The Thrifty Gifter & The Wander Co. ♥ Our Story
"The Thrifty Gifter" began as an Etsy-only shop in 2010. Having always had an affinity for crafting and creating, Jenny opened her stamped-jewelry + burlap shop as an artistic outlet from her college studies.
In 2017, Jenny and Candace, after years of attending and hosting craft markets, and networking with other small businesses, decided to open a storefront. Terri joined their team shortly thereafter and they worked for 10 months there together until Hurricane Florence left the storefront beneath more than two feet of flood water.
Days after the storm, it was decided that though it would take time, they would reopen. It was truly, a blessing in disguise. In the time that it took to rebuild the shop, Jenny, Candace, Terri, and Melissa designed, brainstormed, and began bouncing new ideas & plans to implement upon reopening. Heading their "to-do" list was to rename the storefront. They wanted to name the storefront something that was encompassing of their goals and vision - "From the mountains to the sea, wherever you wander in N.C...." that they would continue to be a shop that only hosted handmade small-businesses from across North Carolina.
On June 1st, 2019, after a long 9 months of demo and reconstruction, they reopened under a new brick-and-mortar name, "The Wander Co."
About the Owner
I never envisioned myself as a small business owner. I started The Thrifty Gifter in college as a creative release from my studies. Ultimately, I graduated with a degree in sociology and psychology. After graduation, I kept my job as an early childhood TA waiting to see what I wanted to do when I "grew up". Then, in 2014, my daughter was born and I dove head-first into Mommyhood and found that all I really wanted to do was to soak up every moment of her youth. So, I walked into work one day and gave my notice. And, just like that, a new chapter began.
The Thrifty Gifter, and her brick-and-mortar Sister Company, The Wander Company, have blossomed into more than we ever dreamed! I am blessed to have the opportunity to spend my days with my daughter while crafting, creating, and growing my little business!
• Kind words •
Love it! My husband and I used keys as a theme in our wedding. So this was a prefect momento for our first Christmas married.
Absolutely love this piece and this shop! Great quality, friendly service and fast shipping. 💙
Happy with the process and that it was made in N.C. We will continue to shop here for sure. Thanks!
My hubs and I purchased our first home this year and I can't wait to see the look on his face Christmas morning when he opens our latest addition to our tree. PERFECT ITEM!!!!
These turned out great! They are a beautiful addition to our playroom. Thank you so much for getting them off to us so quickly! ❤️
Above expectations, took what i asked for and made it better then what i was thinking. Thank you sooo much!!!
Perfect housewarming gift!! Excellent quality and arrived very timely. The ornament is something that our friends can keep and it will hopefully bring fond memories of the friends that gave it to them.