Go back with me in time for minute….
It’s 1999 and Christmas is right around the corner. I’m twenty and living for the year in inner-city Philadelphia as a volunteer. Needless to say, this volunteer gig doesn’t exactly pay well, which is fine by me since my current standard of living matches that of my neighbors and friends. It doesn’t, however, afford for a lot in terms of new clothing for staying warm in the cold Philadelphia winter, much less for purchasing Christmas gifts for my friends and family. So I do what my adopted community does: I head to the local thrift store. This is my first time shopping at a thrift store–I mean REALLY shopping there for more than just Halloween costume supplies and ugly sweater party fare. I need my small budget to stretch, and this is the best place I can think of for that to happen. I set aside my preconceived notions about thrift stores and try to view things through the new perspective the inner city has gifted me. And an unexpected thing happens: I fall in love with thrift.
This isn’t just a temporary crush. Over ten years later I’m still in love with thrift, especially during the holiday season. With a little creativity, some resourcefulness, and an open mind, there are gems to be found and remade in every thrift store aisle.
To celebrate my affection for Holiday Thrift, I’ve included FIVE great project ideas, each made from items that you can easily find at your local thrift store. Keep reading to view them all!
Five Thrifty Holiday Projects: