OK, so I'm on day six of the Compact, and so far so good. I have been really thinking of ways to get what I need without buying new. I have also been decluttering my basement and trying to come up with swaps or just give things away.
One thing I will be doing again - I need yarn for presents and to maintain my hobby, but I hate to buy new (even though knitpicks.com is calling to me). I need to go again to the secondhand stores; you can buy nice wool sweaters there and unravel/reball the yarn. I don't know if this suggestion will help any of the knitting Compacters!
I have to say that I am feeling really, really good about doing this. It seems like the kind of thing that can really change your life. I think I'd like to start a blog, but I don't think I have the time to keep up with it properly. We'll see after the holidays. I'm not sure I'd have been in a position to want to do this if I hadn't broken my foot and been unable to buy new stuff for a couple of months. When it's forced on you, you kind of realize that it's not such a big deal - that you don't NEED as much as you think you want.
I think I will get the pendant for my mom. I have purchased from that Etsy seller before and I like her work, and I know my mom would enjoy it.
I was also wondering... I have sort of an addiction to magazines, and I'd like to get a few Martha Stewart (I KNOW, I KNOW, but I like to look at the ideas and adapt them) wedding magazines. It's a long shot, but does anyone have any they'd like to give up? I also recycle the magazines when I'm done with them by making paper bowls (found the idea on craftster.org). I don't absolutely need them, so I guess I can't really justify buying new.