I’ve previously shared that a goal of mine for 2015 was to buy fewer new things. I started at the end of 2014 with the girls’ Christmas dresses.
I got lucky then in finding matching dresses on my first try. (I figure I’d like to dress my girls in matching outfits as long as they’re young enough not to fight me on it!)
I love getting the girls dressed up for the holidays, but if we’re being real, the dresses don’t get worn for very long and only once or twice. It makes a lot of sense to buy them used – they’re often in good quality and you don’t spend a lot on something that won’t get worn much (at all?) after the holidays.
This year, I was able to find two dresses that coordinated, but weren’t matching. That’s the challenge with second-hand shopping – it’s harder to find matching clothes in the right sizes. (I actually did find one pair of dresses in the right sizes that matched, but I didn’t love the colors and they weren’t in the best condition. It’s important to look closely!)
We did buy some new gifts for the holidays, to be sure. But the “less is more” theme did go beyond just these dresses. For one, I purchased the girls princess dresses as Christmas gift as soon as Halloween Costumes were put out in the second-hand store and saved them for at least three agonizing months of wanting to pull them out every time they played in their play closet. Going early offered the best selection, and I went through the inventory carefully to find costumes still in good condition – not all were.
Experiences make great gifts if you don’t want to give things. Santa got in on the theme, giving the whole family tickets to see Frozen on Ice in a couple of weeks. (He also included new Frozen outfits for the girls to wear, but I think they’ll get a lot of wear out of those, making that new item worth it.)
As for Mom, as Christmas grew closer, I wasn’t excited about my wardrobe options for church on Christmas Eve. I visited the consignment store with a dress in mind, but ended up with a new top instead. It’s something I can also wear to work (and already have!) so it ended up being a good purchase.
While all my purchases didn’t end up being second-hand throughout the year, or during the holidays, I do feel good about my progress, and plan to continue the effort this year.