After only a few days into our 2014 resolution, I came across another item to add to our "exceptions list." Photo prints. Because I need tangible prints of my precious baby boy to hang on my walls and distribute to his adorers. This item is now listed on the exceptions to buying new for 2014.
I foresee some challenges for myself throughout this year of secondhandedness. First of all, I'm going to miss convenience shopping. When I want an item I'm not going to be able to go to the store to get it. This happens often when I see a craft I want to make or an outfit that I can put together with the addition of just a new piece of jewelry. Perhaps this year will help me catch up on all of the crafts that I have already started but not yet finished, and force me to dig through the back of the closet to recycle clothes that I've forgotten about.
Also, I'm not going to be able to sale shop. This is a big one for Andrew and I both, as we subscribe to clearance and sale website such as Zulilly, Amazon Deals, BustedTee and other "deal-of-the-day" websites that offer too good to pass up merchandise on the cheap. I always enjoy browsing the clearance aisles at Target and cleaning up on after holiday merchandise also. Perhaps all this extra "deal" and "sale/clearance" merchandise is simply unnecessary and better off not bought in the first place.
For those wondering…we always have and will continue to thoroughly clean all secondhand merchandise brought into our home. Sure this involves a little more work than buying new products, but that's what this mission is all about. We won't risk cleanliness and health for the sake of this project.
Well, like any other challenge, I'm sure there will be rewards for overcoming the challenge. We shall see what other challenges and rewards this year will bring...