For most of my life, my mother’s attitude to consumer goods was ‘make do and mend’ as was her own mother’s. For that generation it was second nature rather than something they did to be green.
For my mum, finding nearly new bargains was practically a hobby, particularly when Christmas shopping. Car boot sales were a great source of presents throughout the year and she’d scour the ‘for sale’ adverts in the local newspapers. Mind you, by December, she’d often have forgotten what she’d bought and where it was hidden.
On Christmas morning itself we weren’t allowed to tear the wrapping paper – it would be taken from us and carefully smoothed and folded to be used again next year.
These days, with so many resale websites available online, it should be easier than ever to avoid feeding the consumer economy.
Gifting second-hand is a bit of a challenge though. Will your family turn their nose up at something which isn’t brand new and in neat packaging? Will they think you’ve been mean? Are they only asking for the latest and greatest anyway? Quite possibly, so maybe we need to be setting expectations well before the big day.
OK I’m sounding like the Grinch. But as in the famous film/book, the season is about being with family and friends, not just gifts and fancy decorations. Remembering last year, I’m sure fewer presents and more hugs will feel like a very Happy Christmas! The next issue is out for February, so till then take care!
The Go Local story
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