Shopping….. um….. yeah.
It’s almost the end of February, and people are starting to catch on to the whole Compact thing.
- Hey Kayla, what kind of frugal food are you eating today?
- Hey Kayla, I found this paper clip on the floor. Do you want it? (Um, yeah!)
- Kayla would love to come to your wedding, but it’s three hours away so she’d have to put gas in her car.
- Wait, so you can’t buy anything new for a year? How do you like, shower?!
- Oooo… you’re ordering food after work! Isn’t that like, illegal for you?
The Compact is actually going quite wonderfully, thank you for asking. I have yet to buy something even a little off with the exception of my “business expenses” of about $50 purchased in late January. I even had a successful trip to the mall last week!
Spencer’s mom got me a new outfit for my birthday at the end of January, but it didn’t fit. (Thank you for thinking I was that small) So I went to the mall to exchange it and they didn’t have it in my size. I could find absolutely nothing else that I wanted. When did everything get so expensive? Or when did quality fall so hard? At one point I tried on a sweater and stood in front of the mirror, imagining it unraveled as a hat. That’s when I knew it was time to go.
Buying Goodwill sweaters and unraveling them for yarn is one thing, Kayla, but a Ruff Hewn sweater purchased new is a little much, don’t you think?
I think shopping second hand has made me into a bit of a clothing snob. I only buy name-brand jeans. Very little acrylic in my sweaters. No polyester in my T-shirts. Only leather belts. Etc. So when I go to a place where I can buy a polyester blend cardigan for $45, I find it a total waste of money.
Please don’t feel sorry for me because I have second-hand clothes. You’re the ones missing out, people.
I did do some “shopping” on Anthropolgie’s website and was pleasantly surprised to find lots of Compact-crafty inspirations. I love that store, how everything looks thrifted. I’m working on a red floral headband right now, actually. Free pattern Friday to follow?
I have a very exciting week coming up!
Tuesday and Wednesday this week is Iowa State University’s Live Green Symposium! I’m going to a lecture by Yvon Chouinard, founder and owner of Patagonia, which is free for students. And, on Wednesday, I will be featured on one of my favorite blogs. More on that later… get excited!
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