This is one of those times my non-consumer lifestyle has become so ingrained I thought I should share it with you. A couple of weeks ago, my “Little Sister” mentioned that her dad was supposed to buy her some new shoes but he flaked so her mom was going to buy her some (her father […]

Reduce, Recycle, Reuse: Clothing

That’s the title of a terrific post written by longtime reader Catherine, who blogs at American Dream Finder after retiring her first blog called The Vegan Good Life. I find both blogs to be great food for thought on my nonconsumer journey. I think anyone who reads my blog, especially fans of Thrifty Threads, will […]

5 Days for 50 Dollars


Kayla from Kayla K’s Thrifty Ways is doing a great project this week. She’s combining thrift store finds to put together a week’s worth of outfits for just $50. Kayla says she notices that college students can get by just fine on t-shirts and jeans but that senior year comes as a shock when they […]

Jane Austen Ball

This post doesn’t have much to do with being a non-consumer, but I thought I’d give you a peek into my personal life, and one of my favorite yearly activities: the Jane Austen Ball. It’s held nearby in Pasadena, and I’ve been attending ever since the very first one in January of 1998. I’ve only […]

The Great American Apparel Diet

It seems that giving up shopping is all the rage. A group of 39 women has vowed to go without buying clothing for a year, and they’re blogging about it at The Great American Apparel Diet. I first heard about their experiment on this post from Planet Green/Discovery. It sounds just like The Compact for […]

Thrifty Threads 2

Sadly, I still haven’t received any photos for a new Thrifty Threads post, so until you (yes, you!) start sending in your fabulous finds, this post is an encore edition of an early installment… Welcome to the second installment of “Thrifty Threads” AKA “Most Stylish Compact-y Outfit,” where readers model their favorite secondhand clothes. A […]