The Thrifty Love Gift Exchange

Be Inspired, Crafting August 6, 2012
cross stitch "No act of love however small is ever wasted"

I’ve told you before that the thrift store is one of my happy places. So when a few bloggers threw out the idea of participating in a thrift exchange, I was in!

Once we were partnered up, our mission was to find out what floats the boat of our fellow blogger and find some thrifty treasures for under $10.  I was paired up with Gretchen from That Mama Gretchen.  Gretchen is a thrifting super star.  We took a quick look around each other’s blogs and Pinterest boards and decided we have similar tastes.  After confirming our love of vintage pillowcases through a quick email, we were ready to shop.

Gretchen has an 18-month-old daughter and another little one on the way, so I was excited to find two Curious George books in good condition.  We love George!  I also scored on vintage pillowcases, finding four.  Last, I found a gorgeous and incredibly soft scarf that I thought would be perfect for fall.

My grand total for these 7 items was $7.50.  Not bad!

I was pumped to see what Gretchen had found for me.  Apparently she had found some luck at an estate sale.  Wrapped in brown paper (that I later used as a background for this recipe shoot – how’s that for thrifty?) I found these beauties.

I love that we sent each other vintage pillowcases.  I also love this cute little spoon for loose leaf tea.  There is a tea vendor at the Gilbert Farmer’s Market that I will have to visit on Saturday!

I’m also digging this cute little flower plate.  It’s perfect for serving nuts or olives.  And the color is oh-so-vintagey.

But my favorite part of the package was this cross stitch.  I have a deep love for anything stitched, and cross stitch holds a special place in my heart because I’m a third generation cross-stitcher (you can see some of my work in my Etsy shop).

The saying is absolutely perfect, and I hung it up on the wall next to the photos of our sponsor children from Ethiopia and the Philippines.

I would definitely call this thrifty exchange a success, and I can’t wait for the next one!  Thank you hannahsarahjamistephanieheatheresthercarina, and danielle for setting it up!

a punk, a pumpkin and a peanut

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  • Reply alinna August 6, 2012 at 9:29 am

    ooo.. love that cross stitch!

    • Reply inspiredrd August 6, 2012 at 11:10 pm

      So glad I’m not the only one who loves cross stitch!

  • Reply rach August 6, 2012 at 10:46 am

    wonderful finds! love the pillowcase and the spoon!

    • Reply inspiredrd August 6, 2012 at 11:09 pm

      Me too!

  • Reply Angel August 6, 2012 at 10:57 am

    So cool. When I saw this great idea, I just chuckled to myself and decided to have mercy on whoever would have had the bad luck to be paired with me. Thrift stores overwhelm me so much, but you know that. :)

    • Reply inspiredrd August 6, 2012 at 11:07 pm

      Haha true!

  • Reply lora August 6, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    what great vintage goodies!! i especially love that cross stitched piece! wasn’t this swap fun? i had a blast, too. :) lora

    • Reply inspiredrd August 6, 2012 at 11:07 pm

      Yes, such a blast!

  • Reply lesley August 6, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Oh my goodness! What great gifts and amazing deals!! Such a fun swap!

    • Reply inspiredrd August 6, 2012 at 11:09 pm

      I had so much fun doing it. Thrifting is my favorite :)

  • Reply teri@managedmacros August 6, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    It really is the little things, isn’t it?? Love all your treasures especially the pillowcases, very charming!

    • Reply inspiredrd August 6, 2012 at 11:08 pm

      I can’t help myself with the vintage pillowcases!

  • Reply Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner August 6, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    I absolutely ADORE cross stitching too! (Especially counted cross stitch.) <3

    • Reply inspiredrd August 6, 2012 at 11:06 pm

      So glad I’m not the only cross stitch geek cool person!

  • Reply Noël August 6, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    That cross stitch is amazing. I love the bright colors and totally love the quote. SO much fun.

    • Reply inspiredrd August 6, 2012 at 11:08 pm

      LOVE it!

  • Reply Abby August 8, 2012 at 5:33 am

    What great goodies you received! It was a very fun exchange…never done anything like that before!

  • Reply erica August 11, 2012 at 8:03 am

    what great finds!! i love that quote on the cross stitch.
    can’t WAIT to join in on the fun the next round of the exchange :)

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