I made a big proclamation a few weeks ago (to Mr. G) and almost immediately regretted it. I said that I was going to do a little eco experiment and not buy any new clothes for myself or the kids this fall. I had just read an article in Real Simple Magazine about how un-environmentally friendly the fashion industry is. And I had also just made a big trip to the new kids consignment store. I was feeling all earth mama superheroey. Proclimationey. And also too broke to shop retail, so you know. Safe.
But then all the back-to-school sales started happening. And I realized that I need a new bra, some new brown shoes, and a pair of jeans. I started to waiver. And then I remembered I have no. freakin. money. Suddenly I was on board again.
I’m still going to buy a new bra. Just in case you’re freaking out about consignment and undergarment being uttered in the same blog post. There will be no used underthings. Or shoes. I’m going to have to buy some new brown shoes.
But I am happy to report that yesterday, on a whim, I decided to go to St. Vinnies and look for a pair of jeans. I came home with 4 pairs, including some Tommy Hilfigers. They all look brand new and they were about $5 each. Woo! I also found 4 complete outfits for Sweet Will, two pairs of pants for Sweet Pea, and the “best treasure ever” according to Sweet Pea, a new bike for her. It is pink and purple with shiny hearts all over it. It has training wheels and a rearview mirror and she thinks it rocks out. It was $20. It is going to live in the mountains because we discovered this weekend that the mountains are an excellent place to ride your bike.
I’m feeling like an excellent bargain hunter today. Good thing too. Because gas and groceries are bleeding us dry. Le sigh.