A Bunch of Pretty Things I Did Not Buy Hardcover – Oct 28 2014
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About the Author
Sarah Lazarovic is a writer, illustrator, and artist based in Toronto. She is the founding editor of the popular website torontoist.com.
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In honour of the advice in this book, my honest opinion is to take an extra twenty minutes in the bookstore and just read it there.
Lazarovic writes that, growing up in Florida, she experienced exposure to “so much pretty, shiny stuff” that the feeling of “want” permeated her childhood even though she never lacked. As a teenager, she shopped impulsively for clothes and once spent her entire allowance on flowered boxers from The Gap. She paints this phase as a gruesome addiction, which continued until 2006 when she realized she purchased “far too much crap” on the Internet and decided to kick her shopping habit by not buying any clothes for a year.
Lazarovic paints each item of clothing she resists, forming a compendium of coveted goods. She does not suggest an epiphany but, in an ode to Michael Pollen and the slow food movement, coins the mantra: “Buy clothes. Not too many. Mostly quality.” Always juxtaposing self-deprecating descriptions with sobering, universal statements, the book points to overabundance, not scarcity as the problem with our current economy. In a society where advertising and packed store shelves abound, each consumer has to choose how to interact with the overkill.
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Most importantly: its beautiful and digestable. Zipped right through. Great holiday gift for your girlfriends or sisters!