Punch up your holidays beyond just “the holidays”

December 16, 2011

More uses for that punch bowl you found at the resale store:

Punch Bowl Cake during strawberry season

This recipe’s a favorite year ’round. So easy and so good!

Of course, you don’t have to put just punch, or dessert, in a punch bowl.

A festive punch bowl decoration is a natural.

Ducks? Why not?

A punch bowl as liner for a ice basket of summer beverages

And finally… you could always donate, sell, or reconsign your punch bowl to your favorite shop after the holidays.

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Punch up your parties… and your decor

December 15, 2011

The absolute, bar-none (I’ll get to the pun in a moment) recycled holiday purchase you can make is a punch bowl. A punch bowl with cups is even better.Punch bowls hold eggnog... and much more!One of the best reasons to shop first in local consignment, resale, and thrift shops is to save money, and resources, on possessions that are used so seldom, it simply doesn’t make sense to pay full price. And most folks drag out their punch bowl sets only a few times a year.

And punch, or eggnog, or grog, or any colorful flavorful concoction, is perfect for the holiday entertaining season. No messing around with a full bar, no pre-guessing how many bottles of this or that you’ll need… and an opportunity to do some beautiful beverage decorating!

Here’s my favorite recipes for holiday punch, all of which do equally well with or without alcohol.

PS: To keep a punch cool, freeze some of it (perhaps with the appropriate fruit garnish) in a Bundt pan*. As the ice melts, the punch doesn’t get diluted, so the last cup’s as tasty as the first.

* And there’s another thing that’s perfect to buy secondhand: a Bundt pan!

The LAST thing you need to do…

December 14, 2011

The last thing you need to do during the holidays is fuss over a festive ending to a holiday meal.

Well, here’s an elegant dessert with no fuss!

And you can use your pretty champagne flutes, too, or your vintage parfait glasses, even those glass tea cups you couldn’t resist at the resale shop!

Layer crumbled ladyfingers, fresh berries, and vanilla-enhanced whipped cream. Top with a mint leaf or two and a fresh raspberry for pretty.

Yup. That’s it. Told you it was no-fuss. And elegant.

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 HowToConsign.com

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 HowToConsign.com 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.

Naughty or Nice? An email from Santa

December 11, 2011

Personalize this video clip from Santa for your favorite youngsters… or young-at-heartsters.

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.

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“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 Continue reading

More on-the-button Eco-Friendly Holiday Tips

December 8, 2011

Okay, so you want a green holiday celebration. We Professional Resalers of HowToConsign.com 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.
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Take one ugly thrift, resale, or consignment sweater…

December 7, 2011

You know that ghastly sweater on your consignment or resale shop’s back-room charity rack? Those $1 sweaters cluttering up Continue reading