Saturday, November 27, 2010

'Tis the Season

The busiest shopping season of the year is upon us, but it doesn't have to include headaches, and overdraft fees! A friend of mine has offered up a challenge this year: instead of taking shopping centers and chain stores by storm, why not hit up your local thrift store for creative gifts? The holidays are a perfect time to express your inventive side, and a gift from the heart is always appreciated. 
Holiday festivity with friends.
Maybe you're a knitting savant, or perhaps you've got a technologically-inept digital immigrant in the family that would appreciate a new stationary. Hit up your local craft store for rubber stamps (or create your own), and some fancy paper. There are a plethora of great steals at the thrift store if you're willing to dig. I've found clothing from Urban Outfitters, Free People, etc., along with full sets of name-brand dishware, fondu kits, kitschy artwork, antiques, funny mugs, etc. Use your imagination, and sign up for the "anti-consumerism" challenge at Things I Found (at the thrift store). The holidays should be about cookies, and carols, not keeping up with the Joneses.

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