I’ve been thinking (which my near and dear relatives are always telling me to STOP doing, but…I can’t help it. Really, I can’t.)
First off: thrifting. The new eco-chic darling of the shopping and crafting set. All very well, but in order for you to have your fun, you’re mooching off of someone else’s consumerism. Is there a dichotomy here? And chances are, they donated that item because THEY went out and bought a new one. Or a new something. So…where’s the eco savings? But, if we’re truly trying to “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without” and then when that fails, find something new…?? I’m talking myself in circles here. So tell me: should I go get new pants for my kids at Target, or the thrift store? Because kids’ clothes in good repair, especially pants, are thin on the ground at the thrift stores 🙂 And…sewing them would require purchasing fabric. So what’s the difference between purchasing fabric and purchasing pants?
Second: Apparently, I’m a mooch too. All of the gifts I receive are nicer/more expensive than anything I would ever purchase for myself (with the exception of my beautiful piano, a shiny black Kawai upright- that’s paid for itself many times over, in lesson tutions) So really, where’s the virtue in “living simply?” Furniture: donated by parents when they got a new set, and the rest is from Freecycle. Kitchen table, a gift, along with half the chairs. Huge floor rug, left here by previous owners. Bookcase, freecycle. Coffee table, freecycle.
See? Moochy, moochy, moochy. BUT, knowing how kind my family is, I’d receive birthday and Christmas presents anyway. What thoughtful, wonderful people to gift us with things we use so often! Things like my grain mill, sewing machine, serger…they make life so much easier.
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