Yankee Thrift Explained, The New Yorker, 1961

Take thrift, that presumed state of misery and penny-pinching. Proper Yankee thrift, on the contrary, feels delicious. In my experience there is a kind of nausea that attends too long a time of buying too many clothes for too much money; of paying more for restaurant dinners than they are worth; of disgorging lavish tips for which one is not even thanked (as who doesn’t have to, these days).

When this malaise comes on, it makes me feel better, and less as if I were going to throw up, to flex the muscles of my Yankee Thrift. March 25, 1961

Fenton vase from a rummage sale: $1

Brass candlesticks from a Kennebunk yard sale: $1

Flowers from Wayne: ???


12 thoughts on “Yankee Thrift Explained, The New Yorker, 1961

  1. I love a good bargain, and those candlesticks certainly were! I find myself more and more analyzing my purchases though…do I really need this? Will it make my life better or will it just be something else to dust/care for/tend to?


    1. That’s definitely good old-fashioned Yankee thrift and a way to be clutter-free. Something can be a great bargain, but if we don’t really want or need it, or have the room or time to maintain it, it’s too much.


  2. Wow, I just wrote a post on why I love thrifted fabrics so much. It really is such an exhilarating feeling. It’s why I love the 30s and 40s so much, the idea of make do and mend.

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      1. Sometimes! I don’t come across them as much here in Texas for some reason, not that I’m trying as hard as I could. But I always find amazing stuff when I do. I love the vintage fabrics so much more than modern ones; they don’t make those cottons and prints like they used to.

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    1. Thanks, Andrea! I haven’t updated my channel in a very long time; I’m not sure if or when I will update it again due to time constraints. I’ve been posting some videos on my IG account, though!


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