Ditching the High Street

Thought I would start this new year with a challenge to myself, because it’s already been an absolute pile of crap, why not add to it?

In all seriousness though, this is something I’ve been thinking about for a while. Last year I rediscovered my passion for charity shops and eBay, I also found so many little online businesses for both myself and the kids that I just love. So I’ve decided that I’m going to attempt (emphasis, on the attempt) not to buy anything from the high street in 2021.

One of my favourite eBay finds of 2020

It’s a challenge that I’m looking forward too. There are a lot of positives to this challenge, saving money, it’s more eco friendly, plus one of my favourite things about shopping small is you’re getting some really unique pieces that you won’t find on the high street, that are definitely more my style and I don’t feel like I’m settling on my style.

Now I know some are thinking, ‘this doesn’t seem like much of a challenge’. Allow me to explain, we’re a society of ‘we want it and we want it now’ and if we can’t have it now, then by next day delivery (there’s a reason Amazon prime is so popular). And I’m no exception to this rule, but here’s the thing, buying from small businesses means there’s normally a wait period of anywhere between 2-6 weeks (not surprising, as it’s all handmade items) which means you have to develop a sense of patience. On top of that, it can take several unsuccessful charity shopping trips before you’re able to find something you like/ looking for. It can be disheartening and frustrating and make you want to take the easy way out, which is the high street, quick and convenient, but I’m determined to persevere through this year.

Now I’ll be posting updates about how it’s all going over this year, so keep your eyes peeled and your fingers crossed for me.

Jo xx

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