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My First Official Post-Shopping Ban Purchase

February 12, 2019
The First Thing I Purchased Post-Shopping Ban _ Tiny Ambitions

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.

The First Thing I Purchased Post-Shopping Ban _ Tiny Ambitions

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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  • Dee February 25, 2019 at 11:58 am

    It’s so hard to find a decent pair of pajamas, isn’t it? I mostly sleep in my leggings and a t-shirt, but your pjs are so elegant and crisp.

    • tinyambitions February 25, 2019 at 3:27 pm

      Thanks, Dee! It was quite the challenge but worth it in the long run.

  • Shelby Lou Gatas February 22, 2019 at 9:35 am

    I’m pretty sure I would have a huge list if I was on a year-long shopping ban lol. But I love your pjs! I really appreciate how picky you were and completely agree with your need for natural fabric. I am working on purchasing more intentionally in all areas, but especially clothing… which is difficult being a plus size and living in a four-season climate. I do absolutely avoid rayon and viscose though, icky fast fashion that wears out in a few months. I am starting to look at my Spring/Summer clothing to decide what I need, I’m thinking I need a new dress for work and maybe one new casual cotton one for weekends. Thank you for the inspiration!

  • joelleharris February 18, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    what a great find, your patience and thoughtfulness paid off!

    • tinyambitions February 18, 2019 at 2:02 pm

      Thanks, Joelle! I think it really did!

  • Abigail @ipickuppennies.net February 18, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    I don’t know that I’d have any specific in mind after a year, but perhaps I’m sure I’d discover something along the way. Right now I’m fluctuating sizes (in a good way — weight loss) so a shopping ban isn’t in my future. But I am trying to get most of my “new” clothes from thrift stores. Good for me and the environment.

    As for PJs, I’m in my flannel ones as we speak (one of the benefits of working from home), and I love them. They’re not natural fabric of anything, but they’re cute and cozy, which makes me happy.

    • tinyambitions February 18, 2019 at 1:32 pm

      That’s great, Abigail! And I agree, shopping second hand is a great way to help your wallet and the environment. I used to work from home and lived in my yoga pants all day – I miss that more than anything!

  • Sarah February 13, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    I love how thoughtful you were about that first purchase back, and am even more impressed you found the perfect pair of PJ’s to check off all those boxes. I am not at all a PJ person, I wear one of the bf’s old tshirts and a pair of boy short underwear to sleep in but clothing in all other aspects is a problem for me!

    • tinyambitions February 13, 2019 at 7:49 pm

      I definitely lucked out! I didn’t think I’d find something to tick off all those boxes. I’ll be the first to admit though it would much more difficult to apply this same process to every clothing purchase!

  • The Luxe Strategist February 13, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    What a great find, Britt! I went to the site hoping there’d be another pair. It’s pretty cool to know you’re one of the few that own something.

    • tinyambitions February 13, 2019 at 12:38 pm

      Thanks, Luxe! They’ve moved most of their inventory to their Instagram account, but I think the PJs were a one off. The unique factor is definitely a selling feature!

  • Lisa February 12, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    Hey Britt! How exciting that you have made your first post-ban purchase, and what a great one! The PJs sound perfect in every way and it’s incredible that you were able to meet all your criteria. They are super cute and such a classic style. I’ve noticed in many of your wardrobe-related posts that buying Canadian-made is important to you, and I really admire that. I would imagine it’s more expensive and not always easy to find (here it’s expensive and quite hard to find Australian-made clothing), but what a great choice in terms of sustainability, ethical production, quality and supporting the local economy!

    As for my wishlist for the year – now you’ve really got me thinking. I feel a bit off shopping at the moment but I actually desperately want a good pair of shoes. My pair of adorable and super comfy secondhand ($5!!) loafers fell apart last year after lots and lots of wear. One of the few pairs of shoes I’ve owned that didn’t hurt my feet and back. Once I find a full-time job, I want to treat myself to a really nice pair of supportive, good-quality shoes.

    Exciting that you’ll be doing some travel this year, by the way! I hope you might share your adventures with us? 🙂

    • tinyambitions February 13, 2019 at 7:12 am

      Thanks, Lisa! Finding Canadian isn’t as tricky as it sounds. We used to make so much clothing in Canada, so our secondhand and vintage stores actually have a pretty decent selection. You just have to be willing to like the more vintage kind of style. I hope you find a perfect pair of shoes for yourself! My Chelsea Boots need to be replaced but I’m not quite ready to pull the trigger yet.

      As for travel – I’ll definitely share my adventures here!!

      • Lisa February 13, 2019 at 7:43 pm

        That’s great that you can find Canadian-made things relatively easily! If only it was that way here!! Yay – so glad we will get to hear about your travels. 🙂

  • Moriah Joy February 12, 2019 at 11:36 am

    Those are so cute! They look like the perfect way to hop off your ban!

    • Britt February 12, 2019 at 12:02 pm

      Thanks, Moriah! I really love them.

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