Posts Tagged ‘< $10’

Show them some love… quick as Santa sliding down the chimney!

December 22, 2011

Family feeling neglected, ’cause you’re busy with holiday tasks? Here’s a warm cuddly dessert that they’ll think you spent hours on! This recipe practically makes itself using a mixture of fresh and dried fruits (no peeling, less chopping) and 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 »

Naughty or Nice? An email from Santa

December 11, 2011

Personalize a video from Santa¬†for your favorite youngsters… or young-at-heartsters.

“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.

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 Read the rest of this entry »

20 Days ’til Christmas, 20 Things to Buy

December 5, 2011

Okay, time to get serious. Twenty days, and at least twenty more things to buy…

at your favorite consignment, resale, or thrift shop.

Some of these might be gifts, some might make your life a bit easier, and some… well, heck, you need a little gift too, don’t you? You’ve been good!

So head your sleigh in the right direction, bring along a few carrots for the reindeer and a little bit of money, to find:Turn a thrift-store birdhouse into a holiday centerpiece

Entertaining supplies. Punch bowl? Extra wine glasses?

The perfect party outfit. Dancing shoes. Hostess gown. LBD.

The perfect decor items. Vintage, glamourous, or tongue-in-cheek.

Blasts from the past. A Parcheesi game, Rubik’s cube. Great hostess gifts.

Books. Rather than a single best-seller, gift your reading friends with a bundle of 5 great books.

Cold-weather gear for the sleigh ride or ski slope.

Kitchen gear you might only use once. A Bundt pan or trifle bowl.

Warm-weather gear for the resort-bound. Great beach bag? Diaphanous cover-up?

Christmas stockings. From simple to silly ornate, for use or to hang from every eave of your house.

Stocking stuffers. Teeny toys, funky sit-arounds, amusing bibelots.

Party clothes for the kids (red velvet’s adorable, but really, to buy new? Not so much fun.)

Serving pieces. Gravy boat, turkey platter.

Sparkly accessories. Rhinestone chandelier earrings? Cut-velvet evening bag?

A birdhouse. Spray it white and sprinkle with glitter, it’s an instant holiday centerpiece. Imaginative and budget-friendly.

Your wallet will love you almost as much as your friends and family will, for your thoughtfulness and imagination, when you shop resale, shop local, shop earth-friendly.

The birdhouse photo’s from A Stroll thru Life.

The Perfect Hostess Gift this Holiday Season

December 3, 2011

Whether or not you do the hostess-gift thing throughout the year (and if you’re coming to my house, why yes thank you), the holidays just seem to call for a little something.

Here’s how to make a little something into a bigger one:

Bring something yummie to eat on a dish picked out especially for your hostess.

First, choose one (or more) of the recipes from The Picker Who Perished, a TGtbT Consignment Shop Mystery. The recipes are here.

Use a recycled plate for those hostess goodiesThen, with all the time you’ve saved by using one of Wendy Sam’s simple recipes, hustle over to your favorite consignment, resale, or thrift shop, and pick up a serving plate. It might be holiday-themed, or it might complement your hostess’s decor, or it might be a giggle (“Razorbacks” plate, anyone?)

That way, once the goodies have all been nibbled, the hostess gets to keep… or re-gift… the platter.

The Arkansas plate was one of Style Gallery’s offerings on Etsy.

A gift only you can give. Make it once, give it to many!

November 16, 2011

Whether you’re the family’s favorite cook, the custodian of Grandma’s recipe box, or simply a creative lover of food, how about making a

Family Favorites cookbook for your relatives?

This Slideshare shows the pages of a template you can use to make an attractive collection of recipes yourself. Read the rest of this entry »

Is there a toddler on your holiday gift list?

November 8, 2011

091011ChildChristmasLet’s take a look at the whole custom of giving elaborate gifts to children who would be perfectly happy with something much simpler and much more Earth-friendly.

What does a 3-year-old “want” for Christmas?

As it says over there:

not only are you saving Read the rest of this entry »