My aspiration to only buy what I love has led me a bit astray lately: I’ve loved every bead that I’ve bought, but my bank account hasn’t been as enthralled with the balance of money in/money out as I have with the beads in (considering that there have been few beads out).
With that in mind, I’m going to try a bit of an experiment. Not quite a resolution, just a realization that sometimes I love too many beads ;) In the past I’ve tried limiting myself to a set number of beads a month or a set amount of money per month, but usually end up using up my allotment in the first week. I then spend the rest of the month hoping that something great doesn’t come up, and kicking myself if it does. For the next few months I’m going to try an approach allowing for a smaller number of planned beads (for the bracelet designs that I’m working on), so that I am free to indulge in the unplanned beads as well (as long as I love them, of course!). Hopefully this should strike a nice balance between what I already know I want, and those lovelies that pop up unexpectedly. And since most of my planned beads are silvers, and unplanned beads are often glass beads, it should also give a balance in that regard.
The biggest challenges will be 1) not allowing myself to use the unplanned beads allotment towards planned beads as I get closer to the end of the month, and 2) still making sure that I give each bead its due diligence. The latter is a bit easier as I don’t often make completely spontaneous purchases, so even an “unplanned” bead usually gets quite a bit of scrutiny. My spontaneity tends to come out more in silver beads that I’ve had on my list for a while that I finally break down and buy, which leads to the first challenge since I can see myself trying to justify a planned bead as an unplanned bead at some point! To try and counter this, I’m going to prioritize my wish list a bit more by identifying the monthly “planned” bead(s) for the next few months. Anything else on the list could fall into the unplanned category, but only if it’s at a great sale price. I don’t expect it will happen too often, but since I would kick myself if I missed a great bead at a great price, it still satisfies the reason for doing this in the first place, so I don’t consider it “cheating”. Of course, there’s still the risk that a must-have glass bead will come up after that and I will still be kicking myself, but no plan is fool-proof. ;)
Wish me luck! :D