Consumer mentality dies hard

I have let go of more Stuff in the past six months than many people acquire in a lifetime. I felt good about this. Victorious! Virtuous!

“Consumerism,” I proclaimed, “you’re dead to me.”

Then at the end of a lovely afternoon at the SF Museum of Modern Art I made the mistake of swinging through the museum store. (Minimalist alert: museum stores are booby traps for the unaware.)

Although somewhere in a box in my storage unit I’ve stashed a perfectly adequate collection of assorted mixing bowls, strainers and colander, on the museum’s display shelf I spotted this:

It was so cool — the bright colors, the perfect way everything nested — even the colander,  strainer, and measuring cups which were part of the set.

But $50?  That stopped me. Plus it would just be one more thing rattling around in the back of my minivan for weeks (months?) till I land some place.

Curious, I went online to learn more about the company that made them and was glad I didn’t bite: the reviewers were uniformly disappointed – snagged like me by the pretty colors and clever design, but disgusted with the product’s poor quality.

Phew!! Saved from myself one more time…

A reminder that a padawan minimalist must be especially vigilant because she is as vulnerable to bright colors and shiny things as the early Native Americans were to the white traders’ worthless beads.

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2 responses to “Consumer mentality dies hard

  1. Susan

    Oh, it is very pretty. And yes, we do have to be eternally vigilant. Though I’ve found it much easier to be a non-spender since I’ve
    a. given up cable service and given away my TV and
    b. stopped going to Wal Mart.
    So, is there a rank above padawan for minimilism?
    Or is less=more, so that you drop labels as you proceed along the path?

  2. Happy New Year Susan!

    I only set foot in WalMart once and that was enough. Gave up cable service, but that’s only because Comcast doesn’t wire minivans. Instead I mooch an internet connection off others… (is that cheating?).

    Padawan is such a great P-word. Parsimony too. Peripatetic. I must make a few additions…

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