As I mentioned earlier this week, I get a lot of requests for follow-ups to reader stories and questions. People want to hear how things turned out. Because I want to know how things turned out, too, I’m going to start a semi-regular feature at Get Rich Slowly. Whenever I hear back from a previous poster, I’ll share an update so that we can all know what happened.

Note: I suspect most of these will be brief updates, so they probably won’t be full-fledged posts. I’m thinking I’ll update reader questions on Friday evenings, and I’ll update reader stories on Sunday evenings.

To kick things off, Michelle dropped a line to let me know how things went for her at Christmas. As you may recall, she picked up two designer handbags from a thrift store, and wanted to know if it was okay to give them as Christmas gifts to her college-aged nieces. “What do you think?” she asked GRS readers. “Is it tacky to purchase gifts at a thrift store?

Reader response was mixed. Of the 165 comments, many supported the idea. Others were less enthused. And many folks worried that the handbags might be counterfeit. Mostly, readers offered suggestions on how and when to make these sorts of gifts.

Well, Christmas is past, and Michelle gave her nieces the handbags. She wrote with this follow-up:

I really went back and forth a lot on whether or not to give the bags as Christmas gifts. Ultimately, I ended up kind of compromising.

Since I have three nieces, I grabbed a third bag and brought them all with me to Grandma’s house the weekend before Christmas for the annual cookie baking party. I explained to the girls why I got the bags, and told them to take their pick. I also told them if they didn’t want them, I wouldn’t be offended.

In the end, two of the three ended up taking bags and loving them. The third said she didn’t have room in her dorm for another bag, but thanked me anyway. Crisis averted, everyone happy.

Thanks to everyone for their advice!

So, there you go. Our very first reader follow-up, and it has a happy ending.

If you have shared a reader story at GRS (or asked a question), please feel free to send me a follow-up to let us know how things turned out, whether for good or ill. This is a great way for us all to see how well (or poorly) the Get Rich Slowly philosophy works when put into action.

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