2017 Shopping List
An endeavor of conscious consumerism
In 2017, I’m going to buy the items on this list and, provided there are no major emergencies or unforeseen necessities, only these items. Some I’ve already sourced and chosen my vendor, others I will find along the way. The parameters for this list are as follows:
Sweat shop free and ethically produced: This means that wherever the product is made, the workers are safe, valued, and compensated fairly.
Made in the USA - or by international under-served populations empowered by ethical and transparent organizations: In the event that an item is ethnically specific, produced internationally out of necessity (availability of materials, skill/craft), or is available with the option that it supports/empowers a community impacted by suffering - I will choose the internationally produced option. Otherwise, all other purchases will be made by USA grown, sourced, and produced vendors.
Made to last, and to be sustainable in their life cycle: I will not be purchasing items that are disposable or that cannot be composted/recycled at the end of their lives. I will also be making choices for items that will be useful for years to come. This means top quality materials, long-lived vendors, items with warranties and lifetime guarantees, and conscious forethought of the item’s life cycle.
When possible, buy it locally: Tampa Bay Area - my people, my places, my products
When possible, buy used: Craigslist, Offer up, Etsy, eBay, yard sales, Facebook buy/sell groups, friends + family, and thrift shops
When possible, trade or barter: Interested in professional photography + videography, business strategy consulting, executive coaching, website and brand design, entrepreneurial education, productivity coaching, nutrition and health, yoga instruction, dog walking / sitting, or lifestyle design? Let’s trade.
When possible, buy the materials and make it: Innumerable Pinterest fails (and successes) abound!
If you see items on this list you would like to sell, gift, or barter with me - email me.
But, what if I find something I desperately need?
This is the perfect opportunity to stop the impulse buy habit right in its tracks. In the event that something comes up that I "must have", I'm going to take thirty days to think about it. After assessing, I will have waited and considered long enough to make a decision I am comfortable with. If I do buy something outside this list, I'll be sure to ADD it with an asterisk that it was added after the fact.
Becoming a full-time bike commuter & Selling My Car
After selling my car, I'll place the bulk of those funds in my savings account with an adequate budget for bike-outfitting and a modest monthly stipend for Uber and transportation emergencies.
- Set of Pannier waterproof bags
- Tire + tube repair kit
- Tire pump with pressure gauge
- Rain poncho
- Cup holder
- iPhone mount
- Handlebar basket
- Set of 4 headrests for the Golf
- Set of 4 floor mats for the Golf
More Rock climbing + outdoor recreation
I'd like to replace the majority of the time I spend surfing Instagram, watching movies/TV, and internet window shopping with activities like hiking, park excursions, hammock and chill, stargazing, camping, etc.
Progressing to a minimal waste lifestyle
This may be the largest area of consumption for the whole year, which seems a bit paradoxical. However, investment in quality now saves the inconceivable price of disposable later.
- Reusable water bottle *Purchased
- Glass meal-prep container set
- Waterproof lunch bag
- Reusable produce bags
- Flour sack towels (three sets of five)
- Wool dryer balls
- Essential oils
- Shower squeegie
- Glass spray bottle (two)
- Water filter
- Airtight dog food + cat food containers *Purchased
- Reusable freezer storage containers
- Reusable snack + sandwich pouches
- Reusable bulk bags
- Reusable-items first aid kit
- Water filter *Purchased
- Multi-compartment file organizer *Purchased
DOWNSIZING AND PRIORITIZING A CAPSULE-STYLE WARDROBE
One of my biggest reservations to the capsule wardrobe is being adequately prepared for the elements, hobbies, and specialty apparel. Mine include: being a passenger on a motorcycle, being a bike-commuter, and leading an active outdoor lifestyle.
- Raw denim jeans
- Black slacks
- Sturdy, all-weather shoes
- White button-down
- White + black tees
- Everyday wear shirts: Option 1, Option 2, Option 3, Option 4
- Ethical, organic cotton undies
- Thermal underclothing: top & bottom
- Neutral camisole, black camisole
- Fair isle sweater
- Organic everyday socks
- Canvas day shoes
- Leather daily work boots
- Down puffer vest
- Sweater tights
- Motorcycle-proctection jacket
- Motorcycle gloves
- Motorcycle boots
- Bluetooth for helmet
- Lightweight motorcycle backpack
Learning to preserve & ferment Foods & Medicine
The healing benefits of fermented foods, the abundance of quality local produce, the expense of store-bought kombucha, and my own journey to health and wellness are leading me to can, preserve, and ferment my own p
- Materials for a continuous brew kombucha system
- Twelve glass bottles
- Twelve glass pint jars
- Six glass quart jars
- 6 dozen tincture bottles
- Stainless steel tiny funnel
- Stainless steel canning funnel
- A canning jar lifter with rubber grips
- Kitchen tongs
- Magnetic lid lifter and bubble remover
- Food thermometer
- Food mill
- Food strainer
- Bread dome
- Crock pot
Strengthening my photography & videography gear arsenal for new creative endeavors
In 2016, I invested in a full set of Canon professional photography equipment (replacing a decade of Nikon gear). With expanding creativity and practiced skill, there's a few things I need to complete the bodies of work I have in mind for 2017.
- RODE mic
- 85mm f/1.4 prime lens
- 70 - 200mm f/2.8 telephoto lens
- Handheld camera stabilizer
- GoPro accessories
Total budget: $1,359.72
miscellaneous items (because misc. is the biggest buy trap of all)
Throughout the years, I've accumulated an immense Amazon wish list. This year, I'm making space for some of these and either deleting or delaying the rest.