Coming from a bad consumer.
Awesome gift guide, thank you! I'm a diehard thrifter too, and I also prefer to thrift for vintage barware and clothing solo/in peace. It's mercenary work and others just slow me down. Thanks, too, for giving ebay love - it's a wonderland and the source for many of my vintage Catherine Ogust caftans.
Finally a gift guide that is worth the read! Thank you for sharing your experience and knowledge. I agree work is the key. Bought a great wine opener, saver thing (Coravin) for way under retail that came with a lot of cartridges. How? Research and searching.
I love the descoware stuff, so pretty and mine feels like a real working pan. Also, I love that they have already cooked lifetimes of things for people. That is what cooking is all about.
This is the most helpful gift guide ever. Inspiring me to get out and hit up thrift stores more regularly than I have been this year.