Friday, January 30, 2015

My Secondhand Walk of Shame {and Penance}

Have mercy, dear readers, for I have sinned.
My last confession was...never.

I said I wouldn't buy any new clothes for six months.
To quote myself, "So, for the next six months, I hereby do solemnly vow to only buy secondhand."
(Why do I put this stuff in writing???)

I have stumbled. More than once. The worst being last night.

I didn't mean to do just happened.
One minute, I'm walking into Target muttering the self-talk, "Just walk straight to the rugs. Push through the front of the store. Keep your blinders on, Martin!"

But I was in more-unfamiliar territory.

There was just more stuff, more ground to cover between me and the rugs, so, you know, I meandered through the Girls Clothing.

There were several racks marked 70% off, but pretty much all that was left was either 1) weird Minnie Mouse or 2) things that looked like a test. (If we mark this way down, will people actually buy it?)

Having made it out the other side of that potential landmine, and feeling pretty bold and gutsy, I found myself in the Women's pajamas, where you'll be happy to hear that despite having one hundred cute pairs of 70% off pajamas, all of the pajama-britches would be high-waters on me. Full-on Erkel pants. UGH.

But then I saw the robes.
Yep, 70% off.
And I grabbed one.

Don't bother asking if I needed a robe, because in this case, we'll just have to agree to disagree and we'll have to do so without you having all the facts.

But if you give a retail-starved woman a robe, next thing you know, she'll "peruse" the shirts.
And she'll bring one home. Because it's her favorite shade of green and has that longer-hem which suddenly seems both mandatory and elusive.

Also, two pairs of socks, but whatever.
I'm not above buying socks secondhand, but it's a bit of a wild goose chase me and my holey heels don't really have time for when it's January in Northern Indiana.

You understand, right?

The worst part is, I still have all of February to fulfill my secondhand promise, and I'm not entirely sure if I'm still on the wagon. I hope I am...

I feel like I'm on the edge. Like an unseen force keeps scooching me over...and now my left cheek is hanging off the side.

I'll keep you posted.

But first, you might as well know, I bought a t-shirt back at the Storyline conference.
It was for a good cause!

I kept meaning to tell you about it...I swear.

For what it's worth, I thought of you while I was mid-discretion. I knew a conscience like mine wouldn't let it go unsaid. And I wondered, is anyone even on this wagon with me, anymore?

Regardless, I think we've done a good thing here.
I'll share all of my thoughts in 30-odd days, when I've safely traveled to the other side.

As my penance, I wanted to share two brilliant opportunities.

1) Fair Trade Friday Club

I got the coolest package in the mail a week or so ago.

It was a bag full of hand-crafted, fair-trade items made by women across the globe. 

 Their website states,

"Fair Trade Friday is a monthly membership club that delivers a box of 3-4 high quality items to your door by the first Friday of the month. The items in the box are fairly traded and provide employment to women all over the world. 100% of the proceeds from each box goes to the empowerment of impoverished women as an avenue to introduce them to the Gospel. Plus, they are really cute!"

 For just $35 you can order a one time box (like the one I got) and have a box of rad fair-trade goods delivered to your door. This would be a great thing to have on hand when you need an unexpected gift. And you're supporting the economic freedom of women across the globe with your purchase!

When you order, you can specify that you'd like an original box (containing a variety of items,) a kid's box (designed for girls), a men's box, or a home box. LOVE IT!

The monthly subscription option is currently sold out but will open up again in early February. You can sign up to be put on the waiting list for the monthly subscription club.

If you want to stay up-to-date, like them on Facebook.

You guys know I'm always nosing around for ways to support public school. 
You also know I'm devoted to stewarding our dollars well and looking cute on a dime.

Schoola sells quality, used clothing and donates a portion of the proceeds to the school of your choice, particularly to fund programs such as art, music, and physical education. (Necessary for our kids' development and usually the first to go when funding gets cut.)

For every $5 spent, $2 is donated to a partner school.

I requested a bag, it arrived with clear instructions, I stuffed it full, and dropped it off at the post office. There's no postage necessary. The entire process was SO SIMPLE.

There are basically two ways you can be a part of this.

First, you can shop for really nice clothing at a fraction of the cost, and your purchase will benefit the school connected with those items.

Next, you can get a bag of your own, stuff it, and send it in! 
Designate your proceeds to your kids' school, a local school in your area, or, if you're at a loss, our school. :)

Watch the video and be ready to act!

Happy Friday, Party People.