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So, the summer has wound down in Chicago.

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And our chances for finding bargains at garage/yard sales have come to an end. What now? Craigslist?

I shudder.

Sticking with online blogs and shops is a great way to not only stay on your comfy couch or take a break from “life” with some coffee and your home office computer, but it saves you the hassle of having to run around and find an exact match to your desires. Sure hunting around is fun – it’s my #1 joy doing what I do – but even I get super cranky and tired after a few sales and nothing good to buy.

I found the following article that – despite its lean toward summer activity – gives some good ideas about secondhand buying. If you steer clear of making the Walmart your first choice for shopping, you may find even better bargains where you least expect them.

Top Secondhand Buys: Seventeen Things You Should Never Buy New – Garage Sale Warrior http://j.mp/d2Hk8r

That list could go on and on, or even be tweaked with your personal touch. Try making a list of things you’ve needed for a while but feel they cost too much, and see what you can find. Thrift and vintage have made a huge comeback, so not only will a lot of your finds be great conversation pieces, but they make great gifts.

That’s how I wound up at Etsy. I needed a plethora of thank-you note cards after my 30th birthday party a couple of years back and I thought I’d see what was out there in the non-retail world. I was able to buy different sets in smaller quantities, all with personal flair that totally matched different facets of my personality and how it related to the receiver. For example, my friends got the kitschy and fun cards, my relatives received pretty, Victorian-inspired cards, and so on. I managed to stay almost completely on budget and felt giving that extra touch to people who have been so generous to me was worth the extra couple of bucks.

There is something for everyone out there. Even though I am now a shop owner, I still do a great deal of gift giving through Etsy. It remains one of the best websites I’ve found to keep my individuality as a consumer, while receiving gifts made or found with care.

Most sellers, including me, are flexible and will create custom listings for you with different quantities, colors, etc. and even gift package, send it directly to the receiver and usually include a little free something else. It’s these touches that make me feel as if I have spent my hard-earned money in a great way, perhaps instead of on gas driving from retailer to retailer.

Give it a shot! Visit my store, there is something for every budget. Or, do a search for a specific item you might be looking for. Order for yourself once to get a feel, and then have at it for the Christmas season! You won’t be disappointed.

As always, you can find me here: http://flippingout.etsy.com or on Twitter – @flipflipout (I love new friends! Say hi!)