Category Archives: consumerism

Black Friday Thrift

Not sure if you’ve heard but there’s a sale on today. EVERYWHERE. Black Friday should be called Frenzy Friday, it’s the ultimate in consumption, the Olympics of shopping. I understand why people do it: people want to save money. There’s … Continue reading

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A Parting Gift

Last week I finished working at a job that I’ve done and loved for 17 years, serving as Communications Writer for MCC BC. My colleagues held a potluck party for me, many of them bringing some of my favourite foods … Continue reading

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Portland Pseudo-thrift

Last week I told you about our trip to Portland and promised that I’d share some more about “thrift” shops in that lovely city. A really helpful woman at the downtown info centre suggested two thrift shops: the Goodwill on … Continue reading

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To be and not to buy

A couple of months ago I blogged about a wedding. Anna-Marie and Daniel got married in May and I was struck by the care and thought that went into their day. Nothing was done “just because that’s how it’s done” … Continue reading

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Back to Bangladesh

So how much have you been thinking about the factory collapse in Bangladesh that happened in April? I’ve been thinking about this a lot. I was pleased to see this excellent cover story on this in last Saturday’s edition of … Continue reading

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Well, so much for that resolution

In January I decided to set myself a thrift spending limit and arbitrarily chose $20/month as that limit. Most of you immediately told me I was an idiot – well, not in those words exactly but the good-natured intent was … Continue reading

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Bangladesh – what’s my responsibility?

A couple of weeks ago I got a great pair of Joe Fresh jeans at the MCC Abby East Thrift Shop where I volunteer. I hate buying jeans – I find them so hard to fit, so when I find … Continue reading

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New Year’s Thrifty Resolutions

The best New Year’s resolution that I ever made – and the only one I’ve kept – was to volunteer at a local thrift shop. I’ve been going almost weekly to the MCC Abby East Thrift Shop in Abbotsford for… … Continue reading

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Tis the Season to …pause

Unless you live under a rock, you’ve already been bombarded with Christmas stuff. Christmas, muzak, Christmas advertising on TV, newspapers, online, and the fliers… how many trees die to produce those? And the message? BUY. Preferably LOTS. I LOVE Christmas. … Continue reading

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