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Thrifty Gift Challenge

Updated on November 21, 2014

Be Thrifty and Take the Challenge!

You will be surprised at the treasures you may discover. And there is a certain "thrill of the hunt," for that deal of the day. Recycling and upcycling are easier on the planet, and the money spent helps charities, churches, and other benevolent organizations.

Many families and groups participate with "secret Santa" activities. This is when everyone puts their names in a hat (or box or bowl) and then draws one name. Everyone agrees on how much to spend, perhaps $20 for adults and $5 for kids, and then the hunt begins.

I spent many hours learning the fine art of thrifting from my mother; it's an activity that I enjoy. The enjoyment isn't as much about the shopping, rather it is being on the lookout for something someone I care about would love.

It is easy to pop into a store and purchase a quick gift for $20. To invest a little bit more time you may just end up finding something wonderful, and at the same time cross a few more names off of your gift list!

The Vintage leather jacket, mint condition from Tip Top of California "Club 66" line - paid $19.99

Thrift Tip

Google Map "Thrift Stores" AND your city or community for a handy map with shops shown - often you will find clusters of shops in the same neighborhood!

New To You

While many of the dresses on the racks at thrift shops may appear a wee bit dates this does not mean they wouldn't look good in your closet. Fashion blogger Marisa Lynch presents plenty of cool tips for the seamstress to turn thrift shop dresses into unique and fashionable gems.

A Guide for Beginners

If you are new to thrift store treasure hunts, this video is a fine primer.

New Dress New Look

Dresses found on the racks at thrift stores may sometimes look a wee bit dates, but don't let this stop you from discovering a style which can be a new and unique statement designed just for you!

Fashion blogger Marisa Lynch shares plenty of terrific ideas with basic tips for stylish dresses on a thrift store budget!













A World of Opportunities!

Get smart with this ultimate guide for bargain hunters. Whether you are seeking terrific deals for consignment and thrift stores across America or from around the globe, this "bargain hunters bible" is a must have for locating specific shops wherever you are!

Author Carolyn Schneider has been secondhand shopping for more than twenty years. While she had limited time and money to invest in a wardrobe her corporate career required a professional style. She became such a pro in her hunt for bargains that she has since appeared in many forms of media, print, radio, and television to share her budget fashion sense.

For the Lovely Ladies

Daughters and grand daughters on my gift list were delighted to find these designer gems under the tree, who doesn't love Gucci, Guess, Prada, and of course, Hello Kitty!
Daughters and grand daughters on my gift list were delighted to find these designer gems under the tree, who doesn't love Gucci, Guess, Prada, and of course, Hello Kitty! | Source

Classic and Sporty

I discovered these classic, never-worn Nike high-tops at a local Salvation Army shop with a bargain sticker price of $8.
I discovered these classic, never-worn Nike high-tops at a local Salvation Army shop with a bargain sticker price of $8. | Source

Start A Business

Barcode Booty: How I found and sold $2 million of 'junk' on eBay and Amazon, And you can too using your phone provides resources for the bargain hunter with business sense. Online shops such as Amazon.com and online auction spots such as eBay provide lucrative opportunities for those of us who are interested in seeking out bargains to be resold for a profit.

Author Steve Weber has been successful in selling more than two million dollars worth of treasures found in outlet stores, bargain bins, thrift, and charity shops.

This how-to guide provides opportunities for building your own profitable online business.

Your Turn

What do you appreciate about thrifting?

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Treasures

A gift for myself - these new and in the original box were perfect additions to my Willow Tree collection. $2 for the pair.
A gift for myself - these new and in the original box were perfect additions to my Willow Tree collection. $2 for the pair. | Source
The best of both world - my son is a Simpsons AND hockey fan.  I couldn't have found a more perfect gift!  A bargain at $5.99
The best of both world - my son is a Simpsons AND hockey fan. I couldn't have found a more perfect gift! A bargain at $5.99 | Source
My daughter in-law collects Romero Britto - new and with original box $2.50.
My daughter in-law collects Romero Britto - new and with original box $2.50. | Source
My son is a fan of the Vancouver Canucks.  Jersey's don't come cheap.  This classic, like-new just  $4.99
My son is a fan of the Vancouver Canucks. Jersey's don't come cheap. This classic, like-new just $4.99 | Source
My grandson's other grandmother is a native of South Africa, where my grandson has visited often.  He was very surprised to receive this new South African cricket jersey which was another great bargain at $3.99
My grandson's other grandmother is a native of South Africa, where my grandson has visited often. He was very surprised to receive this new South African cricket jersey which was another great bargain at $3.99 | Source
We harvest many fruits and vegetables on our hobby farm.  My husband often mentioned buying a food dehydrator but we never seemed to get around to purchasing one.  He appreciated finding this new, in box one which cost me $5 at our local church sale.
We harvest many fruits and vegetables on our hobby farm. My husband often mentioned buying a food dehydrator but we never seemed to get around to purchasing one. He appreciated finding this new, in box one which cost me $5 at our local church sale. | Source
My mother loved collecting dolls.  This trio brought a huge smile on Christmas morning.  $5 for all three.
My mother loved collecting dolls. This trio brought a huge smile on Christmas morning. $5 for all three. | Source
Each hour during daylight hours plays one of an assortment of tunes plays while the train travels around and around. Guarantees a smile every hour. $9.99 - the same clock on eBay was more than $200.
Each hour during daylight hours plays one of an assortment of tunes plays while the train travels around and around. Guarantees a smile every hour. $9.99 - the same clock on eBay was more than $200. | Source
New England Patriots official NFL jacket for the hubby - very good condition - $6.99
New England Patriots official NFL jacket for the hubby - very good condition - $6.99 | Source
Brand new onsies with original tags PJs for my gran daughter $2.99
Brand new onsies with original tags PJs for my gran daughter $2.99 | Source
Lovely new sun dress for my granddaughter - $3.99
Lovely new sun dress for my granddaughter - $3.99 | Source
Handbags, $4 for striped Costa Blanca (new and found original price tag in purse $195), $6 for Gucci.
Handbags, $4 for striped Costa Blanca (new and found original price tag in purse $195), $6 for Gucci. | Source
For my husband the Jedi - Headgear $3, light sabre $1, and flight suit $8.
For my husband the Jedi - Headgear $3, light sabre $1, and flight suit $8. | Source

Do You Thrift?

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Shopping Tip

Locate thrift shops in upscale areas - people prefer dropping off donations close to home!

Share your thrifting tips and treasures!

Are you an experienced thrifter? One thing that I have taken away from my thrifty shopping habits is that when I am browsing my favorite shops there are plenty of kindred shoppers who are always open to share tips and exchange addresses of further shops and opportunities. I have made many friends and exchanged lovely stories of great finds. When reward comes through treasure hunting "bragging rights" are always enjoyable whether you are sharing a personal experience or listening to that of other thrifty shoppers.

Do you have a personal story or a bit of advice to share?

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      Carolan Ross 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Thrifty gifts is talkin' my language! Great features here about thrifty finds.