What is Thrifty Giving? I’m recording all of the secondhand and thrifted presents I give to friends and family in an attempt to inspire others and myself to look to thrift stores and other ways to reuse and repurpose gifts in a way that is both thoughtful and generous. I’m doing this for reasons both financial and ecological and hope to shift the focus of giving away from blind consumerism. These are my attempts.
My friend Melynda is passionate and unique, and loves music, fashion, the color black, and birds. I managed to find her a gift that incorporated three of the four in one thrifting trip.
First, let’s talk about that fabulous vintage Japanese-crane mug. I love the elegant, repeating motif and think the single bird on the inside of the mug is a special touch. It’s elegant but still holds a decent amount of liquid. Mugs are among my favorite gifts to give away. Everyone I know (including myself) seems to have plenty of mugs but will gladly make room for one more provided it is exceptionally wonderful.
I felt like I struck gold when I found the large silk black-and-white eagle (or crow?) scarf. The simplicity of the color scheme makes it easy to match with lots of pieces, and the large graphic print creates interest or a bold statement, depending on how it’s styled.
Lastly I found this fantastic silk vintage fold clutch purse with amber-brown Bakelite handles. The details on this purse are great from the intricate black, white and gray pattern to the textured black interior lining. I have a purse in the exact same style as this one and it is so fun to use.
Instead of using wrapping paper I carefully wrapped the mug in the scarf and tucked them both in the purse. Melynda seemed to really love them.