Saturday, October 1, 2011

Buy Nothing New

It's been a while since I did my Hand(may)de challenge (I'm still so proud of that name, if you can't tell) that I thought I would give it another go.
This month, however, its not just me pledging to only buy second hand things (I'm not allowed to buy crafty things either this time *sigh*), but people all over the country, thanks to the Buy Nothing New initiative.

"Buy Nothing New is not about going without, nor is it Buy Nothing New Never.

It’s about taking October to reassess what we really need, think about where the stuff we buy comes from (finite resources), where it goes (landfill), and what our alternatives are.

It is about conscientious consumption and by not spending on stuff we don’t need, increasing our savings for the things we do need.

Pledge to Buy Nothing New during October and challenge over consumption.

You’ll have more time on your hands and money in your pockets."

They challenge people, with the exception of essentials like food, meds, toilet paper etc etc, to beg, borrow, swap or only buy secondhand from places like Salvos Stores, Brotherhood of St Lawrence, Gumtree and so on,  for the whole month of October.
Now I, like anyone, enjoy a good shopping spree, but I could always do with less things and more money. So I have decided to take the pledge, and if you're looking for ways to save some coin and feel good about doing it, then visit the Buy Nothing New website to get the info. You could also win 5,000! Yes please.

If you looking for some ways find second hand clothes without having to sift through vinyl bomber jackets or smelly old lady underwear (although that;s half the fun of it, isn't it really?) may I suggest:

Oh Deer Vintage 
This one comes first because it has a pun for a name :)

Or for those of you who live in Melbourne

Lost And Found Market
511 Lygon Street, Brunswick East or
12 Smith Street Collingwood

 Hunter Gatherer by the Brotherhood of St Lawrence, which now apparently has a new store in the Royal Arcade! Hooray.

Now I'm off to peruse ebay for my own penguin shaped waffle maker, because clearly that goes in the need basket :)


  1. yes! penguin shaped waffle makers are essential to life! :P I will have to have you over for some delicious waffles. do you think they can be taken camping? hahaha

  2. yeah!! we'll just plug it into a tree :P


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