OK…so each spring, when I get my taxes back, I treat myself to some new clothes. First off, I like new clothes. They make me feel good. New colors. New designs. It’s like a reflection of spring in my clothes. Or something. The process of trying them on, however, sucks. The process, the lighting, the overheating from the take it off, put it on, take it off, put it on of it all pretty much sucks. There’s also the nagging little voice at the back of my skull saying, “Did you REALLY just spend THAT much money on those FEW items?!?” Not that I shop at expensive places, we’re talking Target and Old Navy as my regular stomping grounds and a couple hundred dollars each spring. Even so, there is always a bit of buyers remorse.
Yesterday was different. My just-turned-16-year-old-daughter wanted to go shopping in Albuquerque with her friend as part of her birthday celebration. Our two stops would be Buffalo Exchange and one of the malls. So, I set the intention to keep an open mind in Buffalo Exchange and NOT just look at the t-shirts this time. Guess what I found? Ready? A dress, a skirt, a Beatles shirt, another shirt, another dress, a jacket, and a happy little place at the back of my skull saying, “WooHoo!!!”. Not only did I spend half of what I would normally spend in a regular store, but I also have the happiness of knowing that, in the process of getting myself some super cool new-to-me dudds, I am also helping to reduce my consumption of all the bad things it takes to produce any brand new item, while reusing an item that has it’s own little history. Triple score!
Now, I’m not saying that I will never again buy brand new items (in the interest of honestly, I did buy 3 new items at Old Navy yesterday…a pair of shorts, a pair of jeans and a super cute clearance PEACE sweater). I’m not there yet. However, I am very excited about the intention behind this new perspective I’m building!