Just a drive-by post today. Yes, it’s still raining and cold. Bleh. I’m going up to my studio to play. Can’t walk. Can’t garden. Good excuse to work on the next sewing project.
Meanwhile, I came across this article by Miss Minimalist discussing some of the ideas in my post from a short while back. Who knew I was actually a minimalist? In some ways, perhaps. Not in others. I get to pick and choose! Just because I can.
On the other hand, this post from the Slapdash Sewist on gave me much pause for thought. She says, “Convincing people to buy fewer but better clothes has almost nothing to do with money. It has to do with entertainment.” That is a concept that I just don’t get – unless we’re talking about shopping in a yarn, fabric, grocery, hardware or other store that sells Stuff to Make Stuff. Otherwise, I dislike shopping intensely. It’s impossible to find exactly what I want and I hate settling for not-quite-good enough instead. I am not entertained.
Maybe it’s because I’m from a different generation? I was born before the malls. I actually remember when the first one in my city was built. I was 8 years old and it wasn’t even an indoor mall then. They covered it over later. Teens did not hang out in flocks there. The only place there where you would have found many of them was in the public library branch. (I spent quite a lot of time in there myself.) Also, I live in a city with sidewalks and public transit. There are lots of other things to do besides buying stuff I don’t need with money I don’t have. Even though I can walk to that mall or downtown where there are several more malls, the shops are all the same with nothing I really want or need in them. I’m such a lousy consumer! Guess I’m not their Target Market, huh?
Except for books. We won’t go there, ‘kay? I’m on a book-buying diet right now while we try to live on our savings until OAS and pensions kick in. Besides, I’m running out of shelf space. Something has to go before anything else comes in.
Off to repair T-Man’s dressing gown. I made it so long ago that I can’t remember how old it is. Needs new belt loops but otherwise it’s holding up pretty well. Make do and mend, right?