You might recall that, at the beginning of the year, I pledged not to buy a single piece of new clothing for 12 long months (…excluding underwear. Definitely excluding underwear!).
How’s that going?
Six weeks in I can report that it’s going incredibly well. Like, amazingly well. As in, my wardrobe is bulging with oh-so-fashionable op shop finds to the point where I can count on one hand the number of times I have looked longingly at a sales rack outside a clothing shop.
See for yourself…
All the above jeans, tops, dresses, cuff, jumper, shoes and shorts were purchased from op shops, markets, a charity clothes swap event, Facebook sales pages – or given to me by a caring friend (black top, bottom right!). And the brands! Sass, Nike, Stussy, Country Road, Quirky Circus etc. Safe to say, I have not had to compromise on quality one iota.
Possibly the best bit about this New Years challenge has been hearing from those of you who have chosen to join me. You have decided to do this for different reasons – some to save money, to be more considered about your spending habits, others to do your bit about the exorbitant amount of textiles that wind up in landfill, and to confront a culture of throw-away fashion. But I see you enjoying this as much as I am, and that’s awesome! Check out @opshophuntress on Instagram.
Shopping this way is so much more hit-and-miss. If you need something specific, it could take months before the right item, in your size, presents itself at a market stall or op shop. That said, I haven’t been in want for long at all. My old-faithful, five-year-old Nikes were wearing out and it wasn’t a week before I saw the fluorescent ones above on a Facebook sales page, in my size, worn twice, for half the price I’d pay in a shop.
Some of you might query this next statement, but hear me out. I believe God is blessing this choice. Yep. I believe God actually cares about what I wear – not because it necessarily matters in the bigger scheme of things, but because he loves me as his cherished daughter, as an heiress, a princess!
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?”
So, what am I enjoying about this most?
I find myself testing all my purchases now.
“Do we really need it?”
“Can I make do with what we have?”
“Can I re-purpose something at home?”
“Is this an ethical purchase? Will it last?”
And what can I do better?
That’s easy. At the moment, I reckon I’ve spent and accumulated more than normal. The novelty is still wearing off, you see. I’d like to do better at restraint and focus, treating this like a fast, taking every opportunity to position Jesus first and foremost in my life. Because the second part of the passage above addresses this, and it would be remiss of me not to include it here:
“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
… and just for laughs, I bought this dress too (it was practically free actually), because you never know when you need a high vis dress fit for a building site. The colour, I’m sure you’ll agree, is *cough* HIDEOUS!