3 reasons I Buy Nothing

Recently I joined a group called Buy Nothing.

1. ‘Why?’ you ask.

Apart from the joy of giving, I must admit to relief as well. You see, I get to declutter my home while finding an appreciative outlet for whatever I wish to part with.

  • In less than a month, a few of the items I’ve found homes for are –
    A dolls cot that I made a little mattress, pillow, sheet and blanket for, which helped a mum give her daughter a birthday gift.
  • Four floor rugs I no longer used, and although one was ‘tired’ it was still fit for purpose.
  • Several cook books; craft, quilting and embroidery magazines. One person who collected a cook book said it may encourage her husband to find and make an edible meal! Some books were happily taken in bulk to go to wider family members to help them with eating the right foods and so on.
  • Some decorative dolls that will cheer a display in the recipient’s home.
  • A heater for a now warm person.
  • A wall hanging for a newly decorated lounge room.
  • Jigsaw puzzles

And … so much more. My list is already long and should be longer still by the end of the month, let alone the year!

As someone said to me today, I must be a hoarder. I haven’t meant to become one! I simply haven’t known who to give things to as they fell out of use. Clothes and household goods from my own household and occasionally from others as they move country are finding new homes.

 Doll's Cot for four year old's birthda

Doll’s Cot for four year old’s birthday

2. Furthermore, I’m joining a group that is –

• hands on
• global
• social
• provides freeware
• an outlet for random acts of kindness
• an outlet for people to get to know one another
• a place to give, ask, receive, express gratitude.

When people ask us what a Buy Nothing group really looks like, we tell them it’s a Facebook group that’ll give you a hands-on chance to take part in a social movement spreading across the globe, enabling people and communities to commit episodic acts of daily good together. We provide the freeware for you to set up local gift economies, using social media to bring to the fore myriad random acts of kindness for neighbors to partake in day-in and day-out. The gift economies are sharing-groups, where members of a community get to know each other by giving, asking, and expressing their gratitude. (https://buynothingproject.org/)

In my community, people have given and received goods, meals and services such as completing Tax Returns; and have helped a single parent set up home and so much more.

Food that Harm and Foods that Heal
I’ve given away numerous books I no longer need or use.
3. In this group I have the opportunity to meet others in the community.

I’ve lived in my local community for several years. Due to various factors it’s been tough getting to know people. Firstly, I worked outside the area; secondly I moved without small children in tow, so had no contact with local school mums’ groups; and thirdly, so many of the social groups I joined proved temporary. I’m not saying Buy Nothing fills all purposes, but the network of people opens doors I’d not otherwise have heard about, and my social circle has a greater chance of expanding.

I’ve met beautiful people who are keen to give and happy to receive. It’s a transparent group and we are all ‘on the same page’.

You can check out the Buy Nothing website here to find out more.

I confess to succumbing to one pick up – of coffee grinds! Pure heaven!


Susan is a writer based in Perth's Darling Range, Western Australia. Her love for writing began as a child and is a life-long passion. Susan is also passionate about reading and attributes much of her learning to the wonderful world of literature. She enjoys photography and art and loves to write the occasional poem. She is often found indulging in a good cup of coffee and gazing over the hills from her backyard.

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