As 2011 draws to a close, I am feeling a little reflective. It’s been a year of challenges and changes. Most notably, the person who taught me everything I know about how to be frugal – my Mom – left this world in September. I remember our early shopping forays (not always with the utmost fondness mind you), because I was never allowed to buy anything that didn’t come from the sales rack. Growing up in Southern California, where most of the kids at school were wearing the latest trends meant that I often was not. But now, in retrospect, I’m glad that my Mom taught me the importance of frugality and restraint and that she helped me develop a fine eye for the discount, the bargain and the way to pinch a penny or two. It has served me well over the years. My Mom is probably the reason why I even considered shopping at thrift stores a good idea in the first place. After all, at a thrift store, every rack is a sales rack, everyday.
So, in honor of my Mom, Claire, I’m sharing this brief homage to A Very Thrifted Christmas. Here are a few of my favorite thrifted Christmas gifts – some of which I received and some of which I gave. Let’s see. There’s the “JOY” serving plates that I received from sister-in-law, Lori. I love that she bought my Xmas present this year at the Goodwill in Pleasant Hill! Well done, grasshopper. Then, there is the gold silk Victorian handbag I found at the ARF store in Concord for a mere $5. That one was a gift to myself. Then, there was the men’s navy blue Cashmere sweater I scored at the Youth Homes Auxiliary Thrift Store in Pleasant Hill. And, last but not least, the “You Devil You” men’s bath kilt (in its original bag no less) which I thrifted at Thrift Town.
Drop me a line and let me know how your Thrifted Christmas was, too! Wishing you all a Very Happy New Year! And, Mom, thanks for teaching me about the value of a dollar…
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