12 Days of Thrifty Christmas: Collectible collector


The fan who can’t get enough of a certain cultural phenomenon – we all know ’em.  So why not thrift for them?  Chances are they will love the first-edition stuff you can dig up in a thrift store.


There are many types of collectors, and some are more picky than others.  (Wikipedia has a pretty good list of collectibles that might jumpstart your brain.)  It would be hard to get the whole scope of collectors into one small blog post, so use these ideas as a springboard to tailor the gift for your friend.  Also keep in mind that some things deemed as “collectibles” can get a little pricey, so have a budget in mind before you start shopping.


Star Wars Original Trilogy VHS boxed set

My friend Megan loves Star Wars – on a recent shopping trip, she was able to relive some childhood nostalgia as we searched the VHS section.  She has long since said adieu to her VCR, but it was more about the nostalgia feeling of owning those original VHS tapes (the kind she grew up with) rather than the technology.  If you’ve got a friend who also loves Star Wars, you are in luck – there are usually plenty of Star Wars themed gifts to be found in a thrift store.  Anything from VHS tapes to novelty mugs and character sheets and even Halloween Darth Vader masks – go wild!


Star Wars Galactic Heroes Game

Popular franchises with plenty of years will likely have more selection (and weird old stuff) to choose from.

Maybe the friend you have in mind is a very knowledgeable collector about something quite specific, like Depression Era Carnival Glass.  In these cases, it might pay off to do a little recon and see what they already have vs. what they really want.  It might also help to learn a bit about the subject if you’re unfamiliar with it – you’ll be able to identify the fakes and spot when something is overpriced.  The internet is ever-present, but don’t forget books about collectibles – try your local library and page through just to get a feel for the item you’re looking for.  Make a list (and check it twice!  Sorry, couldn’t resist…) and refer to it while you shop.  If you’ve got a smartphone, quick Google or eBay searches can help you on your quest.

Can you find that thrift store gem cheaper on eBay?  Or is it a steal at thrift store prices?  Use your smartphone to help you decide on the spot.

Can you find that thrift store gem cheaper on eBay? Or is it a steal at thrift store prices? Use your smartphone to help you decide on the spot.

Maybe you have a friend who collects cool vintage glass bottles, or anything with peacocks on it.  It doesn’t have to be specifically “collectible” for them to be a collector.


More Ideas

What is the gift of thrift?  The gift of thrift means buying things from a secondhand source (usually a thrift store) in order to give them to a friend or family member.  You’ll save so much money that you can buy extra presents for everyone!

Gift 1 – Fashionista

Gift 2 – Avid Cook

Gift 3 – Coupon clipper or extreme couponer

Gift 4 – Spa

Gift 5 – Foodie

Gift 6 – Netflix junkie

Gift 7 – Music lover

Gift 8 – Coffee addict

Gift 9 – Collectible collector (reading now)

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