Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Buying Nothing New

I’m officially four months in to my Buy Nothing New challenge, so I thought I’d give you an update on how I’m going. First of all let me say that I’m REALLY enjoying it… but… I slipped up. Just before my trip to Bali I went to Myer to get my brows done (Benefit brow bar is the best!), I had a quick browse in their swim wear section, found a Cozi bikini in my size on the 75% off rack and bought it for $17. I didn’t even try it on, I didn’t even think about the purchase and it wasn’t until I was driving home (with some exceptionally groomed brows) that I realised I had broken my pledge. So I wanted to be honest with you all, technically a bikini isn’t clothing BUT I already have 4 pairs of bathers so I didn’t really need another one, which is exactly what this challenge is meant to be helping me with. Oh well! After that impulse buy I told myself I’d redouble my efforts… and I did! While in Bali I didn’t buy a single thing for myself, I was very impressed.

I’ve still been buying things from op shops and a few bits and pieces on eBay, so I am getting my retail fix but I don’t miss shopping in Kmart, Target, Myer or Sportsgirl at all. Even though I’ve always been an avid op shopper I’m still pretty impressed that I’m managing to find almost everything I want without succumbing to Asos or Urban Outfitters. In the past few weeks I’ve set out to find a trench coat, a wrap dress, a denim pencil skirt and a flannel shirt, and I found them all with ease. The only thing I’m desperately searching for are some flared high waist jeans but I’m confident I’ll come across the perfect pair soon.

I have pretty poor will power when it comes to most fun things (eating, shopping, drinking) so I must say I’m impressed with myself that I’ve stuck to this challenge for so long. I’m still planning to do it for a full year and you should join me too, I don’t mind if you jump on my band wagon!

Jeans: Save the Children Subiaco $6
Top: Marimekko, Vinnies Claremont $7
Shoes: Save the Children Subiaco $8
Bag: Good Sammies Freo $2
Bracelet: Save the Children Subiaco $1
Hat: Op Shop
Glasses: Pared Eyeware

PS This whole outfit (minus the hat and sunnies) has been purchased since starting the Buy Nothing New challenge! 


  1. You've done so well and I would have found it pretty much impossible to resist a bargain like that!

    1. Thanks Beth! I think the trick is to just not even bother looking, but I'm terrible at resisting bargains. Aside from getting my eye brows done I haven't stepped foot in a shopping complex for months!