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Make Gift Baskets from Thrift Store Finds

Updated on July 28, 2012

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.)

WIne 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.

Paris Chic

Many small Paris Chic items were combined with a few of my hand crafted jewelry pieces to make a wonderful hostess gift.

Antiques anyone?

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.

Gambler Gifts

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.


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      Jaye Denman 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Thanks for all the terrific gift basket ideas. Marvelous hub!

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      mybestadvice 5 years ago from Canton, Ohio


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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      As a frequent donator and purchaser at my local Good Will store I can see endless possibilities. I already buy books, pillows, rugs, and sports equipment for family and friends at the Good Will. Your hub gives me a host of new ideas. :) Wonderful! Sharing.

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      mybestadvice 5 years ago from Canton, Ohio

      Awesome! Have you ever thought of having a "thrift" exchange at Christmas? What fun. It can be serious, comedic, etc. The only rule is that it must be purchased from a non-profit. We (work employees, Christmas party idea) did it with clothing and then had to wear our gifts out to a local restaurant. What a blast that was. People even embellished further the ridiculous stuff they wore.

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      ashleybunn 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Wow, all of these baskets are lovely! This is a wonderful idea - definitely something I can use take my love of thrift/antique shops to a whole new level! Voted up, of course :)

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      Patty Kenyon 5 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      I love doing this around Christmas!! People really do appreciate the sentiment and LOVE the creativity!!

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      Sherry Hewins 5 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      I love the photos, each one of the baskets is so unique. Voted up.

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      mybestadvice 5 years ago from Canton, Ohio

      Thanks, Sherry!

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      mybestadvice 5 years ago from Canton, Ohio

      It just makes cents!

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      mybestadvice 5 years ago from Canton, Ohio

      Thank you, Ashley. How cute would a snow saucer (if you live where it gets cold) filled with thrift store ski pants, boots and winter gear for kids be?

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      Gina Lynn W 4 years ago

      I wish I was on your gift list :) Thank you for sharing such awesome ideas!!

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      mybestadvice 4 years ago from Canton, Ohio

      Thanks, Gina!

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