When a gift is re-gifted, is it then the gift of thrift? Is it a gift of thrift when the giver doesn't plan on giving the gift but the receiver gets it anyway? This transaction left me in a bit of a quandry while I was in Zagreb, Croatia, visiting our friend Klaudija. Sitting above her kitchen shelves was this little elephant, and I commented to Veli that it reminded me of the adorable elephant planter that he found in our compactor room and offered me for my birthday. (OK. I think we can all agree that qualifies for being a Gift of Thrift, right?)
No sooner had he explained in Croatian what I said in English than Klaudija leaps up, snatches the elephant from his post and says," You want it? I don't. My mother gave it to me, and I don't like it." Well, then, I have to admit, I felt a tiny bit embarrassed. Was she saying this because she felt I wanted this little elephant so badly? Or did she truly want to get rid of it and was just waiting for the right person to upon which to unload it?
I'm pretty certain that she really wanted me to have this handmade elephant, and I could envision his living a content life with his planter brother on my windowsill.So after making sure that she really wanted to give it to me, I happily took it even though I wondered if her mom would ever notice that the elephant she gave her daughter had wandered off.
This story roughly transitions into something I want to experiment with for Fridays going forward. I can't tell you the amount of really good stuff that I find for absolutely free, either sitting in the garbage or lying, yes lying, on the sidewalk. And since Fridays are supposed to preface the wind-down to the weekend, I'm going to loosen up a bit myself and start posting either "The Gift of Thrift" or "Free Fridays."
If you'd like to send me your picture of a free find that you picked up, just email it to me at theelegantthrifter.com and tell me your story. I'll happily consider if for "Free Fridays," and you'll make The Elegant Thrifter's workload just a little lighter!
Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!
The Elegant Thrifter
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