A Get Rich Slowly post sparked controversy last year when readers were asked: "Is it Okay to Buy a Christmas Gift from the Thrift Store?" Yes! We cry, naturally! But consumers that stigmatize thrift stores had a different reaction. Here's feedback from people who would hate to receive a gift from the thrift store:
"I think I would be slightly offended by a thrift store gift..."
"One word. Bedbugs. They’re back in a big way. I do not get anything from thrift, vintage stores that can’t be properly sanitized. Purses fall into that catagory so I wouldn’t be happy with a used handbag no matter how nice."
"i guess i’m spoiled but i would be horrified if someone gave me used thrift-shop purses and would probably spend the rest of the day crying (i get a little too upset over poorly-chosen gifts sometimes). my first thought would be if money is that tight that you’re gift shopping in thrift stores instead of proper stores, why couldn’t you have gotten something less expensive but new?"I love to give and receive gifts from the thrift store. Who wants an ordinary item anyone can get from a retail chain when you can have something unique and thoughtful from the thrift? It came with extra effort, someone had to ambitiously hunt down that item for you!
Presentation is key...when you give a gift from the thrift, think of presentation. Don't gift an item with unflattering chips or dents. Display it nicely; details count. Think a vintage tin with homemade cookies inside, wrapped in a velvet bow, or a vintage planter filled with poinsettia flowers.
With beguiling presentation, even die-hard thrift store haters will overlook the gift's humble, inexpensive origins. And if your friends are mad that you didn't spend enough on them, find new friends!
Do This: Check out The Elegant Thrifter for gift-giving inspiration. His Gift of Thrift posts display creative presentation ideas and remarkable thoughtfulness! Then check The Non-Consumer Advocate. Katy gives thrifted gifts and thrifty gift ideas, Viva La Résistance!
Bonus: Last year I wrote up an Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide of thrifty and useful gifts.
Is it okay to buy gifts from the thrift store? Where do you draw the line?