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February 23, 2009

Why America Needs A Thrifting Month

You know, since I have started reading blogs, I have seen some really great ideas. Paint colors, a great new quilt pattern, a killer cupcake recipe (from the UK), and my new favorite asian dumpling recipe are very dear to me now.  But I think an idea has come along that has taken the top spot.

I was directed to The Thrifty Chicks blog through the blog of Tikimama (Atomic Tea Party), and I read a post by Shopping GoLighty about – well, being thrify.  But not just being thrifty, about a movement she has started to get America to be more thrifty.

And in my opinion, it couldn’t come at a better time.  I myself have found my opinions on things suddenly changing, found myself with budget constraints forcing my hand to reach for something a little different. Something not as…new. But in my progression from Macy’s to Marshall’s to Goodwill, I haven’t seen shame or a fall from glory. I have seen something else.  Maybe it is that I can make it through tough times without all the things commercial America tells me I need. Or maybe it is that I can still have those things,  just not THE brand or THE type they want me to have.

Purchasing our Mid-Century Modern house is the perfect example of that valuable lesson. Shopping Go Lightly had a great quote propagated by commercialism on her blog, “If it’s not new, it’s Ewwww”, and I never realized how ingrained that lesson had become. But suddenly I had this fantastic house that wasn’t only old, but not updated. And I LOVED it! Things were high quality. Their placement made sense. Someone had taken the time and effort to make a house that was fully functional, AND IT DIDN’T NEED TO BE UPDATED. In fact, the vintage class was the best part. And over the next few months, those parts became my favorite parts.

So, I’m with you, The Thrifty Chicks.  Let’s open America’s eyes, and take a month for the thrifters, the upcylers and those who can give life to the used things. I vote we go after June – a great month for garage and estate sales.

Check out The Thrifty Chicks post here.

Join the Facebook Movement and sign the petition here. (You will need to be signed in to Facebook to do so.)

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4 Responses to Why America Needs A Thrifting Month

  1. songbirdtiff Reply

    February 23, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Hi there! Thanks for coming by my little blog and linking up.

    This is a fantastic testimony. Instead of “rags to riches” you’re going from “Macy’s to thrifting”. And, I might add, saving a boatload of money!

  2. Queen of Fifty Cents Reply

    February 24, 2009 at 1:40 am

    June sounds like a great choice! And I envy you that lovely midcentury house.

  3. Tikimama Reply

    February 26, 2009 at 6:32 am

    Oh wow! I got a mention, and someone actually found out about something important through my blog! I can’t tell you how excited I am! Thanks so much for adding me to your blogroll, too. I think I’d better really get my act together and create some interesting posts of my own.

    You wrote about this petition and the bigger issues behind it so eloquently…I’d love to link to your post on my blog, if that’s okay with you! Let me know!

  4. retroruth Reply

    February 26, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Thanks, Tikimama! Feel free to link up to anything you would like, and I am just as excited as you are that people are reading my blog… 🙂

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