TIS THE SEASON…(PART ONE)
…to spend lots of money? Not necessarily. I know that we would all like to gift vintage or handmade, but sometimes that’s easier said than done. Or more appreciated by some than others. We all know those friends and family members who look at vintage or thrifted items as used, and handmade as crafty. Oh the shame!
So in my attempt to find the perfect gift for everyone, preferably with a personal touch, I’ve come up with a few ideas that will please the thrift-phobics.
Great books are great books. Why buy new when you can buy a collection that comes with a wonderful old book smell and lots of character. A collection like this would cost just a few dollars at the thrift store. Create personalized book plates with a Hobby Lobby stamp and you have a very thoughtful gift for a bibliophile of any age.
This is one of my FAVORITE ideas. There are three things you are guaranteed to find at the thrift store, coffee mugs, good books, and pillow cases. Buy up those pretty embroidered pillow cases, cut them in half, stitch up the long side, create a deep hem on the open side and run a pretty ribbon through. Voila!
You have a soft, drawstring bag for your loved one’s purse collection. If you’re feeling really generous, throw a vintage handbag in one of them.
I really love Jenna Lyons and all she’s done for J Crew, and everyone knows how much I adore Anthropologie, but the prices! Oh my!!! Go to the thrift store, buy up all the pretty, gaudy brooches you can find, and attach them to a lovely, large link gold chain and you’ve got a one of a kind necklace. I think this necklace would also look great with a vintage scarf threaded through the links, or a few handmade fabric flowers sewn on. This piece cost me just a few dollars to create. I am also a HUGE fan of clip-on earrings. I don’t wear them, but they make perfect detail pieces for necklaces, lights, etc., and they are incredibly affordable.
Well, here’s a classic (and obvious one). Nothing like citrus at Christmas. Fill a beautiful old tin with clementines, yum!
Milkglass is always readily available. How about sticking a few pom pom blooms into a bud vase?
I have so many more ideas to share but you’ll have to wait until tomorrow. And don’t forget about etsy and Nellie Loves Vintage. There are so many fabulously giftable items out there!
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