Pretty much everything in our house was used when we got it – even our dog and cat. But I haven’t ever taken the time to photograph and catalog most of the great deals we’ve gotten over the years. So I’m quite impressed with the Thrifty Chicks for their latest project – an album of 201 photos of awesome thrifted stuff. It’s like a Christmas catalog of unique stuff. You can’t order from the pages, but you can be inspired to go out an find your own awesome stuff, for far less than you’d spend at the mall.
I’ve already mentioned that we’re planning a super low-key Christmas around here. Our son is only a year and half old, and could care less whether it’s Christmas or the 4th of July or November 20th. As long as we spend our evenings playing with him, and take him to the playground during the day, he’s a happy camper. But there are a few people for whom I enjoy getting presents. I’ve been pondering various homemade options this year, and I’m also going to go to the thrift stores a little more often for the next few weeks and see if I spot anything that reminds me of those people. I’m making a commitment that all of the gifts my family gives this year will be either homemade, secondhand, or donations to a charity that is close to the recipient’s heart. No mall stuff, no online shopping, nothing mass-produced unless I’m giving it a second life.
What about you? Anyone else out there who is willing to get off of the crazy retail train that somehow manages to take over a good chunk of the country for the last month of the year? If you have Black Friday off work, perhaps you can spend it thrifting for wonderful unique gifts, or sorting through things you already have on hand that can be turned into homemade gifts. I’m thinking about making wooden blocks for a friend’s toddler by cutting up a 2×4. Or I might felt an old wool sweater and use it to make a her a little purse. Lots of possibilities, all more fun than spending the day at the mall racking up credit card debt.
So head over to the Thrifty Chicks site for some inspiration, and then challenge yourself to see how much of your Christmas shopping you can do without buying new stuff. And whatever you do, promise yourself that you won’t go into debt for Christmas, since that takes all the fun out of it.