365 Days Without Shopping

The rules are simple: - I can only shop in a local supermarket - The rest I'll MAKE, BARTER, FIND, BORROW (or steal... just kidding :)

Look what we got!


A few weeks ago our neighbor came over and brought Maya these beautiful rain boots. Her little girl outgrew them and, after hearing about my project, she decided to give them to me. The boots where brand new, with the price tag still on.

Often we don’t know what to do with our old things. Giving them to the Salvation Army seems like a hassle, a lot of charity shops don’t come to pick up the clothes so they end up sitting in bags until we remember to take them to the shop. Giving old cloths to friends can be embarrassing. Why? Maybe we are afraid it will make them feel like "they are poor"? Maybe they’ll judge our cloths style. What did I use to do? Wait till the nightfall and bring down a beanbag labeled “clothes” and hope someone who needs them will pick them up.

Part of this experiment is to leave these hang ups at the door. It’s about asking your neighbor or friend: “Hey, does your kid need these?”

I was making a batch of body scrub for us and I made a pot for them. After all, what are neighbors for?