1 NEW ITEM PER YEAR LESSON #3: LESS TRASH MORE COMMUNITY
Having less new items coming into my wardrobe meant I had to work with what I already had. How could I improve the items I didn't want to wear anymore? I donated less heavily-used clothing and accessories that would’ve probably just gone to the landfill. Instead, I repaired them or brought them to a local business for repair.
Because of this, I started forming relationships with my cobbler, tailor, and the consignment shop workers.
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WAIT, WHAT CHALLENGE???
This month I'm posting 5 things I learned during a 5-year experiment. From 2011 to 2016, I only bought ONE new article of clothing per year. Things I considered to be “free” or not subject to this rule were secondhand items, underwear, outdoors or protective gear, gifts, and presents bought for others.