The Creed of the Anti-Materialist

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Having grownup both poor and Christian, (of the “give what you have to the poor or at least more poor than you” variety) materialism never appealed to me. My mother used to joke that we loved the designer “Clear-ance” (*said in faux French accent).

This never really bothered me, as none of my friends came from money. However, when I was 10, I transferred to a school where I was regularly teased about my clothes from Sears. Most of that year, I came home in tears because kids jeered me for being poor. It did a number on me.

We never bought things at full price and never shied away from yard sales and thrifting. There was a brief period when I was in middle school when peer pressure was particularly intense about wearing brand names. The big must-have item were Gloria Vanderbilt or Jordache jeans. (Worn with a white…

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About Kristen Chapman Gibbons

Loosely connected facts: Storyteller. Curator of a Better Internet. Lifelong Politico. Social Media Maven. Creativity and Empathy Evangelist. Performer. Creator of Content Worth Sharing. Digital Strategist. Former Social Worker. Decade teaching in Higher Ed. Master's Degree in Theology. Married to an Irishman. 3 darling kiddos. Preacher's kid. Appalachian. Music maker. Music devour-er. ENTP. Bohemian. Geeky. Obsessed with thrift stores and all things vintage. Lover of species.

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