On November 2nd, 2009 I received $100 towards a new winter coat, and a Macy's gift card. I purchased my first real winter coat that November. I used the Macy's gift card to buy underwear and bras.
On December 14th, 2009, I made my first real purchase in 5 months. It was a $13 cape/jacket/thing from an antique store here in Bellingham. It is my favorite thing in my closet.
I made it. I made it the three months and then some. I was hoping to make it until Christmas, but the cape/jacket was too good to turn down. And to be honest, if I had run into it a couple of months earlier I probably would've cracked. I made it though, I proved to myself and to others that I could go without shopping...
...it also proved, during and in the months after, how much I truly love fashion, and finding, and thrifting, and putting together bits and pieces. I still shop. I still shop more than most of my close friends. I also put things down, I say no a lot more often. And I truly feel like I've discovered my style.
When forced inwards, whether it's inside your head, your heart, or your closet, you learn something about yourself. And I learned that I have unbelievable willpower, and a classic americana style. I also learned that I love to shop.
5 months after I quit shopping, I shopped, 5 months after I stopped not shopping, I posted my final blog post. Now I'm off to Target to get myself a new pair of....something!