Friday, January 30, 2009

The Gift of Thrift: Liza With a "Z"!

When you thoughtfully curate a gift that doesn’t cost a lot of money, the outcome is more often than not a one-of-a-kind, adored treasure that can’t be purchased pre-packaged in a store.

Back in December my dear friends Bevy Smith and Aimée Morris and I eagerly waited at the Palace Theatre stage door to get a glimpse of Liza Minnelli after her spell-binding performance. And as soon as this legend exited , Bevy walked right up and took her picture with her BlackBerry. The result was a gleeful, bubbly image that reminds us of our enchanting evening – an image not perfect, but perfectly reflective of the joy Liza created that night.

For Aimée’s recent birthday, I printed out the image, placed it in a dime-store frame and inserted under the glass the ticket stub from the event, and offered it to her as a special gift, paying tribute to a night out with some of my favorite gals: Liza With a "Z", Bevy with a "Y" and Aimée with an extra "E!"

In May 2009, Clarkson Potter will publish my book, The Find: The Housing Works  Book of Decorating with Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details. Pre-order now on, and 


Anonymous said...

great idea. you give the best gifts.

[you spelled Minnelli wrong, though. there are two N's in it. at least you got the Z in Liza!]

The Elegant Thrifter said...

Thank you, anonymous eagle eye!