Thrifty Giving is a reoccurring column dedicated to thrift store shopping for gift-giving, proving that fantastic gifts don’t have to come with a high price tag, or from a strip mall.
My friend Stef and I share a lot of things, a love of thrifing,making music, and even a birth month. Each year October is even better because we celebrate our birthdays together. Finding gifts for her while thrifting is easy because when our tastes collide it’s a Venn diagram of awesome, with a large shared section in the middle. Then again, finding gifts for her is also hard because I’m always tempted to keep them.
I got lucky while thrifting for her birthday. I scoured our favorite spot for almost an hour but it was pretty picked over, except for a small handful of goods, including a vintage silk jewelry roll, an older, but like new clutch the color of starlight, and a large mod daisy pin.
I have a weekend for mod enamel pins. They are the perfect accessory for a winter coat or a thick crochet scarf. Often pins like this are in super bright colors or even black and white, so I loved finding one that was a bit unusual.
The jewelry roll was such an exciting find. I hardly ever see them, even in estate sales. I think I’ve seen only one other in my extensive thrifting career. This one was in a beautiful cobalt-blue silk floral print, and the inside was a pale blue cotton and satin. (If you aren’t familiar with jewelry rolls, they are a way of storing necklaces, earrings, bracelets–all manner of jewelry–while traveling. It keeps them safe, organized and tangle-free, and is also a great way to store fancier jewelry even when not traveling. This one was missing part of the button cover, and so I glued a button on top to cover it. My glue job sadly didn’t last, but fortunately Stef is married to Dave of Dave’s Workshop, and I knew he could come up with a better solution than I ever could.
The clutch itself was flawless silver in fantastic, probably unused, condition. Perfect vintage glam.