My sister recently used the phrase “frugal fatigue”, the latest linguistic spin-off of the economic meltdown. People are, understandably, tired of scrimping and budgeting and worrying about money and well, not spending. And it was only a matter of time before someone came up with a name for it.
I recently spent some time (and money) at Creative Quilting in Hampton Court. And I have to admit that running my fingers through drawers of possibility after about 18 months of fabric hibernation was immensely pleasurable. I was after six fat quarters and determined to stick to my quota when I stepped through the shop doorway. I walked out with my six fat quarters. Plus four Japanese prints for which I have no specific purpose in mind. And two more pieces for my mom – gifts don’t count.
Seeing the latest additions to my fabric stash hanging up to dry made me realise how good it feels to have new supplies. It also gave me some first-hand insight into frugal fatigue. I think everyone should just spend like mad during July to avoid the feeling and, if that doesn’t kick-start the economy, at least we’ll all have lots of new fabric to see us through.