I can’t believe I’m already a month into my 2018 shopping ban! This month has felt fast and slow all at once. And, the countdown clock I added to the site is a constant reminder that I’m doing a thing!
First, the good news – I didn’t buy anything I wasn’t allowed to! Huzzah! I didn’t expect to break the ban in the first month, it’s still a fresh and sparkly commitment. Still, it feels great to know I kept that commitment for 30 days. If I’m being honest, part of my brain was secretly convinced I’d just give up as soon as I was faced with any kind of an obstacle (oh me of little faith).
Based on all of the wonderful and supportive comments I received on the announcement post, I wanted to add some new categories to my shopping ban rules. I will also update my original shopping ban post, just so we’re all on the same page!
Emperor’s New Rules
- To be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
- The travel I have planned for this year is all for the wedding I am in (and, is therefore exempt from the ban).
- Will be allowed if I can afford them.
- Mr. TA and I don’t do gifts, so there’s no issue there. But, I do like to send flowers to my mom and grandma for their birthdays. As the eldest child in my family, I also take the responsibility of buying my mom Christmas presents. This is something I will be continuing during the ban.
- To be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
- This stuff obviously wouldn’t cost money, but it would potentially create clutter.
- Ex) magazines, free merch or swag.
- If I think I’ll use it, I’ll take it.
- We rent, so this doesn’t actually apply to us. But, I wanted to have it here in case anyone wondered.
Health and Fitness
- I’m planning on buying a gym membership through my work in March. A commitment to my health is something I’d like to work on this year. Purchasing this membership will be step one.
I Love Old Stuff (Aka The Vintage Temptation)
I’m still not sure how I’m going to structure these monthly updates moving forward. But, this month, I want to tell you a story.
Mr. TA and I went to a local second-hand charity store a couple of weeks ago to find some ski pants for him. I don’t ski – I like all of my limbs attached to my body, thank you very much. But Mr. TA loves it, so off to the store we went!
As soon as we walked into the store, I knew I was in trouble. Everything called out to me. The vintage hard sided luggage oozed of amazing adventures once taken. Old kitchen appliances harkened back to delicious meals shared among friends.
That’s when I realized it. I love old ‘stuff’. All of it. I love imagining the lives of the people who used to own these treasures. Each item is so full of history and stories – a time I’ll never be able to experience. It’s kind of hard to explain why, but that’s possibly the coolest thing ever in my opinion. For all of our technological advancements, we’ll still never know what it was truly like to live in a time other than the time we were born in. All we have left to give us a taste of decades past is all this old ‘stuff’. I should probably note at this point, that I have a degree in anthropology and archeology, so, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that this sort of thing fascinates me.
I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to buy anything while we were there, but that didn’t stop me from meandering through the aisles looking for unique curiosities. Mr. TA said, more than once, “Shopping ban!” Thanks for keeping me honest, mister.
There is just something about old, second-hand and vintage items that make them more desirable to me than new, sparkly, hot-off-the-production-line stuff.
Don’t believe me? My favourite clothing items are pieces I’ve inherited from past roommates and vintage gems I’ve scored from online second-hand retailers. All of my bedding is currently second-hand quilts and duvets (all thoroughly washed) – that I don’t plan on replacing anytime soon. Even my car and electronics are secondhand. Though, that’s more for cost and environmental sustainability reasons.
Bottom line, I love old stuff. And, as much as I can, I’ll continue to replace my stuff with second-hand items when the time comes.
So, no, I didn’t break my ban for some super awesome vintage item. But, I was thoroughly tempted. I expect to be tempted for the entire ban – so that’s not really a concern for me. If nothing else, this small trip to the second-hand store helped me clarify exactly why it is I love certain ‘things’. And, I think that’s ok. There’s nothing wrong with loving any kind of ‘stuff’. I’m a minimalist, not a soulless robot. Certain things move me – vintage, well-worn, beautiful curiosities are one of those things. I’m just going to have to keep my vintage lust under lock and key for the next 11 months. I’m 97% sure I can do it.
What would you like to see in my monthly shopping ban updates? Let me know in the comments! I’m open to suggestions at this point.
Image Credit: Tiny Ambitions