minimalist moment – the garage sale

“minimalist moment” – a moment in time when my journey to become minimalist impacted an unexpected decision.

this weekend while driving through my neighborhood, i noticed a large number of cars parked outside a neighbor’s home.  as i drew closer, i counted 12-15 people in their driveway and the “garage sale” sign posted by the street.  my initial inclination was to think, “wow, that’s a lot of people at that garage sale.  it must be a good one.  i should at least stop and check it out.” 

at that point, my mind raced back to our decision to become minimalist.  i asked myself a different question, “is there anything that i really need to add to my life?”  after thinking of none, i drove past the garage sale without a second thought.

don’t get me wrong, i’m not against buying used and cheaper.  but i am against buying used and cheaper just because it is used and cheaper.

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  1. di says

    We have certain items that we search for at yard sales, such as sewing supplies, tools and antique dishes that may match the ones I have from my grandmother.

    We did find a $500 pair of boots for $5, sturdy winter gear for less and old records for my Mom’s record player.

    It’s still worth it to stop, but we only buy things that we know we’ll use. It still saves money in the long run.

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