Last week, the wallet that I’ve had for years finally gave out. The zipper that holds it shut broke, and my options were to either get a new wallet, or to start holding my wallet shut with a rubber band. I opted for a new wallet. So for the first time since last spring, I headed to my favorite thrift store with the intention of shopping rather than donating stuff. Within about five minutes I found four wallets that I liked, and actually had a hard time deciding which one I wanted. I ended up with a beautiful new wallet without a scratch on it – it looked like it had never been used. I got it for three dollars.
I didn’t buy anything else. I didn’t even look at the clothing section. I haven’t bought any clothes since April (well, I did buy some new socks last week, as I finally had to ditch a bunch of threadbare socks that were well past their prime), and I find that I’m no longer drawn to the clothing section in the thrift store at all. I’m sure that once my current wardrobe – which is about half the size it was six months ago – starts to get worn out, I’ll have fun shopping for replacement items. But perusing the used clothing area is no longer something that I do just for fun.
I’m now on a mission to find new (to us) winter boots for our son. Last year’s pair came from a thrift store for just a few dollars, and I’m hoping to repeat that with this year’s size. I looked when I was there last week, but there weren’t any boots in his size. So I’ll check whenever I’m in town, and I’m sure that I’ll find him a pair before sledding season kicks into high gear.
Going shopping definitely works better for me if I know exactly what I’m looking for, and keep reminding myself how much I dislike clutter. My husband and son were with me at Goodwill during my wallet hunt, so we did leave with a couple other things: a Tonka helicopter and a mini version of a little red wagon. In addition, there was a plastic monkey head that our son loved, so it ended up coming home with us too, as did a red dodge ball for the back yard. Obviously my guys hung out in the toy section while I was wallet shopping…
I used to buy toys periodically at thrift stores, but since I haven’t been shopping in months, he hasn’t had many new toys lately. We did go to a neighbor’s garage sale in July and he got some stuff there, but for the most part, he’s been having fun riding his tricycle and playing in his sandbox. So I don’t mind bringing home some new toys, but I did take four old toys when we got home and put them in the donation box. Although I’m not purging stuff at the rate I was in the summer, I also don’t want clutter to start creeping back in again – and it will if we’re not careful!