World Book Day! – the second hand version

This is the day that I walk my son to school and pass an eclectic group of literary characters. A few common characters we see on our way to school are Where’s Wally, Harry Potter (or various other Hogwarts pupils), Matilda, a multitude of superheroes and the list goes on.

It turns out, this is the day to put on a costume if you are a young boy or girl of primary school age living in the UK; or a teacher of these children. Halloween appears to come a rather distant second to World Book Day.

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And although I sometime wish the fun and excitement of dressing up for Halloween here in London was as big as back home, I am so on board with this day!

The World Book Day Ltd charity has the aim of “advancing the education of the public particularly by assisting in the promotion of reading amongst children, and particularly by promoting world book day…or any other such event the purpose of which is to promote and encourage reading among children and young people.”

Today I didn’t dress up, although I have started to give serious thought to what I might dress up as next year. What I am doing is sending my eldest to school with a copy of his current favourite book (Book 1 of the Magic Tree House series), as requested by his school and heading off to my nearest Oxfam Bookshop in Balham with my youngest son. Any excuse to do some charity shopping. We are going to take our time browsing the shelves and see what treasures can be found. We might even stop to read one or two books together in the shop.

I love a good second hand bookshop and even the not so good ones, if there is such a thing. I love stumbling upon old copies of books that can be hard to track down on the shelves of a high street bookseller. And picking them up while giving to charity is a big bonus.

A love of reading was passed down to me by my parents, particularly by my mum. To this day, she is one of the most voracious readers I have ever known. Not only does she try reading anything, and I mean anything, she has spent a good portion of her life in libraries and bookshops, especially the second hand variety. She has also spent the last two decades giving her time and energy to a charity that supports the local library in my hometown. I suppose I am hoping to continue to pass an enjoyment of reading on to my own boys.

Happy treasure hunting (for books) everyone!

Further details of the World Book Day Limited Charity can be found here.

Fresh Start February

So it turns out that thinking of the 1st of January as the start of my new year has become more like a good suggestion and less something that actually happens. I realise that the 1st of January literally starts the new year but that’s about all it has come to mean to me over the last four years.

My youngest son celebrates his birthday right smack in the middle of January and for whatever reason I can’t seem to shake the feeling that having his birthday just weeks after the celebrations of Christmas and New Years makes it all one long continuous season of celebration. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy celebrating the Christmas season with friends and family and equally I enjoy sharing the excitement my son feels about his birthday; although at this point, it’s mostly about the birthday cakes he asks me to make.

To a certain extent I have come to accept that January isn’t a great time to have a fresh start or make resolutions for myself. It seems just a bit too hectic, in the best possible way, and I like focusing my time and energy on his birthday so he knows it is important and special to our family – and separate from the Christmas season.

So I find myself on the 1st of February celebrating my own kind of New Year’s Day. It’s time to focus on the areas of my life I want to see positive change and take on a few new challenges.

All boxed up!

I find that a good weed through our family’s clothes and the boy’s toys is a great place to start and can really motivate me to keep going with other tasks. But, I can also get distracted by other tasks and loose focus if I’m not careful. So this time, I am doing my sort with a list handy. Anytime I think of something else that needs attention I don’t move, I just write it down for later.

Nice and tidy

It took me two days to do a proper weed and be ready for trips to a few of my local Charity Shops this weekend. It’s easy for me to forget that it’s not just a one day activity. I have two young boys that like to distract me and sometimes a tough decision or two can cause me to take a pause.

My tidy-ish home is making my head space feel a little more tidy.

Finishing my clear out had the desired effect though; I felt great about having a clean slate to move forward from and I got motivation to tackle a few other projects that I have been feeling lacklustre about. My tidy-ish home is making my head space feel a little more tidy. Plus, now I can make some changes to my Charity Shop List, things to wish for and some things I need to learn to walk away from…

Happy “Fresh Start February” and treasure hunting everyone!

How to make a smart investment in your new years resolution

When we decide to make new resolutions for our lives (whether on January 1st or otherwise) there is naturally planning involved. Typically you are trying to find the time in your already busy schedule to fit a new activity or finding more time for emphasis on an existing activity you want to prioritise.
You are also likely to find that there is an investment in supplies necessary to make the most of this new resolution or activity.

A recent Washington Post article  suggested that January 3 may be one of the busiest shopping days of the holiday season, even named “holiday hangover day” by a sale-tracking website. This marks the first day that people are back to their usual schedule and typically back in the office in front of a computer.  Time to online shop for things Santa didn’t bring and those thing they need to help them tackle their new years resolutions.

What I would like to suggest is, before you hit your typical online retailers you consider that perhaps the best place to start your “resolution supply purchasing” is actually in your local charity shops.

I have listed below six of the more popular new years resolutions that people make and suggested how charity shop offerings might be the smart investment in your resolutions.  In fact, starting at the charity shop may even tick several of the boxes if you’ve made multiple resolutions for the year. So if you see any of your resolutions on this list have a quick read. You may find that this post gives you some inspiration and encouragement for your new year.

This year I want to…

get into shape

Getting into shape is rather generic and it’s likely that people have specific activities in mind when they say this. One person may say “this year I want to start running” and another may say “I want to work out from home”. Regardless of the activity there are likely purchases to make, sometimes necessary and other times they may just be a bonus to help us get excited about our new challenge.
How many people make this resolution and stick to it? I don’t want to be a pessimist but the reality is, not everyone will. Thanks to de-cluttering persons everywhere who have abandoned “getting fit” resolutions there are always pieces of practically new workout wear. In all honesty, I can’t remember I time I went into a shop and didn’t find workout gear on the racks in both men’s and women’s rails. There are also small pieces of fitness equipment in the shops all the time. Kettle bells, small weights, even new yoga mats appear frequently.

My splurge after finding bargains at the charity shops

I don’t want to suggest that you approach your resolution with a defeatist attitude or even start with little belief in yourself but, if it is a new activity for you and you really don’t know how it will pan out, wouldn’t you rather find out without the potential guilt associated with spending excessively to try something?
Starting to run was actually my resolution two years ago and the charity shops were the first place I started. I came away with three running tops (two of which I still have and use) and a great running jacket. I then was able to pick up a pair of new running shoes (not a place to buy used) and a pair of running tights without spending a fortune on something I wasn’t sure would be a forever thing. Two years later and I actually bought my first pair of “investment” runners to prepare for my first 10k run.

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How to turn Secret Santa shopping from frustrating to fun

Taking part in a Secret Santa activity seems to be gaining popularity, whether you get involved with your family, friends or co-workers. It can however be equal parts frustrating and fun. The fun is usually focused on the actual exchanging of gifts portion, which seems to have an endless list of ways you can play. I can’t help but think of the episode of The Office (American version) where they are playing and everyone is trying to get the iPod that Michael bought and Jim is desperate for Pam to get his tea pot full of thoughtful gifts selected just for her. More recently, I saw this video come up on my Facebook feed.

For a few people, the shopping part is just as fun, but more often than not this is the frustrating part. Sometimes it’s as simple as you don’t want one more thing to add to your Christmas shopping list when it’s already the length of your arm.

Finding and buying the right gift for someone you know well can be hard enough. Trying to find something that will be well received by a person you don’t know very well, like a work colleague, or worse for an anonymous recipient can be almost impossible.

In order to turn the frustration of Secret Santa shopping into a more enjoyable experience, I can absolutely recommend heading into your local charity shop. And here’s why it’s a fun alternative to your other high street shops.

Feel Good Factor

No matter what you choose, whether it’s a hit or miss on the day, you just made a donation to a local charity and that’s never a miss. So maybe this isn’t exactly fun but it’s going to make you feel better about the purchase. Plus, if it does end up back at a charity shop, you just gave another person the opportunity to find a treasure and make a donation to their local charity shop.

Budget Friendly

You are getting something at a great price. Sometimes Secret Santa participants are required to commit to a price limit which can just add to the frustration when shopping. Your money goes farther in a charity shop and you don’t have to be looking for pre-Christmas sales.
Sometimes you can even find unopened gift packs that have been donated because they were an unwanted gift; just a quick and easy wrap or gift bag and you are done!

Getting creative

This is the part where you really can turn the frustration into fun. Not every purchase in the charity shop needs to be the whole gift, maybe it’s just part of the gift to enhance it or maybe you find a little something that catches your attention and gives you an idea of how you could create something for your Secret Santa.

This last idea is where I have had great luck this year with shopping for creative Christmas gifts. Not technically Secret Santa gifts, but gifts for my son’s four classroom teachers at school and for some of our special neighbours. This year the charity shops were home to some amazing unconventional and functional “gift baskets” allowing us to enhance our gift giving.

The beautiful Christmas tin I found back in November was perfect for our sugar cookies that we made for our neighbours and the snowman mugs were a great way to package up a few homemade goodies and a Starbucks card for my son’s teachers. And the mugs themselves are so cute. But then again, I’m one of those people who loves Christmas mugs. They make every cup of tea or coffee or hot chocolate taste just a little bit better. These little purchases allowed me to stay within my budget but give gifts that I was excited to give.

I should mention that although I have made use of the charity shops for my Christmas shopping for several years now, it is something that the charity shops promote themselves.
My local British Heart shop actually displays a Secret Santa Stockist sticker in it’s window, encouraging Christmas shoppers to venture in and have a browse. They also have this great guide on their website.

So if you are in need of a last minute Christmas gift for someone I hope this has inspired you to check out your local charity shop.

Happy Christmas treasure hunting everyone.

Share Your Wealth

img_0781Black Friday has arrived. Although for some retailers it has been “here” for the last week. So before the amazing deals (and some not so amazing ones) grab your attention and your hard earned cash, I thought I would share another important date with you. No, it’s not Cyber Monday either.

Giving Tuesday (#givingtuesday) is the 29th of November following Black Friday and Cyber Monday. For some of you, this date might already be marked in the calendar, but for others this might be a new way to share your wealth this week.

…at it’s best we are shopping for others.  We are embracing the spirit of giving.

This week really does mark the beginning of the “crazy” holiday shopping season. This is a time of year that, despite our best intentions, can get away from us. We all want our money to go farther and shops know how to convince you that spending less and getting more is what you are doing. At its worst, credit card bills that taint the first months of the New Year are the result. However, at its best we are shopping for others. We are embracing the spirit of giving.

I encourage you to check out the Giving Tuesday website to hear how others are starting their giving season and find ideas and inspiration on how you can begin your own charitable season.

I have already planned my own way to celebrate Giving Tuesday… and yes, the Charity Shops of London are very much part of that plan.  You can follow my Giving Tuesday adventures here and through my Instagram feed.

You can also see how The Big Give is helping your charitable pounds go further this year. Beginning mid-day on Giving Tuesday, they have created the Christmas Challenge and are working with organisations to match charitable giving to a long list of UK charities.

When I moved to London, almost six years ago now, I remember seeing the Black Friday advertisements and being surprised at this particular US import. Having lived in Vancouver, so close to our US neighbours, I sort of understood the trickle effect that US events had on us in Canada – in more ways than shopping trends. But really, what did I expect. Retailers will take any excuse to get you in their shop in the lead up to Christmas. Perhaps Giving Tuesday is destined to become a global phenomenon on the same scale as Black Friday and Cyber Tuesday; one can always hope.

Happy Friday and happy treasure hunting!

Just try it on!

Two weeks ago I challenged myself to step out of my comfort zone and try on a few pieces that I would normally flip past on the charity shop rails.

If an animal print piece was ever going to find it's way into my closet, it would have a better chance in the form of a cardigan.

If an animal print piece was ever going to find it’s way into my closet, it would have a better chance in the form of a cardigan.

I had so much fun! 

It was a genuine happiness booster for me.  Not once did I leave a charity shop without a smile on my face.  I was also thrilled to find out just days into my challenge that I was not alone in the quest to “just try it on!” Charlotte Lucy over at Shoestring Chic posted to her Instagram feed a terrific orange top that she’s had for an age but was “scared of the bright colour”.

 

 

Much like Charlotte, I tried a few colours that I usually shy away from as well as cuts that I wasn’t sure were right for my body type.  I also tried a few patterns or styles that I love on other people but just don’t feel brave enough to try myself.  A few times I actually laughed at myself in the change room; usually just before taking a selfie for posterity and to share with anyone who visits my blog. *side note, still not sure if anyone out there is reading these posts.

I suppose you could take this challenge in any shop if you wanted to, but I can’t help but feel that the best place is in your local charity shop.  The truth is, if you want a real variety of items, you won’t find them in your high street retail shop.  You don’t want to be limited by the current seasons trends or seasonal colours.  Not everyone looks great skinny jeans or in traditional Autumn colours.  If you want to try out wide leg trousers and a bright yellow dress my money’s on the charity shop.

While I am always grateful to be living in London with amazing access to so many charity shops, this challenge allowed me to gain new appreciation for their value.  I hope you enjoy my challenge photos and feel free to have a chuckle; I did.

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Happy Sunday and happy treasure hunting everyone!

The Charity Shop is my Fashion House

To try a new style or stick with your look?

Early this week the team at Who What Wear UK posted the challenge to “try something different out for size” along with a quote from Japanese-French, fashion designer Kenzo Takada.  I quickly realized this was also a perfect charity shop challenge.

Fashion is like eating. You shouldn’t stick with the same menu.
~ Kenzo Takada

I think Takada’s idea has occupied my mind over the last few days because I was very quick to disagree.  But why? It sounds like a good suggestion.  Trying new things is something I encourage my two young boys to do constantly.

Perfect excuse for coloured pens

The perfect excuse for coloured pens

I like to think that I am open to trying new things myself. I just recently started running (for mental and physical fitness) at 32 years old and I started a bullet journal, to help me feel more focused and organized. Plus, any excuse to use fun stationary!  Both of these new activities have been great experiences and I continue to enjoy them.

I was wondering if maybe I just don’t have any interest in style or fashion.  But then I remembered something that I read a few months ago, from an American fashion designer, that resonated with me.

Style is very different from fashion.  Once you find something that works, keep it.  ~ Tom Ford

This cWhat I Read Italyoncept of personal style is something that I have been thinking and reading about (check out my What I Read post) a great deal this summer.  I’m not sure if it is simply a phase of my life, (mum with two busy boys), my tendency toward a more frugal lifestyle, my current preoccupation with streamlining aspects of my life, but I am drawn to the idea of a sort of “style uniform”.

I want to look good and have my clothing reflect my personality but not at any cost. I don’t want to spend an age staring at my closet before going out, or changing outfits whilst questioning how I look in the things I own. I also don’t want to be a slave (financially) to the changes in trends but still stay current with the styles that I do like.

The charity shop is my fashion house

Whether you find yourself in Kenzo Takada, or Tom Ford’s camp, or if you waffle between the two schools of thought, I would suggest that the charity shop is the answer to either approach.  If you want to step out of your “fashion comfort zone” and try something new, without breaking the bank, what better place to start.  And if you know and love your personal style and what works for your body, lifestyle and budget, racks of wonderful new-to-me (new-to-you) pieces are just waiting to be found.  In either case, the London charity shop has the inventory you are looking for.  Charity shopping means you aren’t limited to just the current A/W16 trends that are available on the high street.

The challenge

This week I am going to try and find a fashion treasure from both camps.   There are some styles and looks that I admire on others but I feel aren’t right for me so I don’t usually bother with them – but this time I will.  I will find something that I wouldn’t usually wear and try it on. I will also find a piece that perfectly represents my own personal style (at the moment) and try it on regardless of whether it is on my charity shop list or not.

I won’t commit to purchasing my finds, but I will post my results both on Instagram (with #charityshopfashionhouse) and here on the blog.  If you are feeling so inclined please join me.  I would love to hear what fashion camp you identify with and see your results of the challenge.

Happy treasure hunting everyone!

What I read this fortnight…on my Italian vacation!

What I Read ItalyI’ve had these two books sitting on my shelf for the better part of this past year, and though I have flipped casually through the odd section at one time or another I had yet to really tuck into them.  Now was the perfect time to slide them out.

First of all, my interest in the topic of personal style was suddenly piqued.  I had been feeling a sense of charity shopping withdrawal (especially when it came to the clothing racks) plus, it’s the time of year I tend to re-evaluate my cold weather clothes, deciding whether they are to be packed away or put in my charity shop donations bag.

I also felt they would serve the practical purpose of getting me excited and focused on my upcoming birthday charity shopping trip. I knew that after such a long absence from the charity shop racks I might fall into the trap of picking up things that I don’t really want or need simply because they looked like a good deal. I wanted to really tidy my charity shopping list and head out to the Chelsea charity shops with focus.

Italy porch

Our beautiful house in Lake Garda, Italy

And finally, I was about to leave on a family vacation to Italy with my in-laws.  I knew this trip was going to provide more time than normal to sit on the deck in the sun (and as it turned out, during thunderstorms) reading but I also needed books that weren’t too big (or hardcover) to pack in my carry-on luggage.


Harper’s Bazaar Great Style

Jenny Levin
Aurum Press, 2008
This book is full of great photographs of style icons and celebrities alike and in a book on style, photos are exactly what I’m looking for.  The photos are even more appreciated because they include well dressed ladies from different walks of life, ages and decades.  When you see a classic trench coat being worn by Catherine Deneuve in 1964, and Kate Moss in the 2000’s, and Coco Chanel and Drew Barrymore are sharing a page looking amazing and stylish, you know the trench coat really is a classic piece you need in your closet, and great personal style is timeless.

And if the photos weren’t enough to make this a great read, It is full of lists! *drool* There are few things I love more than a great list.  They made it easy to jump around to the different sections of the book as your mood struck you, rather than feeling as though you had to read it cover to cover to get the most out of the content.

Italy porch William

My early morning reading buddy

Style Clinic
Paula Reed
HarperCollins, 2009
On first glance, this book was much the same as the Harper’s Bazaar offering.  The take away being that both Jenny Levin (senior editor of Harper’s Bazaar at the time of publication) and Paula Reed (style director at Grazia at the time of publication) are women who know how to help women get started discovering and developing a sense of their own personal style.  They both highlight the importance of classic and basic pieces that we should all have hanging in our closets; and the common items they chose (although set out differently) are almost identical.  This book included just as many photos, but more often depicted individual clothing pieces and outfits on mannequins or draped empty rather than on individuals of notoriety or celebrity (or pseudo-celebrity) status.  It also included much greater detail throughout the book, including advice on how to select the correct style and fit for your body type when it came to those “essential”  basic pieces.  Throughout the book, quotes on style and fashion could be found jumping off the page as well as “universal style truths.”  From the words of famous designers and style icons to Paula Reed’s own truths, you are likely to find something thought provoking. For me it was this:

Diana Vreeland, legendary editor of Harper’s Bazaar and American Vogue, once said “Elegance is refusal.” In simple terms, success is about knowing what works for you and what would look better on someone else.

Final Thoughts

These books were both great places for me to start considering how to proceed with focusing in on and understanding my own personal style.  I will say that for me, Style Clinic offered more detail and opportunities to consider the style that suits my personality, shape and lifestyle.  I think that is where the empty clothing or clothing on mannequins came in handy.  I was seeing the items for what they were rather than on someone “famous” who, while lovely and stylish, is absolutely nothing like me.  It did require more focus however to really read and appreciate the valuable content.  Great Style was a much easier read and similar to the glossy magazines full of celebrities we find at the salon.  It was still full of great fashion and style advice and admittedly it can be easier to narrow down styles we are attracted to, when we can see them on people whose style we are drawn to and admire.

As for Italy, we had such an amazing family vacation.  We did a little of everything, sightseeing, relaxing, eating and drinking, swimming; I could go on.  But here’s a (very) little look at our trip.

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So the question for you is, where do you look for your fashion and style inspiration?
Perhaps you might find it in the charity shop window…

Happy hunting everyone!

 

Flashback Friday – A Favourite Find

IMG_2668All this week I have been home sick and spending most of my time in bed or on the couch. My boys have all been very sweet and helpful while I have been trying to rest and recover. But while I essentially called-in my role as mum during the day (feeling guilty, of course) I was able to renew my appreciation for a special charity shop “find” I bought for my boys a few years ago; our wooden, toy car garage.

I found it in one of our local Trinity Hospice charity shops and it was my eldest who spotted it first. It had clearly been well-loved by it’s previous owner and looked as though it had most recently been stored in a dusty storage space. It was nothing my boys weren’t willing to over look and I certainly enjoy finding a treasure that just needs a little TLC. I get excited when I have the chance to put a little of myself into a charity shop treasure.

I gave the garage a good scrub and examination for any obvious hazards to little fingers and the boys, in an act of uncharacteristic patience, waited for it to dry before testing it out. The grandparents even got involved in the renewal of the garage. During one of her visits from Vancouver, my mum assisted me in reinforcing the ramps and took measurements of the top deck so that my dad could make replacement rails to keep the cars from falling off.  Cars slowly rolling and falling off the top deck during various play scenarios were a common cause for the afternoon meltdown.   Gramps went all out, not only did he create new rails for the deck edges he painted them yellow; almost an exact colour match.

IMG_2669This week, like every week since we brought it home this garage has kept my boys happy and engaged.  It’s simple and allows them to be creative and imaginative. It’s a sturdy, well made toy that puts up with everything the boys throw (sometimes literally) at it.   They also have a million different vehicles (that’s another post for another time) to keep it interesting and almost like a new toy every time they play with it.

When the boys are unnecessarily hold up inside our small flat, like on rainy winter days or in times like this, when I’m sick and we can’t be out and about, it is great to have something I know they will play with that isn’t the TV. When I am feeling guilty enough about being sick and not being as engaged with the boys as I usually am, I don’t need to add on more guilt about the amount of TV the boys are watching.  And they did watch plenty this week.

I suspect that once the boys outgrow their toy car garage it will be hardest on me when it is time to send it on it’s way.  I suppose I’m just hopeful that we have several more years before that day comes and when the day does arrive I will hold out hope that it will be ready to give another family as much enjoyment as it gave ours.

Happy treasure hunting this weekend everyone!

What I read this fortnight… about consumer culture

What I Read this Fortnight...

What I Read this Fortnight…

First let me say that I am duly impressed by all those persons I follow that can do a post like this every week. I won’t bother to make excuses, we are all busy, but rather embrace that I read through these books that I was keen to read and at a pace that I enjoyed.


I have occasionally wondered to myself, how do I feel about the fact that one of my favourite pastimes is essentially a niche form of shopping? And now that I have started sharing my love of charity shopping through my Trifles & Treasures identity, this question has been nagging me more often.

IMG_0435It was time to go to the shelves – the library shelves in this case.  I wasn’t exactly sure what I would find in terms of relevance and current content but I was pleasantly surprised by what I was able to take home and read over the last two weeks.

Consumed – How Shopping Fed the Class System
Harry Wallop
Harper Collins, 2013
This was by far my favourite read of the three.  It was an easy read with some classic British self deprecating humour (a fairly common Canadian trait as well) and had me reading particularly interesting passages out to Bryan.  It examined the history of consumer culture and trends in Britain roughly following the period from the Second World War up to today. Having been an expat in London for the last 5 years I was able to recognize most of the brands, labels, places and people he was discussing as well as the categories or “classes” of people he was referencing, but also learn a great deal about the history behind those brands, labels, places and groups of people in a context that speaks to most of us – where we put our money. It really is a unique type of history book and I would recommend snapping up a copy if you come across it.  This might actually make a great summer beach read.

Not Buying It – My Year Without Shopping
Judith Levine
Simon & Schuster UK, 2006
This book caught my attention because the author, Judith Levine was essentially exploring exactly what I was wondering about myself. Am I spending/buying too much?  It is a bit dated and she is an American journalist living in the US without any children but I still found her personal account an interesting read.  She does something I don’t think I could do, spend a year getting by on basic foodstuffs and personal toiletries, in an effort to better understand her own consumer identity and impulses.  She includes a good deal of economic, philosophical and marketing research in her accounts as well giving the reader the opportunity to do some of their own self reflection.

Must Have – The Hidden Instincts Behind Everything We Buy
Geoffrey Miller
Vintage, 2010
Of the three books I brought home from the library, this was by far the most academic and most challenging for me to read.  It was fascinating in parts (I admit I didn’t read this one from cover to cover) and certainly addressed the power behind the marketing, advertising and media of which we are constantly inundated. It did focus a great deal on our basic human instincts and discussed our biological makeup in greater deal that I believe I was able to appreciate.
My favourite part of the book was in fact the Exercises for the Reader in the back of the book.  Even before reading a few of the sections I enjoyed the thoughtful process of completing the exercises.  In fact, I may have gained more from the reading having completed the complementary exercises.

My conclusion – After spending this past fortnight reading about spending and consumer culture I have decided to let my enjoyment of Charity Shopping be.  I don’t take everything that tickles my fancy home, I take my trifles to the shops to become treasures to another and I get a great deal of enjoyment browsing and hunting and taking home treasures for myself and my family.

As a charity shopper and donor I understand the need to go through periods of seeking out treasures with fervour and then purging the home of items destined to be treasures discovered by another. This balance between our possession inbox and outbox was being mirrored in the more creative side of my life. While I am enjoying my new web based identity through my Trifles & Treasures blog, Facebook page and Instagram presence it is proving a more challenging endeavour than I originally thought. And it obviously requires me to be creating creative output and I realized that I was going through a period of craving input.

My new challenge is finding a better balance between input and output on a more regular basis. My first specific goal to try and help me with this balance is to continue with “What I read this fortnight” looking at topics that keep me engaged about the charity shopping lifestyle.

Happy (perhaps guilt free?) hunting everyone.

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