I usually try, wherever possible to avoid buying new & try to upcycle instead. The challenge of not being allowed to buy anything new is a good one. There are exemptions for food, drink, medication & hygiene products. The website suggests that you can beg, borrow, barter, swap or buy secondhand whatever you need instead.
I announced to Mr TH that I had pledged to buy nothing new until November. He was sceptical, something was bound to go wrong he said pessimistically.
Within 24 hours our loo seat had broken.
My parents are due to stay this weekend, we were going to need a loo seat.
Thankfully Mr TH is very organised & practical. He, like me, prefers to mend things where possible. Tucked away in the shed we had some hinges from another seat that he could use. He also took the opportunity to give the seat a face lift.
Over the weekend our tiny garden was turned into a workshop.
|Spot the workbench...Do you remember this photo from a recent posting?|
After much sanding & varnishing & restorative cups of tea (& only 36 hours minus the loo seat), we were back in business (so to speak).
Having admired the loo seat no end (& even photographed it for you too), I reasoned that it had been a productive start to Buy Nothing New Month because we'd saved money & the environment by mending rather than throwing away & buying new. Mr TH looked askance, his face plastered with a 'what's going to go wrong next?' look & I could see him imagining all manner of future calamities...
I will let you know how we get on...