That's a good philosophy, emotionally and financially. I've always been one to chase the hidden treasure, underrated finds, diamonds in the rough, etc. Its a great quest, and when you find something, its magical. But the cost of all the items that didn't live up, end up costing more than the better items. You do learn a lot, and maybe its just tuition. It also gives you the knowledge to not fall for the fake overpriced items posing as the good stuff. Maybe its about the journey, not the arrival?I've had the same epiphany & sold it ALL!
When I started buying gear again I kept it simple, I would only buy something if it WOW'd me.
After that, other stuff I play in stores is BORING!
So, that keeps me from buying stuff I don't need.