This week, I visited Dollarama and Walmart to purchase fall decor.
The supply of fall decor at Dollarama was sparse — Walmart did not even have their seasonal display.
Vancouver, Canada is behind.
Perhaps this is a sign to abstain from buying cheap seasonal fall decor.
The stay at home moms in YouTube videos have homes filled with faux leave garlands; scented candles I would be allergic to; and cheap foam and ceramic pumpkins from Dollar Tree. These moms have the good sense to include thrifted items in their fall decor.
Since the age of three or four, I would spend hours alone in my bedroom moving around my collections. From childhood to adulthood, I viewed seasonal decor as tacky; cheap; and a waste of money. Why use items in my home that need to be placed in storage after three months?
When it comes to hiding items, I do not use them. Why hide potential beauty in my home? It makes more sense to display year round decor — beautiful pieces I see and use during all seasons.
Before YouTube, I was happy living life without seasonal decorating.
As I heal and recover from depression; mania; anxiety; and psychosis, I remember how I lived my life as a child; I realize the real ME is that child. Recovery is about returning to my authentic self.
There is nothing authentic about faux leaves.
Being on disability, I am blessed I can shop at thrift stores.
I did acquire fall decor from Salvation Army and Value Village which will be used year round. I created a vintage Back to School display which is very fall — most children and some adults go back to school in September.
I plan to collect real leaves and real pine cones on the street. My next craft project is to apply one coat of Mod Podge to the front and back of real fall leaves to preserve them.
Decorating seasonally is another reason to shop and spend money.
As a vegan and an artist, most of my money goes towards plant based food and lessons.
I am going back to school as a new taekwondo student with the goal of becoming a black belt.
My goal is not to decorate my home with faux leaves.
- Jennifer Ann de la Torre