3 basketballs [minimalist challenge item #254]

[item] 3 basketballs

[purchase info] ???  My kids dad?

[time in my possession] ??

[last used] I never saw my kids using these.

[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Easy

[destination] Thrift store

[replacement item] None

[info] These came from the boy’s dad.  They were cleared out when they moved to another state.  We kept one, gave 3 away.

back in black [minimalist challenge item #253]

[item] 4 tops

[purchase info] Purchased at thrift stores

[time in my possession] Approximately 5 months, 3 years on the black shirt

[last used] The black one, last year.  The rest, never.

[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Easy

[destination] Thrift store, pink one sold at Plato’s Closet

[replacement item] None

[info] The 2 white shirts didn’t fit well.  The pink one fit, but very snug and just didn’t look good on me.  The black t-shirt?  I just don’t look good in black.  And no, not everyone looks good in black.  I don’t know where that fashions statement came from, but it’s not true.  Right after I got rid of it, I was told I needed to wear black to a women’s retreat.  Should I pull it out of the pile?  I might have, but that’s one pile that went directly to Goodwill.  Oh well.  I’m rebellious anyway, so I wore my black semi-formal dress with casual stuff and the second day, I wore gray.

in style [minimalist challenge item #252]

[item] 3 shirts

[purchase info] Purchased one new, one at a thrift store and one given to me

[time in my possession] 3 months to 8 years

[last used] Never, once and a lot

[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Easy

[destination] Thrift store

[replacement item] None

[info] I will never wear the plaid one.  Too big and boxy.  The flowery one, I like the fabric, don’t care for the style.  The grungy shirt I love, but it’s too short.  I bought it at The Buckle on sale years ago.  I’ll miss that one, but even if I still owned it, I would only enjoy it in my closet.

wishful thinking will not get me into these jeans [minimalist challenge item #251]

[item] 3 pairs of jeans

[purchase info] Given to me

[time in my possession] Approximately 3 months

[last used] Never

[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Easy

[destination] Thrift store

[replacement item] None

[info] I really wish I could wear a size 2, but wishful thinking will not help here.  I’m happy with my size 6, but I still really like these jeans…

the eco-awesome business model

I found a place of business a few days ago that models everything I believe in.  The Grass Roots Eco Cleaners & Market is a wonderful place in Frisco that everyone should know about.  So why is this place so great?

  • The cleaning is eco-friendly
  • The fixtures and decor are all repurposed materials
  • The market features gift-style items that are made by local artists and crafters, and mostly from repurposed materials.

Their slogan is “clean green & shop local.”  I not only love this because it’s great for the physical environment, it’s also good for the mental and humanitarian environment.  Choosing to support local artists is a great way to build community.  As for the mental part?  I could tell from the minute I met Courtney that she loves what she’s doing here.  This place is not close to my house (relatively speaking from my ‘I want to walk there’ mentality), but I’m sold.  I don’t do much dry cleaning, but when I do, I will be taking it here.

What if all small businesses did something like this?  Even on a small scale?  Now I’m aware that the first thing you learn in entrepreneurial business school is to do one thing, stick to it and do it well.  Don’t deviate.  But what if that one thing was a broadened horizon of meeting several community needs in one place?  Yes, Grass Roots has done well here!  There’s a lot to learn from this business model.  Being different is good.  Supporting local community is good.  Repurposing materials is good.  Doing something you love is great.  Doing all of it together is priceless.

Did I also mention how I found this place?  They were already supporting projectwarm.us by collecting coats and blankets for the homeless.  On this one, they’re supporting a community in need.  I just can’t say enough good things about Grass Roots, but I can say, “thank you!”  Grass Roots is a drop spot for project warm us.  Stop by and check out their place.  Also, get 10% off your dry cleaning by making a donation.

“We are taking donations at our store! When you donate, we will give you 10% off your dry cleaning bill and big “High 5” for being awesome and making someone’s life a little better! We are at: 5999 Custer Rd @121 next to Starbucks!”

hippie skirt & old lady capri pants [minimalist challenge item #250]

[item] Hippie skirt & old lady capri pants

[purchase info] Purchased at a thrift store

[time in my possession] Approximately 6 months

[last used] Each one time, a few months ago

[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Easy

[destination] Thrift store

[replacement item] None

[info] I just didn’t wear these.  I really like the skirt, but it’s just not one of my favorites.  I usually hold on to stuff I like, even if I don’t use it.  Now, I’m a little better about just giving these things up.  Clutter = stress.

I don’t do bling… [minimalist challenge item #249]

[item] 4 tops

[purchase info] Purchased at a thrift store

[time in my possession] Approximately 1 year

[last used] 2 never, 2 not often

[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Easy

[destination] Thrift store

[replacement item] None

[info] one was a different style than I usually wear, the pink one was great other than the ‘bling’ buttons, the other two I just have similar stuff.

non-breakable [minimalist challenge item #248]

[item] Orange and lime green plastic plates

[purchase info] Purchased at a thrift store

[time in my possession] Approximately 4 months ago

[last used] Once, about 2 months ago

[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Easy

[destination] Thrift store

[replacement item] None

[info] I just don’t need these.  I have mis-matched dishes.  If one breaks, I just buy another.

hunting vests [minimalist challenge item #247]

[item] Hunting vests

[purchase info] Given to me

[time in my possession] 6 months

[last used] Never

[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Easy

[destination] A friend

[replacement item] None

[info] I just don’t need them.

do you need this with a drought? [minimalist challenge item #246]

[item] Broken umbrella

[purchase info] Purchased new

[time in my possession] Approximately 4 years

[last used] I don’t know when, but apparently it was in a wind storm.

[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Medium

[destination] Trash?  It’s very broken.

[replacement item] None, yet.

[info] This was my son’s umbrella.  He does need another one so he can walk to school in the rain.  What?  I offer to drive, my kids like being green and they harass me.  😉