Choosing a life not centered around earning a high salary or going into debt, for us means making do with what is given to us or buying second hand. Choosing to care for the earth means not buying new things often.
So in our living room area - we have two second hand chairs passed on to us - a couch that our friend gave us with a cover that I found in a free pile outside a thrift store that I keep applying patches to.
All new pillows including a big one for the floor that I sewed using a wonderful piece of moss green corduroy fabric and filled all with a giant bag of cotton filling from a factory that used to be nearby - all passed on from a neighbor that was moving.
The small rocking chair was mine when I was a child.
Sometimes it can be hard practicing contentment and not wanting more or new - especially when visiting beautiful blogs or looking through pinterest.
What helps, is to simply avoid shopping except in second hand shops and I sometimes find myself closing my computer down shortly after visiting an online store and remind myself to be patient, remind myself about our family's dreams and goals (which require some savings), and remind myself where many of the items are probably made and that I will not be very kind to the environment by making a purchase.
How do you manage consumerism? Are you content with what you have? Do you like to take what you have and make new things?
(A new something can be a wonderful treat sometimes or entirely necessary , so, yes we do buy new on a occasion.)