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The Art of Thrifting Gifts

Let’s face it. Thrifting has become the new normal. But thrifting gifts? Still a little taboo. In episode 15, we shared the reasons why we love to thrift gifts. If it sounds a little weird to you, don’t worry we also shared some of our favorite tips on how to thrift gift with class. To prove how fun and easy it can be to thrift gifts for your friends, we set out on a thrift challenge to buy an entire outfit for each other under $20.

4 reasons why we love thrifting gifts for others

  1. You can find brand new items with tags or in box
  2. You can find unique and one-of-a-kind items for loved ones
  3. It’s good for the environment
  4. It forces you to explore areas of the thrift store that you typically wouldn’t explore

Carlota Alfaro dress

This is the $1,000 + dress I mentioned that I found for $4.

$20 Thrift Challenge

Shannon’s Outfit

I was going for a “teacher casual” look. I started with the kimono and styled the outfit around it. Total cost from head to toe: $18. All thrifted from Goodwill Akron

Dina’s outfit

Shannon wanted to find an office appropriate outfit for me, but with a pop of color. She initially picked up the shirt with the heart pictured above but it turned out to be a little kid’s shirt so she swapped it last minute for printed vintage top. Sadly neither one of the shirts fit me so I’ll share an updated look in my Thrift it Fix it series soon! She found everything here at Goodwill Akron as well.

Never thrifted a gift before? Here are some tips to get you started

Keep a running list at all times

Shop all year round for gifts when you’re out thrifting. See something awesome in January and your friend’s birthday is in September? Buy it and save it for later!

Know your audience

If your recipient is weirded out by the idea of a thrifted gift, stick with items that are new with tags / new in box. If your recipient would appreciate the thought that you thrifted a gift, get creative! Mix and match vintage and new.

Mix and match new items and thrifted items

Sure, we love the idea of thrifting gifts, but we’re not saying it needs to be all or nothing! We love to mix and match new gifts from retail stores with thrifted finds. A great way to add a little extra character to your gift bag.

Keep an eye out for accessories

Gift baskets, boxes, tins, vases, planters, clutches – these are all great accessories that you can find at secondhand stores for your gifts.


Thinking about creating something for a friend? Head to the thrift store to pick up items you can DIY like mugs, frames, and more.

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