No this is not an April Fool’s post. I really do buy gifts at thrift shops. I’ve bought wedding, birthday, Christmas, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day gifts at various thrift shops and all have been received with joy – and then with disbelief when folks find out where I got them. Yes, I always tell people that I got the gift at a thrift shop because seeing the reaction is half the fun of giving a thrifted gift!
One of the best gifts I’ve ever given is this Jim Shore Angel that I gave to my favourite sister for Christmas one year. I found her (the angel, not my sister) at the MCC Abby East Thrift Shop; she was in great condition and only cost me $5. New, she sells for closer to $50.
My niece is a pig-collector. I’m not sure if she’s so into it anymore as she was when she was a kid. It started with her love for all things pink and since pigs are pink, they became worthy of her affection. She also wouldn’t eat pork for that reason. I found this funky pleather pig the same year, same shop, only 75 cents. Isn’t he cool?
I also love it when I receive thrifted gifts and I have received a lot. The most recent gift I received was for my birthday last month. This beautiful jewellery set came from the same favourite sister who found it in a consignment shop. The earrings are a little heavy but I love the chunkiness of the set and the way the red bead accents the blue. It’s going to look great with a simple white top this summer. I have no idea what this stone is called, does anyone know?
The thing that’s so great about thrifted giving is that it really, really is the thought that counts. If someone has given me a thrifted gift, I know how much work and thought has gone into that. The giver didn’t just pop into a department store and grab something off of a shelf. My sister was treasure-hunting, something that already takes some dedication and effort, and when she found this jewellery set, she thought of me and bought it. To me, that makes the gift priceless.
What thrifted gifts have you given or received? How would you react to receiving a thrifted gift?