a double purpose, they give you pleasure and they're useful, so you had to get them! Enjoy!

Anita said...

I do think I understand. I am realizing that about myself these past few months as well. Example: I love to ponder and plan my next knit or crochet project, then I buy the pattern and yarn for it. But I don't even start it because I immediately begin planning my next project. It is about the hunt, quest, purchase, fill in the excitement word for that moment.

It is awesome that you are working on you, I think we all can work on making ourselves better. A big pat on the back for recognizing and wanting to improve~ :D

Nai said...

Look up Dr Wayne Dyer he has some very helpful tips on changing you thoughts/habits in many of his books. You can also listen to his talks free on youtube for some inspiration.