Is It Ever Okay To Buy Gifts At A Thrift Store?

Tacky, incompetent regifting is one thing, but Mrs. Money over at the Ultimate Money Blog raises another question: when is it appropriate to give people gifts that you’ve purchased at a thrift or consignment store?

It then hit me: is it acceptable to purchase thrifted Christmas gifts for others? Just because I’m all about used clothing doesn’t necessarily mean other people are. I know that my friend bought her daughter (who will be 3 in January) clothes off eBay awhile back, but for Christmas? Is it really tacky to buy used?

Are some things more acceptable than others to give used–for example, an antique plate as opposed to a slightly worn sweater> Is it different for children as opposed to adults?

Are Thrifted Gifts Acceptable? [Ultimate Money Blog]

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