Why is this particular skirt plaguing me? you may wonder. Well, its sole fastening consists of large buttons that must be undone for nature's call and one irksome (and, oddly enough, penultimate) magnetic clasp that refuses to stay clasped. The skirt is made of an extremely thick, mysterious fabric (since I bought it at a sample sale, it has no tags, but the saleslady believed it to be indeed fabric and not leather) that bunches when I sit. My fear of lost buttons (they are dangerously loose) and exposed skin prevents me from ever wearing it.
A thought occurred to me today on the bus: I should take it to my tailor and ask for a zipper to be added on the inside. Then it reminded me of the two skirts I have whose dowdy length requires a merciless chopping, a pair of jeans that needs a new zipper, and a dress that needs taking in. Instead of buying something new, I should repair items that I already have. And voila! I've got "new" items.
In this economy, consider what items you can salvage, and once and for all, do something about that neglected piece in your closet. Add new buttons to a vintage dress, hem something long, take something in (or out). You'll be amazed at how large your closet will be when you can actually wear everything in it.