Make Gift Baskets from Thrift Store Finds
Like to shop thrift and consignment stores? This project is right up your alley. I've spent years passing up really cool stuff because it didn't match my decor. Now I don't do that anymore. I've started making themed gift baskets and not only am I saving money, I'm having a blast doing it!
As a jewelry "and gifts" maker I wanted to add something special to my line. Themed baskets are one of a kind treasures that are sure to please and make wonderful hostess gifts. They are also useful in promoting sales. Make a special basket and use it as a door prize. (Spend $??? and enter for a chance to win this basket.)
A retail bottle of wine and some thrift store items make a great couples picnic basket.
Pottery and other gifts
My own wire wrapped sea glass wall hanging creation along with various pottery and a shawl from thrift stores made a wonderful basket.
Tulle: A great idea
Not only is it cheaper, but wrapping baskets in tulle gives it a more elegant look. Leftover tulle is always available at thrift stores, so start looking for it to complete your projects.
Many small Paris Chic items were combined with a few of my hand crafted jewelry pieces to make a wonderful hostess gift.
Old items along with new "old looking" items were used in this project. Since basket fill is so expensive, I've used alternative and useful fill.
Need a kid basket?
I found this brand new Shrinky Dink maker at a thrift store for .50. Spent another $15 on supplies to make it the perfect gift for my niece's birthday.
This themed basket contained a handmade "Harbor Master" Shrinky Dink necklace along with a treasure chest figurine and bank representing the recipient's favorite game. Don't forget to add some lucky money!
Great casino items are available at thrift stores. The possibilities are endless!
Other themed basket ideas
Grandma's Attic Baskets
Where can I find great baskets?
Many resale shops have a huge amount of baskets for sale. If you're as lucky as I am, you can buy them by the trash bags full at a local Salvation Army for about $5. I buy the bag, take what I can use and donate the unused baskets back again.
Use your imagination to create your own wonderful baskets!
Themed gift baskets are acceptable for any occasion. Have a blast and create something wonderful for all of your gift-giving needs.