I have noticed that since I do not have cable at my house and do not often watch things with commercials in them (Netflix gets heavy rotation in my house) I have wanted less things. It is true that I want still want yarn but that’s to be expected. However, by limiting my exposure to commercials and ads in magazines I simply do not want new things. I do subscribe to a few magazines and the majority of them are about making things. So I find that I am more apt to try and make something than I am to just go out and buy it. There is one magazine that is targeted squarely at fashion, home decor, food, etc. that I subscribe to but I have found that I use it more for recipes and ideas for when I go thrift shopping rather than buying the actual things in it. I mean, do people really pay $150 for one dress?
Recently, I took a trip to Goodwill with a good friend of mine. We were shopping for an outfit for her to wear to her job interview. I ended up picking up four long sleeved tops in perfect condition, one really cute scarf, a candle holder, and one candle all for about $20. Could you have done that at your local mall? I don’t think so!
I am also incredibly excited for a trip to the nearest “big” city (Indy) where two of my friends and I will be shopping at three Goodwills and two Plato’s Closets in search of household items and cute clothes and shoes for ourselves and our SOs. We will also be having Chinese food, because we can! 🙂
What would happen if you limited your exposure? How would it change your outlook? Do you feel like you really need all the “stuff” that floats around your house?