My charity shop challenge
Growing up, one of my favourite outings was a trip to the local charity shop. Playing in wedding dresses, and getting new books, was so much fun. Just before Christmas, I wanted to go for a little shop on oxford street, to have some ‘me time’. I was so bored and so uninspired by the clothing I saw in my favourite shops.
I never realised how ahead of the trends my friends were until that shopping trip. Thanks to them I was doing the whole, sports wear, sliders, Adidas everything, Nike air, Reebok trainer look 7 (maybe even longer!) Years ago. For me I find it dull because of that. I’m over it I need new inspiration. I don’t want to be wearing gym clothing unless I’m working out.
I’m a firm believer, in saving my energy and not getting angry at everything in this crazy world. I’ve narrowed it down to three subjects/areas to be passionate about, else I’ll be here all day getting mad. So I’ve thought why not apply the same approach to my wardrobe. The only place I shop, that sets my soul on fire, is vintage clothing from charity shops.
Finding pieces of clothing for two or three pounds, which then all goes to charity, that you’ve wanted for a long time is such a good feeling. Recycling clothes is so much better for the planet. So it’s a win/win situation. I love the fact that the jacket I’m wearing, has a history, a story behind it. It might’ve been worn during someone’s first kiss. Maybe it’s witnessed heart break, perhaps it’s seen all the wonders of the world. Who knows.
So I’m setting myself a challenge. For this whole entire year, I’m only going to buy myself clothes from charity shops. There isn’t anything I really need when it comes to clothing. So if I can’t get it there, I don’t need it. If I can’t find anything in the store, then so be it because I don’t really NEED anything. It’s good to learn the difference between need and want in this material world.
There’s a great interview I watched, a while back. With Kurt Cobain. He was being asked about fame, money etc. And he replied, something along the lines of, that he doesn’t get that same feeling, of walking into a vintage store and finding something precious, and that he really missed that feeling. And nothing beats that. That really stuck with me because I know exactly what he meant by it. I get that feeling every time.
I’m heading up to London this weekend, and it’s a nice but strange feeling knowing I’m not going to waste time getting annoyed by repetitive clothing on the high street. I’ll be saving so much money from setting myself this challenge. And I’ll let you all know, how I’m getting on in 6 or so months time. Wish me luck! And pray for me.