I buy fewer and fewer things as time goes by – a function of having pretty much what I need by age 62, and an intense dislike of shopping, except at thrifts and online. Going away for the weekend to Orlando to “shop the outlets” used to be a fun sisters-event; now I enjoy sitting with my sister over coffee, and talking about the Coach sale.
And some things, well you just don’t need them too much in the silver years. For example, no more feminine hygiene products to clutter up my under-sink and purse. No more nude pantyhose for those office events, yay. Done with disco jumpsuits (yes I did), hair color, and fast cars. But not dead yet.
Here are a few categories I don’t buy anymore, and I’d love to hear if you have any.
Clearance rack items. I used to motor to the 50% off racks first thing, and get swept away by all the money I was “saving.” Er, most of my wardrobe boners were picked up on clearance, it turns out. I no longer get a thrill from those racks at the back of the store; I look for what I really want.
Duplicates. With rare exceptions (I just bought a second pair of these fab Loft jeans because I wear them constantly), I don’t want/need two black cardigans or French sailor striped tops. I once had four nearly identical pencil skirts – just because I love a style/s doesn’t mean I have to carpet my closet with them.
Miracle face creams. Haha! To have those dollars back I’ve spent on “age-reversing” potions and creams. The ones “seen on TV” or promoted by celebrities, or lovingly applied on the home shopping channels. I’m now happy with Retin-A, vitamin C serum, sunscreen, and grapeseed oil (for moisture).
Fast fashion. Enough said? In addition to deplorable working conditions to manufacture them, most fast fashions fall apart quickly. Give me slow, repeatable fashion, like a vintage wool jacket or Doc Martens boots.
Bonus #6: anything that’s not love at first sight. We can trust our love-meters on this.
Stay fabulous and enjoy every sandwich, xo
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