A few weeks ago I was adding a new shirt (or three) to my closet and realized that I had no hangers. As in they were all full. I have always tried to empty out a trash bag full of stuff to donate several times a year to create more space, give me the necessary empty hangers, and allow me to continue buying. But this time I didn’t have anything to get rid of. I actually wear most everything in my closet which left me no empty hangers. I resorted to laying my new things across the top shelf until I could buy a new pack of hangers. But I never got around to it. Some tiny little thing inside kind of felt sick about buying even more hangers to fill my already stuffed closet.
I was chatting with Leah a few weeks ago who decided in September to forgo buying any clothes for a year unless it was with a gift card or from a thrift store. Whoah! Yikes! Seriously?! A whole year? That’s impressive. And you’ve already made it three months? There’s no way I —
—Fast forward a few weeks and you guessed it, I’m taking the challenge. One entire year, starting January 1, 2012 ending December 31, 2012, with no new clothes shopping unless it’s with a gift card or from a thrift shop. Seeing that I don’t have the gift Leah has of finding amazing deals at thrift shops, I’m likely stuck with my two gift cards from Christmas for the entire year. $25 at Kohl’s and $25 at Marshall’s. I’m planning to hoard them for a few months because my only chance at more gift cards is 11.5 months away ;) I spent the last two weeks ruminating on this challenge, wondering whether it was worth it. I mean, I don’t shop that much anyway, right? I’m pretty thrifty, too. And never go into debt over it. What real difference would it make? After realizing how many excuses I was creating, I had my answer. So my challenge began today. And I didn’t even do a last minute shopping trip yesterday. I must celebrate the small victories :)
I should mention one really important disclaimer: If you check my twitter bio, you’ll see I’ve been on the search for the perfect pair of jeans pretty much my whole life. If I do find them, they’re mine – gift card or not :)