Buy Nothing New. My Year is Almost Up!

So lovelies, it’s been a while! I’m back to talk about my Buy Nothing New for a Year Project. Next month, it will have been one year since I started. It hardly seems possible! For those of you who are not familiar with this challenge. Here’s what I’ve restricted myself from doing…

No new stuff! This includes,

  • Clothes
  • Gadgets
  • Makeup
  • Erroneous bath and shower products (can only buy what you NEED)
  • No going to the hairdressers
  • No furniture
  • No housewares
  • No new crap!

Here’s what I allowed myself to buy if I needed

  • Food (of course)
  • Secondhand goods from Charity Shops if I needed them
  • Stuff from Freecycle if I needed it
  • Items for my trades, (strings, gems, beads, ect)
  • Things you can’t buy used (lightbulbs, panties, ect)

So I did pretty well. Did I actually go an entire year without buying anything new? Not really. Here’s what I cheated on:

  • I bought a new lappy before I came over to the UK to live. Truly that falls under the needed for work thing, but I could have bought a used one again but I didn’t.
  • I bought some lipstick because I ran out.
  • Some of the things we needed after the move were bought by Steve
  • I had my hair cut before I left the US, but I didn’t know back then that it wasn’t allowed (since then it’s been cut by Steve)

I’m sure there have been various other infractions over time…but these are the ones I can think of at present.  It’s been a good year,  I think that I will try to continue as best I can and certainly to buy nothing new, wisely.  I’ve learned a lot in this past year and really wish I could have back all that money I’ve spent over time on shit I just don’t need!  Makes me a little sick to my stomach to think of things I’ve bought in the past and then contributed to the landfill a few short years later.  I’m sure the thousands of dollars could have been much better employed somewhere else.  As the song by one of my fave solo bass players says….You Can’t Throw It Away (There’s No Such Thing as Away)

So since I feel I’ve vastly improved the quality of my life by this little challenge, I’ve now started thinking about what’s next.  One of the things I’ve been proudest of in my life was how books have steered me, changed me, molded me, inspired me.  I used to be one of the most prolific readers that I knew.  The time that I used to spend reading books, I now mostly spend on the Internet.  There’s got to be some balance between these two things no?  So my next challenge is to join a library (too bad London doesn’t have any good ones 😉 to read one book per week and write about it.  I’ve also joined LibraryThing at the suggestion of the lovely @secretlondon  So have a look, send me a suggestion for a nice read and I’ll let you know how it goes in the coming months.  I’ll probably start in January this time as I’ll be on tour for most of November and December but who knows, maybe I’ll get a head start! 🙂  Much love and thanks for all the love and support lots have you have given me this last year.  You know who you are! xoxox


CATEGORIES : health and awareness, lets get serious/ AUTHOR : Lo.

9 comments to “Buy Nothing New. My Year is Almost Up!”

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  1. Congratulations!

    For books you might also like to take a look at BookMooch. We used it to swap a lot of books we didn’t need/want for books that we wanted before we moved over here from the US. I also hear good things about

  2. Plenty of good libraries in London. I’m a regular at my “local” and it’s the source of most of the books you’ll see in my LibraryThing collection.

    For me, the secret of keeping reading has been to master the art of doing so while walking around. I can cover a few pages on each journey to and from work and that time seeds my interest for when I have more time at hand to sit and read.

  3. Thanks James! I’ll check ’em out! x YAY Wulf. I’ll check out your stuff on LibraryThing. Yeah, I’m so excited to peruse the libraries in London! It has so many! Just thinking about it gets me all happy…takes me back to being a kid…where the happiest times were my weekly trip to the library. My social ineptitude led me to think of the library as my best friend. Sad but true. 🙂

  4. you are my hero.

    well done, you!!

  5. Fuhrmanator says: -#1

    As a former roommate, I have to say I’m impressed that you refrained from buying for an entire year “Erroneous bath and shower products” – I think you may still have some left over here in Montreal that I can send you if you are running low 😀

  6. HAHA! That’s so true. Well, sad that those are the things I miss the most! Smelling like a giant piece of a fruit or a flower really. Since the wheat allergy, I can’t use any of that stuff anyway so I’m sure that helped!

  7. I think you should give the libraries in Islington and Hackney a try…

  8. Thanks Krista,

    I just joined a lovely library here in South London. Moving into town soon so I’ll have a plethora of libraries to choose from! Too exciting! 🙂

  9. I “get” your experiment and I applaud it…! I.e. Where we all choose to place our monies is the key…./L

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American born Lobelia isn’t just your typical singer-songwriter. A multi-instrumentalist who worked as a studio musician for 10+ years, she has won multiple awards for her songwriting, has been featured in Billboard Magazine, and was one of the original Women of MP3.COM in the early days of the Internet. In the UK for 10+ years now, she hosts several acclaimed songwriter nights at Tower of Song, shortlisted by the PRS as one of Birmingham’s best small venues. She can sometimes be seen performing with celebrated solo? bassist, Steve Lawson. (aka Mr. Lo)An advocate for sustainable touring, she travels the world performing at house concerts and small venues.