Grant is losing the consumer competition. He can site “work exemption” all he wants, but we all know that buying clothing is a definite no no.
Maybe we need a little background first. Before we started the Clean Bin Project, I actually read a book by Judith Levine called Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping which was, predictably, about a similar project where by she and her husband didn’t buy “stuff” for a year.
I distinctly remember feeling ripped off when I read that they were buying materials for their home renovation, and even more perturbed when Judith went out and bought (horrors) a pair of pants! That’s an immediate fail in my books, and we vowed to be pretty stringent in our own take on the game.
In our project, clothing is out. It has always been out. And it is NOT a work exemption as Grant would have you believe. I’d like some new work clothes too, but I haven’t bought them have I? I’m still wearing the pilly black dress pants I started the year with. Why does he get a work exemption and I don’t hmmmmm? (I could go on, but I’ll save you from my wining)
As you may know, Grant is a musician. His band plays shows every so often – maybe twice a month. Last week, the band arbitrarily decided that they wanted to wear all white so they looked like a team up there. I don’t know why they didn’t just pick black or some other color of clothing that they already owned. Not too many people actually have white pants kicking around the house. . .
To his credit, Grant went secondhand. The pants he found were 2 sizes too small, so I don’t know if I would classify them as a smart purchase. He actually debated cutting the pockets out of them to gain an extra millimeter of girth.
While he was at it, he picked up a pair of gleaming white shoes that were also a size too small (such is the price for fashion at the last minute). All I can say is that he damn well better wear them again.
The irony to this whole story is that the drummer, Brian, actually did own white pants, but he said they didn’t have enough pockets, so he ended up wearing black ones!
To conclude on this summary of consumer failure in the Clean Bin Project: Rhyannon bought boots, Grant bought pants, I win. Happy Easter!