I won’t mention to you all the seasonal songs available all over in all sorts of format. I’m sure you have your favorites.
But I’ve just discovered Christmas podcasts!
Here’s a few that are quick enough to enjoy while running errands, waiting for the kids, making dinner:
My Christmas Stocking Every episode features at least one Christmas song, sometimes traditional, sometimes something you may not have heard before. You’ll also hear the stories behind our favorite traditions and other surprises.
Christmas Radio Shows In the 1920s, 30s, 40s, and 50s families gathered around the radio to listen to the long-awaited Christmas editions of their favorite shows, making for great memories.
Christmas Past tells the stories behind your favorite holiday traditions. Each episode is 10-15 minutes long, and features interviews with experts, archival audio, and Christmas memories from listeners.
Another place to enjoy and get terrific ideas from? 50 Days & 50 Ways to Have a Merry Recycled Holiday, a blog brought to you by… us!
Happy Holiday Listening from How To Consign (which happily is silent….)
Nope, we didn’t think so. That’s a lot of money.
Yet that’s the per-capita estimate of what Americans will spend for holiday goodies.
Per capita! That means that if you’re a family of two, you’re looking at a cool two thou in debt. Alas, no one forecasts how long those credit-card bills will be around to haunt folks.
Consumers say they will spend an average $967.13 this year, according to the annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics. That’s up 3.4 percent from the $935.58 consumers said they would spend when surveyed at the same time last year. —Read the full article.
So how to have a warm, welcoming, even extravagant holiday season without drowning your family in debt?
Well, that’s easy. Go the previously-loved, even previously-gifted gift, decor, and entertainment route. Follow these links and see how BIG your celebration can be, while keeping those January bills SMALL.
What do you get the friend who seems to have everything?
Something totally unexpected, useful, and unique.
The holidays would be blissful… if only you could think of the perfect gift for THAT friend.
How about a whole basketful of surprises? At resale prices, you can find great ideas well within your budget. Start with a basket from your favorite resale store, then cruise the aisles to pick up a load of small treats that add up to a big, fun gift. Here are some suggestions to get you started:
❄ For the frazzled executive: A Midwinter’s Night basket, with several paperbacks, a big mug to warm his or her hands on, and maybe a cozy throw or pillow. Nestle it all in midnight-blue tissue paper and trim with star garland. Include several envelopes of gourmet cocoa mix.
❅ For the too-old-for-toys kid: An Invention Kit. Fill a deep basket with old toy parts, broken watch innards and costume jewelry, bits and pieces that could be “invented” into something fantastic. Look through the housewares section for old sieves, knobs, handles, even an egg-beater. Finish off with several types of glue, poster board, and paints from the discount store and you’ll have a gift to keep a child happy and away from those screens.
❆ For the grade-school teacher: An Amuse-the-Pupils selection of whimsical animal pins she can use to teach with. Resalers have a vast selection of tiny treasures for tiny prices. Nestle them all in a bright scarf and tuck into a (what else?) apple-red carrier you create with a resale basket or a box sprayed with red enamel.
❇ For the little ones: A Dress-Up Trunk. Fill an old suitcase or small trunk with an inexpensive satin “ball-gown”, netting, a feather boa and satin high heels. Fancy old hankies, a “gold” purse, sparkly costume jewelry, even a fruit-trimmed old hat. The gaudier the better! For her “date,” a vest, tie, beat-up fedora and wingtips. A broken wrist watch and an old briefcase will bring hours of fun. Look for the shop’s “as-is” rack for slightly-damaged items at a great discount.
❈ For your best friend: A No Woman Ever Has Enough Accessories selection of her favorites. If she’s proud of her small waist, select half-a-dozen unusual belts (and use the fanciest one as a ribbon on the package!) Is she flamboyant? An armload of bracelets lined up on an elbow-length black glove (stuff with cleaner bags) is an amusing gift. Is she the dress-for-success type? Grab a variety of scarves and tuck them into a designer tote she’ll use every day.
❉ For the house-proud: A Home is Where the Heart Is gift: dozens of assorted napkins or one perfect unique vase. A basket full of small frames so those family photos can finally be printed out for display. A gift certificate to the best resale furniture shop in town will let her choose just the right item for her style (tuck it in a Mason jar, an antique dresser box, or a hand-thrown kitchen canister, whatever reflects her decorating favorite.)
Resale is a treasure-trove of items you won’t find at the mall, from tongue-in-cheek statuettes to chic designer accessories. Once you get started gift-shopping resale-style, you’ll find it hard to stop!
Whether you love to shop, or hate to shop, shopping takes time. All that running around from store to shop, shoppe to boutique; all that searching for the right size or color or brand; all that decision-making as far as price goes; all that searching for some help from a salesperson!
And if the “IN” color or style is just, well, not you… shopping will take even longer, costing you the only commodity you can’t buy. Time.
Well guess what the solution is.
Resale shopping. You can find a wide selection of every choice under one roof: style, color, quality, brand. Not sure if you want a post-modern lamp for that corner, or maybe something industrial-looking or even boho? Head for the resale shop.
Need some tops in your wardrobe, but aren’t sure what you really like? Resale offers the widest selection of fit, fabric, fabrication in your size, on one (or a dozen!) racks for your (quick!) browsing pleasure. And a resale shop will have a genuine staffer who’ll reserve a dressing room for you, find you some selections you may not have considered, and tell you honestly whether that top does wonders for you or not.
When you shop resale, you also save the time you’d spend shopping online. The time you spend clicking from company to company, the time figuring out whether their medium is the same medium your body is or their teal is the teal you have in mind…. the time you spend comparison-shopping to be sure you’re not overpaying… the time you spend packing your purchase back up and taking it to the post office because the armholes are too small or their teal is your ghastly-green.
Think of all the time you’ll gain… free time to do other things… and for free!
Can you tell I suggest you shop resale? Can I suggest a shop or two for you? And BTW, since you now have all that extra free time… will you share this post?
PS Is there such a thing as a boho lamp? You betcha.
Have yourself a Merry Thrifty Christmas
Give from the heart, not from your credit card with unique gifts from resale shops and thrift stores
No matter which holiday you’ll be celebrating, there’s so many ways your day can be filled with love, happiness, and generosity without killing your budget.
It’s easy when you keep in mind why you give presents: to acknowledge your recipients’ place in your life, to honor their uniqueness and to show that you truly know and care about their interests and happiness. So why give a polo shirt just like the other 20,000 ones in every mall in the country?
Your local resale shop carries both new and nostalgic gift possibilities at this time of year, and visiting these shops can open your eyes to suggestions as unique as your gift recipients. If you haven’t explored this way to seek out that perfect something for that Perfect Someone, you might be missing the most unique presents you’ve ever tucked into a bit of bright tissue paper!
Oh, sure, consignment, resale, and thrift shops will have the things you expect to see, such as warm sweaters and mufflers and mittens. Or collectibles like that Howdy Doody lunchbox your husband will cry over and the last Hummel Aunt Maude needs to round out her set. Or specialty items like just the right ski poles for Denis or a bed jacket for Grandmother Smythe.
But if you haven’t checked lately, you’re in for pleasant surprises. Many a shopkeeper has gone out of her way to find you unique regional crafts, unusual fashion accessories, and neat little inventions for your child, your home, or yourself. There are treasures to be found as well: a Hermes scarf received last year by someone who didn’t adore it that’s crying out to be re-gifted, a never-carried designer handbag, the toy that someone else’s child spurned, the one your child yearns for.
Entertaining gear is affordable at resale prices. The punch bowl you have no need for the rest of the year? Worth buying at secondhand prices. A tablecloth 188″ long? Extra wine glasses so you don’t have to go the disposable route? Check out the values at resale stores. You’ll probably save enough to buy that spectacular sequined gown that would be perfect for New Year’s Eve!
And best of all, your best present to yourself is free: that wonderful feeling when, come January, you’re not staring an outrageous credit card bill in the face. Shopping resale means not only one-of-a-kind gifts for one-of-a-kind loved ones, it means you’re being kind to the family budget at the same time.
So pop your head in, wish your local resaler a happy holiday, and see what’s in store that would look good under your Christmas tree or on your holiday table. While you’re there, ask about gift certificates: the one gift that shopkeepers love having the recipient return!
Read our 50 Ways to have a Merry Recycled Holiday.
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