The 365 Day Non-Consumption Challenge

I have challenged myself to go 365 days (started on Aug 1, 2011) without purchasing new, off-the-shelf items.

What does that mean?Lets say I need to buy a new backpack for my daughter for school...I have to find that backpack in some way (thrift, friend, etc.) that doesn't require me buying a brand new, never before used item. Essentially I want everything I purchase to be giving me their "second life".

#1 The environmental impact used to produce, ship and package new items while perfectly good ones sit in consignment stores, thrift stores and basements.
#2 To challenge the idea that status=belongings. To rethink the phrase "He who dies with the most toys wins" and prove (even if just to myself) that I am the sum of my actions, not my belongings.

So NO buying items brand new for 365 days.
(p.s. I am not a martyr so exclusions will apply to things like runners, undies, etc. to make this realistic it has to be recycled TP) see "ground rules" post below for more details.

Stay tuned...

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Your trash is another persons treasure!!!

So how much money have you made off facebook?

No, No...that isn't a typo, and I'm not talking about ads either...I'm talking about SWAP AND BUY!!!!

This may be my favorite invention, you see it is a facebook group in your neighborhood of people who are selling their used stuff and buying your used stuff!!! AWSOME!

Let me give you an example...

Kids Burberry Trench on my local swap and buy for $50!!!
And yes I will be buying it later today :)

But on a even better note I will be buying it with the $50 I MADE SELLING MY STUFF on swap and buy!!!

And because I genuinly believe the universe sets things up I am going to follow this post with one I had composed a while ago but didn't publish for fear of criticism...but I think this post proves me right!!!

Stay tuned...

Enjoy your day,

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