Well – this is an experiment at first – for the rest of the year.
1) I am not to buy anything NEW unless essential e.g. underwear, food, drinks etc.
2) If I DO buy something new (ie: if I lose my nose-stud for example) then I have to donate at least 2 items to a charity shop
3) I can buy a new item as a present IF it’s handmade
4) I must post photos and details about all my second hand goodness
5) I can buy second hand goods from charity shops, vintage shops, car boot sales, jumble sales, ebay and from friends
Simple enough? I think so. I mostly buy second hand anyway – it’s just getting into the habit of doing it.
I’m not doing this as some sort of ‘this is my green life’ or anything like that. It’s just a way for me to document my second hand buys – I absolutely love thrift shopping. There is something intrinsically joyous about finding a bargain at a car boot sale, or in a charity shop and KNOWING that other people can’t just go out and buy the same thing straight away.
Or, I love knowing that I’m looking for something (generally a book) and searching everywhere for that elusive second hand bargain. I remember when I was at the book market on the South Bank with a friend of mine, and I said to her ‘I could really do with finding a great book about cemeteries’ (I photograph cemeteries – http://www.londonnecropolis.com) and straight away I found one 🙂 Currently I’m looking for a used copy of “The Forgotten Garden” by Kate Morton. I really enjoyed “The House at Riverton”, but I refuse to pay ridiculous prices for new books. I know that the authors must be paid but I just can’t afford it at the moment and I’ve always bought second hand books.
So there you go … the start of my quest to live the second-hand life.