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?