Anytime I'm invited to a party, especially if it's one celebrating me or my book The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details, I always bring a hostess gift. In last week's case, it was a hosts' gift, plural, when John Bartlett and John Esty threw a book signing party at JB's Greenwich Village store.
My hostess gift of late has been a home-made pineapple upside-down cake, but this time a garage-sale take of $5.25, (See July 1's post, here) inspired a gift more appropriate for the gracious hosts. At one garage sale I spied a bag of Cub Scout pins and badges, two woggles (Those are the rings you wear around the scarf), and a Wolf Manual and a Bear Manual, both from the 1950s.
I love the challenge of whipping up a hostess gift at the last minute, and I've never been disappointed. I always say the thrift gods will provide, and at this garage sale, they most certainly did. So once I got back to New York, I looped the woggles through some ribbon, and tied it around the two manuals -- the Wolf facing one side, the Bear on the other. Then I glued some of the badges on top. One of my favorites is the one that says "Be Prepared."
I think that's good advice for thrift shopping, since you never know what you'll discover.