Move it or lose it!
Maddie and I are taking the plunge and are moving across town! We’re giving up our minuscule cottage in favor of a beautiful town house built in the mid 1960′s. (There is even a community pool not to mention community gardens, oh my! I think I’m in vegan heaven!)
Moving is such a great time to do away with the old and invite in the new as you switch nests and transport all of your well… stuff… from one location to the other. Maddie and I like to think we’re pretty good at giving the things we don’t need any more to the thrift store or to people we know who need them, but now is the true test of cunning give away devices!
The prospect of hauling all of our stuff from one location to another, albeit at a distance of about 5 minutes, has gotten me to thinking of all of the stuff we’ve accumulated since moving in together. It’s also gotten me to thinking about the kinds of things we’ll need in our new space and how and where we’ll get them. We have strict convictions as vegans about how to go about purchasing as ethically as we possibly can, and moving just brings that into a new light.
We’re vowing to get as much as we possibly can second hand, whether that’s from one of our great local thrift stores or from family and friends passing along items they don’t use any more. All of this makes me think about the satisfaction and joy I get from thrifting. I’ve come to love searching for great finds that someone else couldn’t use any more and some of my most cherished not to mention useful items have been bought secondhand. I think there’s something so satisfying about searching around and feeling like you’re hunting or foraging for that one really great thing that brings you so much joy.
From an ethical perspective, I love that I’m taking my dollar out of the corporate mainstream and placing it directly into a small local business that sends its proceeds directly to charity. (Most of our local thrift stores benefit the school systems) I like to dream that the money I spent on that exciting antique elephant pitcher is going to fund an art project or buy kids the markers and crayons they might not get otherwise. I feel that thrifting is perhaps one of the best possible iterations of voting with a dollar, especially because at the thrift store, that dollar goes so much further…