As a follow-up to Saturday's shopping foray, thought I'd share a few random principles that guide my shopping endeavors--make them a bit more mindful...
Budget: Separate from the monthly household budget Mark and I craft, I developed this one to ensure the "personal shopping" I do gets done mindfully and responsibly (a.k.a. cash-only purchases). I allow myself to amend my budget as needed—with my understanding I won’t exceed the total amount budgeted for the month.
Consider "do-good shopping" as a viable option: As noted in this (and this) past post, I patronize local, independent merchants whenever possible (women-owned businesses, too!). I also have a penchant for saving the planet, which is enacted via buying used, vintage, and repurposed items. Are all my purchases local, vintage, second-hand or from women-owned merchants? No. However, these days, I'm ever-mindful that these options exist, and utilize them more than ever before.
Quality over quantity: Given the style I'm drawn to, I don't need a lot--just basic quality staple pieces--that will last for some time. Investing in quality doesn't have to be expensive. Quality items can be purchased second hand and/or at bargain bin prices (Check out this past post). My adherence to a budget also makes it easier to save for quality items.
Zero in: When I shop, I generally know what I'm looking for. The only exception to this is if I happen upon something that's on my staples wish list (a "bucket list" of items I will purchase only if the price and quality are right). For example, last fall, I was shopping in a vintage boutique while traveling. My mission, that day, was to search for bangle bracelets. I came out, instead, with a black leather skirt (shown in this past post). Not a problem, though as a black leather skirt was an item on my staples wish list. The skirt I found was well-made, mint condition, my size and only $20 (I always hold back spare funds for these types of finds, so I was within budget...)--SOLD (smile)!
What about you--what defines mindful shopping for you? Would love hearing your insights!
Joy, peace, and happy Monday! T.