Shopping Fast – Lessons Learnt !

 

Shopping:  The fine art of acquiring things you don’t need with money you don’t have.  ~Author Unknown

 

We cannot underestimate the power of shopping or retail therapy.

Whether you buy  a complete outfit or just a small bottle of nail paint – both have the ability to release endorphins.

Shopping is always a great feeling.

Not shopping for a while was not bad either. I went on a shopping fast from October 2014 to April 2015. It included  no new clothes, no make up, no nail paints and no accessories.

 

 

 

 

Life before shopping fast :

I didn’t buy everything I see. Even if it was on sale.

If I don’t need it, I won’t take it for free either. That’s me by default !

I would go on a shopping fast for a month or two every now and then . That’s what motivated me to try it for longer duration.

I was never an impulse shopper. Rather I was very picky. It has to really appeal my senses. Else it’s not mine.

Before I started shopping fast, I donated many clothes – either because I no longer fitted in them ( many college days dresses) or they no longer suited my personal style anymore. I had to part ways with few of my most favorite pieces of clothing.  But that was a crucial step before I could start the fast.

 

Here are six positive side effects of shopping fast :

 

Recycle : I always believe in recycling a look. And I did that more often while I was on a shopping fast.

Creative : Of course you get to be more creative when you know you cannot rely on new  clothes. You learn to mix and match your old ( but still great looking ) clothes.

New life to unworn, hidden clothes : This was probably the biggest advantage of all. I could use many of those unopened ( tag attached) clothes and gave them a new address : from back of the closet to prime time shelf !!

Minimalist approach : I have been trying to  follow a minimalist approach towards so many areas in my life and that includes my closets. So the shopping fast only strengthened my minimalist beliefs.

Awareness : I was more aware of my wardrobe, what I have, what I really needed and what I actually never needed.

Spend more time creating , rather than window shopping / shopping in malls. I loved that extra time I had and saved it for my other meaningful hobbies.

 

Life after shopping fast :

 

It was a challenge and I successfully completed it. And I intend to do it regularly for shorter durations.

The whole experience confirmed that our ‘wants’ are not necessarily our ‘needs’.

I feel more and more grateful for what I have.

Less is more indeed !!

 

Will you try this fast ?

If you think your wants and needs are growing and you have a tendency toward accumulating more garments than a closet can accommodate, than maybe you should give it a try.

Would/could you, ever go on a shopping fast?  If yes, share your story below in comments.

 

18 Comments

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  2. I think I’ve been on a life long shopping fast! It’s not that I don’t like shopping, it’s just I normally wait until my clothes are so old they are unwearable and MUST be replaced. To give you some idea, some of my clothes still have my name sewn into them from my school days (and scary as it is to admit, I left school in 1999!)

  3. Interesting. It’s funny but a sort of “food fast” also had very positive results after. I think I will have to try and truly dedicate myself to try not shopping. I know I have a problem! Oh dear.

  4. I can probably never do shopping fast for that long. But there are times every year when I don’t shop at all. They can range from 1 week to 1 month. You are awesome !! I like how you still create amazing look books knowing that you are not shopping that frequently!!

    • Thanks Kiran for your kind words. I know many friends who stay away from shopping for short durations just like you. Even I do that. Mostly there is always a bigger, better motive for not shopping – saving for vacation, or some designer piece. Whatever works is great 🙂 To me it’s always a time to take stock of my wardrobe. It’s fun to shop after a fast though ;))

  5. I like your idea to resist shopping.I always wanted to do that as piles and piles of clothes are there in closet’s.But as sale season approaches’,its again the same urge.But now I have decided to take stand for six months.

    • Pinky aunty, it’s definitely hard to resist all the sales. In my case if i know Im not going to shop, then I don’t go to the mall. It’s simple, I dont see it, I dont buy it ! Otherwise its hard for me to resist once I’m in the store!! Good luck for your shopping fast ! And would love to hear back from you about your fast 🙂

  6. Oh, you meant fasting. Ha! I thought you mean fast like hurry. And I thought ‘this girl must have spent all her money in one place’. 🙂 It’s great to know you’re able to control yourself when it comes to shopping. I went thru the same thing. Well, kind of. I used to be an impulsive buyer until I became a financial adviser, then I had bigger goals which meant that I had to save more because I wanted better things. One thing that helps is to have financial goals. Good luck on this.

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    • You got it right Heidi ! If we have better, more meaningful plans for life , the urge to shop will diminish slowly. Thanks for sharing your thoughts 🙂

  7. Great post! I’ve been on a shopping fast for a while now (two young kids, not much time to indulge), so I can relate to the benefits of this challenge. I now need to ease back to shopping and re-stocking my wardrobe.

    • Isn’t that an amazing experience ? I’m happy to know i’m not the only ( crazy ) one ;)) Shopping after the fast is over is more fun 🙂

  8. That’s incredible! I don’t think I would ever be able to go that long without shopping. I could cut back and not shop often, but doubt that I could make it that many months! Great post!! 🙂

    • Thanks Arielle for sharing your thoughts. Cut back and not shop often – that’s exactly how I was before this fast. And that’s what motivated me to try it out. I know it’s hard esp if you are a fashion blogger.

  9. I’ve been trying really hard to cut down my shopping recently but it’s quite difficult when there are always new product reviews and things in the blogging world! I love the quote about how men and women shop differently, it’s so true 🙂
    Love Holly x

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    • You are right Holly. It’s hard to resist especially when there are new products and styles everywhere. Thanks for sharing your thoughts 🙂

  10. Good read 🙂

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