If you’ve read Malcolm Gladwell’s book, The Outliers he refers to the 10,000 hours theory (as it relates to success.) After I read it the main thing I could say that I had accumulated a ton of hours doing (that I enjoyed) was thrift store shopping. I’ve said many times to many people that I truly believe that the hours and hours I’ve spent going up and down and back and forth thru clothing aisles at numerous thrift stores has honed my eye to finding beautiful fabric, fabulous detail and great workmanship. The most way cool thing is that thrift store shopping allows you to spot a great item (whether it’s the fabric itself or the details) and THEN check the label. This really trains your eye to find fabric treasures, uninfluenced by a store or designer name!
Oh, and it’s probably just as well I haven’t had a clock on me- not sure I want to know how many hours I’ve spent looking for treasures. Of course, on the other hand, if Mr. Gladwell’s theory is correct, success could be just around the corner (of the next thrift store clothing aisle).