Holiday Shopping Gone Thrifty

Go retro, vintage and antique by gift shopping at the best thrift shops and consignment stores in the region.

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:


Alice's Wonderland

Vintage Treasures


Other consignment and thrift shops in Newtown are

Newtown VNA Thrift Shop

Fun Kids Consignments

Such - A - Deal Quality Consignment Shop

The Fashion Exchange

Susan Joy December 17, 2011 at 10:42 PM
There are two great thrift shops in Southbury, the Southbury Training School, has a clothing shop and across the street is the furniture, knick knack, treasures shop. There is also the Upper Room which is open Tuesday and Saturday 10-2. It is in the Church of the Epihany on RT 6 in Southbury. Both are treasure chests of goods.
Christopher Bernhardt December 18, 2011 at 12:03 PM
Don't forget us at Kidz Korner Thrift Shop in Brookfield. www.kidzkornerthriftshop.com


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