Thrifty Valentine's Day Ideas: Thrift Shop Gift Challenge

by Catherine Sweeney, Creative Circle
February 9, 2015

Thrift and thrill this Valentine’s Day as you and your loved one choose perfect gifts for each other. Try out our Thrift Shop Challenge:

  1. Choose an amount—such as $10 – $15 per person.
  2. Visit your favorite thrift shops, or explore new ones. Separate and browse.
  3. By the end of the day, each of you surprises the other with the perfect gift, at a very sweet price.

Consider taking advantage of Goodwill tag sales, listed on our calendar, where you can find savings as high as 50% on tagged items.

Check out these items, available at your local Goodwill—and maybe drop a few hints in advance!

You’ll find a well-curated jewelry department at Goodwill, with everything from must-have statement necklaces to beautiful natural stone jewelry, vintage pieces, and beads and bangles from all parts of the world. You’ll see colorful, trendy watches and men’s cufflinks as well. 

A thoughtfully-chosen accessory elevates an outfit and is a great gift. Prowl our racks of neckties for something vintage and stylish, or humorously over-the-top. Look out for our scarves as well. You’ll discover infinity scarves and one-of-a-kind finds in fantastic prints and fabrics!

Is your Valentine a hat person? Goodwill is hat heaven. You’ll find men’s fedoras and trilby hats, women’s 1920’s-style cloches, knit winter hats and much more.

Hunt through our sports section for everything from racquet ball rackets to an air hockey table! Or get in the spirit of “Toy Story” and surprise your loved one with a classic toy, dating from the era of his or her childhood.

Look for a candy dish or colorful tin—then fill it with your Valentine’s favorite candy or snack.

Books and vinyl
Seattle is full of book-lovers and musicians—and perfect gifts for each are easy to find at Goodwill. Flip through our amazing collections of vinyl records from all eras, and browse our large book sections.

While it’s better to give than to receive, receiving has its highlights too! Enjoy your thrifting and may the force of perfect gift selection be with you.

This is part of a series on Thrifty Valentine's Day Date Ideas. For more ideas, click here: Valentine's Day


Catherine Sweeney, APR is a professional writer and communicator affiliated with Creative Circle. She dedicates her Goodwill blog-writing in memory of her mom, an avid thrift-shopper and advocate for social change. 

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