Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Lessons In Consumerism From The 4 Year Old


I picked up a scooter for Sadie at the thrift store for $5.00 a few days ago. She could not be more in love with an object than she is with this scooter right now. I can't help but observe her reaction to this used, dirty scooter & take notes.

I thought the scooter was a great buy! Five whole dollars for a scooter that is just her size & in good working shape. Looks like a similar scooter brand new in the store would have been $20-$30 more dollars out of my bank account.


She does not see that this scooter is a bit grungy. I notice that it's not nice & shiny, but she doesn't see that at all. She thinks it's awesome because it's both pink AND purple & it's fun. She is getting better at it & learning "tricks". She loves it. It makes her happy.

More bonuses to purchasing used:
* It's good for the environment. We support giving something used & discarded once a new life. This lowers the amount of harmful emissions caused by the manufacturing process.
* Hopefully it teaches our kids to "use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without".
* I believe it promotes a more simple life & can reverse our mindset that what we own defines who we are.

Any thoughts from my fellow second hand shoppers out there?

13 comments:

Heather said...

I whole-heartedly agree! I love shopping second-hand and getting a good deal. I am trying to pass these values on to my step-daughter who's 9. She enjoys garage sales because she can afford to buy the things she wants (brand name stuff) with her own money. I wish I could help her figure out that the brands and logos don't matter, but she'll get there one day!

Sara said...

Amen, Sister!
I'm all about buying 2nd hand for things they will grow out of (or tired of!) in one season.

Katherine said...

well said, candace! i have gotten to the point where i really don't even want to bring new things in the house, but when i do i enjoy the challenge of looking for what i need in good used condition.

rose said...

I completely agree! Clothes, toys, books... I keep a list of things to be on the lookout for in my purse. Most of the time I find what I want secondhand.

Sarah said...

My kids are little too and don't seem to notice the difference - it's still new to them! My mother's friend lives in an upscale area and is a garage sale queen - always has been. Her sons though (now college age) don't appreciate the value. She pointed me to a Goodwill in her area and said "I buy almost all the boys' brand name clothes there, but don't tell them or they wouldn't wear it" I think my brother and sister would have been the same but good condition used has always been fine with me.

Lori said...

fab morals u are showing ur little ones. hopefully by the time sadie is a tween she would rather make her own clothes to stand out than shop in the mall. ur giving two beautiful girls to the world candace. inside and out. and i must say i love that yellow headband u put in the shoppe. i am starting to wonder how much of that fab fabric u have. i love it!!

Candace said...

Rose,

I love the idea of keeping a list. I just thought that it's also teaching us that we don't have to buy things immediately, but can wait & look for a good deal. We're all so used to instant gratification.

Heather & Sarah,

So true about the name brands specifically with teenagers. I think it takes a long time after teenage years to be able to not care about the name brands anymore & some people never do. It takes being confident with yourself & being able to put aside insecurities, which is easier said than done.

imnotyrbabe said...

Ya,so true. I like you idea..Thx for sharing.

Stephanie said...

Rock steady, Candace! I agree. It's really become a lifestyle for us. I try to do more on the other end of it - giving, giving, giving. I want my daughters to learn to give their toys, clothes, food to others. We become so attached to "stuff", don't we?

Donna said...

We buy so much used stuff at our house, particularly for the kids . .books? Just picked up 5 for 3.97 at the local thrift store. . . one of them hardcover with a price sticker of $17.95 . .new books are new books to my girl . . .and toys, clothes, etc . . so many are used. Kids don't care, we pass things on when we're done, and we're all a little better off.

Marty J. Christopher said...

This is so timely. I was just having a conversation with A.P. about his brother yesterday who was here visiting in June with their five year old. We were in the Disney store and I made a comment about how we would never buy her any of the dress up clothes there, and his brother overheard me and was confused as to why. Two reasons: #1, those clothes are a little too slutty for a five year old (I hate the sexualization of young girls in our culture!), and #2, when I was a kid, dressing up meant getting cool clothes from the thrift store or my mother's closet! I just told A.P. yesterday that I totally plan on getting our future babies fun thrift store finds! It's nice to see other parents with the same attitude. Sorry...very long comment.

Rory and Jess said...

I agree so much! I love decorating with Goodwill purchases, most people don't believe me when I tell them I got this or that at a thrift store. I love buying things that have a history!

Erin L said...

I love what you wrote about it. I am NOT good at buying used, though. Dave is and currently Ana's entire bedroom is used merchandise. He always wants to go to garage sales and DI and thrift stores, but I HATE shopping, and I would prefer to walk in, find exactly what I need on the rack, buy it and walk out. Thrift stores you have to look through everything and once in a while you find the perfect thing. I'm glad Dave is so willing to shop for used.

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