How to Give Second-Hand Gifts without Looking Tacky
Want to give second-hand gifts, but afraid you'll look tacky doing it? Put these strategies to work, and you'll save a ton without looking like a bum:
Snatch Up Collectibles
Make a list of the things that your friends and family collect – dish patterns, knick knacks, etc. – and look for those items when you're out at thrift stores, flea markets and yard sales.
Antiques are prized for their age, not despised for it; so seek out those old-world treasures and give them as gifts.
A few ideas: vintage jewelry, colorful linens, old copies of classic books
Search Out One-of-a-Kind Finds
Some things just can't be bought in a retail store. Be on the look out for handmade goodies and any rarities or oddities. You may just uncover something truly special to give.
A few ideas: autographed items, mementos from events/places the recipient has been to, items so hideous that they're just begging to be gag gifts
Look for New Items
Buying second-hand doesn't have to mean buying used items. Keep an eye out for items in their original packaging – candles, clothes, craft kits, etc. – and no one will care (much less notice) that it was purchased second-hand.
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