A Life Less Throwaway: The Lost Art of Buying for Life

A Life Less Throwaway: The Lost Art of Buying for Life

by Tara Button


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A revolutionary guide to the art of mindful buying that will teach you how to resist cheaply made goods and make smart, fulfilling purchases that last a lifetime.

With the whole world trying to convince us to spend our way to happiness, we’ve been left cluttered, stressed, and unfulfilled. Tara Button, founder of BuyMeOnce, is at the forefront of the global movement to change the way we shop and live forever. Tara advocates a life of mindful buying that celebrates what lasts, giving you exercises that help you curb impulses, ignore trends, and discover your true style. Once a shopaholic herself, her groundbreaking mindful curation method reveals the amazing benefits of buying for life and will help you:

   • Spot the tricks that make you overspend
   • De-clutter your home
   • Find the products that serve you best
   • Rediscover the art of keeping and caring for things
   • Find happiness, success, and self-worth, beyond buying

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399582516
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 06/19/2018
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 280,916
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

TARA BUTTON worked in advertising until 2016, but she became uncomfortable in a job that pushed people to buy things they didn't necessarily want or need. On her 30th birthday, she was given a Le Creuset cooking pot by her sister. Every time she used this pot, she thought, "If only all my possessions were like this, I'd never have to replace anything." The idea stalked her for months until finally (despite having close to zero technical ability) she gave in and started building a basic website. In January 2016, a journalist found BuyMeOnce on Twitter and pitched a story to The Telegraph. Over the next few days, the article went viral and Tara's world (and inbox) exploded. She quit her job and committed to spreading the BuyMeOnce message globally. Since then she has come to oversee a team of eight, all passionate about the BuyMeOnce mission; the team even includes her old boss.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

List of Exercises 8

Part I Broken Behavior

1 Mindful Curation 12

2 Planned Obsolescence 21

3 Advertising 43

4 Marketing 54

5 Faster and Faster Fashion 73

6 Born to Shop 97

Part II Living A Life Less Throwaway

7 Becoming a Curator 110

8 Taking Stock 122

9 Before You Shop 140

10 Out at the Shops 153

11 The BuyMeOnce Buying Guide 166

12 Keeping and Caring 201

13 On Money and Happiness 211

Conclusion 235

Ten Steps to Mastering Mindful Curation 242

Appendix I 244

Appendix II 268

Endnotes 270

Further Reading 284

Acknowledgments 287

Index 290

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