Times may be tough, but that doesn't mean holiday shopping can't be a blast.
A wealth of thrift shops and consignment stores throughout the region offer a treasure trove of possible gifts, such as inexpensive antique earrings, new designer clothing, or beautiful home furnishings so cheap they almost seem free.
Or how about tiny, jewel-colored vases or original 1950s/60s salt-and-pepper shakers that your best friend might love? One shop had a set featuring Samantha from "Bewitched," posing in a stroke of sexism, smiling beside her porcelain stove.
Other finds included copper molds waiting to be displayed in a gourmet kitchen, small English dishes that make great cat food dishes, handmade afghans for grandmother, antique fishing basket or tools for Dad, as well as toys, books and clothing – many still new and some complete with original tags, shopping at these stores.
In addition to buying a gift that is truly unique, these stores offer a great way to buy local and be part of the recycling stream.
Check out the photo gallery above, and you can practically shop from home.
For phone numbers, addresses and more information on some of the featured shops, check the links below:
Other consignment and thrift shops in Newtown are