Personal Narrative: I Am What I Buy

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I Am What I Buy People may make judgements or assumptions about who you are based upon where you live, the car you drive, the clothes you wear, the music you listen to, etc. I’ve been thinking about who I am, my value system and personality. I am an only child who was raised in a single parent household. My mother taught me early on how to be thrifty and that you have to work for what you want; this is where my value system began. I am a wife, mother, work full-time and college student. All my life family has been the most important thing to me and will always come first. I have a love for decorating, repurposing, thrift store shopping and organizing. I’m a planner and enjoy doing things and giving things to others as well. When I shop value and cost are important to me. Thinking about who I am and what I purchase …show more content…
In contrast, for the household shopping I do this is more of an adventure. I watch a lot of HGTV and also peruse Pinterest for ideas on decorating, crafts and repurposing. There are certain items I am always on the lookout for, such as milk glass, which reminds me of my grandma, and cake plates. Of course, there are other things that catch my eye. Most of my living room is decorated with items that are second hand. This allows me to change things around and not spend a lot of money.
After thinking about who I am and not only what I buy, but the process I go through when I buy things I’ve concluded that yes, I am what I buy. My value system impacts what I buy. Going through this exercise I’ve realized that there is a lot more meaning and thought put into what I buy than I realized. In addition, while my mother passed down her thriftiness and work ethic, I have also done the same with my children. My youngest is now almost 19 and a freshman in college and I see these same traits in

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