A Recycled Christmas
Reused Gifts Are Better
By Jill Florio, BellaOnline
Some Excellent Reasons for Buying Used Gifts
◦ Buying used keeps nice things in the cycle and out of the landfill.
◦ You are helping the environment buy not contributing to our unhealthy consumer crazy craze for "more stuff" - ie, new items.
◦ It's really both thrifty for you and better for the giftee. You can usually get the recipient a nicer item at the same price level you were willing to spend.
◦ Many times an older item is of higher quality than the newer stuff pumped out by the mega-stores. For example, I never have to try plugging in a vintage kitchen appliance, like a toaster, to see if it works. Those babies are heavy, solid, and made to LAST! I also found a gorgeous native american woven basket for 30 dollars. If I had bought something like that new, I cringe to think of the sticker shock. What a fabulous gift.
◦ Often a vintage item is simply more stylish. Using my toaster example again, I love its fashionable Deco-and-Chrome look.
◦ Hunting for the right treasure is fun! I had all my gifts ready to go BEFORE halloween this year. I even wrapped everything as I got them, in recycled paper wrap (I bought a used tube of Christmas Wrapping paper for one dollar at Goodwill). No last minute shopping or wrapping! There was absolutely no stress in the shopping aspect, and everyone will get a high-quality gift that is perfect for the receiver. You know it when you've found something that is just right - you feel a tingle inside.
◦ This gives you a legit reason to haunt the thrift shops. My husband can't complain about my "habit" when he sees the money we save.
◦ You will avoid the malls. This is reason alone to buy used!
Think of things your friends and family like and actually use. Keep your eyes open for appropriate gifts, or even "theme" gifts. This year I bought all the women and girls in my family designer tote bags. Really nice, very stylish, barely used tote bags...these would have cost $25-30 new, and I got them all for $3-4 bucks apiece! And they look brand new. Remember, it's NOT how much you spend that is the measure of your love. Get that out of your head right now. The holidays are for sharing love, not guilt.
Where to Buy Used
◦ Goodwill and Other Thrift Shops