Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Buy Nothing New Month - I did it!!!
As you may well know throughout October I participated in Buy Nothing New Month, a great initiative brought about to bring awareness to the environmental, social and financial impact our shopping choices have on us and the world. At the start of the month I wasn't sure I could do it, especially with the line of work that I do, but as the weeks went by so did my desire to shop for "fast fashion". Reading To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing Out The World by Lucy Siegle a few months ago had already turned me into a more conscientious shopper (its a book I highly recommend for anyone with even a slight shopping addiction), but participating in BNNM has changed me and my habits for life. You simply don't need all the crap you buy and I'm proud as punch to tell you that this month I only bought three things! Yep three.
In the photo above you can see the awesome retro jug I bought at a local Redfern vintage store for $1 which Henry and I are going to use for our fresh home made lemonade on those long hot Summer days We were actually on the look out for the perfect lemonade jug when we found it so it was a total score! I included in the photo the skirt from this post that I dyed black this month to give it a new lease of life in my wardrobe as part of BNNM. The British flag bag was a purchase from the Salvos for $3.50 which was too good a bargain to pass up. Below is the final BNNM purchase I made, the brown retro phone was from Surry Hills markets for $25 and again we were on the look out for something just like it when we stumbled across it. October was the month for our appliances dying it seems, first to go was our long struggling cordless home phone, then came Henry's computer which actually blew up in a ball of flames and more recently our TV has taken to not turning on or turning itself off randomly. The only urgent replacement was our home phone which we need to be able to talk to family back home in Melbourne (our family aren't tech savvy enough for skype) and for those annoying calls you have to make to power/gas/isp companies every now and then. My grand total shopping spend for October was $29.50, an amazing result even if I do say so myself.
GIVE AWAY In the spirit of Buy Nothing New Month I'm going to give away my copy of Lucy Siegle's book To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing Out The World to one lucky reader to help spread the message of ethical, sustainable fashion. To WIN simply comment on this post with a story of your best ever opshop/market/second hand/vintage buy and the best comment wins. Comp closes Monday 7th Nov 5pm AEST and is open to anyone in the world. Good luck and hopefully I'll see more of you participating in Buy Nothing New Month next year xoxo
Competition now CLOSED. Congratulations Kathrynoh xxx