|My neighbour's mail table today.|
1. Janet says she uses catalogues and an online shopping site against themselves. "For instance, when looking through the Pottery Barn catalog and something catches my eye, say a beautiful bedroom with gorgeous bedding, I tell myself...wow, I already own a comfortable bed and nice bedding... I'm not struck with the feeling that I have to buy, but rather I get the feeling of how lucky I am that I already own what they are trying to sell me."
With a J. Crew catalog she'll tear our a page, realise she has something similar, and use it to wear her clothes in different ways.
2. Wendy followed up saying she found herself tired of being an "enthusastic consumer. Happy events, stressful events, any event were often an excuse to 'reward' myself with a 'treat.'"
She says: "I can say now that when I see lovely clothes on everyone's else's blogs I feel very happy for the person involved, but I no longer feel the need to think that I 'need' that too. And since I have a smaller budget for clothing, I have become incredibly selective about what I buy. New purchases now have a feeling of special-ness that did not occur before."
3. Love also Dani BP's post on this subject: "...I feel that I have come around to a wardrobe encompassing "Clothes that will be valuable to the future you" as opposed to "Clothes that excite the current you" completely the hard way....
"High quality clothes will be expensive but when factoring in production and materials the price is fair. Good things can be passed on to rascal daughters furthering their use. If a colour story is kept top-of-mind the outfit making is easy."
4. Banned myself from shopping online. Trouble is, every major store in the US is ten minutes drive from my door.
5. Ten years ago I stopped all catalogues (though VS, Design Within Reach and the doorstop tome of Restoration Hardware have crept in). But I kind of miss them..
Just realised my tips are more about Samurai shopping rather than replacing want with gratitude. I resolve to keep evolving....Psst while you're here, what do you think of these other navy booties anyway - no URL to the VS ones (no, no don't answer that.)
Do you worry about your wanting?