Buy it once. Buy it well.

Photo by Oziel Gómez on Unsplash

I’ve been looking for a pair of boots. I got some jeans for Christmas (eventually, but that’s a long story that I’ll come back to in another post – suffice it to say I’ll be buying all my jeans second hand from now on) and feel now is the time to buy the lace-up battered-look boots that I’ve been wanting for ages to go with them.

I tell you this because I’ve wanted these boots for at least a couple of years but have never gotten around to buying them. There are a number of reasons for this, but they all essentially lead back to the fact that I don’t want to create waste. I have in the past bought the first pair of cheap boots/shoes/sandals that have taken my fancy and every time I’ve regretted it. They’ve been uncomfortable, they’ve fallen to pieces, they haven’t actually been the style that I wanted but I fell for that Pinterest image hard. So I’ve waited.

And I’ve come to the realisation that I’ve waited because I wanted to buy it once, buy it well.

I wanted to buy it once, buy it well

And having come to that realisation I love the whole ethos. Research your purchases. Buy intentionally. Buy ethically. And reduce waste.

I found a pair of second hand lace up boots similar to the picture above on eBay. Not only am I going to give them a second life, but they fit the style I’ve wanted perfectly, and currently there is nothing like it on the high street. I hope that having bought second hand I’m not adding to the growing consumer madness gripping the western world.

So this is going to be my new mantra whenever I want to buy something. How can I make this purchase mindfully, with ethics at heart, so it doesn’t let me down and lead to another purchase in the near future.

What about you? What are your thoughts? Do you aim to ‘buy it once, buy it well’? Let me know!

Until next time


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