OXFAM HAUL AND THOUGHTS ON MINIMALISM

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This one time, I walked into Oxfam and spent $200AUD… and, no, I’m not talking about that time when I bought a sideboard.

Before I get into the fun details about what I bought, let’s talk about minimalism. Ironic, right – in a blog with ‘haul’ in the title? Well, perhaps it’s timely.

I’ve hinted recently about how the last year has been a transformative one for me. A big part of what I’ve experienced has been a gradual transition from buying ethical, to buying ethical and less. Let’s be clear about something: when I started this blog, it didn’t even cross my mind that part of living sustainably is to consume less. I was purely interested in how to make sure that all of the things I did buy were made in such a way that helped, not hurt, the people who made them. However, over time, I’ve learned some lessons about ethical fashion and my shopping habits have changed. I plan more and seem to need less.

The result? The last time I moved, I absolutely loved the feeling of knowing with certainty that everything I moved with has a use, sentimental value, or both. What a feeling! This must be why people do minimalism.

This is the part where I share some thoughts on minimalism by people who do it better than I:

“Buy less. Choose well. Make it last. Quality, not quantity. Everybody’s buying far too many clothes.”
Vivienne Westwood

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”
— William Morris

Well, you must be thinking – why then the haul? If you’ve seen True Cost, you’ll know how problematic ‘hauls’ are. If not, let me summarise: reckless shopping for fast fashion bargains is directly linked to making poor choices, which means that each person in the US throws out, on avergae, 60 pieces of clothing per year. The statistics are staggering, and definitely not sustainable.

The beauty of buying slower means you’re able to better notice and evaluate the gaps in your wardrobe, kitchen, and beauty regime. And if you aren’t in urgent need of those things and don’t rush to get them, you can save it all up for the next time you’re at Oxfam like I did ;) I was coping without these items, but I use all of them regularly and most of them daily.

Oxfam haul1. Flower print oven mitt for $10.00AUD (on sale!) / 2. Oxfam fair keep cup for $15.95AUD/ 3. Incense from $4.00AUD / 4. Lush perfume with fair trade vanilla from $10.95AUD  / 5. Mortar and pestle, similar here from $5.00AUD / 6. Mouse cheese knife for $12.95AUD / 7. Turquoise stripe vetiver placemats (set of 6) or $30.00AUD (on sale!)

BELOW: Recycled glass jug for $29.95AUD

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Oh, I’ve also included this perfume from Lush, which I bought on the same day. It’s a simple, sweet scent of jasmine and fair trade vanilla – I get compliments every time that I wear it.

I’ve spoken before about how much I love this keep cup. This is actually my second – I’m keeping it at work so I never have to use disposable cups.

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What have you bought recently?

Yours Fairly,

Ashlee

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2 Comments

  1. Angie
    February 15, 2016 / 9:59 AM

    Hello lovely! I’ve also recently bought a mortal and pestle from the Oxfam shop! Also bought a set of small drawers for my bedside table to keep my jewelry in (after years of shoving them all unsorted into a box a high school friend had gifted me). In case you’re interested, they also have a range of carved wooden boxes with hidden locks, which are very cool indeed. :) xo

    • Ashlee
      July 13, 2017 / 6:56 PM

      I’ve seen those wooden boxes! They are great!

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