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Posted 13 December 2012 - 09:49 AM
I was thinking of having a look at a few antique shops - particularly to find some vintage costume jewellery for my sister. I doubt she'd have a problem with that.
But would other second hand items be appropriate - assuming of course that they are in good condition and clean.
What would you think if you got a recycled gift?
Posted 13 December 2012 - 09:55 AM
I couldn't care less if something was 2nd hand or new, as long as they giver thought about it and thought I'd really like it.
Posted 13 December 2012 - 09:55 AM
I'd be pleased.
If it was a gift that had been chosen carefully with me in mind.
We often give recycled/retro/bargain gifts in this family.
When my BIL was right into fly fishing Mum found this awesome little folding fisherman's seat straight from the 50/60s and repaired it for him. It was the star of Christmas that year!
Posted 13 December 2012 - 01:06 PM
I also don't have a problem with it. Some things are more personnel when you have to shop like this, especially if they don't make this item anymore.
Posted 13 December 2012 - 01:15 PM
Depends on the gift...if I got something secondhand that is rare and/or I know is worth a lot of money I would take it with open arms
If it was just a standard secondhand item I'll take it and if it's something I don't like just drop it off to an opshop the next day
Posted 13 December 2012 - 01:18 PM
I think it depends on your social circle.
I'm happy to receive second hand gifts (but not clothes with rips or stains as my skills at clothing repairs are not so good, so I'd probably have to pay someone to get them fixed).
I'd be very happy with second-hand books, though.
I think with gifting toys or sporting goods you could get away with giving new looking items or items that are expensive and only affordable if purchased second-hand. My mum gets my younger brother second-hand electronics and he doesn't mind as it isn't something they'd be able to afford new. I think something like a second-hand kayak would probably be appreciated, but I'm not so sure about a second-hand tennis racket.
Vintage furniture, jewellery, or decorative items are also OK, in my opinion.
I do think everything needs to be checked to see that they function properly, are safe, and don't have scratches or deformities (unless you know the recipient would be happy to fix them).
Posted 13 December 2012 - 01:21 PM
My family and friends would know me well enough that I wouldn't be keen on second hand clothing and the like.
I wouldn't have a problem with antique jewellery, or china.
Posted 13 December 2012 - 01:43 PM
My mum scores plenty of antique and vintage china from me - I get it on eBay and she's always so amazed that I can find such treasures!
I'd prefer antique to modern any day, but I don't think of it as second hand.
Like Slinky - second hand clothes? Not unless they are amazing, thanks.
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