Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Junk Present

My Grandmother, a thrifting pro, would give every child and grandchild in the family a Junk Present each Christmas. Who would want a "Junk" present, you ask? It was, in fact, our most eagerly anticipated gift each year. These Junk gifts, were anything but. Sure, they were technically old, used items, but they were cool thrift store or garage sale finds that were perfectly suited to the person whom they were given to.

My mom has taken on this tradition and I thought I would share with you the Junk I received this year.


I'm not sure what this is technically supposed to be (anyone know?), but I love it's shape.  I think it would be great for candies, or other goodies. Perhaps that's its intended use?

For now it lives in my corner cabinet.  I've been on the search for more silver for this cabinet.

I love old silver, especially all tarnished with age and use. I also love vintage cutlery, such as these little spreading knives she also found.


Does your family exchange Junk presents?  If not, why not try it out?

Linking to my favorite Parties!

19 comments:

blesid said...[Reply to comment]

That is such a wonderful idea! I totally want to be known as Auntie Junk! I am going to start this off RIGHT NOW! Jules

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...[Reply to comment]

Love your silver dish and the wonderful knives. What a fun and creative idea. Love it. Hugs, Marty

Mary Ellen said...[Reply to comment]

Some of my most precious memories are of Mrs Shyne a family friend. We would go over to her house often for dinners, lunches or a movie night and see would wrap up junk gifts in her signature purple bags. I always treasured the "junk" she gave- pretty lockets, old worn pocket watches, a well read book....

Love you silver "junk" treasures!

bee blessed
mary

christine {bijouandboheme} said...[Reply to comment]

I love this idea- definitely going to pass this on for next year's gift giving festivities. And you dish/pedestal is lovely- I too love tarnished silver- the little flicks of colour are so pretty and they speak to days past in such a brilliant way. Love this.

Bohemian said...[Reply to comment]

What a great tradition you are participating in! I too often got gently used gifts at times and did the same for my children and now my grandchildren... none of seems to care that they aren't brand new... quite often they are more personal and anticipated than what can be found at the Mall!

Dawn... The Bohemian

Susan said...[Reply to comment]

I would love to receive junk gifts. My children who are grown, think I have too much junk anyway.....LOL and they like new stuff.........so there goes that idea down the tubes......LOL

Terri @ em-belle-ish.blogspot.com said...[Reply to comment]

That sounds like a great idea: junk gifts. Maybe I'll take up the tradition next year and call mine "Thrifty Gifties" :)

Mommyblogger said...[Reply to comment]

That cabinet is amazing!

pamq said...[Reply to comment]

What a cool idea!

Your silver dish is great, but the knives are what catch my eye!

I love old silverware and am always on the look out for it everywhere I go......

Erin@likegrandmas said...[Reply to comment]

I love the thought of a junk exchange...I usually give my sister first crack at things I will get rid of, and vice versa. I have several nice things that used to be hers...But I'd love to get a piece like you got!

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...[Reply to comment]

that junk is totally precious treasure! i love the idea! super cool i think!

Laurel said...[Reply to comment]

Love the idea of a junk gift! Wish my family did this...maybe I'll start the tradition :) Happy weekend, Laurel@chippingwithcharm

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...[Reply to comment]

Great idea! I love giving flea finds for presents- but to have it be more formal and a part of the celebrations- such a great idea! Thanks for sharing at my party!

Red Door Home said...[Reply to comment]

What a great gift and idea. I would love to receive "junk" like this in my stocking!

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...[Reply to comment]

Junk exchange sounds so much fun...we do give each other some fun stuff that we find at antique malls or flea markets. I love your gift, very pretty!

...............Michele @ Portlandia Vintage said...[Reply to comment]

Your dish is exquisite! I think it is a compote for cookies, candy, or fruit.

Betsy said...[Reply to comment]

What a beautiful piece of silver. I think a candle would look beautiful in it.
I exchange junk presents with my mom. She gave me a fabulous collection of garage sale gems for Christmas. Now they're waiting to be repurposed.
Aren't they the best gifts? Always so thoughtful.

Sharlotte said...[Reply to comment]

Andrea,
I just found you and I love your site. I've been giving thrifted gifts for a while now to my mother and sister. We love to shop together so we know what each other are collecting at a certain point. I've found wonderful things while thrifting and have truly enjoyed giving the items new homes! I love your new little candy dish. It's very pretty. I also love your corner cabinets - what a great place to display all your treasures! Thanks for sharing.
Sharlotte

Patti said...[Reply to comment]

What a great family tradition! Love this dish and it would look lovely with candy in it!