Thrift stores offer unique 'white elephant' gift options

ARC workers find most bizarre donations
Posted at 7:37 AM, Nov 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-22 10:38:31-05

Hello fellow thrifters! It's one of our favorite times of year. 

As a frequent thrift store shopper, I know you can find great items and great deals 365 days a year. But one of my favorite things to browse for every year are those unique, hilarious and downright bizarre, white elephant gifts. This year, I started my search at the ARC thrift store. 

"We have hundreds and hundreds of items that make you go what the thrift is that," says Maggie Scivicque, marketing director for ARC thrift stores.

At the ARC store in the Market Square Shopping Center in Lakewood, workers have already started setting aside the unique donations that would make great white elephant gifts. The weirder, the better. 

Some of their best finds include a statuette of a flashing cow, a knit your own beard kit, a bacon wallet and a sumo wrestler statuette that doubles as a fan.  That one gets double points for being both funny and functional.

Plenty of the gifts are homemade, but others appear to be new and never opened. These were likely white elephant gifts from someone's Christmas past.

Many of these gifts can be found for under 5 dollars, says Scivicque. That's a lot cheaper than some of the humorous gag gifts being sold on Amazon

Nicole Brady covers the First Alert breaking news desk during Denver7 morning news, reports on stories in our community and tries to find great bargains at thrift stores while raising two kids and a husband. You can see more of her thrift store finds on Facebook and Twitter.