Friday, December 30, 2011

The Gift of Thrift: Piece by Piece

When it comes to offering The Gift of Thrift, I like to collect items throughout the year and offer a present that is curated especially for its recipient. For my brother-in-law who is a country music fan and a cowboy aficionado I paired this church rummage sale book with a stoop sale harmonica.

At a flea market in New Jersey, I found this 1970s pin perfect for my mom, who is also a grandmother, and pinned it to the thrift store cording that is tied around this gift. 

Photographs by Stan Williams

For my sister, I wrapped up a pair of 1960s wooden salt and pepper shakers I picked up at a Long Island thrift shop and offered it along with a recipe box of the same era. To complete the collection, I added a set of Current recipe cards from the 1970s that I found at a flea market.

Happy 2012 to all!

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,

The Elegant Thrifter


  1. I love your choices and the way you put them together. Perfect.

  2. The nice thing about thrifting is that you really start to break out of the "buy the month of" mentality that the retail industry set us up for. Birthdays happen every year, so why not shop year round?

    Clever to set it up on a set though-- sometimes it something was not quite perfect, i'd pass up a potential birthday gift. But when a gift is great and buying power is much greater thanks to secondhand pricing, why not buy it and potentially form a set through the course of the year? Brilliant!



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