When the clock was winding down on my year-long shopping ban, everyone was asking me the same thing – are you itching to buy anything?
My honest answer every time was, ‘No’. I really didn’t have anything specific in mind to buy when my ban ended. I didn’t feel like I needed anything.
So, you can imagine my surprise when I made my first official off-ban purchase just a couple of days after my ban ended. The item in question? Some ‘new’ pyjamas.
I’m not ashamed to admit I’ve been wearing a pair of fast fashion sleeping shorts for years now. I purchased them in my pre-minimalist days and for some reason had never chosen to part with them.
Being that they were five-ish years olf, they recently started to show their age. The elastic in the material (not the waist) had completely let go and I felt like I was wearing bloomers.
It takes a lot for me to add a new piece to my wardrobe but I decided it was finally time. Given my aversion to buying ‘new’ clothes (honestly, I can’t do it anymore), and my love of old stuff, I fired up my favourite second-hand sites and started digging.
The PJ Criteria
Since I was buying a new piece, I wanted to be picky and get something that I knew I’d be able to wear for years.
My criteria included:
- matching set (top and bottom)
- natural fabric
- second hand or vintage
- located in Canada/Canadian seller
- made in Canada
- under $100
I knew the first four would be fairly easy to meet. It was the ‘Made in Canada’ and within my budget that was going to be tricky.
Luckily for me, Shop NORRÉ, a vintage Etsy shop in Canada had an amazing set of Lyocell/Viscose pj’s that just happened to be made in Canada. (They also have an amazing Instagram account where they also sell vintage finds).
I had seriously hit the jackpot! A couple of clicks and two weeks later, my thrifted find showed up in my mailbox.
PJ’s of My Dreams
I am not exaggerating when I say that I love these pyjamas. They are both cool and cosy, well-made and I love that they are a semi-natural blend. Being made in Canada is the cherry on top.
I’ve never owned a matching set of PJs I can wear year-round (my flannel owl print onesie isn’t really going to cut it in the summer). This might be putting a lot of pressure on my new striped dream, but I feel like it’s really simplified my night time routine.
I know exactly what I have to wear and I know it fits. Maybe I’m losing it, but I also feel like I’ve been sleeping better thanks to the temperature regulating properties of the more natural fabric.
I’m ecstatic with my purchase – even though I do prefer to shop online, I always hold my breath until I receive the item and all is well.
Back on the Shopping Wagon
I’m happy that my first official purchase since coming off my ban was a success! Other things on my wishlist this year that I hope to buy include a pair of grey wool trousers for work, a pair of Chelsea boots for when I don’t want o wear ballet flats or heels and an anti-theft travel backpack for some travel we have planned this year.
What’s on your wishlist this year? Do you think you’d have a long list of things you’d want to buy if you did a shopping ban?
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