I am a big fan of shopping at second-hand stores. I have boasted time and time again about how one can come across unique vintage finds, or even high-end items that were surely abandoned by some celebrity who can’t be seen in the same thing twice .
One thing that I hadn’t realized until recently is how a second-hand thrift store can reveal that you and your closet are in trouble.
Now, everyone who knows me will say that I have somewhat of a gift when it comes to fashion. I can go through thrift stores like a ninja racking up amazing unique finds that people have easily over-looked. While thrift stores are great for that, we also have to remember that they are the space that holds many discarded items – and for good reason. On several occasions in a 6-week time period I saw items in thrift stores that I have in rotation in my own closest – a sweater, a skirt, a pair of pink leather boots, and even a pair of pajama pants – Exactly the same as what I have in my closet. Exactly.
What does it mean when your closet is starting to mirror a thrift store?—You’ve guessed it. Something is wrong-terribly wrong. My closet is stale and I have somehow gotten out of touch.
This got me to thinking about doing a closet cleanse for the start of 2020. I could not afford to wait until spring. I immediately began going through and throwing out things that just look dated – blouses with sheen from the early 2000s, light weight butterfly shirts, any high-low skirts, shoes with widely curved toes.
Staying up-to-date is not always about staying with the trend, but its about being timeless. If you can’t tell the difference, peruse your local thrift store. It has more answers than you know.