I recently looked through all of my posts under this goal, and it’s kind of crazy. Every post talks about me taking literally garbage bags of clothes to my sister, and a couple of boxes of stuff to the thrift store.
I would have a difficult time telling you exactly what those things were. That tells you how important they were to me. Yet, were I to see them again, I would definitely recognise them, and likely miss those things, and feel a little tug that I got rid of them.
It’s HARD to get rid of things. I also buy things easily.
I feel really trapped in this cycle.
I’ve been getting bags of clothes together for my sister again. I’ve got some other stuff too.
I’m putting together another box of things that can go to the thrift store.
What’s so sad, is that I end up buying more things. It’s just habit. I go to the thrift store, and I find some art stuff, some books, maybe some Tupperware, and it’s a shopping bag full. I’ll do that a couple of times a month.
Going to the thrift store used to be a big fun outing with Mom when I was a kid. We didn’t have a lot of money, and it was almost the only source of “new” things. It was a big deal to get some clothes or toys or books.
I go to Winners, and find three or four items (not always clothes), no biggie, but I might do that twice a month.
It ends up being a fair amount of money (not more than I can afford but that’s not the point), considering that it’s mostly things I don’t really need. I guess it isn’t really a bargain if I didn’t need it.
It adds up!
I admire people who have nice things, but not too many things. People who don’t need to buy a lot of new things, even if they are cheap.
I guess I have gotten into the habit of always bargain hunting, and shopping as entertainment. I need to find something else to do that can replace “entertainment shopping”.