By Darian Stout
Whether decorating your house for the holidays or seeking out gifts for friends and family, sometimes old can be better than new. Local antique stores offer unique decorating pieces, affordable art, and sturdy toys. Junk shops pack every inch of their space with wares. Buying for any interest is manageable, as the shelves range from quirky (pogo-sticks, tanning lamps, and cowboy clocks) to practical (jewelry, furniture, and...non-cowboy clocks).
Another uncommon shopping destination should be an estate sale. You're likely to find affordably-priced - even negotiable - gifts, and may also chance upon vintage Christmas decorations. I found this glittery vintage snowman - or snowwoman - at an estate sale just a few blocks from my house. Its uniqueness comes through in hand painted lips, and its thrift in a three-dollar price tag. Even the big box stores can't compete with a price like that.
Putting a vintage find in your loved one's or friend's hands is a wonderful way to give a unique gift, encourage interest in the past, and stay budget-conscious. A unique and heartfelt gift for less green!
Darian Stout spends the week in the classroom and weekends at estate sales and thrift shops. Consistently buying more than will fit in his house, he feels better telling himself that the various items clogging his garage will someday be restored and sold. MORE ABOUT Darian Stout
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