Wednesday, December 30, 2009

New Years Resolution

Well folks, it is that time. When we all review the year that just took place and look forward to the upcoming, hoping to learn from the past and better our future. This year is no different. Except for the fact that for the first time EVER, I will be making my very FIRST new years resolution. I have never been into new years resolutions. You see, if you know me at all, you know I am embarrassingly one of the most competitive people you may run into throughout your lifetime. I am so competitive that I compete with myself. ALL THE TIME. Its actually really really REALLY annoying. It mostly comes out when I'm at the gym. For example, here is a glimpse of what happens in my head

[Anna thinking to herself]:

"I'll just swim 20 laps, then get out and do some abs.... sounds like a plan."

....about the 18th lap...

"What? Can't do the last 15 laps to finish the mile? That too hard Miller?

"No, its not too hard. I just don't want to."

"Riiiiight. Its cause you can't."

"Nooooo, thats not why. I said, I don't WANT to."

"You can't.."

"Yes I can."




"OH MY GOSH FINE!!!! Another 2 miles!"

Quiet snickering.

I need help. I know. But anyway, THIS is why I have never made a resolution because I knew I would HAVE to follow through, due to my competitiveness - ALL YEAR LONG. I wouldn't be able to give up. Which is kinda funny cause I feel like most people try their hardest NOT to give up. Me? Nope, don't have the problem. So here I am. Looking into 2010 and am about to embark on a new experience. So here it is:

For an entire year, for personal purchases (will be descibed in detail later) I will ONLY buy used items. Nothing new. It must be bought from garage sales, consignment shops, thrift stores, ebay, or hand-me-downs, the ONLY requirement is that it is used.

I will be blogging about my experience down reused, someone-else's-trash-could-be-someone-else's-treasure lane if you would like to join me. You will find me here, scavenging through other peoples things, looking for all kinds of goodies. Who knows what kind of hunts I will have to go on this year - and hunt I will, because if you have ever spent any amount of time in an Oklahoma thrift store, you would know they are NOT organized the least bit, nor is there rarely anything worth purchasing.

And THIS was my last purchase for the next year as a consumer of all things new and unused. I bought it yesterday, out of sheer terror of losing all things new.:) Just kidding... kinda. I will say though, the last purse I bought was from a flea market for $2, and I get a TON of compliments on it... I wonder if this purse, though $38 more expensive, will evoke the same response.

So I hope you decide to join me on this fun adventure. Happy New Year! Hope to see you at Your Trash, My Treasure!


Rachel said...

You are brave! But I am definitely planning on following you on this journey. It's a very neat idea :)

Sam said...

This is a totally awesome idea, Anna! I'm all for thrift stores and the like. Grant it, I prefer them more for things other than clothing (considering I can't fit into most "recycled" items, me being a big girl and all). But I've seen clothes, shoes, purses, and other accessories that are just as good as retail stores. Oh, and does Marshall's and TJMAXX count on your list, since they're discount stores? Good luck!

Anna said...

Nope, Marshalls and TJMaxx don't count. Cause the point is to buy used, not just discounted. I wish though... I already shop at those stores ALL the time - they some of my favs!