Blissful and Domestic - Creating a Beautiful Life on Less: Thrifty Purchases: Birthday Presents

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Thrifty Purchases: Birthday Presents

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This past weekend I made a trip to two of my favorite thrift stores. Good Will and The Giving Store. I scored some awesome goodies.

1. 2 shirts from Old Navy for my niece's birthday - Paid $1 for both -BOGO Sale
2. 2 pairs of PJ pants for my nephew's birthday- 50 cents each
3. 1 skirt to re-purpose for Miss Priss- 50 cents
4. 2 shirts for my nephew's birthday- paid $2
5. 1 bed sheet - I plan to use as fabric - $4.99
6. French Fry Cutter - paid $5
7. 1 pair of DKNY pants for neice and 1 pair of shorts for Miss Priss- paid $2.50

Total Spent- $16.49

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When I was shopping, one of the sales ladies asked me about buying presents at the thrift store. She asked me why I do it and if the recipients ever mind.

Here are my thoughts....

I always shop thrift stores first. I am always pleasantly surprised at what I can find there. I have found like new toys and clothes, which both make great birthday presents. When it comes to kids, I know they are going to get toys from most of their friends at the party. I also know they grow like weeds. Because of this, I try to get them some type of clothing. For boys I always look for anything with a hero on it, Toy Story, etc. I think about what the person is into at that time and I find something along those lines....My Nephew Eastenn likes Iron Man, which is why I got him the shirt above. I also know he is kind of an animal (I mean that in a good way Andrea). He is a ball full of energy. He likes to roar, run, and convince people to lift him high in the air, so he can fly. This boy has me by the heart...I swear. I chose to get him a plain white shirt also, which I want to put a dino decal on. Project in the making right?....Holly I think we need a craft night :) With the two shirts I bought him and the Pajama pants, he will have two new sets of PJ's. What kid doesn't love fun, new PJ's?

Now for my niece, she is turning one. She is still little and is in the process of going into the next size. I bought a size up, so her Mom would have something ready for her in a month or so. I found DKNY jeans and some super cute Old Navy shirts. You can typically always find name brand clothes at thrift stores, for a fraction of the store price. This week the thrift store was having a Buy One Get One Free sale on baby clothes. I was able to get two shirts, but only pay for one. Shopping smart is the key folks.

Yes all of this is second hand, but it will be new to them and I know they will love it. I took the time to find something I knew those little munchkins would love. That is what is important. The price tag is not important or the store it came from. What matters is the love and thought that went into purchasing the present.

Now I know you are itching to ask me how I budget for presents right? Well Hubby and I have decided that $10 is what we will spend on birthdays for family and friends. I always try to shop at a thrift store first. I am typically able to find what we need. If for some reason I can't, then I go to a regular store, but only spend the $10 I budgeted. Budget, Budget, Budget Folks! It is the key!

Thrifting saves money and pretty much rocks! Some thrift stores even have punch cards. Ask your local thrift store if this is a perk. I know Savers has certain sale days and even offers senior discount days and military appreciation days. Thrifting also does good. The Giving Store is a non-profit organization who donates all their proceeds to charity. I love that. So get out there and try a thrift store this week. I promise you won't be sorry!

Happy Thrifting!

XO Danielle

30 comments:

  1. I absolutely live thrift store shopping! I've been doing it ever since I was a little girl living in AZ (my Mom is a seamstress and we used to go to the Salvation Army for ideas). My 10 year old daughter is growing so fast, it's the first place I shop for our clothes.

    Love your blog!!

    Tame

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  2. You are so lucky that your thrift stores have such lovely things. I live in a tiny country town, and while we have a lot of second hand stores here, they are usually part of a chain of stores, and the better stuff is sent to the city where it can be sold in their "boutique" stores for more than what they can charge in tiny towns like mine. The rest of us are stuck trying to dress our children in hand me downs that are sometimes two decades old.

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    1. Dear singlemumof1, How far are you from the city? We live in a tiny rural town also with no thrift stores (I'd love to start one) so about once a month I drive well over an hour to the "big" city and go to up to five thrift stores. It makes it worthwhile, especially when combining with shopping at all the other once-a-month places I go. Do you have a friend to go with and share costs? You drive one month, she drives the next? Don't give up, if you are a religious person pray for opportunities and friends to help you. I know your prayers will be answered.

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    2. Although I live in a city now, for a while we lived in a tiny town with no options. There were no thrift stores, and we only had 2 choices for new clothes in town. Wal-Mart and a place called Bealls - neither one was very good.

      I'd make do until I could drive about 2 hours to a larger town. I learned where all their thrift stores were and would save my money for a big trip. We'd do this every 2 months or so, and although I couldn't go as often - I still got great things at very good prices. Yard sales are also excellent spots for buying kids clothes - both locally and again, in larger towns on infrequent trips.

      Add in a little yard-sale fabric and you can make lots of cute things for cheap!
      Best of luck to you.
      Jen

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    3. Hi Rozy I live two hours from the city and the traffic there scares the heck out of me. I have a good friend who is an absolute expert at finding great bargains in the local stores, so on your advice I've decided to enlist her help in showing me how to shop thrifty from now on, and she's said she's happy to help.

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  3. I find that my local Goodwill is full of junk and it's very picked over. When I go I'm looking for something specific and not just to shop. I guess I should check other thrift stores. Any suggestions for Vegas......I'm on the NW side of town. Thanks!!

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    1. Check out Savers on Lake Mead. Also, Epic thrift store in North Las Vegas is amazing!

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  4. There are a few things I will not purchase from a thrift store such as undergarments!
    I love being able to purchase things that my family and I can craft with. I have also been able to purchase things BRAND NEW at the thrift stores!

    I love your blog, learning new things, and all your hints to help us with!!

    Thank you so much for everything!!

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  5. LOVE thrifting for kids clothes. They outgrow them before they can really get used, so you can find SUCH great pieces at the thrift store. Nice finds!

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  6. Totally love that you use "like" in your post. I do that all the time. And thanks for blogging, it's inspired me to stop spending so much on clothes my kids are going to grow out of next week.

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  7. I think $10 per gift is the perfect amount. So much emphasis is placed on how much you spend versus the thought put into the gift. Kids receive so much these days they have no clue who has bought them what. My son has unopened toys from the past 2-3 birthdays/Christmases. Eventually I re-gift them, but this past Christmas I returned a bunch of stuff I knew would go unopened and bought the store credits from him, putting the money into his savings account. It is worth much more to him there, and reduces the clutter!
    I have a question for you. If you spend $2 at a thrift store, do you then go and spend $8 at a regular store?

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    1. If I find a gift for someone and it is less than $10, than I save the rest. Just because I budget $10, doesn't mean I have to spend the whole thing.

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    2. Way to be! I recently budgeted $30 for my Dad's birthday.. and only spent $13 due to clearance sales @ Kohl's. He enjoyed his gifts, and the rest goes into something else!

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  9. I agree with singlemumof1...I live in a small town & while our Goodwill does have some good deals for our kids, it's nothing that can be given as gifts! However, I still LOVE thrift stores & yard sales as well.

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  10. Hi Danielle!

    I saw your segment on the Today show. I, myself, am an advocate for minimalist and zero-waste living (it's a process), and was totally inspired by your story!

    I think that what you're doing is fabulous, and I wish that more people were as lovely and brave!

    Courtney

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  11. I would have grabbed the french fry cutter too! Great finds :) I haven't had any luck finding gifts for others at thrift stores, but I don't have many children to buy for anymore.

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  12. Perspective (that's my word of the month).

    We love thrift store shopping. There are many times I have found brand new clothing with the original store tags still on them. My boys are 11 months apart in age. They love going with me b/c there is such a large selection and they get alot more stuff than if we had to shop retail. My favorite thrift store has 50% off coupons several times throughout the year and we manage to take advantage of those sales to stock up and plan ahead, especially through all the growing spurts.

    Like so many, I haven't been able to find much in the gift giving, but don't really don't have many of those to do any more. I love that you revamp those gifts and make them more personal. That's what makes them really special. Also, people who shop thrift stores don't mind thrift store gifts b/c they are doing the same thing and know that you are shopping from your heart and not your wallet.

    Keep up the good work Danielle.

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  13. i saw your segment on the today show and i LOVED it! so glad to have found your blog, i can't wait to dive in :) your blog is full of all the things i love and care about :) keep it up girl!

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  14. Perspective (that's my word of the month).

    We love thrift store shopping. There are many times I have found brand new clothing with the original store tags still on them. My boys are 11 months apart in age. They love going with me b/c there is such a large selection and they get alot more stuff than if we had to shop retail. My favorite thrift store has 50% off coupons several times throughout the year and we manage to take advantage of those sales to stock up and plan ahead, especially through all the growing spurts.

    Like so many, I haven't been able to find much in the gift giving, but don't really don't have many of those to do any more. I love that you revamp those gifts and make them more personal. That's what makes them really special. Also, people who shop thrift stores don't mind thrift store gifts b/c they are doing the same thing and know that you are shopping from your heart and not your wallet.

    Keep up the good work Danielle.

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  15. Perspective - everyone has a different one. We love thrift store shopping. My favorite store offers 50% total purchases several times a year and we stock up and plan ahead for growing spurts. We've managed to buy jeans, shoes and winter coats for several years - when the budget allows. I've managed to find several items for various craft projects and have even come up with new projects b/c of my finds. It's fun seeing what you'll find and what you can do with it.

    Thanks Danielle.

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  16. I went thrifting myself Thursday (I had a specific mission in mind) HOWEVER I found a bread maker for $4 WHOOOHOOO...but I didn't purchase for fear of the unknown of the bread maker. I am hoping it will be there when I go back if not then OH WELL. I love your thriftiness!!

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  17. I sometimes find new-with-tags items at local thrift stores, and I'll buy those to give away later. The Target dollar spot also has fun little goodies that can be thrown together in a basket or bag for an affordable gift. This week we got 100-packs of water balloons and 3-packs of squirt guns for $1 each. Perfect for summer! I like practical gifts, but I also appreciate giving things that kids can have fun with, even if just for a little bit. That's what makes gifting so fun!

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    1. I agree. Under garments is the one thing I always go new one:>

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  18. Good for you, Danielle! Sometimes I feel badly if I don't have the cash to reciprocate gifts at the time... but I truly believe it is the thought that counts... not the $$ spent! -Kelly @ HappyWifey.net

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  19. We do the same thing. I have also been collecting superhero t-shirts from thrift stores and I am in the process of making a quilt out of them to sell. It would be way too expensive to do that type of quilt if I had to buy the shirts at a retail store. Great blog by the way. I'm a big fan.

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  20. Hi Danielle--
    I just had to comment on your thrift store post. First, once I started shopping for clothes for myself and my family at thrift stores, I can now no longer buy new from a store! The brands I can get at thrift stores make it a no-brainer--for example I got myself a pair of Banana Republic pants last week, practically new, very cute and well-fitting, pric: $1.50! I always buy my kids new shoes and undies, though. If I can score myself gently used shoes, I'll get them. New undies for me, too, however. Second, if I can find a gift for someone--well, no one needs to know where it came from! Also last week, I found beautiful, perfect, hand-thrown pottery, 2 mugs and a large tray, total cost $9. These will be a wedding gift for a cousin after I add a couple fancy teas and put it all in an elegant box with new tissue paper. My sister asked what I was taking for a gift and I told her what I found, but instead of saying what store I found the pottery in, I just said I found it in a nice little shop near where I live. The pottery pieces are something I wanted myself, but couldn't justify because I don't need them, so giving them is the next best thing. I, personally, would not be offended if someone gave ME something purchased in a thrift store because I know what great treasures can be found in them! Just my two cents!

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  21. I would like to give gifts from the Thrift Store but I'm scared people will start judging me and making feel like a cheapskate. I mean I can doc it up and make it look pretty, but for me getting past people's judgement is hard.

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  22. I found the best thrift stores are in college towns or near where lots of students are. My son got a ton of hardly worn clothes when visiting Rexburg Idaho one summer, and cheap cheap cheap name brands!

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