After a little thinking about what purchases served me well last year, I’ve decided to follow the as-published in the Times in 1941 Rationing of Clothing, Cloth, and Footwear coupon amounts this year. The reasoning behind this is that the purchases I made because they were free trade and/or made from organic materials were purchases that did not do well for me in 2014. Both things I purchased especially for their green credentials are now unwearable (shrunken, pilled, ill-fitting), and I feel that they were a waste of coupons. I just found myself ready to buy some organic fabric not because I loved it, but because it was organic, and paused. I didn’t want to repeat that mistake — which should not be a mistake — but what can this Contrary Mary say. I want to love the things I purchase, especially since I purchase so few. I guess my tastes and where the organic clothing and fabric industry are right now not quite aligned.
I do have my own set of ethics that serve me well. I will not set foot in any fast fashion establishments. I will not buy from establishments that my politics don’t agree with (I’m looking at you, Anthropologie; your beautiful items are ruined by your right-wing ownership). I favor the classic and well made so that they will be around for a long time. I try and buy some things used, and try to buy in my town.
Plus, I think the 1941 rationing is restrictive enough 🙂 Take a look — it’s not too dramatically different than what I was following:
I haven’t purchased anything yet in 2015, so it’s still an ideal time to make this tweak. I wanted to put it out there so that we are all on the same page!
Have any of you experienced this sort of backwards logic — something that should be good but winds up being not so good for you in particular? I am also like this with food. If I try to only eat extremely healthy things I am cranky and eventually wind up eating something abysmal because I feel so deprived. I do much better with healthy foods and the occasional treat — that little bit of indulgence lets me live with healthy eating in the long term.