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By Sarah Lazarovic

Lazarovic_A Bunch of Pretty Things I Did Not Buy

Like most people, Sarah Lazarovic covets beautiful things. But rather than giving in to her impulse to spend and acquire, Sarah spent a year painting the objects she wanted to buy instead.

Based on a visual essay that was first published on The Hairpin, A Bunch of Pretty Things I Did Not Buy is a beautiful and witty take on the growing “slow shopping” movement. Sarah is a well-known blogger and illustrator, and she writes brilliantly without preaching or guilt-tripping. Whether she’s trying to justify the purchase of yet another particleboard IKEA home furnishing, debating the pros and cons of leg warmers or calculating the per-day usage cost of big-ticket items, Sarah’s poignant musings will resonate with any reader who’s ever been susceptible to an impulse buy.

“In A Bunch of Pretty Things I Did Not Buy, Lazarovic chronicles her year-long shopping sabbatical with witty, emotionally honest musings and full-colour paintings. The end result is a book that documents a quieting of Lazarovic’s inner consumer, and proof that it’s okay to appreciate the beauty of objects without ponying up the cash for them.”
CBC Books

“Lazarovic’s philosophy essentially boils down to that familiar, grandfatherly saying ‘waste not, want not,’ but with a noticeably different take.”
Globe and Mail


Penguin US (World) Fall, 2014


A Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year 2014