For the past couple years, I have participated in the international Dressember campaign.  It started out as a fun fashion challenge to wear dresses despite the cold Canadian winter but quickly turned into supporting a worthy cause – the International Justice Mission.  Last year, several Dressember gals added a challenge to the challenge by wearing ONE dress throughout the whole month, and this year, there is even an official Dressember dress!  I debated buying this dress, then made some inquiries about declaring a YEG-locally designed dress my Dressember dress.  I thought it would be a worthy exception to my $50/month thrifting budget BUT, it still didn’t feel like the mindfulness action I was looking for.  Then, I came across another project and instantly knew this would be MY “Dressember” dress: The 40 Dress Campaign.  In honour of her upcoming birthday, Krista hopes to find 40 donors of $40 to buy new dresses for women living in poverty in Uganda.  I have a personal connection to the inspiring woman behind this project and have shopped from I Am Just One in the past.  (I have a lot of room in my heart to love all kinds of accessories – thrifted, local and mindful!)  So this year, instead of buying myself a NEW dress for Dressember, I’m buying one for a woman in Uganda.

40 Dress Campaign
Take a few minutes to watch Krista’s video introducing the 40 Dress Campaign and the reaction of one woman receiving a new dress!

As for Dressember, I will make a donation for that worthy cause as well, and wear my dress collection throughout the month to help keep the true motivation fresh in my mind and others!  AND to add a little personal challenge, I plan to wear a different dress every day for the month of December!  Dresses are my favourite and since starting thrifting, my collection has, er, grown.  And, er, continues to grow as evidenced by my latest $5 find from the Salvation Army Thrift Shop…

River likes dresses too, apparently.
River likes dresses too, apparently.
Wore this pretty dress for an afternoon of "helping" my sister She Does Create at Make it.
Wore this pretty dress for an afternoon of “helping” my sister She Does Create at Make it.
By helping, I mean shopping and conducting the occasional transaction. :D
By helping, I mean shopping (and conducting the occasional transaction. :D)
How could I resist when there are so many beautiful pieces, like this...
How could I resist when there are so many beautiful pieces, like this?!

40 Dresses and Dressember

It is a privilege that "shop local Saturday" means pretty accessories for us...
It is a privilege that “shop local Saturday” means pretty accessories…  
40 Dresses and Dressember
Vintage velvet blazer $8, belt $2.50, purple pashmina $3.50, accessories by She Does Create.
It’s not December yet, so you can expect to see me wear this bird-print styled anew sometime in Dressember.

40 Dresses and Dressember

Be generous this December and consider a donation to the 40 Dress campaign and/or Dressember!  And of course, wear dresses!

2 Comments

  1. i_am_justone Reply

    SpiritedThriftr Dressember thank you so much! The women have started to pick their fabric. So exciting!!

  2. The Spirited Thrifter Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing! I think we ought to be able to buy 40 dresses no prob!

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