Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Cheap Is The Rave?

Just what I have been thinking! Exactly!

When I tell my friends that the recession is good for us because we are learning, I am seeing proof of that.

We are learning to change our way of purchasing (buying carefully). We are looking beyond what we would have bought in the past (without a second thought in prior years). And we are living with things that we might have quickly thrown aside before our economy flip-flopped. What is that doing for us? We are learning! We are growing!

Not only are we learning to spend wisely, we are learning to deal with more challenges, and we are gaining wisdom as I write this. I love it.

I have learned to look at the glass as half full, an integral part of my personal being. Because of that it, I have looked for the silver lining since our economy challenge has unfolded into what it is today.

Before I go on, I do feel sorry for people that have lost their homes, their vehicles, and worst of all, their jobs! Please do not begin to feel I am making light of those horrible situations. I have shed many tears for loved ones that have not been able to hold onto the roofs over their heads, or their source of income. Better days are ahead, they truly are. You will look back on this period of time as a bridge to better waters, there is no doubt about it!

Last week, Annie's Goat Hill Handcrafted Soaps started a Brown Bag Special. It is booming. I am helping my customers make wise decisions in buying good for their skin soap (no wrappers, no frills, just the soap), and they are helping me by buying soaps that I might not have otherwise sold. I am cleaning the store shelves of bars of soap that weigh a little less than 4 ounces (to sell in the brighter days ahead). And, I am making room for the Sunshine Packs that are in the works (more on the packs later). Spring is going to come, and so is Sunshine! And I want to spread it around!

Back to my real topic, and it goes hand in hand with wise spending, cheap is the rave? Look what CNN wrote today: Granted, not too many of us can buy $7,000 watches or purses, but we know what it means to cut back. And yes, I agree, Cheap is the New Chic!!!

I say, get on the bandwagon. Decide what is most important (the topic I posted on yesterday). We can beat this thing. Perhaps not painlessly, but we can do it with fun, and with a fresh new outlook on life. Goodwill clothes on the runway? Yes!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this, we're trying to spend wisely as well, we try not to spend too much these days because of how the economy is being lately! Most of my clothes come from Wal-Mart and 2nd hand stores, now I'm saving up for our trip to Georgia that's coming up here soon! Enjoy the gorgeous day.

KathyB. said...

Mary, this post has touched on something my daughter and I discussed just last week. How this gives us an opportunity to hopefully take stock of that which is of value in our lives...and how we do spend our time and money!Great post!

Joanna@BooneDocksWilcox said...

Although we're spending money by getting the RV, stay tuned for how I plan to get completely out of debt.

Mary @ Annie's Goat Hill said...

Joanna, I knew you had a plan, I just knew it!

Kathy, isn't it amazing?

Thank you, Amy. I understand, me too.

Aunee said...

Brown Bag Special is a wonderful idea for all involved!
I just started making soap and want to sell at our local Farmer's Market this season. I have been struggling with packaging ideas, but I keep coming back to seeing my naked soaps in miniature wash buckets and being sacked in paper lunch sacks stamped with my logo. (If I ever get a logo!) I like the idea that less is more!

Mrs. D said...

I agree. As the greatest nation in the world, we have everything or the resources to achieve it. We aren't used to waiting, being inconvenienced, or doing without. On our worse day, we have more than millions around the world. This will certainly make us stop and reflect and be thankful. Good blog!

Alix said...

Awesome post Mary. Inspiring and thought provoking.

I LOVE my brown bag goodies. Thaks for choosing such lovely soaps for me. Are there any more available?

Jennifer said...

Great post! Very well said.

Mary @ Annie's Goat Hill said...

Thank you, I have more to write, but spent most of the morning at the vet's office. Emergency C-section.

Alix, yes, there are more brown bag special soaps available.

I appreciate your comments!

Lomond Soap said...

Food for thought Mary, it's hard on this side of the pond too. Whilst I'm trying to buy wisely, I fail miserably, there's just too much out there both for my soapy biz and everything else. It's tough but I hope that folks across the world still need to pamper themselves with a bar of lovely handmade soap or other gorgeous goodies. Loved your brown bag :)

Mary @ Annie's Goat Hill said...

Corrie, thank you. I hope we all see a turnaround soon. Until then, we get better!

Stacey's Treasures said...

I've been thinking about starting a thrift store. It is just in my mind now, but maby someday.