Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Perfect Thrifted Gift

This Saturday my friend Emily celebrated her 5 year anniversary of her boutique Anomaly.I knew I'd have to keep her in mind when I snaked through antique stores this weekend.

After a few hours I finally found the perfect gift, a cute vintage ceramic owl planter. Well, it might not have been a planter but I made it one. ("I own you now, you will be whatever I say, damn you!" I told it.) I found it at an South Crossing Antique Mall (about a 10 minute walk from my house) for $4.00.

While hunting for picture frames at Target I found the perfect gift box and stamped it with a thrifted stamp (Thrifted stamp ink too, I am the PIMP OF THRIFT!) I already had the green ribbon and tissue paper on hand.

The succulent is from Lowes where my friend gave me a 10% discount. I added soil and mulch from home and feel a pang of guilt for not giving him the perfect sandy succulent mixture. Regardless, Emily loved her new friends- both the owl and the succulent. Giving unique, thrifted gifts is so much more rewarding, don't you agree?

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  1. i couldn't agree more! i loooooove my little owl friend and he is happy and at home with all the other thrifted decor that i have at Underbelly and Anomaly! haha. thanks so much. it was the sweetest! xo.

  2. Hi Van, thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I'm happy you did. I totally love your blog here. I think the little owl is adorable and I love your mix of ideas and how much fun you have with your decorating. I will be back here again soon!


  3. Cute! Good find, Van. The box and ribbon make it even more crafty and adorable.

  4. I'm glad you found my blog and now I've become one of your followers--you're great! Lots of good info and stuff.

  5. Miss you Shoni, we must make some time for art and crafting!? Perhaps this weekend? I shall message you.

    Vintage Christine & Susan - thank you so much for the compliments, I appreciate it!

  6. This is sooo cute. I love the owl on the planter...and the box. I repurposed some cream and sugar containers to planters for mother's day...who cares what stuff is supposed to be used for ....it is way more fun to come up with new purposes. Thanks for sharing!

  7. What a marvelous gift idea. It looks like you forgot to link the Boardwalk Bragfest party link to your post. Would you do that please! Thanks for linking up.

  8. I'm rolling here. You know you have great friends when, not only will they appreciate thrifted gifts, but you can post on your blog about exactly how much you spent, they can read it, and they don't care! lol

    That does look like a great personalized gift!

  9. Jan- Sorry about that! You're linked to now :)

    Rachel- Oops, I HOPE she doesn't mind that I listed the price. In this case the box cost nearly as much as the gift! I think thrifted gifts are more special because you treasure hunt for them. I searched high and low until I found the perfect thing, if time is money I paid way more for that gift...

  10. Truly what I call "The Gift of Thrift!"

  11. Aw, what a fantastic gift!

    Thank you for participating the Creative Therapy session at Life in the Pitts!

  12. I love everything about your thrifted gift! That planter is too cute! Wish I had been the one receiving it! I'm also always surprised how tiny details, like stamping a box, can be so amazing to the eye...very cool!

  13. Wow that is beyond adorable! * obsessed* with owls! I want one! Must.Find.One.


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