i've been thinking of this world full of economic fears and financial uncertainty. and i see a common goal in the people i know. my neighbors, my friends, my customers, my fellow bloggers, my family.....we have not stopped spending money. but we have changed the way we spend. there is a new frugality. we may spend more on an item, but we buy it to last. we buy quality, well made items that stay in our homes. we don't subscribe to the idea that a color or a pattern is out of style and needs to be replaced with each new season's collection. there is meaning in the items we purchase. we are particular and eclectic without being fussy. we make decisions based on the long-term. some of us grow our own gardens and preserve the food for winter. and we support local farmers and craftspeople. we proudly re-purpose items and make handmade gifts. the frantic scramble to acquire that has been the norm for so many generations may finally be fading.
i really appreciate the values and stability that this new frugality embraces.