The Gift of Thrift is unlikely to be something you are specifically shopping for. Instead, it's probably an item or two that seem to appear magically when you least expect it. That's what happened as I was walking through Carroll Gardens Brooklyn one Sunday and spied a sign promising a stoop sale. Even though my traveling partners grumbled and groaned about going out of our way to indulge my curiosity, we headed over and I immediately spied this octagonal jigsaw puzzle made by Springbok in 1967.
I thought of all the fun we used to have as kids putting together puzzles, and how my mom and her mother seemed to always enjoy accomplishing the most difficult jigsaw puzzles in either monotone colors or with teeny tiny pieces. Mom's birthday was coming up and I hadn't found a gift for her yet, so I snagged this find right off the sidewalk for $1.
Once I arrived in my hometown of Independence, Missouri, last week with my cardboard treasure packed in the bottom of my bag, my sister and I were off to garage and estate sales. And before I knew it, I had found both the wrap (a 5-cent piece of wallpaper) and the ribbon (about 15-cents a roll) and Mom's birthday gift complete.