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From Past to Present - Reclaimed Gifts

Updated on February 12, 2012

Mrs. Flopsy Bunny

1965 Beatrix Potter Collectible
1965 Beatrix Potter Collectible

Smart Ways To Shop For Gifts

When it comes to giving gifts, most people think along the lines of new items. But there are abandoned treasures available that make great gifts. Old gently-used items can be rescued and recycled. They don't have to go the way of so many forsaken items put out on the curb to be added to already bulging landfills.

Instead of shopping for gifts at the local department store or specialty store, consider being a good steward of our world and look for items from the past that can be brought back into use.

The only thing lacking in presenting a reclaimed gift is the added packaging with it's molded plastics, twist ties and packing materials. In many cases, the box and packing are considerably larger than the gift that's finally uncovered.

The amount of trash left after a gift-opening session can amount to another heap left for the earth to try to digest.

There are resale shops everywhere. Goodwill and the Salvation Army Stores are just a couple of examples of suppliers of potential reclaimed gifts. Let's not forget the yard sales and flea markets where unique and hand-made gifts might be found.

If you're privileged to have access to abandoned storage facilities, you can find a gold mine of items to offer as reclaimed gifts on Internet sites like Ebay, Etsy and Bonanza. Often, these items were at one time, someone's rare collections. There are also old collectible name-brand items now considered relics worth a lot of money.

It's not unusual to find something you might have enjoyed as a child, still in like-new condition, just waiting to be re-presented to another. There are a number of things that still have price tags from twenty or thirty years ago.

From stuffed animals that have been refurbished to coins to name brand pottery, giving reclaimed gifts from the past for a present is a smart way to shop for Christmas, Valentine's Day, birthdays or any gift-giving occasion.

"I must do something" always solves more problems than "Something must be done." ~Author Unknown

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    • kmaskreations profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Thanks Bianu. It's amazing how many items can be restored to like-new. No one would ever know :)

    • Bianu profile image


      7 years ago from Africa

      This is such a good idea. I would love it if we could regularly go through the contents of our homes.and pick out things to give out for Christmas.

      What you call junk may just be another persons collectible.


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