Archive for the ‘Gift Ideas’ Category

Stop. DO NOT go to the mall today.

December 24, 2011

If you’re seeing RED over Holiday Overindulgence and the damage it’s doing to your budget, do not, I repeat do NOT venture anywhere near a mall or a Big Box today.

Okay, you need a few more little gifts. Well, go GREEN.

Do it the eco-way… which is also the loving-friend/parent/child/aunt way.

Figure out what the recipient of your present-giving truly wants. An afternoon at the museum with you? Your undivided attention on a walk in the woods? Your famous BeansNWeenies on demand some gloomy day in January?


Now write a nice note promising same, and buzz on over to a consignment, resale, or thrift shop to pick up an appropriate container for your note (an Oriental jar? teapot? candy dish? wallet? basket? casserole dish?), and you’ve gone green and given that person just what he or she wants… something only you can give!





Wrapping it up in style

December 23, 2011

Need some gift-wrap ideas fast?

These suggestions from Penny’s Day Book are perfect. And earth-friendly. And they probably do not require you to make a trip to the Big-Box drug store at 11pm in your slippers.

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Pretty paper & tags that don’t cost the earth.

December 21, 2011

091002wrapOkay, so you’re not like my husband who wraps gifts in the comics section of the paper.

You want pretty. You want “real” gift tags.

But they cost the earth. Sure, okay, you can get them at the dollar store. But how much Read the rest of this entry »

What to get for Dad or Grandpa?

December 19, 2011

Fathers are the hardest people to find gifts for, aren’t they? They either have everything already, or what they want is so specialized that you dare not pick it out yourself. And it seems downright weird to give your father a gift card, doesn’t it?

Here’s my go-to solution. My Read the rest of this entry »

The perfect gift for someone who thinks used is icky.

December 17, 2011

Got a person on your gift list who would be HORRIFIED at the thought of a present from a consignment, resale, or thrift shop? Well, we have the perfect Read the rest of this entry »

You don’t have ordinary friends, so why buy ordinary presents?

December 13, 2011

Your friends are inventive, imaginative, fun-loving and perhaps even a teeny bit frivolous.

They’re anything but BORING, right?

So why would you go to a chain store and buy them a BORING holiday gift, when you could explore your local consignment, thrift, or resale shops for something as unique as they are. Here’s some examples from across the continent (please bear in mind that these wonderful items are in all likelihood gone to a new owner… but remember too, that resale shops get new merchandise in all the time, so there’s a treasure or three just waiting for you.)

Holiday dressing with flair, resale-style!

For your arty friend. From Village Vogue in CT. Click to go to their live link at

Why buy fake when you can buy real, at resale?

For your girly, but never sweet, sister? This Gucci's from Mosh Posh in Florida

Out of the ordinary is run of the mill in thrift shops!

Remember when he played Dungeons & Dragons nonstop? This beauy's from Treasures of the Heart, the NAM nonprofit thrifts in Texas. Click to get their link.

Boots made for everything... maybe even walking. Get them resale!

Would you dare these for your mom... or your ballet teacher? These were at Threads in MN.

Unusual jewelry? Where else but at a consignment, resale, or thrift shop?

Who gets this? Maybe YOU? From Selective Seconds in Indiana. Click for the link to their shop.

For those with original tastes, it's resale all the way!

Resalers sell things with tags still on them, too... but who cares, with these incredible bags at FiFi's in SC. Click to get the link to their site

Unusual cuts, colors, fabrics and combinations of all of the above, in resale!

No ordinary jacket for your fashionable niece. The one's from Revente in SC.

Hey, you buy cars used, right? You're already a smart resale shopper!

How about an electric car... for your pint-size friend, from Repeat Street in IL. Click for the link to them

More joy, less jingle

December 12, 2011

Crowded malls, not so Christmas-peaceful

‘Tis the season to jingle-jangle your nerves?

We don’t think so.

Jangled nerves. That’s what so many holiday shopping excursions can lead to. Why voluntarily do this to yourself during the season of joy and peace? That’s totally silly, when you can enjoy the calm and comfort of consignment, resale, and thrift shopping, while doing good for the planet as well.  And we shopkeepers certainly don’t want to jingle your budget, either.

So drop in to your favorite shops (find the Directory and Zoomable Map of Professional Resalers here) and enjoy a low-key, down-home, shop-local, eco-aware wallet-friendly shopping experience. Experience peace and neighborliness.

Relax at a consignment, resale, or thrift shop for the holidaysWho knows, they might even offer you some cocoa and a candy cane.

The crowded mall photo from David Porter on Flickr; the peaceful shop photo from luncheonsatthejunction blog.

It’s a frame-up, just in time for the holidays

December 10, 2011

What better holiday gift than that of family?

And, yes, you can buy it at a 091002familyconsignment, resale or thrift shop!

Reframe a treasured family photo (you can scan the original into a digital file to print out or take it to a professional for this service) in a frame than suits the current generation.

When you are looking for Read the rest of this entry »

“Quick, some stocking stuffers!”

December 9, 2011

I’m gonna break with tradition here, and suggest that you stock up on “new” stocking stuffers at this Read the rest of this entry »

More on-the-button Eco-Friendly Holiday Tips

December 8, 2011

Okay, so you want a green holiday celebration. We Professional Resalers of applaud you! We, of course, believe in recycling, reusing, and reinventing. (And this Professional Resaler adores these little button wreathes and plans to give lots of them this year! After all, every resale shop in the country has boxes of “lost” buttons*…)

And there are so many ways to have not only a joyous and green celebration. Here’s a bundle of ideas from our friends in the UK.

* Here’s another way I’ll be using lost buttons for holiday decor. And if I had fat quarters lying around, this is what I’d make with them.