|My very own Made in the US Pinterest board: more here|
I buy mostly thrifted things, but of course, the occasional new purchase sneaks in. I have a complicated process for evaluating whether or not I should buy something, which I will condense for you:
Do I need it? (I have to say that cases of real need are rare.) If yes, I try to borrow, thrift, or make it myself. My last resort is buying something new that is well-made and will last.
Do I just really really want it? If yes, borrow, thrift, or make it myself.
If my evaluation process is working, the occasion for me to buy something new are few – but they do happen. Something I’ve become aware of lately is the dearth of goods made in the United States. So I’ve added “American made” as a bonus criteria for new purchases, since it seems that there would be lots of good reasons to buy American-made (higher consumer safety standards, better labor laws than many other major manufacturing countries, generally lower carbon footprint due to less transport, and generally higher quality products that wouldn’t reach a landfill quite so quickly.)
That said, I’m still new to this concept and would relish any information, discussion or opinions from our dear readers!