I've been trying to remember that I don't need to buy new stuff. I would like to look at second hand or consignment stores for things as much as I can. It's both cheaper and better for everyone involved--I get a deal, someone got to clean out their closet, no one had to make another item or use up anymore resources, and usually the money goes to a good cause. However, I sometimes forget. But after this week I think someone was trying to tell me to check the thrift stores first!!
I wanted to get the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom for Ingrid and when I went to Salvation Army, there it was! In a big huge bin where you could pick as many books that fit in a bag and pay one small price.
Then I saw this old timey top toy and wanted to get it for her, and when I was at Goodwill today, guess what was there!! For 50cents!
Also, I noticed our sheet was ripped and thought, oh great, I have to buy a stupid sheet set. I hate buying sheet sets b/c we don't use the flat sheet and I have loads of pillowcases. I only need the fitted sheet, really. But if you buy the fancy ones that come separately, they cost a fortune. Again, I go to Goodwill today and there is a perfectly nice Marshall Field's yellow queen size fitted sheet for $1. Sold!
I just think to when I've needed something and 9 times out of 10 I go looking at a thrift store and can find it. I love that! Ingrid loves her thrifted items, too :)