Back in January when I did my slow fashion review, and counted my wardrobe purchases for the past year, I received a bit of a surprise. Instead of making progress I had backslid. Oops. This was not good. I needed to up my slow fashion game.
In my research for the post I happened upon the idea of the “Five Things Pledge” and “The Rule of Five.” My interest was piqued. And I committed. I also promised to give regular progress reports. This is the first one.
In the beginning of January, I did my research into second-hand shopping in Ottawa. And since then I’ve visited two local consignment shops, and even made my first thrifting foray with Hubby in tow. Ha. That was fun. He volunteered. He loves thrift stores. Although he’d rather shop at Army Surplus if he had his druthers; the old-fashioned ones he used to frequent seem to have disappeared. But that’s another story.
Anyway, for my progress report I made a YouTube video which you can watch below. So freshen up your cup of coffee… or tea… and enjoy. It’s not that long, under 19 minutes. I edited out a lot of the blithering. Gad. I do love to blither.
I am so out of practice doing videos that I messed up some of the earlier segments and had to redo them a day or so later. So, you’ll notice that the first half of the video is filmed on our deck and I have freshly shorn hair. While in the second half, I’m wearing a different outfit, my hair is longer, and I’m sporting a couple of hair bumps which I didn’t notice until it was too late to redo those segments. Sigh. Life is all about learning, people. And sometimes forgetting and then relearning. Ha.
I’m excited to tell you that I convinced a few friends to accompany me on my second-hand shopping adventures. So in upcoming videos I hope to have a partner with me. That will be more fun for me, and hopefully more fun for you to watch.
My first big challenge will be this upcoming week. I’m meeting my niece in Montreal for a couple of days. We’ll eat, yak… and shop. I just know we’ll shop. I will need to be especially strict with myself. Wish me luck.
Now it’s your turn to weigh in my friends. If you signed onto the Five Things Pledge, how’s that working for you so far? Have you been able to resist shopping new? I’m a veritable newbie when it comes to second hand shopping. Maybe you’re an old hand. Want to share your best finds with us?
P.P.S. If you like, you can check out Tiffanie Darke’s newsletter all about the “Rule of Five” here. And even subscribe to get helpful tips and tricks for your own Rule of Five adventures. I love to read about the women who are also trying this.