Category Archives: consumerism

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rethink!

When I first began this blog in 2011, I had a few goals in mind. I wanted to share my passion for thrift shopping for a variety of reasons: support for charity, support for volunteerism, keeping things out of the … Continue reading

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Reclaim Mending

I’ve blogged about my lovely friend Anna-Marie before. Anna is one of the most authentic people I know, someone who truly tries to live her life with as small a footprint as possible. She has tried to live out her … Continue reading

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A Peace Minded Traveler

Today I want to introduce you to one of my favourite people, a friend and fellow writer and someone who always challenges me as he challenges the norms of society. Aiden Enns is the founder and editor of an award-winning … Continue reading

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About that Resolution…

So last year, in January, I made a public resolution. Here’s what I said: I’m going to start by being more diligent about curbside composting. There’s still a lot of stuff going into my garbage back that should be composted … Continue reading

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Christmas Movies with a Message

What’s the message, you ask? An Anti-Consumerism message! I LOVE (certain) Christmas movies and there are certain movies that we watch each and every year, including several versions of A Christmas Carol (Alistair Simms, of course, the Muppet version and … Continue reading

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The Thrift-Consumer Debate Revisited

A friend recently challenged me again on the whole thrift/consumer debate: does thrift shopping simply encourage consumerism? It’s an interesting conversation. The argument is that since you’re paying peanuts for an item, you buy it even if you’re never going … Continue reading

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Guest post honour!

This is my good friend, fellow-blogger and passionate thrifter, Anna-Marie. I have the distinct honour of being a guest blogger at To Be and Not to  Buy – check it out! And while you’re there, check out the rest of … Continue reading

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Eco Fashion Week – good thing or fad?

Eco Fashion Week begins this coming Sunday in Vancouver. According to their website, its mission is: …to educate the Apparel and Textile industry on how to shift towards more healthy ways to design, manufacture, distribute, market and sell their products. … Continue reading

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Bangladesh – what have we learned?

When you treat workers as cheap labor it’s difficult to care for them. The long term solution to this is simply responsible entrepreneurship – Nazma Akhter, president of the Sommilito Garments Sramik Federation (Union of Garment Workers Association) A year … Continue reading

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This is not news.

The front page headline of today’s Vancouver Sun read: “Thrift store chic draws budget-conscious shoppers on Boxing Day in Vancouver.” The story was all about people lining up to shop at the Kitsilano Salvation Army shop while down the street … Continue reading

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