The Roanoke Times is holding a Christmas song contest, and one of the contenders is “A Big Lots Christmas.” Check it out!
I am such a mishmash when it comes to my consumer choices. On the one hand, I buy at Big Lots, I relish a Dollar Tree, I frequent the thrift stores, I’m a Freecycle nut, and my favorite thing in the world – no joke – is a garbage bag of hand me down clothes.
On the other hand, I do have some expensive tastes, and, more importantly, I’ve realized that
a) there are some things that need to be quality items – or else the cheapness really does make the purchase a waste – including: q tips (knockoffs fall apart), fingernail polish (the good stuff glides on for an easier application), shoes (cheap ones hurt my feet and back)…
b) buying “green” means paying more, but when it comes to choosing nontoxic drink containers, our health is worth it – and the better lightbulbs save money as well as energy. It’s moving away from plastic that is daunting…
So, here’s today’s inventory –
I’m wearing a paid of $98 Keen shoes, (made from recycled materials),
a shirt from a friend,
a pair of pants from the Salvation Army,
earrings from Target,
hairclips and socks from Big Lots,
drinking from a steel container from Rebecca’s,
eating a vegetarian organic pie (Amy’s brand) from Kroger,
wearing a secondhand coat from a friend,
nail polish and mascara from CVS,
and face powder by Burt’s Bees from Whole Foods.
I recently purchased a Sigg bottle from the Blue Ridge Eco Shop,
a pizza from Dominos,
gas from the BP,
hardware from Lowe’s,
and received a bunch of tupperware from Freecycle.
So – a mix of local shops and chains, of eco-friendly and earth-awful, of expensive and cheap.
-I’d love to see if any of you have an equally mixed inventory!
– and, What are some other items that should be the expensive, high-quality kind?