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The DIY quest to cheat death and stop aging 🔮

I am an avid thrift shopper.

I have been for years. My sisters and I started thrifting together when we were in our teens.

With absolutely no knowledge of vintage, we collected dresses and accessories from the decades we loved, the 1950s -1970s. It was a way to be unique (something very important to our high-school selves) and a way to stretch the small budget we had for clothing. Fast forward to the present and I am amidst a wardrobe declutter - which I attribute to Tidying Up With Marie Kondo.

Kondo has become an international star and organisational pedagogue. She exudes peace and stability, which it feels safe to assume comes from the immaculate order of her home. Her entire ethos is that decluttering will bring happiness - that the source of our anxiety and stress and troubles is that we simply have too much stuff. According to Kondo, the decisive test for what we should keep and what we should throw out is an easy one: if something does not spark joy, get rid of it.

A lofty goal, right? Especially for a thrifter. But I did it. And after I finished my purge it felt like a huge win. But that doesn’t mean I have given up on thrifting - I still love fashion from the mid-century and get a thrill out of finding a great treasure for under R200.

So hold onto things that spark your joy - this technique works well on almost everything.

Hope you find joy with this week’s Weekender.

- Penny


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Heard & read

A pick what we've been listening to and read that's caught our eye.

Big Magic Book

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Top of the pods

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