Friday, January 25, 2013
To Thrift, or Not to Thrift...A Moral Decision
Confession time: I have a terrible addiction. I am a chronic thrifter. I love it so much, and I fear that my love has moved from enjoyment to dependence.
Here is where it becomes a "moral decision". There are lots of things that make thrifting a great idea. It is a good thing to save money, to turn someone else's rejects into your treasures. I take a lot of pride in the fact that a lot of my clothes and my children's toys are second hand.
But, then there is another issue--the issue of stuff and how it tends to accumulate. I can't help but look around my house and wonder, "where did all of this stuff come from?"
My husband and I moved into our house under three years ago. Before that I rented a room. So, my entire life and all of stuff was in that single room. I owned very little.
And now I live in a large 5 bedroom house and sometimes struggle to know where to put stuff. Granted, our family did grow by two members, but still, do we really need all of this stuff?
The answer is, of course no, we don't need all of this stuff.
This issue of "stuff" is made even more stark when I reflect on the life of my little sister. Over 3 years ago now, she joined a religious order, the Little Sisters of the Lamb, and through that she took a vow of poverty. Her entire life fits in a duffle bag--including her bedding.
She basically owns nothing.
And she is one of the happiest people I now. Joy shines out of her.
Here is where the issue of thrifting comes in again. A few nights ago I left my husband with the kids (my first outing without the baby! FREEDOM!) and headed out to do some errands. Of course the local thrift store was a destination. I had a specific item I was looking for, but of course I didn't find it. It is impossible to find something specific while thrifting...but there are always lots of things to find that you "didn't know you needed until you saw them".
The Lord blessed me with a beautiful girl in November. She is so beautiful. So, I have a new temptation while thrifting: dresses.
Just look at what I found:
Heart braking, I know.
But she will be too big for it in a matter of weeks. And then the dress will end up with the other bins of kids clothing in or storage room, which is already very full.
But then again, just look at her!
I am still torn. Lord, please free me from this love of stuff, and love you more!
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this issue! Do you have similar problems?