Gift shopping doesn’t have to be an orgy of galaxy destroying consumerism. You don’t have to play into the hands of marketers and advertisers to get the trendiest gifts for your loved one, no matter the occasion. There are better ways to get gifts, while maintaining a small carbon and dollar footprint. Thrift shopping is just one of those ways, and it happens to be much more fun. Apart from the savings, you also contribute to a charitable cause. Let’s take a look at what you can get from thrift shopping on Talize’s network of thrift shops.
A second hand cashmere sweater is still a cashmere sweater. Shopping on Talize’s Thrift stores can score you as-good-as-new cashmere sweaters for a fraction of their price tag. However, don’t get carried away by all the cashmere goodness. Check each sweater for damage, even though most of the times you’ll find sweaters in pristine conditions. Even if you get less than mint condition sweaters, you can freshen them up with a little dye job or replacing a few buttons. Unlike most fabrics you have around, cashmere sweaters like some tender love and care. Hand-wash them in cool water because dry cleaning them will ruin the fibers.
If you know someone who takes lots of pictures, thrift framed art might be the best present. Most Talize thrift stores have lots of framed art, and if you can ignore the often hideous artwork, you can repurpose the frame as a gift for your friend
If your intended recipient is a music lover, you can a vintage vinyl record at Talize’s thrift store. You should be prepared to dig in deep because collectors tend to pillage thrift stores searching for records. You can find some really nice records in the bins, so search outside the box. To improve your chances, get to the stores as soon as a new batch of record lands. Making friends with some of the staff at the store is a great way to know when new records hit the store
Although getting costume jewelry is like opening a jack in the box, you can get antique pieces if you know what to look for. Often, you want to look for jewelry with a vintage look. However, most of the pieces you’ll come across are not in their original state. You may have to repair some of the pieces. Others might be well beyond salvation, but you can cannibalize them to make your own custom jewelry. There are YouTube instructional videos on how to repair jewelry and even creating new jewelry from existing ones. Take advantage of them, and your friend will appreciate you for it.