Thrift Christmas

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I have been wanting to post for a couple of days but haven’t had the internet access until now. We are also in the middle of building some shelves in our basement tonight. Our basement is a hot mess of storage containers and renovation supplies…bless our mess.

So you know how you have that second family? Like your second mom, second dad, adopted brothers and sisters? You know like the kind you almost become blood sisters with but then at the last minute panic at the idea of pricking your finger? Yeah, you know. Each year we have a Christmas with our second family. My second Mom, Kathy, also rents a space in Finders Keepers with my mom. As a tribute to their newfound trades (they both are retired teachers) they decided this Christmas would be “something old” Christmas.

Rules:
Must come from thrift store/auction/antique store/estate sale/etc.
Limit $25 per person

This is hands down harder than just going and buying a present. Why? Because when you find a REALLY good deal or something fabulous at a thrift store it is one of a kind. Aka you can’t play the one for me and one for you game. I think it’s amazing! It’s so much greener than going to a big name store and it also makes everyone get creative.

We swapped gifts Friday night and I think we would all say it was the best and most interesting Christmas we have shared together. We spent a lot more time with each gift as it was opened because there was usually a story involved. The items were handpicked and it was so fun to hear why the giver thought of you when they saw the item. Look at how much stuff we managed to give around under this new concept?! $25 stretches far in this game!

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From left to right I will describe what you see:
Golf flag poles with customized flags—Pottery—Books—Hat–Military style flashlight from Vietnam era—vintage bottle opener–Laser level–Fiesta ware bowl–Golf art–Mid century pink ice cream freezer–First edition Charles Shaw book–Large candles with pedestal–Glass chip and dip bowl set–Wooden canoe that will be used in the guest space here at the lake—vintage coasters—Easel–Framed set of sailor knots in that easel–Candle wall sconces–Drip edge pottery–Wine glasses, water glasses, and pitcher with “H” etched into them–Candle sticks–Milkglass vase–Sterling silver bar set—Books–Picnic set for the dock–More art–More books

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This was so much fun. All the presents had been opened and then something amazing happened. I WAS THE WINNER OF A BRAND NEW CAR!!!!! Ok I’m kidding. Blake and I were the recipients of this AMAZING furniture cart coffee table. Better than a car right?!? Right.

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This cart is one of those things you never get over. Like Taylor Swift type of never ever ever ever getting over. We have both thought this was just the coolest piece of furniture and we will forever cherish this gift. Words just can’t describe. I almost slept on it. There…that described it. Weirdly. But that’s how I felt!

We are so incredibly blessed by wonderful family and friends. We all voted unanimously to do this again next year. If you are looking to mix up your family Christmas exchange we would suggest giving this a go! It’s so much more personal and everything just feels more like a treasure.

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