Today while flattening a few cardboard boxes the cheap pair of scissors I was using finally gave out on me. The plastic joint which held the two arms of the scissors together snapped apart. Being plastic and cheap, it is irreparable. This leads me on a search for a new pair of scissors. Yet, I have no plan of heading to the dollar store or the local drugstore and buying whatever is cheapest just to save a few dollars.
“Anywhere I can make a buying choice that I, with proper care and maintenance, will never have to make again for the rest of my life, I do.” – Patrick Rhone
This final choice concept is one that I whole-heartedly subscribe to.
When I purchase a new pair of scissors I will do my research. I will read the reviews, I will find the scissors that have a chance of lasting a very long time.
One of the reasons for this is that I don’t like shopping. I find shopping exhausting and distracting from the life I want to be living.
I also enjoy being surrounded by well made objects. We own a vintage chair that is a beautiful piece of sculpture. It’s well made, its functional and its a joy to sit in. It’s been around longer than I have, and I enjoy knowing that it will be around long after I have. Purchasing that chair was a final choice.
Final choice purchases can have a higher price tag than the cheapest option available. Our chair cost more than an Ikea chair. However, by doing our research we were able to purchase this chair for far less than the price we were first presented with. Instead of purchasing the chair at a retail antique store, we purchased – and haggled – at a flea market.
The final choice philosophy is one of quality over quantity.
What objects in your life, whether you previously realized it or not, are final choice objects?