As a kid, Maresa Ponitch of Dusty Rose Vintage hated getting holiday gifts she did not need. After working several years in textile recycling, warehouses, and vintage business, she has seen the growing amount of textile waste we generate each year.

Now she wants to help people to make better choices by launching Gold Dust, a two-day pop-up in Brooklyn, NY. The event is dedicated to greening our holiday options – featuring panels about textile waste, workshops on repair and repurposing and a carefully curated selection of vintage vendors.

“The tradition and the spirit of giving are great but we need to re-think how we do it. If you want to gift better, choose second hand.”

We asked the Gold Dust vendors for their best holiday shopping tips. Number one tip is to remember to bring your own bag when shopping and wrap your gift in recycled materials like paper bags or fabrics.

“Brooches make a lovely gift and can add a personal touch to a lapel, jacket, coat or hat and are usually quite affordable. They work for men, too! Choosing something that a person can add to their existing wardrobe eliminates a lot of the guesswork.” – Erin Silvers, Zingara Vintage. Photo: Feather & Foxglove.

“For Dad, we recommend vintage neckties. There are plenty of vintage ones available in all price categories and styles. No need to try it on.” – Lexi Oliver, Antoinette Brooklyn. Photo: Grafa Ties.

“Glam, flashy costume jewelry from the 50s-80s is a fun idea for the party person on your list.” – Nickie Tiedeman, Prizes for Arla. Photo: Kitschtopia.

“Silk designer scarves make great gifts. They don't need to be tried on and you can wear them in many ways, year-round.” – Lexi Oliveri, Antoinette Brooklyn. Photo: Best Luba.

“For a husband: a vintage tie pin is a classic gift.” – Lexi Oliveri, Antoinette Brooklyn. Photo: Icon Style.

“Hair accessories are having a moment. We love searching for vintage hairpins and barrettes, particularly gold ones embellished with pearls.” – Alana Salguero and Ali Burgis, The Silkies. Photo: Thriftwares.

“Capes are a fabulous gift. They can be worn in the fall and spring and over a coat during the coldest part of winter. They are practical and timeless. A vintage cape will be made well and built to last.” – Erin Silvers, Zingara Vintage. Photo: Erika Astrid.

“Vintage and antique jewelry can be purchased at a wide array of price points. A Victorian or Edwardian locket is a beautiful gift for a best friend, sister, mom.” – Nickie Tiedeman, Prizes for Arla. Photo: Icon Style.

“For your mom, we recommend a vintage robe. We love the ones by Mary McFadden.” – Alana Salguero and Ali Burgis, The Silkies. Photo Closet Case Vintage.

“Purses, scarves, and shawls are great presents. A vintage metal mesh purse, bib necklace by Whiting & Davis or a 1920s embroidered piano shawl are elegant gift ideas.” – Nickie Tiedeman, Prizes for Arla. Photo: Deja Vintage Boutique.

“For your brother: Vintage band tees never disappoint.” – Alana Salguero and Ali Burgis, The Silkies. Photo: Rock Redux.

“For grandma: a warm wool blanket scarf is a great gift she will appreciate and wear year round.” Photo: Dusty Rose Vintage.

Gold Dust A two-day pop-up dedicated to greening our holiday options. Dec 7th and 8th, 12-7pm The William Vale, 111 N 12th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Tickets: $15-30 @gold_dust_projects