Okay, enough of that. On to the topic of today's post...
At Stitch+Bitch on Monday night a friend was asking whether we knew anyone taking the Buy Nothing for a Year pledge. I don't think I know anyone personally who is, but it really got me thinking. This is the year that I want to drastically pay down my student loans, and I've been fiddling with budget numbers to try to see how I could make that happen. I also made a New Year's Resolution to cook & eat much more of our food from the CSA and the garden (which will be challenging in this awful drought). Then there's the impact of overconsumption on the environment, labor and pollution problems from garment manufacturing... you know all this.
To get right to the point, I'm not going to buy any new clothes or shoes this year. I sure as heck don't need any! You ought to see my closet, it's ridiculous. I will make occasional allowances for thrifted or maybe even consigned clothing, and perhaps once in a while a hand-made thing from a wonderful local maker like this one, but the Banana Republic is going to have to survive the consumer slowdown without me.
I'm going to be leaning on y'all for support! I just signed up for the next round of Wardrobe Refashion (sign-ups through February 15th!) -- and I went for the Big Mama 6-month pledge. That will get me through the summer, and then I'll have to re-up for another round to get through the year (or fling myself into an H&M waving my credit card and begging for mercy).
This is going to be tough, because I really really want an Obama T-shirt, but I guess I'll just have to make one of my own.
I, fawn pea, pledge that I shall abstain from the purchase of "new" manufactured items of clothing, for the period of 6 months. I pledge that i shall refashion, renovate, recycle preloved items for myself with my own hands in fabric, yarn or other medium for the term of my contract. I pledge that I will share the love and post a photo of my refashioned, renovoated, recylcled, crafted or created item of clothing on the Wardrobe Refashion blog, so that others may share the joy that thy thriftyness brings! Signed, fawn pea.