With one simple idea and some self-printed coupons, I was able to turn a stressful day of scrambling for chocolate and coins into something to actually look forward to: a day of sharing, learning and giving back… true to the spirit of NoMoreMovies… and Oxfam.
Here’s what I did to help others… giving back to community makes us happier than getting things! :-)
What do YOU do with small change?
I’m talking about coins of 1, 2 and 5 euro cents. Whenever you pay with cash, they just keep on piling up. Do you hang on to them, hoping they will come in handy when buying bread from a vending machine? Mind you, even those refuse the smaller coins.
Most likely you are like me and Sofie and keep them in a piggy bank, a box or a “decorative” bottle, assured that one day you will find a good use for them.
Well, I’m here to tell you that day has come! We found the PERFECT use for them, read on!
Instead of spending big bucks on movies, games, new phones or other things we don’t really need, we decided to try something else this Black Friday weekend. We went out shopping for original items that were made in a sustainable way AND support people who need help. In short: we visited the local Oxfam Gift Fair. Here’s a summary of what we bought… and what Oxfam intends to do with our contribution.
We conclude our mini-series in which we approached flea markets from every possible angle. Looking back, did selling my stuff turn me into a better person? Have I suddenly become rich, enlightened or 200% happier?
We continue our 7-part mini-series on flea markets. Today we take a quick look at less than friendly behavior at flea markets. Clearly, not everyone realizes that it’s all about community.
We continue our 7-part mini-series on selling your stress on flea markets. Today Part 5: True stories. We learn that the proverb “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” is not a lie.
Determined to free our lives of clutter, we turn to flea markets as a solution. We continue our 7-part mini-series on selling your stress. Today Part 4: Tips and tricks
Determined to free our lives of clutter, we turn to flea markets as a solution. Join us for a 7-part mini-series on selling your stress on flea markets. Today Part 3: A day at the market
Sofie’s love for dogs led us to “SOS Stray Dogs” in Turkey, an amazing non-profit organization ran by two passionate Belgian women. This is the story of how we decided to take care of a gorgeous stray dog called Lily, while she was waiting for a foster home. A story with a happy end!