Thrifty Giving is a reoccurring column dedicated to thrift store and second-hand shopping for gift-giving, proving that fantastic gifts don’t have to come with a high price tag or even be brand new.
Today’s post is a bit of a flashback to when I was much healthier physically but not so healthy that I wasn’t behind the times in getting posts written. We’re time traveling all the way back to November for our good buddy Kingston’s birthday. His first and true love will probably always be boats and pirate ships, but occasionally he branches out and adores things like Lego, Minecraft, and Star Wars. He has shared his love of Darth Vader (Isobel is convinced he’s called Dark Bader) with us, and remembering I saw a cool-looking Star Wars encyclopedia at a local thrift store, I popped by to see if it was still there to be picked up for King King’s birthday. Looking back this seems like a million years ago because since this trip in November I think I’ve been to a thrift store twice, which, if you know me, is nothing. I look forward to being well enough to thrift regularly again.
I didn’t find the cool Star Wars book sadly, but the trip was hardly a waste. I found this amazing Darth Vader two-part mask helmet that included a voice modulator that made a variety of sounds, such as DV’s signature air-whoosh for breathing, voice distorter and more. It needed nothing more than a touch of cleaning and some batteries. The Dark Lord must have a butler who follows him around with a shamwow to buff out all the inevitable fingerprints and dust his outfit attracts. It was in great shape.
Isobel wanted to try it on but was intimidated by the mask. She insisted on wearing on the “hair.”
The orange square is actually the price tag that I cleaned off before giving it to K. I should have taken it off for the pics but oh well. I think it was ten dollars, and I consider that money well spent.
I found him some Minecraft pixel sunglasses, too, because I wasn’t sure if I’d find anything at the thrifts. I picked those up online–Think Geek, probably.
Fortunately Kingston got over any mask misgivings pretty quickly.