|Gratuitous picture of the girls, because I hate to post sans photo.|
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 honest...it'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!