More Texas Fun and Thrifting (my favorite part)

 
A huge rack of brand new dishes at excellent prices!

More Texas Fun and Thrifting (my favorite part)

While visiting A&M this weekend my husband did take me to Goodwill for a few minutes (HEAVEN)  …. I always have to think WHAT the heck is wrong with me that I find so much pleasure spending 30 minutes in a thrift store.  It is always a treasure hunt and a challenge!

Well, whatever it is I am thankful he was willing to give it to me!

We also drove through country back roads to get there and came across this eclectic café, I just had to share a few pictures. 🙂

 

Men's Basketball game

Men’s Basketball game

Football uniforms for A&M

Football uniforms for A&M

ESPN was there

ESPN was there

Tons of brand new dishes at the Goodwill in College Station

Tons of brand new dishes at the Goodwill in College Station

Silk polka dot blouse by Ann Taylor

Silk polka dot blouse by Ann Taylor

Ferragamo shoes

Ferragamo shoes

Creepy Elvis head at a cafe

Creepy Elvis head at a cafe

Good idea to hang your purse ... I see these in thrift stores all the time.

Good idea to hang your purse … I see these in thrift stores all the time.

Cardboard deer head ...

Cardboard deer head …

A porch needs a dart board and a couch!

A porch needs a dart board and a couch!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shop “As Seen on TV by Too Cheap Blondes”

 

Shop “As Seen on TV by Too Cheap Blondes”

We have done all the work, picking out some fabulous pieces, just look for our sign.

This Saturday, February 22, 2014:

Goodwill in the Heights, 215 W. 20th, Houston TX 77008

Using Pinterest as inspiration …..

cute summer outfit by Banana Republic and Lilly Pulitzer

cute summer outfit by Banana Republic and Lilly Pulitzer

JCREW inspiration for this navy polka dot and orange outfit

JCREW inspiration for this navy polka dot and orange outfit

Boden cardigan

Boden cardigan

Sequin blazer and a Robert Rodriquez blouse!

Sequin blazer and a Robert Rodriquez blouse!

 

ps … these are not the “boutique” items, these are the regular priced clothing

 

 

 

Stunning Graduation Dress for $5.99 @ San Antonio Goodwill

 Stunning Graduation Dress for $5.99 @ San Antonio Goodwill

Maddy, graduated this past spring and to celebrate this momentous day, I wanted her to feel beautiful and took her to the mall to pick out a dress.

We bought her a dress that looked amazing on her but when it actually came down to the event she decided to wear this dress I had found for her at Goodwill, in San Antonio, for $5.99.

Dress for $5.99 @ Goodwill (she was nominated for best legs at her High School)

Dress for $5.99 @ Goodwill
(she was nominated for best legs at her High School)

Don't you love the back of this dress!

Don’t you love the back of this dress!

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This experience taught me that it doesn’t matter where you buy something or how much it cost … what does it make you feel like when you put it on?

She felt and looked like a million bucks!   Plus I would feel like that everyday if I had her legs 🙂

Her graduation gift was a trip to New York City  (cute as can be, wearing almost all thrifted clothing)

I am always impressed with the prices at the Goodwill stores in San Antonio!

Here are my reviews of a few of the San Antonio Goodwill stores:

Goodwill, Loop 1604 and Bulverde Road

Goodwill, 13311 San Pedro (281 & Bitters)

Goodwill, 3401 Fredericksburg

Goodwill, 727 NW Loop 410

Goodwill, 12322 West I-10

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I love my husband … but

 

I love my husband … but

I need to start this article with that statement in case you get the wrong impression with everything else I am going to say.

There are so many super awesome fashion blogs out there that brag about their husbands being their photographer.

(you know where this is going …)

Unfortunately, I have erased all of the pictures of my feet.  Yes, my feet …. I wish I would have kept all of these pictures so I could prove that I am not making this up!   I had so many bad pictures to share with you it hard to pick one.

On vacation, in Charleston, SC, we happened to find this amazing backdrop on some random street.  WOW … it matches my necklace, my purse … this is just going to be perfect.   This is going to be my moment, maybe this picture will look like it could be on Atlantic-Pacific or Pink Peonies blogs.

ugggghhh!

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really … PLEASE … NO I don’t want the fence to show.

pippa style

I don’t want it shot from beneath me, it makes my face look huge.

pippa outfit

oh my goodness I wish a stranger would walk by to take this damn picture!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We are now into this with about 50 photo’s and not ONE is worthy of putting on the blog.   NOT ONE SINGLE PICTURE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

pippa cashmere sweater

 

pippa necklace

Want to see my mad face …

pippa mad

Plus we need to take this FAST, I am sitting on the doorstep of a brownstone that someone lives in.

Never mind ….   Lets just go!

Now we are at the park …

charleston, sc

please just take the picture.

pippa beach

OK, now … the wind died down.

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Now.

pippa

Now I am just tired, I didn’t realize this would be so difficult!

I will tell you about my outfit was because I CAN NOT show you with a decent picture.

THRIFT STORE FINDS:

  • Michael Kors Down Jacket:  $  1.00
  • Cashmere Sweater:     $5.99
  • Pleather Skirt:     $6.99
  • TOTAL:    $13.98

This is one of my favorite cold weather outfits … it is soooo warm!

I will probably no longer be in pictures.  I am the official photographer, he is not.

Did I mention that I love my husband!

He is not a great photographer but he is my biggest fan!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sparkle Zara Vest is the finishing touch on this weekend outfit

Sparkle Zara Vest is the finishing touch on this weekend outfit

There is nothing more comfortable than a pair of boyfriend jeans, these Abercrombie jeans were $7.99.

Of course adding a sparkling vest by ZARA gives the outfit the magic touch!

Finished off with a rope clutch purse.

THRIFT STORE FINDS:

  • Abercrombie Jeans:  $  7.99
  • ZARA Vest:     $4.99
  • Rope Clutch Purse:     $4.99
  • TOTAL:    $17.97
This outfit, found @ Houston Goodwill came to a total of only $17.97

This outfit, found @ Houston Goodwill came to a total of only $17.97

 

Thrifting in College Station

Thrifting in College Station

I am married to an Aggie, being from Oregon I didn’t really care but I have found out that it is a BIG deal if you live in Texas, you are either for Texas or an AG.

Honestly, I love to go to sporting events for all the peripheral things going on …. the cheer leaders, crowd watching, “air guitars” on the screen, fights and anything else that catches my attention.

Texas =Big Hair … I grew up thinking everyone in Texas had big hair!  🙂

Ok ... lets start with the obvious ... Texas is known for BIG hair!

Ok … lets start with the obvious … Texas is known for BIG hair!

This weekend we went to the mens basketball game on Saturday and then the women’s game on Sunday.   I finally asked if I could have a few minutes in a thrift store 🙂   the only thing I could find open on a Sunday was Goodwill.    I love to visit thrift stores in other towns!  First of all I pre-judged, being I was in a college town, I thought the students would clean out a thrift store … I was wrong, there was tons of good stuff!!!!

Goodwill Thrift Store 2704 Texas Ave S, College Station, TX 77840

Goodwill Thrift Store
2704 Texas Ave S, College Station, TX 77840

Where to start ….. (this will be a several part blog)

Alice + Oliva Silk Dress for $6.99 @ Goodwill

Alice + Oliva Silk Dress for $6.99 @ Goodwill.  Perfect A&M color!

 

I am kicking myself that I did not buy this army vest for one of my girls, it is so on trend right now!!!

 

Army Vest @ Goodwill

Army Vest @ Goodwill

 

All I can say is that I lived close I would definitely go back to this store and buy everything I have featured on my blog from this College Station Thrift Store!

 

Hello 2014

Our family Christmas picture this year

Our family Christmas picture this year

 

As we welcome in 2014 I thought I would share my family Christmas card with you.   If you watch our news segments you will see where I get some of my gorgeous models from, my kids!   The older girls went off to college in the fall, my son is a dedicated football player and my baby is all about being social.

I can’t wait for this year to unfold, I just know its going to be amazing and better than I can imagine!   pippa

Everyone has a Tiny Bit of sunshine SOMEWHERE in their life. Find it!

 

 

There is always a bit of happy … Look for the bright spot! 

Watching my dog today lay in the tiniest, sliver of sun gave me a mini life lesson about happiness and looking for the bright spot.

If you look very close you will see my white, fluffy dog "Dude" laying in the sliver of sunshine!

If you look very close you will see my white, fluffy dog “Dude” laying in the sliver of sunshine!

It so easy for my dog “Dude” to find comfort in 99% of the house but he chooses to focus on that 1% of sunshine.

This picture shows that only a few inches of the direct light gets in and of course my dog always finds it.  I have done everything I can to keep his itty bitty 4 pound body warm with sweaters, beds in multiple rooms, even a heating pad for the extra cold days, but he would rather lay in the miniscule bright spot!

I watch him and it makes me think that there is ALWAYS a tiny bit of sunshine somewhere in your life … YOU have to find it!

Enjoy your holiday season with family and friends, keeping focus on the positive!    pippa (and Dude)

Here he is my dog Dude!

Here he is my dog Dude!

Houston FOX26 News, Thursday, Nov 14th / 8am … “Shopping for Holiday Attire in a Thrift Store”

FOX26 News, Thursday, November 14th @ 8am …“Shopping for Holiday Attire in a Thrift Store”

FOX26 Houston News segment with Rita Garcia ... shopping for Holiday Attire!

FOX26 Houston News segment with Rita Garcia … shopping for Holiday Attire!

Rita Garcia wore an incredible vintage beaded dress!  The dresses were high end designers, a few with original tags!

Our best piece of advice is to shop early to get the best selection.

Tune in tomorrow and if you don’t get a chance to see it, we will post a link.

Jen & Pippa

An AMAZING Day ~ Meeting some of our Readers at Goodwill Store in San Antonio

An AMAZING Day ~ Meeting some of our Readers at Goodwill Store in San Antonio

As an official blogger for Goodwill of San Antonio they recently asked me to do a workshop at a Grand Opening of their newest store @ Loop 1604 and Bulverde Road.

One of the BEST parts of this incredible weekend was meeting a few readers who came to my workshop (Pinteresting Ideas) to meet me!   I can’t tell you how special that was to know that the time I have put into this blog is touching people and that they took time out of their busy schedules to come say hello!  Writing for 2 different blogs www.ShopwithPippa.com and www.TooCheapBlondes.com , both about thrifting, Jen and I have had the opportunity to meet so many people, it would surprise you who thrifts.  I guess we are a few of the brave souls who are proud about it and will actually admit it!

Here is a reader and a thrifted outfit that she put together from reading the blog, LOVE this!

Meeting a reader from www.ShopwithPippa.com

Meeting a reader from www.ShopwithPippa.com

 

sorry your eyes are closed, it is the only picture I have

sorry your eyes are closed, it is the only picture I have

 

We started the day with a news segment at KENS 5.  The girls met the guys from "Tanked".

We started the day with a news segment promoting Goodwill Grand Opening at KENS 5. The girls met the guys from “Tanked”.

Grand Opening Goodwill San Antonio (Loop 1604 & Bulverde Road)

Grand Opening Goodwill San Antonio (Loop 1604 & Bulverde Road)

Having fun with my girls ... you can't help but enjoy life being around them!

Having fun with my girls … you can’t help but enjoy life being around them!

 Click HERE for my store review and to see a bunch of outfits that I put together for under $10!

I got to meet some fellow San Antonio bloggers, an opportunity to get out and actually meet people is a welcome retreat from hours behind a computer!

I have listed Goodwill San Antonio Bloggers! @Pam Lutrell @Pippa, Too Cheap Blondes lovelyT & @Michelle Cantua few other San Antonio Goodwill store reviews for you here:

Goodwill, 13311 San Pedro (281 & Bitters)

Goodwill, 3401 Fredericksburg

Goodwill, 727 NW Loop 410

Goodwill, Loop 1604 and Bulverde Road

Just remember all Goodwill does for the community.  Every 14 seconds someone gets a job because of work done by Goodwill.

Its official .... Goodwill Blogger for 2013