Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The lack of shopping is getting to me

Out of all the possible fallouts from the economic crisis going on in the US and Europe, I never expected that the Canadian dollar would drop against the US dollar. Sigh. Our dollar is below 80cents on one USD which is some kind of crazy low.

Our low dollar is definitely having an effect on me: I'm not shopping as much as I was. In particular, I'm not buying stuff on eBay, and this makes me sad. How else can I buy WAY too many vintage sewing patterns (there are a lot right now from the 1940s, which I love)? Or look longingly at all sorts of fabric?

I know, I know, I already have more fabric and patterns than I know what to do with. Sigh. Every time I want to start some new project, I spread out the patterns I like the most in one spot and fabrics in another and look over both piles. Eventually I put the patterns and the fabric away without choosing any new project. I want to sew each of the patterns and I want each of the fabrics made into a gorgeous outfit. If I could wave a magic wand and transform the patterns and fabric into outfits, I would.

Part of the problem is that most of the patterns I have are for summery clothes and I want to make something more suited to winter. I have the winter fabrics (and summer fabrics, of course) but I worry that I'll waste some if something doesn't turn out. Of course, by not making things out of my fabrics, they're sort of being wasted, aren't they?

1 comment:

The Hyperlexian Aspie said...

I also find it discouraging that our dollar is dropping. I think maybe it has to do with The Bank of Canada dropping interest rates or something?

I read this article a few days ago, which shocked me. I don't know what "Index" is referred to here for each country, but it shows Canada's index dropped substantially more than the U.S.'s in October.

http://consumerist.com/5068315/global-financial-panic-at-least-were-not-iceland

I wonder if we're being fed a bunch of pap by our government. Are we in a crisis?