The author has taken this challenge for herself, and invited others to join her:
I absolutely love this idea. There are many reasons it appeals to me, besides the obvious green and anti-corporate, anti-materialism schtick.
- I already absolutely despise going shopping. I'm seriously bad at it and totally insecure about anything I purchase if Nick isn't there to reassure me. (He has very good taste.)
- Despite hating to shop, I do love thrifting. There is something very exciting about finding something old that someone else cast aside that I find useful or pretty. I've loved it since middle school, thanks to my amazing friend Ruth.
- I love resourcefulness. I'm more MacGruber than MacGyver, but I like to think my developing handmade skills are helping to sharpen the resourceful, how-else-could-this-be-used part of my brain.
Still, I'm not ready to jump on board just yet. Here is my list of reasons (excuses) why not:
- Thrifting involves time hunting, which I don't mind, it's just that we are a one-car family. Believe me, if I had the means, I would love to spend some of my days off from work scavenging old smelly stores like a hyena.
- I'm seriously considering returning to full-time gainful employment in the near future. This would definitely involve purchasing some clothes slightly more professional than my cheap stretchy jeans and collection of worn-out threadless t-shirts.
- I'm still very unfamiliar with my post-baby body. Yeah, I'm not 40 lbs over weight or anything, but still, whose body is this? I got rid of all the old body's clothes, yet I still don't know how to dress this one. Sometimes it helps to just buy the new body some cheap Target clothes to make it feel better. And I'm still not a good enough seamstress to completely make my own wardrobe.
So there you go. Really pretty anti-climactic to share this idea with you that I don't even have the b@#*s to try myself. But it's still a very interesting idea, and maybe one day soon when my excuses run out, I will be ready to give it a try.
(also, don't worry, I think she excuses buying new undies.)