One of my favorite holiday traditions is baking sugar cookies. The warm, sugary, buttery smell of cookies fresh out of the oven always brings back memories of my mom, sisters, and I baking plates upon plates of cookies for our neighbors during the holidays. Of all the cookies we baked, sugar cookies were my favorite to make. Together my family and I would mix the ingredients to make the dough and after patiently waiting for them to bake in the oven and cool completely, my mom would frost them and my sisters and I would cover them in a multitude of colorful sprinkles. Every year my mom would use different cookie cutter shapes and my sisters and I would try out a variety of colored sprinkle combinations.
Since moving to the Seattle-area a few years ago, I have slowly started building up my supply of kitchen necessities. One item I haven’t bought yet, are cookie cutters, because I usually go home for the holidays and end up making cookies with my family. This year, however, I will be spending the holidays in Seattle with my boyfriend’s family. To keep the holidays feeling like the holidays and to introduce my boyfriend’s family to my family’s delicious sugar cookies, I have decided I need to get my own cookie cutters.
After looking around at local culinary stores and online, I realized that cookie cutters are expensive! I mean $5-10 for a snowflake cookie cutter?! I don’t think so. I want to make wonderful holiday memories this year, but I’m also trying to save money where I can this holiday season. To do so, I took a trip over to my local thrift shops in search of fun, funky, and retro cookie cutters.
After searching the kitchen supply isles, a few times, I found a t-rex, heart, and sweater cookie cutters that were perfect! While these aren’t particularly holiday themed shapes, they are definitely the fun and funky cutters I was looking for.
While I’m off to bake delicious sugar cookies and share my holiday traditions this year, remember to stop by Eastside Community Aid Thrift Shop and see what goodies you can score to round out your holidays. With the selection changing daily, you never know what you’ll find!
Susan is a frequent volunteer at Eastside Community Aid Thrift Shop, where she sorts, prices, and stocks merchandise to her heart's content. Before retirement, she owned and operated a consignment shop for women's plus size clothing in Seattle. Through trial and error and talking with customers, she learned a thing or two. An avid "thrift shopper," Susan loves to buy clothing, especially when she gets good quality and value for her money.
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