I think what changed for me was that I read Marie Kondo's "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" and I started purging my house like crazy. I didn't exactly follow the Konmari plan by getting it all done in one fell swoop, but that book lit a fire under me and made me obsessed with getting rid of everything that isn't useful or doesn't "spark joy." Don't laugh, it sounds like I joined a cult, but if you just read the book, you'll know how much sense it makes.
Anyway, I made a list of items I could really use in my closet, and it turned out, I could get rid of about half my clothes. I also bought more brand new clothes, especially basics like black leggings and longish neutral t-shirts, which are things you almost always have to go out and buy new anyway. I mean, you could scour thrift stores for the perfect white t-shirt that isn't stretched, pilling, or stained, but you could also get a nice one at H&M for $10.
But yesterday I felt the allure of the Goodwill as I was out running errands without the kids and I had to pop in just to see what there was. Well, it was a good thing I did because...
I found this great Eileen Fisher cardigan for 6.99. I am turning into the biggest Eileen Fisher fan. I used to just ignore it as a brand because I figured it was for "old ladies." Actually, the clothes are kind of genius. They are loose and drapey in an elegant, not sloppy, way. They are usually very beautiful colors, a little muted, but never drab. And they are incredible high-quality fabrics that hold up to washing and wearing, so if you find them at a thrift store, they will be in great shape. Also, they are some of the most ridiculously expensive clothes. I can't even buy them on clearance when they're new, because a sweater will still be $90. So it's a thrill whenever I find some Eileen Fisher in a thrift store because I know it cost a small fortune new, and I'm getting a great piece for practically nothing.
This J. Jill cardigan was an awesome find because I was actually wearing the exact same cardigan in purple (and also thrifted) the same day. I wear the purple one a lot, so it made sense to get another one in a different color, but after thinking it through, I left it in the store. I really tried to imagine myself wearing red (even this great shade) and I couldn't do it. This was a Marie Kondo moment, because before, my default would have been to buy it and think about it later, but this time I trusted my instinct that if I was on the fence about it now, I would never leave the house in it. That felt really good.
Then I found this other Eileen Fisher cowl-neck dress/tunic for 5.99. It's really, really basic so I could wear it on it's own as a sleeveless dress, or over leggings, or under a cardigan. Yes, black is a little boring, but it has potential to be dressed up with jewelry or colored tights, so this is a solid choice for me and I'm sure I'll be wearing it a lot.
And that's it. I've had some ups and downs with thrifting this year, and gave up on it a few times. But the few really nice things I've found have made it worth it.
Note: I'm using the Blogger app on my iPad for the first time, and I haven't got a lot of it figured out yet so I'm posting this having no idea what it looks like.