Too Cheap Blondes featured on ABC “Stretch your Dollar”, tomorrow Nov 7th

 

We stood through a rain/lightening storm (Houston had 5 inches of rain the day we filmed) for this sale so I can’t wait to show you what we found!

  • Family Thrift Outlet
  • 12148 Gulf Freeway
  • Houston, TX

Tomorrow,  Thursday, Nov 7 @ 5:45am and 4:55pm / “ABC Stretch your Dollar” with Patricia Lopez.

Family Thrift Center Outlet store in Houston

Family Thrift Center Outlet store in Houston

I think these prices will help explain why there is a line out the door every Thursday morning.

  • Thursday:   $1.75
  • Friday:  $ 1.50
  • Saturday:   $1.25
  • Sunday:    $1.00
  • Monday:   $ .75
  • Tuesday:  $ .50
  • Wednesday:   $ .25

The race is on ….

Thrift store outlet in Houston

Thrift store outlet in Houston

You will love all the things "Too Cheap Blondes" found for ABC "Stretch your Dollar!"

You will love all the things “Too Cheap Blondes” found for ABC “Stretch your Dollar!”

 

Goodwill and your Dorm Room ~ Thrift Store Style!

Planning her college dorm room has been so much fun the past few months!  Both Maddy and I have spent hours on Pinterest looking for ideas.  Of course while thrifting we would pick up things here and there.   She decided to go with an eclectic mix of bright, yet subdued mix of colors.

If I would have EVEN tried to buy her a perfect “matching” room I think she would have died … that is soooo NOT COOL in college!

You would not believe how many people stopped by her room to “ooooh and aaahhhh” … they had not really planned on decorating but to do everything for way under a $100 is awesome!

(she just sent me a message, her friends want me to take them shopping to show them how to thrift!)

Dorm Room ~ Goodwill Thrift Store Style

Dorm Room ~ Goodwill Thrift Store Style

 

We found this HUGE corkboard at San Antonio Goodwill!   Score for $5.99

(we recovered it with fabric & a staple gun for $8.99)

 

Huge corkboard @ San Antonio Goodwill Thrift Store

Huge corkboard @ San Antonio Goodwill Thrift Store

 

Call me a dumpster diver … but I found the black table,  under the fridge, on the side of the road on garbage day.  FREE!

The white dresser was from a builder/model home throwing stuff away … I just happened to be there on the right day!

The pink tulle from local crafting store was only $1.29 a yard .. a HUGE statement for a little bit of money!

Tulle @ $1.29 yard makes a big statement!

Tulle @ $1.29 yard makes a big statement!

 

Next we found this Brand NEW still in package duvet cover from Bombay Kids, original price $99.99 .. Goodwill price $9.99

Brand NEW Bombay Kids duvet cover for $9.99 @ San Antonio Goodwill

Brand NEW Bombay Kids duvet cover for $9.99 @ San Antonio Goodwill

Goodwill thrift store shopping for dorm room!

Goodwill thrift store shopping for dorm room!

 

 

We had a quilt that we cut to fit perfectly in the NEW duvet cover!  I tacked it into place so it wouldn't slide around!

We had a quilt that we cut to fit perfectly in the NEW duvet cover! I tacked it into place so it wouldn’t slide around!

 

This was $9.99 @ Goodwill, we painted and added hooks inside!

This was $9.99 @ Goodwill, we painted and added hooks inside!

We added hooks inside to make this a jewelry cabinet!

We added hooks inside to make this a jewelry cabinet!

Maddy's idea to hot glue gun flowers, pearls and twine to the outside of this jewelry cabinet!

Maddy’s idea to hot glue gun flowers, pearls and twine to the outside of this jewelry cabinet!

Her little "kitchen" with ceramic "Pottery Barn" basket weave bowl to hold fruit and the large rectangle basket to hold dishes and food!  (both items from Goodwill)

Her little “kitchen” with ceramic “Pottery Barn” basket weave bowl to hold fruit and the large rectangle basket to hold dishes and food! (both items from Goodwill)

LOOK at these awesome “Pottery Barn” lights, brand new still in package we got for $2.99 each @ Goodwill!

Pottery Barn lights brand NEW for $2.99 each box!

Pottery Barn lights brand NEW for $2.99 each box!

Maddy repainted this old sign into something personal for her room!

Repaint something old into new!

Repaint something old into new!

We got this calendar, really nice and sturdy, in the frame for $3.99!  and a glass tumbler to hold markers for .49

Calendar framed eraser board for $3.99 and glass tumbler for markers .49

Calendar framed eraser board for $3.99 and glass tumbler for markers .49

 

I just found this cool Chinese lantern and lamp to take to her next time I visit!

Chinese Lantern from Goodwill thrift store for $4.99

Chinese Lantern from Goodwill thrift store for $4.99

Cute lamp that will fit perfectly in her room for $4.99

Cute lamp that will fit perfectly in her room for $4.99

 

 

Keep watching …. I will take pictures of our college dorm shopping trip!

As always, thrift with style!

Its official .... Goodwill Blogger for 2013

New York City ~ Day 1 , Thrift Store Style

New York City ~ Day 1 , Thrift Store Style

Toy-R-Us  .... Candy Land with the Peeps!

Toy-R-Us …. Candy Land with the Peeps!

 

Maddy and I stayed close to Times Square so we could enjoy some of the most “colorful” scenery New York has to offer!

Our first stop was at Toys-R-Us … the indoor ferris wheel and candy land were our favorites.

Ferris Wheel in Toys R Us

Ferris Wheel in Toys R Us

 

Sorry, I just can’t help but show you the “Naked Cowgirl”!

Naked Cowgirl in New York City

Naked Cowgirl in New York City

Guess where she put her tips? ….. Yep, she would lift up her boobs and kept her dollar bills there!

New York City Naked Cow Girl

New York City Naked Cow Girl

 

A visit to the M&M’s store ….

M&M store in New York City!

M&M store in New York City!

 

 

New York Time Square in a thrift store outfit!

New York Time Square in a thrift store outfit!

Times Square in a thrifted outfit!

Times Square in a thrifted outfit!

Every trip to New York MUST include a stop to Shake Shack!!!!

Every trip to New York MUST include a stop to Shake Shack!!!!

 

THRIFTED OUTFITS:

Maddy:  Gap,   Linen/Cotton blend blouse for $5.99   (mint green shorts from Marshalls for $9.99), Liz Claiborne Leather Cross-body purse for $7.00, Thick Leather Belt for $2.99

Pippa:  Leopard Ann Taylor Cardigan,    $5.99,   Free People Black Skirt $3.99,   Nine West Sequin Flats $9.99, Nine West mini black back-pack $1.00

Here is a recap of day 1-5:

(If you only have TIME to check out one day, look at day 4 … that crepe that Maddy did NOT share with me is the Highlight of the entire trip!!!!)

Jen and Pippa Houston Hard-core thrifting … shopping at Family Thrift Outlet Store

Jen and Pippa Houston Hard-core Thrifting …. Shopping at Family Thrift Outlet Store

JEN:  “Do NOT dress nice tomorrow …. we are “hard-core” thrifting. Headed to the South Side of Houston.”
 
Family Thrift Outlet Store 12148 Gulf Freeway Houston, TX  77034

Family Thrift Outlet Store
12148 Gulf Freeway
Houston, TX 77034

 

Family Thrift Outlet Store
12148 Gulf Freeway
Houston, TX 77034

I guess that most people would consider this store “bottom-of-the-barrel” thrifting and they would be right … but it was soooo much fun to find name brand items for only $1.75 each!
I got 15 items for $28.42!   (hey, I have 4 kids!)
Jen got 8 items for $14.72!
(Tips on how to shop this store at the bottom of this post)
 
PRICES:
  • Thursday:   $1.75
  • Friday:  $ 1.50
  • Saturday:   $1.25
  • Sunday:    $1.00
  • Monday:   $ .75
  • Tuesday:  $ .50
  • Wednesday:   $ .25
ASOS dress for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

ASOS dress for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

 
Free People Linen Dress for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

Free People Linen Dress for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

JCREW silk dress for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

JCREW silk dress for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

Another JCREW silk dressfor $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

Another JCREW silk dressfor $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

Hippie Boho style for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

Hippie Boho style for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

ZARA dress for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

ZARA dress for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

Just Taylor Dress for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

Just Taylor Dress for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

 Cashmere Sweater for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store Sweater

Cashmere Sweater for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store Sweater

Laundy by Shelli Segal Gown for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

Laundy by Shelli Segal Gown for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

Moccasin Booties (Brand NEW) for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

Moccasin Booties (Brand NEW) for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

Bill Blass polka dot skirt ....for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

Bill Blass polka dot skirt ….for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

Maxi Swimsuit Cover-up ...for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

Maxi Swimsuit Cover-up …for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

 

 

JCREW embellished tank ....for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

JCREW embellished tank ….for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store nautical dress ....

VITTADINI dress for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store nautical dress ….

 

 

Libertine Dress ....for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

Libertine Dress ….for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

Ann Taylor silk halter dress ....for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

Ann Taylor silk halter dress ….for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

This beaded gown was stunning!   (and super heavy) for only $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

This beaded gown was stunning! (and super heavy) for only $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

 

ZARA blouse ....for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

ZARA blouse ….for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

Elle Tahari .....for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

Elle Tahari …..for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

Stunning Black & Red Silk Gown ....for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

Stunning Black & Red Silk Gown ….for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

Vintage Dress NEW with $165 for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store still attached ....

Vintage Dress NEW with $165 tags still attached!   Only $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

Nautical striped skirt ...for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

Nautical striped skirt …for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store Creek ... NEW with tag still attached! ....

Coldwater Creek Suit for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

$149 tag still attached ....for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

$149 tag still attached ….for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

 

 

Cute cotton light weight top ...for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

Cute cotton light weight top …for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

GAP dress ....for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

GAP dress ….for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

I know ... I LOVE Halloween costumes!   This dress for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

I know … I LOVE Halloween costumes! This dress for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

This vintage beaded purse (probably from the 30's?) ...for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

This vintage beaded purse (probably from the 30’s?) …for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

Vintage Purse ....for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

Vintage Purse ….for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

Vintage Purse by Rosenfeld "The Elaine Shops" .....for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

Vintage Purse by Rosenfeld “The Elaine Shops” …..for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

Another vintage purse ....for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

Another vintage purse ….for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

Beaded handbag .....for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

Beaded handbag …..for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

Another purse ....for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

Another purse ….for $1.75 @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

Thursdays are a popular day!

Thursdays are a popular day!

 

Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

Shop @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

Shop @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

Receipt @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

Receipt @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

 TIPS for Shopping @ Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store:

  • There are not ANY dressing rooms so go prepared to try on clothes over whatever you are wearing.
  • Thursdays are busy but the first day of new inventory
  • Be OK with things being disorganized.    You might start down a row that is labeled  “children’s pants” to find out after 3 feet it is now adult women’s blouses.    Dresses were in 2 different sections of the store.
  • There is Definitely an OVER ABUNDANCE of screaming children!!!!!   Their parent’s don’t hear them so I guess that means everyone else in the store should not hear them either.
 
 

You can find Jen at:

Linked with: Not Dead Yet Style Blog , Pinterest Told me To, Thrifters Anonymous , still being Molly

I am having one of those kind of days (thrift store shopping)

I am having one of those kind of days (thrift store shopping)

The phone call started like this:

JEN: “I am having one of those kind of days.”

ME (concerned and thinking something tragic has happened):  “What kind of day?”

JEN: “I can’t stop finding fabulous high end name brands such as ST JOHN, Lilly Pulitzer, cool vintage pieces … everywhere I look there are designer clothes!  My cart is so full its embarrassing!  What are you doing?  Get down here and shop with me!”

Yes, it only means one thing, she has hit the motherload and is making a major thrift store haul …

Every Thrifters Dream Come True!!!!!!!!

Jens Major Thrift Store Score of Designer Clothes!

Jens Major Thrift Store Score of Designer Clothes!

Look at her cart, she was definitely having a heavenly experience!

If you don’t follow Shop Jen’s Closet on Facebook or Instagram you might not have seen the incredible deals that she has scored lately!

Phillip Lim Goddess Dress

Phillip Lim Goddess Dress

 

Zac Posen Z Spoke Dress $9.99

Zac Posen Z Spoke Dress $9.99

ASH $371 fur boots for $9.99 ... Brand NEW

ASH $371 fur boots for $9.99 … Brand NEW

Monique Lhuillier Runway gown vs Thrifted Mary Ching gown for $9.99

Monique Lhuillier Runway gown vs Thrifted Mary Ching gown for $9.99

Chanel Suit for $34.99

Chanel Suit for $34.99

Vintage La Vetta of Beverly Hills Asian print caftan ... $9.99

Vintage La Vetta of Beverly Hills Asian print caftan … $9.99

Vintage Rose Marie Reid Bathing Suit

Vintage Rose Marie Reid Bathing Suit

Gorgeous vintage McMullen sweater for $4.15

Gorgeous vintage McMullen sweater for $4.15

BRAND NEW Billy Reid shirts for $5.99 (four of them!)  These retail for $185 each!

BRAND NEW Billy Reid shirts for $5.99 (four of them!)
These retail for $185 each!

Oh yeah … I forgot to give you my answer about joining her thrifting dream come true!   I was having one of those “dog days of summer”.   Man I wish that I could have joined her, it sounded like so much fun!!!!!!

A day at the vet with my little Dude!

A day at the vet with my little Dude!

(Stay tuned …. Jen and I are “hard-core” thrift store shopping today.   Not sure what that quite means but she said don’t dress nice.   I will give a full report soon!)

You can find Jen at:

 

 

Jen & Pippa more Friday thrift store finds

Jen & Pippa more Friday thrift store finds

We are sooo excited to share with you that ShopJensCloset will be featured on the abc show Mirror/Mirror in July!   I wish we could show you all the clothes she picked (and didn’t … we found sooo many that day!)   We will keep you informed about when it will be aired.   She found this stunning Suzi Chin sequin dress, NEW with tags, for $9.99!   She wore it to an event that weekend … Goodwill Rocks!!!!!!!!!!!

ABC show Mirror/Mirror host Rebecca Sperra .... Suzi Chin Dress (NEW w/ tags) @ Goodwill for $9.99!  Watch in July when Jen gives her tips for Thrift Shopping!

ABC show Mirror/Mirror host Rebecca Sperra …. Suzi Chin Dress (NEW w/ tags) @ Goodwill for $9.99! Watch in July when Jen helps her Thrift Shop!

Looks so different on a hanger ... AMAZING when a gorgeous woman wears it!

Looks so different on a hanger … AMAZING when a gorgeous woman wears it!

 

Definitely a good day of thrift store shopping in Houston!  Some times it starts out slow and then all of the sudden we will find designer name brand one right after the other!    We buy about 5% of what we show you, so lucky shoppers who gets the 95% we leave on the rack!!!

We are often asked “where do you shop”, “what stores are your favorite” … but honestly we will leave a store and completely change our plan for the day …   we try to keep thrifting fun!   Different thrift stores everytime we shop … that’s why we enjoy it!

 

Suzi Chin Purple rectangular sequins for $9.99 @ Houston Thrift Store!

Suzi Chin Purple rectangular sequins for $9.99 @ Houston Thrift Store!

 

 

Pink Peonies gives a tutorial on "The Secret to Boyfriend Jeans"

Pink Peonies gives a tutorial on “The Secret to Boyfriend Jeans”

Click HERE for www.PinkPeonies.com / Rachel Parcell tutorial on “The Secret to Boyfriend Jeans”  click HERE

 

Anthropologie Khaki Jacket for $9.99

Anthropologie Khaki Jacket for $9.99

Brooks Brothers Dress

Brooks Brothers Dress

 

More Brooks Brothers Dress for only $5.30

More Brooks Brothers Dress for only $5.30

 

 

Ann Taylor Silk Blouse for only $5.99!!!!!!!!!

Ann Taylor Silk Blouse for only $5.99!!!!!!!!!

 

 

Ann Taylor Pant Suit for $13

Ann Taylor Pant Suit for $13

Boden Dress retails $198 ... Houston Thrift Store price is $7.50

Boden Dress retails $198 … Houston Thrift Store price is $7.50

 

Zara Sundress @ Houston Thrift Store for only $3.85

Zara Sundress @ Houston Thrift Store for only $3.85

 

 

Chico's Silk Jacket for $9.80

Chico’s Silk Jacket for $9.80

 

Coldwater Creek Dress for $7.80

Coldwater Creek Dress for $7.80

 

Both Coldwater Creek Skirts for $5.60 each!

Both Coldwater Creek Skirts for $5.60 each!

 

 

 

Banana Republic Blouse for $5.60

Banana Republic Blouse for $5.60

 

Sooo Cute!   Hand puppet, Brand NEW with Tags for $1.99!

Sooo Cute! Hand puppet, Brand NEW with Tags for $1.99!

 

Both of these Banana Republic Merino Wool Sweaters were found @ a Houston Thrift Store for $5.99 each ... New Condition!

Both of these Banana Republic Merino Wool Sweaters were found @ a Houston Thrift Store for $5.99 each … New Condition!

 

Peter Nygard Jacket for $9.99

Peter Nygard Jacket for $9.99

 

Steve Madden

Steve Madden

 

Cashmere Sweater for $5.99

Cashmere Sweater for $5.99

 

 

 

Vintage Blouse for .90!!!!

Vintage Blouse for .90!!!!

 

 

We found this vintage needlepoint purse @ Houston Thrift Shop ... NO price :(

We found this vintage needlepoint purse @ Houston Thrift Shop … NO price 🙁

 

I think this is our Ugly thrift store find of the day!

I think this is our Ugly thrift store find of the day!

 

 

 

Topshop Top for $5.99

Topshop Top for $5.99

Jewelry Holder for the Birds ... found @ Houston Thrift Store

Jewelry Holder for the Birds … found @ Houston Thrift Store

 

Wine Holder Basket ... would make a great hostess gift!

Wine Holder Basket … would make a great hostess gift!

 

Golf Book End holders @ Houston Thrift Store

Golf Book End holders @ Houston Thrift Store

 

You can find Jen at:

Jen and Pippa are virtual volunteers working to benefit nonprofit organizations by

helping promote thrift stores in the Houston area!

If you are not yet doing so, consider DONATING for the nonprofit organization of your choice today!

Be sure and check out Pinterest ”Shopping at Thrift Stores” board for tons of ideas regarding Thrifting from all over the country!

(click HERE for Pinterest shopwithpippa)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$98 Ralph Lauren Polo Shirt found in Thrift Store for $3.99

Thrifted Ralph Lauren Polo Shirt

 

Thrifted Ralph Lauren Polo Shirt & Old Navy Shirt

 

Thrifted Ralph Lauren Polo Shirt and Old Navy Shirt

 Ralph Lauren Polo Shirt:  Thrifted, $3.99

Yes, I seriously LUCKED out on this Ralph Lauren Shirt that I found in a Thrift Store!   Here is a similar pink/white shirt in stores for $98!!!   This shirt was a children’s size 20 so it priced according to the children’s prices … $3.99

Mens Thrifted Denim Chambray Shirt

Mens Thrifted Denim Shirt only $5.99

 

Thrifted Shirt ($5.99) and Thrifted Dress ($9.99)

 

 

All Thrifted!!!!!!!!

 

Mens Denim Chambray Shirt:   Thrift Store, $5.99

What a great deal on a men’s shirt!  Of course a denim shirt is just plain cool.   A few of the girls friends have asked me to find them a denim shirt …. they are over $50 in stores!

 

A Fruity Find in a Thrift Shop

 

4 Pears for $ .90

 

When I found these 4 pears at a local thrift shop I knew they would make a perfect addition to the beautiful bowl of fruit that I have in my kitchen.    Being they were not the cheap plastic fake fruit, they were a steal for only  $ .90!!