Preloved vintage and antique finds make the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day!
Good morning friends, do I have a treat for you! My beautiful, amazing, stylish, friend Elizabeth, aka, The Contessa of The Vintage Contessa agreed to write a guest post today, about regifting. Yes, you read that right, regifting.
I am not talking about regifting the sweater you received 6 years ago from your grandmother and threw in the back of the closet. I am taking about regifting vintage, antique and special pieces of your own to friends, family and maybe even strangers, as well as, purchasing vintage finds and antique pieces to give as gifts.
Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to give a vintage gift. A transferware pitcher filled with flowers, a piece of family jewelry, a book or a piece art from your collection, all of these would make wonderful, personal gifts given with love and from the heart.
Why you should regift vintage and antique items
- Antiques and vintage products are not only beautiful but they are well made, which explains why they are still here all these years later.
- Vintage and antique items come with a story and a history
- A pre-loved gift will be loved and cherished
- Buying vintage will help to save our planet.
Now without further adieu, I give you The Contessa.
By the way, Elizabeth likes to write with capitol letters, she is not yelling, this is simply the way she like to communicate on her blog and instagram.
I ADORE GIVING VINTAGE PIECES AND USED GIFTS TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY!
IT COMES FROM THE HEART AND THERE HAS BEEN “THOUGHT” PUT INTO THE GIFT.
PLUS IS CAN BE MORE ECONOMICAL FOR YOUR POCKETBOOK.
UNLIKE BUYING FLOWERS OR CHOCOLATES JUST BECAUSE YOU NEED TO BRING SOMETHING AS A TOKEN OF APPRECIATION.
WE ALL LOVE FLOWERS AND CHOCOLATE BUT A “SPECIAL PIECE” THAT HAS BEEN “PICKED OUT” FOR YOU CANNOT BE BEAT!
THINK VINTAGE JEWELRY RE-WORKED OR HANDCRAFTED WOODEN BOXES, CLOTHING THAT YOU HAVE GROWN OUT OF AS A NICE WAY OF SAYING YOU WILL NEVER WEAR AGAIN.
I ALSO GREW UP WITH THIS HAPPENING AS MY AUNT WOULD ALWAYS GIFT MY MOTHER WITH SOMETHING FROM HER CLOSET!
MY AUNT HAD MONEY AND MY MOTHER DIDNOT. SO, IN MY AUNTS MIND IT WAS A THOUGHTFUL AND GENEROUS IDEA.
MY MOTHER WOULD GET A GOOD CHUCKLE OUT OF IT AS IT WOULD ALWAYS COME WITH A STAIN OR MISSING BUTTON!
MY AUNT COULD SEW AND SHE COULD DECORATE.
HER BEDROOM WAS ON THE COVER OF ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST MANY YEARS AGO WITH HER DRAPED BED WHICH SHE REPEATED THE SAME LOOK FOR MY MOTHER!
A GIFT FOR HER………..IT CAME FROM THE HEART!
I CAN RECALL THEM BOTH ON THE BED WITH A STAPLE GUN AND GLUE GUN CREATING THE MOST MAGICAL BED I HAVE EVER SLEPT IN.
MY MOTHER WOULD BUY THINGS AND LEAVE THE PRICE TAG ON AS SHE ALWAYS WANTED THE RECIPIENT (FAMILY MEMBERS ONLY) TO SEE THE BARGIN SHE GOT!
TO THIS DAY MY BOYS REFER TO THAT AS THE NONNA SYNDROME.WHICH I LOVE TO THIS DAY!
WHO DOESN’T LIKE A BARGIN?
IN TODAYS WORLD RECYCLING HAS BECOME VERY IMPORTANT AND THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO REASON WE SHOULD NOT THINK ABOUT RE-GIFTING AN ITEM WE DO NOT USE OR WANT ANYMORE!
IT MEANS YOU ARE THOUGHTFUL IF THE ITEM MAKES YOU THINK ABOUT THAT PERSON IN A SPECIFIC WAY.YOU ARE NOT BUYING A GIFT JUST TO BUY A GIFT OUT OF NECESSITY.
THAT IS NOT WHO I AM. IF I DONOT HAVE THE RIGHT ITEM FOR A FRIEND SAY FOR A BIRTHDAY OR CHRISTMAS I JUST TELL THEM.”I DO NOT WANT TO BUY JUST TO BUY!’I HAVE TO LOVE WHAT I AM GIVING YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE SPECIAL TO ME!”
I WILL WAIT UNTIL I FIND THAT PIECE! WHICH I ALWAYS DO!
IF THE PIECE IS ANTIQUE OR VINTAGE IT HAS BEEN AROUND FOR AWHILE.
LET’S KEEP THAT TREND GOING!
WE WILL HELP THIS PLANET OF OURS SUCCEED AND STAY HEALTHY!
IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT ADD UP AND MAKE OUR WORLD A BETTER PLACE!
I HOPE I HELPED YOU TO REALIZE THAT RECYCLING GIFTS IS NOT ONLY GOOD FOR THE SOUL BUT BETTER FOR YOUR SURROUNDINGS!
THANK YOU ELZABETH!
I ENJOYED WRITING THIS FOR YOU!
Thank you Elizabeth for sharing your thoughts and stories, I loved reading about your philosophy of regifting. If this post does not encourage someone to regift and give vintage and antique gifts from the heart I do not know what will.
You can follow Elizabeth on her witty and entertaining blog at THEVINTAGECONTESSA.NET or on Instagram at Contessa and Her Pig.
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