Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Mother's Day Thrift Gift

If you haven't already gotten your mum something for Mother's Day, I highly suggest you run out and thrift something.  Many beautiful things are to be had, from clothes to collectibles.  Since I live in Minneapolis, I celebrated Mother's Day early while I was home (in WI) for Easter.  Outside of spending some girl time together, and enjoying a yummy margarita and dinner out at La Chimenea, I was extremely excited to give her her gift.

You see, ever since I can remember, my mom has had the Christopher Collection on display in a tall glass curio in her living room.  Throughout the years, I  have now and then stumbled upon a Christopher she does not have while perusing antique malls and thrift stores.  Every time I find one I am completely surprised - I mean, the woman has a TON of these little Christopher boys and girls, how many more could possibly be out there? Additionally, they are not easy to find; despite my mom having a ton of them, there aren't tons of them waiting for me at every turn. They are a rarity.

What makes the Christopher Collection so valuable is that they make my mom smile.
And they remind me of my childhood.
Her label name is "Priscilla"
I have found two in the past that she did not have but they were broken, so I left them behind. One was a girl posed with a squirrel and the other was on a swing. So, at least I know I am still on the hunt!

The Christopher I found for Mother's Day, however, she is perfect!  When I found her, I practically started jumping up and down; she is in excellent condition! And as if that wasn't enough, she has special meaning, too.  This last year, my good friend Andrea taught me how to cross stitch (Thanks, Andrea!).  Most of my other friends only find this amusing, and make granny jokes (haha), but my mom knew I was excited to learn a new hobby, and she was always the one asking me how my cross stitch project was coming along.

Which is why I just love this precious addition to my mom's Christopher Collection.

The floral pattern on her apron matches what she is stitching

Christophers always stand out in a thrift crowd for me, somehow their clean, pastel colors make them extremely eye-catching. Without looking at the bottom, I can always be certain I have found a Christopher by their soft, sienna brown eyes...they really are the sweetest little figurines.

Not only did I thrift her figurine, but I also thrifted her card. Can you believe how perfectly suiting that card is?! It all came together quite well, which is why I really couldn't wait to give it to my mom.

The perfect thrifrted pair!

Best part is, she loved it as much as I do and she even got teary eyed!

I absolutely heart the floral pattern, her little shoes, and how even the back of her chair is detailed

A gift only needs to be meaningful...where you bought it or how much it cost, just doesn't matter.

Hope all you mom's out there have a meaningful weekend with the ones you love most!
Happy Early Mother's Day to you, too!!

All pictures presented in this post were taken by my by mom! Thanks mom, I love you.


  1. I love the card!! I'm never able to find cards at my thrift stores :( But I still look. The statue is gorgeous.

    In the Hammock Vintage

  2. So pretty--what a lovely gift. You are right--it's the thought and meaning behind the gift that counts. And you know if it brought tears it was most definitely a winner! Thanks for linking to my Share the Love link party!

  3. What a beautiful post and an equally beautiful and meaningful gift. Your wisdom amazes me. I'm going to link up this post to my blog. It's such a perfect example of a thoughtful thrifted gift.

  4. Oh, thank you! You have no idea how smiley I got seeing my blog featured on yours(a thrifty LA life)! I'll have to show my mom how nicely you presented my post.:)
    Many thoughtful and great things can be found in thrift stores - just because someone else didn't want it, doesn't make it any less valuable.

    Thanks again, Kris! I heart ya! *HUG*

  5. what a sweet figurine and such a special story behind it all as well. isn't it the best, finding something that is just perfect, and anticipating giving it to someone? very thoughtful. and of course, i just love that she is cross-stitching! thank for sharing, jacqueline. happy weekend!

  6. You must have been absolutely amazed when you saw it in the shop. I wish there were a photo of the expression on your face when you first spotted it.


  7. I love thrift shop cards! I used to go to a place where they sold them for ten cents. I found some beautiful cards there. Miss that shop. Thanks for the great reminder. Happy Mother's Day!

  8. Awww! Such a sweet story. I'm always looking for the perfect gifts for mom while thrifting. She likes things from Latin America to go with her Mexican-style kitchen. I found her the perfect items from Spain and Mexico in one yard sale to go with her collection.

    Funny how it can all come together, like it did for you in this post!

  9. Van- I love when that happens, it just makes it feel like the gift was meant to be. :) I read your blog last week or so, and thought the gift you bought your mom was great; those little miniatures are awesome!