Our “Fabulously Frugal with Gifts of Thrift” December theme kicks off today with Hilary Rushford, Founder of Dean Street Society, where she works as a personal stylist for “real people with real budgets.” Hilary shares some tips on shopping thrift to score deals on thoughtful gifts.
Thrift stores can be a great spot to score accessories as gifts. Women’s silk scarves for the neck or hair, and menswear such as ties, bow ties & suspenders are generally inexpensive pieces with no worries about purchasing the right size. Flea markets are ideal for sussing out monogrammed items since many sellers pedal handmade wares. A necklace, pair of cufflinks or journal instantly feel personal & thoughtful when the receiver’s initials are included. Second-hand shops are also a great place to find vintage frames that look well-loved, unique & are inexpensive & can then be filled with personal photos or artwork to make it personal. The key to purchasing used items with class is to make sure they are either well-made, truly have a vintage sensibility (not just a few years old or discarded junk) or to make them personal & creative with the receiver’s initials or photos of family and friends.
Check out Hilary’s photographs below for ideas on making vintage, thrift and flea market gifts look chic.