“People are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply you’re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else…They are The Advertisers and they are laughing at you….You owe the companies nothing. Less than nothing, you especially don’t owe them any courtesy. They owe you. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don’t even start asking for theirs.”

How great is that??

I found the quote in a recent post by blogger co-founder, Meg Hourihan.  It’s by Banksy from his Cut it Out book.  But back to Meg in a bit.

This year in order to help reel in my desire for ‘stuff’ I have made a pact not to buy a single piece of clothing for all of 2012.

Yeah.

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I’ll be honest.  It super extra really sort of sucks.  Especially with summer around the corner, all the new shtuff is coming out and it’s colourful and wonderful and new.  (Pinterest is not helping.)  If you remember last year I decided that I was only going to buy clothing made in Canada or the US; it was way easier said than done, but I did find a few places (mainly online) that have what I was looking for, but it was not cheap.

This year I took it one step further.  I realized that I have enough clothes… more than enough, actually.  And, if I’m being honest, I only wear about a third of what I have, anyway.  So why on earth would I need to buy new clothes? The sad answer is, I don’t.  I first need to figure out what I actually wear out of what I have and then go from there.

My rules:

I can be gifted something used – my sister was getting rid of a few things and I took a couple that fit me.  I think this is okay.

I can be gifted something new – clearly Hubs isn’t allowed to ‘gift’ me with clothing.  That would just be too easy.  And most of my family knows of this decision, so family and close friends are out (no manipulation allowed).

If I really do need something specific – the order of approach is:
- see if I can borrow it from someone
- see if I can find it in a thrift store
- buy it new.

I haven’t had to buy anything so far and I am having a hard time finding a reason I would need to, honestly.

Shoes count to a point.  I’m not buying new heels, but I may need new work shoes – I’m not messing up my feet any more for the sake of a challenge.  I probably would have had to buy better winter boots but our winter was so miserable and not snowy at all that I was able to deal with what I have.  (And what I have are two pairs of boots that aren’t all that weatherproof anymore… I have a new appreciation for wool socks.)

Back to Meg Hourihan.  I came up with copied this idea after I read about her latest blog.  She decided something much more crazy than my little scheme.  She is going to “wear it out, make it do or do without” for everything for all of 2012!  There are certain things that don’t apply to this, but you can go read her rules if you’d like.  And she’s had a few slip ups or unexpected items, already.  But that’s the point of trying something new, right?  You just keep going despite failing over and over again.

I thought it was a fantastic idea, but I figured I’d start small. I don’t usually – I usually jump in with both feet, especially when it comes to grand ideas that are all about changing my life ‘for the better’ or these drastic transformations I think will be the answer to all of my problems. (In the end these usually cause more problems than they solve).  This time – baby steps.

And back on the Banksy, advertising rant boat – have you ever seen the movie They Live? Hubs made me watch it one time and it’s fantastic.  You should see it.  Get this: It’s a horror (so to speak) about aliens having taken over earth and subliminally making people buy and consume.  It’s fantastic 1980′s fashions, technology and cinematography and yet still so applicable.

That’s all from me.  Hope you guys are having a good week!

- agata.