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Thursday

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November 2014

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Wardrobe Tips

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We recently received an e-mail from a reader asking for our advice regarding her wardrobe:

“I LOVE your blog and following you guys on Instagram. You’ve inspired me to be on the hunt for high end labels only at thrift stores, 90% off or bust! Anyway, how do you determine when you’ve reached full capacity in terms of a wardrobe? I know it’s so easy to bring home a ton of great pieces at even better prices. I get worried in the event of a move that I’ll go from a small to tiny closet. Just curious if you had any sort of strategy.”

Shop at thrift stores for high-end designer clothes!

Shop at thrift stores for high-end designer clothes!

In order to keep our closets in check, we both have a rule that we only buy high-end items from thrift stores…no matter how cute that item is.  Since finding high-end items is a difficult task, we typically don’t bring home massive amounts of items.  When we do bring something new home, we try to take something out of our closets that is similar, but lower quality.  Gradually, we have turned our entire closets into a high-quality, high-end wardrobes.  Now, we are both much more picky about buying things and it has to be amazing to make it into our closets.  We also keep a Goodwill donation bag in our closets and frequently toss items that we don’t absolutely love into the bag, always knowing that it’s only a matter of time before we will find something amazing to replace those pieces.

Use these die-hard tips for when you shop at a thrift store!  

Thrifting Tips:

  1. Don’t try to put together an outfit or you will get frustrated.  Look for individual pieces and then try to build an outfit.
  2. Focus on dresses, jackets and skirts…this is where you normally get the most value for your money.
  3. Skip lower end brands such as Target, Forever 21 and Walmart.
  4. Pay attention to fabrics…avoid synthetics.   Look for natural fibers such as silk, cotton and wool.
  5. You can usually find much better deals by “digging” rather than shopping from the boutique section of a thrift store.
  6. All thrift stores are not created equal.
  7. Look through Pinterest, magazines and fashion blogs to recreate trends.
  8. It doesn’t matter if you have 10 minutes or 2 hours, you can always find something you love!
  9. Pick an area of town and go to 3-4 thrift stores since they are often near each other.
  10. Hard Fast Rule:  NEVER pay more than 10% of retail price, we try to pay 5% or even less.
  11. Be open to finding anything!

Here is a great chart to help you decide if you should buy that item or not.  HERE for original article.

thrift chart

Tuesday

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November 2014

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Too Cheap Tuesdays in Pasadena … Longchamp, ZARA, Brooks Brothers & Black Label Ralph Lauren

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Too Cheap Tuesdays in Pasadena … Longchamp, ZARA, Brooks Brothers & Black Label Ralph

A question that we hear all the time is “which outlet do you prefer to shop at?”  Honestly, we decide which store to shop at depending on where we are in Houston on a Thursday.   The stores are spread all throughout town (and all over Texas) so some of them are “geographically challenging” for us but we ALWAYS find a treasure, no matter what store we shop at.  Remember, it usually just takes time to look through everything.    Today we are showing you what we found at the Pasadena outlet store last year … and it was awesome so we will definitely stop by again when we are in the area!

Also, Houston is getting unusually cold weather the past few weeks and there are racks of coats for only $2!

Family Thrift Center Outlet
2157 Red Bluff Rd, Pasadena, TX 77506

Family Thrift Center Outlet locations are where savvy shoppers come to save.  Each Thursday, new inventory comes in and every item is priced at just $2.00.  On Fridays, prices drop a quarter to $1.75 an item.  Then, each day after that, the price drops another 25 cents until Tuesdays, when prices drop to just 50 cents an item.  Prices drop another 25 cents on Wednesdays, when every item in the Outlet store costs only 25 cents!  With shopping this guilt free, you can’t lose!  Family Thrift Center Outlets sell men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, along with shoes, purses and accessories.  Store hours differ per location (all of the outlets close early on Wednesdays).

 

Longchamp tote bag

Longchamp tote bag

Ralph Lauren "black label" pants

Ralph Lauren “black label” pants

Brooks Brothers tweed jacket

Brooks Brothers tweed jacket

ZARA tweed dress and gold clutch purse

ZARA tweed dress and gold clutch purse

 

ST JOHN COLLECTION sweater

ST JOHN COLLECTION sweater

Real fur cuffs

Real fur cuffs

A red cape

A red cape

A cheap winter wrap coat for $2

A cheap winter wrap coat for $2

Winter coats are CHEAP at the outlet store!

Winter coats are CHEAP at the outlet store!

Vintage purse

Vintage purse

Silk cocktail dress!

Silk cocktail dress!

 

When we share our “11 BEST Tips for Thrift Store Shopping”, you will see why we think the tweed jacket and dress are perfect staples for building a wardrobe.

  1. Don’t try to put together an outfit or you will get frustrated.  Look for individual pieces and then try to build an outfit.
  2. Focus on dresses, jackets and skirts…this is where you normally get the most value for your money.

 

Outlet Price Per Item
Thursdays $2.00 per item
Fridays $1.75 per item
Saturdays $1.50 per item
Sundays $1.25 per item
Mondays $1.00 per item
Tuesdays 50¢ per item
Wednesdays 25¢ per item

 

Here are some of our favorite tips for shopping the Family Thrift Center Outlet stores.

  • “You don’t need to get there when they open on Thursdays.”  We usually arrive around 11 a.m., after the store has been open a few hours.  The store is really crowded until around noon, after that, it seems to calm down.   In our opinion, we prefer to go after the “morning rush.”  The employees are continually putting out new merchandise on Thursday and Friday, so you can find the “good stuff” for a couple of days before the stock starts running thin.
  • Some people say, “I never find anything!”  We go through hundreds, if not thousands, of items every time we go shopping in order to find one or two designer pieces of clothing.  Do not get frustrated when you walk into a thrift store and don’t find that “amazing deal” within a few minutes.  Jen and I spend hours going through every single hanger.  Sometimes we will come across a gorgeous piece of clothing within minutes, but it usually takes a good amount of time to find that treasure!   Never give up!  If you’re patient and dedicated, I promise that you will find a treasure!
  • There are no dressing rooms or mirrors.  Wear something comfortable so you can try a jacket or blouse over what you are wearing.
  • Finally, be prepared to shop with some highly competitive shoppers.  There are regulars who treat thrift shopping like a sport.

 

Monday

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November 2014

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What was your favorite find of the week? Ferragamo and Burberry

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This past week we found some amazing items at several different thrift store, it was almost hard to choose when asked “What was your favorite find of the week?”

Jen found this vintage circa 1990 Ferragamo crossbody handbag for $2.00 at Family Thrift Outlet (Little York).    A similar bag, in black, is being sold for $450 online. “This belt-bag in red leather features a 46-inch, removable gold-tone belcher chain with two platform shoe charms, two belt-loops and a faille ribbon with three gold-tone buttons, each with three shoes in relief.”   This purse is not in mint condition and will need to be professionally cleaned.   If for some reason the leather is not able to be salvaged the chain itself will make a fantastic necklace or belt.

Vintage Ferragamo purse $2.00 at Family Thrift Outlet ... similar being sold online for $450

Vintage Ferragamo purse $2.00 at Family Thrift Outlet … similar being sold online for $450

The chain would make a great necklace or belt!

The chain would make a great necklace or belt!

Pippa found this men’s Burberry jacket for $2.00 at Family Thrift Outlet (Little York), similar style sold for $795.  The inside of the collar was absolutely filthy but for that price it was hard to pass up, knowing she could at least TRY to clean it.   DAWN dish soap is her secret weapon to get out almost any spot or stain … and it worked!

Mens Burberry trench coat found for $2.00 at Family Thrift Outlet.

Mens Burberry trench coat found for $2.00 at Family Thrift Outlet.

DAWN dish soap gets out almost any spot or stain!

DAWN dish soap gets out almost any spot or stain!

 

We would love to hear from you!   “What was your favorite find of the week?”

 

Saturday

15

November 2014

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We Love to Hear from You! Hermes Scarves found for $2.50 at Rummage Sale

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We recently received this lovely note from one our readers.

“I can’t exactly remember how I came to stumble on your blog a few weeks ago but today I’m writing to thanks you girls.

Going through your blog has been amazingly inspiring for me. I used to thrift clothes for my kids (it has always seemed to me to be wasteful to buy new and full-priced garments that would only be worn for a short time before they are outgrown) but I had never done so for myself. I used to be a size 18, but after years of being frustrated with myself I decided to grow up a bit and I’m now happy with being a size 10. Losing so much weight came with one major drawback: none of my clothes fit me. I had to build a new wardrobe quickly without having an extensive budget for it. That’s when the stars aligned and I realized by reading your blog that I could perfectly thrift for myself as well. I started doing so quite happily (I must say I really enjoy the “hunting spirit”) even though it’s not exactly easy. You see, in my country the huge thrift stores you show on your blog don’t exist. We have a few second-hand shops and quite a lot of garage sale, carboot sales and that sort of things. Anyhow, I have managed to buy some clothes I’m very happy with, and for a fraction of their original price. The find that made me absolutely giddy happened last week at a rummaging sale where I scored two genuine Hermes silk scarves in mint condition for  the equivalent of 2.50USD.

I can only imagine how time-consuming maintaining a blog such as your can be and I really want to let you know how thankful I am for your dedication.

We would like to say thank you so much for taking the time to write to us and let us know we are inspiring you to be thrifty.   Of course we can all agree that she got a fantastic find with these Hermes scarves!

Hermes scarves found at a garage sale!

Hermes scarves found at a rummage sale!

After seeing these gorgeous scarves, we decided to look at Pinterest to get some ideas on how to wear them.

Hermes scarf ideas

Hermes scarf ideas

These Hermes scarves make the outfit perfect!

These Hermes scarves make the outfit perfect!

Another option that we came across, would be to frame the scarves.  This would be a lovely way to enjoy these beauties every single day!

Frame a fabulous scarf!

Frame a fabulous scarf!

Have you come across anything fabulous lately?

We would love to from you and we do take the time to personally answer your emails.

Jen & Pippa

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Friday

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November 2014

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Thrifty Thursdays with Too Cheap Blondes

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“I have a fun new feature to tell you about! We are partnering with Too Cheap Blondes to bring you Thrifty Thursdays! How it works … You send me photos of outfits you like, but maybe can’t afford. The thrifty fashionistas are going to recreate your outfits from the thrift store!”  –Patricia Lopez ABC13

JCREW linen jacket $9.99 at Houston Goodwill

JCREW linen jacket $9.99 at Houston Goodwill

J. Crew linen jacket – $9.99 from Goodwill
Cynthia Rowley t-shirt – $4.99 from Goodwill
True Religion jeans – $14.99 from Goodwill
Italian Leather Handbag – $2 from Family Thrift
Silver filigree bracelet – $4 from Assistance League Conroe
Total: $35.97

We found this trenchcoat for $2!

We found this trenchcoat for $2!

London Fog Coat – $2 from Family Thrift Outlet
Italian Leather Purse – $2 from Family Thrift Outlet
Total: $4

Easy makeover on this thrift store find!

Easy makeover on this thrift store find!

This is our kind of makeover … scissors, tape and 3 minutes!  We found this London Fog Trench Coat at the Family Thrift Outlet for $2, cut off the sleeves, taped the seams up, so easy!

 

We might make this look easy but some of these looks are quite challenging and as you can see we do not always hit the mark.

When trying to recreate an outfit, it does not need to be a perfect match here are a few of our TIPS:

  • If you can’t copy the entire outfit, take out one or two pieces to match the look, start with color and shape.
  • Try to keep the elements the same.
  • Shop your own closet first.
  • Be creative and improvise!

We were not successful in recreating this outfit!

We were not successful in recreating this outfit!

Here you can see that you can use the same color necklace, not an exact copy, to recreate a similar look:

outfit inspiration tips

If you have a look you’d like for us to recreate, send it to  Patricia Lopez’s Facebook page!

Do you like to recreate outfits?  What is your favorite source of inspiration?

Any tips that you would like to share with us?

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Wednesday

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November 2014

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Shopping With a List or Inspiration Photo

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Shopping With a List or Inspiration Photo

We know, we know, shopping with a list might sound so boring when heading into a treasure trove like a thrift store.  Of course, we might (well almost always), find something we can’t leave without, but shopping with a list helps so much.  Your list might be as simple as a polka dot blouse or a colored blazer or, it can be much more specific such as completing your holiday outfit with sequins or velvet.

Right now on our list, we have a black blazer, classic “Chanel” style jacket, and you can never go wrong with a crisp white blouse.

classic blazer thrift store style

crisp white blouse thrift store style blog

When we shop, we usually always have with us either a fashion magazine or a list (it used to be a small spiral notebook in the purse, but with advanced technology, using “Notes” on the phone is quite simple and much more handy).

Putting together inspiration pictures and outfits will surely help you when shopping at thrift stores since they can many times be completely overwhelming.

This jacket is right on trend!

This jacket is right on trend!

 

Shopping Tip:   When you do find and purchase something high-end, yet similar to what you already have, remember to take the lower quality item out of your closet.  Eventually, you will turn your entire closet into a high-quality, high-end wardrobe.

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Tuesday

11

November 2014

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“Too Cheap Tuesdays” – $2 for Coach, C. Wonder, Vintage and More!

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“Too Cheap Tuesdays” – $2 for Coach, C. Wonder, Vintage and More!

This week we shopped at:

Family Thrift Center Outlet
131 West Little York Rd
Houston, Texas 77076

Family Thrift Center Outlet locations are where savvy shoppers come to save.  Each Thursday, new inventory comes in and every item is priced at just $2.00.  On Fridays, prices drop a quarter to $1.75 an item.  Then, each day after that, the price drops another 25 cents until Tuesdays, when prices drop to just 50 cents an item.  Prices drop another 25 cents on Wednesdays, when every item in the Outlet store costs only 25 cents!  With shopping this guilt free, you can’t lose!  Family Thrift Center Outlets sell men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, along with shoes, purses and accessories.  Store hours differ per location (all of the outlets close early on Wednesdays).

Let the fun begin!

Here is a 2-piece vintage sequin skirt/top set from Tootsies, a high-end specialty store in Houston.   This probably originally retailed for well over $1,000.  Worn together it is overwhelming, but if you look at this set as separates, it is quite spectacular!   The top, after some tailoring, will be a gorgeous tunic dress, similar to the Marchesa for $5,515.

tootsies set

marchesa thrift store

silver sequin thrift store skirt

c wonder sweater thrift

Authentic COACH purse, not in perfect condition, needs a good cleaning!

Authentic Coach purse, not in perfect condition, just needs a good cleaning!

Brooks Brothers sweater for $2.
Brooks Brothers sweater for $2.

 

vintage dress thrift store houston

When we share our “11 BEST Tips for Thrift Store Shopping”, you will see why we think the denim jacket and red blazer are perfect items when building a wardrobe.

  1. Don’t try to put together an outfit or you will get frustrated.  Look for individual pieces and then try to build an outfit.
  2. Focus on dresses, jackets and skirts…this is where you normally get the most value for your money.

denim jacket

Laurel brand (high-end) denim jacket for $2!

red velvet blazer

Here are some of our favorite tips for shopping the Family Thrift Center Outlet stores.

  • “You don’t need to get there when they open on Thursdays.”  We usually arrive around 11 a.m., after the store has been open a few hours.  The store is really crowded until around noon, after that, it seems to calm down.   In our opinion, we prefer to go after the “morning rush.”  The employees are continually putting out new merchandise on Thursday and Friday, so you can find the “good stuff” for a couple of days before the stock starts running thin.
  • Some people say, “I never find anything!”  We go through hundreds, if not thousands, of items every time we go shopping in order to find one or two designer pieces of clothing.  Do not get frustrated when you walk into a thrift store and don’t find that “amazing deal” within a few minutes.  Jen and I spend hours going through every single hanger.  Sometimes we will come across a gorgeous piece of clothing within minutes, but it usually takes a good amount of time to find that treasure!   Never give up!  If you’re patient and dedicated, I promise that you will find a treasure!
  • There are no dressing rooms or mirrors.  Wear something comfortable so you can try a jacket or blouse over what you are wearing.
  • Finally, be prepared to shop with some highly competitive shoppers.  There are regulars who treat thrift shopping like a sport.

Any favorites from our finds?

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Sunday

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November 2014

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Imagine being able to Christmas Shop “Guilt-Free”!

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Imagine being able to Christmas Shop “Guilt-Free”!

Well, that might be a stretch if you ask our husbands, but we would like to share with you a thrifted Christmas Wonderland, where not only is the $10 admission tax-free, but all the proceeds help the local community  Operation School Bell.

The Assistance League of Conroe Christmas Preview Show will be tomorrow, Monday, Nov 10th. Donations are taken all year long for the Christmas Preview Show so you can only imagine the amount of work it takes to put this sale together!  Everyone was hard at work preparing for this sale.  The lovely ladies of the League graciously allowed us to take pictures to show you, in advance, not only a few of the items that will be for sale but also the stacks of boxes they still need to go through.

Here are the sale details before we get to the pictures!

  • WHEN:    Monday, Nov. 10, 2014
  • WHERE:  126 North San Jacinto Street Conroe, Texas 77301
  • TIME:   4-7pm
  • TICKETS:  $10 Donation, all proceeds of ticket sales go to Operation School Bell
  • Tax Free Shopping!
  • REMINDER:  Assistance League was voted “Best Place to Buy Clothing in Conroe 2012 & 2013″

(Tuesday morning you will be able to shop the Christmas items without paying an admission fee.)

HERE is another link with preview pictures.

The Christmas attire is always a big hit!

The Christmas attire is always a big hit!

Boxes and piles of stuff still to be put out for the Christmas Preview Show!

Boxes and piles of stuff still to be put out for the Christmas Preview Show!

Look at all the Santa's and boxes more!

Look at all the Santa’s and still more boxes to go through!

Wreaths and Trees

Wreaths and Trees

Here is a fraction of the ornaments that will be for sale!

Here is a fraction of the ornaments that will be for sale!

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Assistance League of Montgomery County ... Conroe

Assistance League of Montgomery County … #1 Thrift Store in Conroe 2012/2013

Saturday

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November 2014

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Thrifting for Orphans in Nepal and Africa

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We get asked all the time why we spend so much time and effort promoting thrift shopping and local thrift stores here in Houston.  Do we get paid or profit somehow from our efforts?  The answer is no, at least not monetarily.  The payment we receive runs much deeper than a few dollars in our pockets, it fills our hearts.  Recently we were fortunate to be able to help my (Pippa’s) dad, Mike Herron, as he travels all over the world, visiting churches and orphanages.  He has one of the biggest “grandpa” hearts ever!  Jen and I have decided to help clothe these children, with the help of Family Thrift Center Outlet stores!  We were able to find high-end name brand clothes, in brand new condition, for everyone!   Jen and I take such pleasure in using our thrifting skills and contacts to help those in need.  Just look at the elation on the faces of these children!  This is why we thrift!

Last year, my dad was in Uganda, with orphans and this week he is in Nepal.

Everyone loves him wherever he goes!

Everyone loves him wherever he goes!

africa orphanage houston

africa orphanage

There are special places on this Earth, being next to Everest in a small plane is one of them.  'His justice is like the mighty mountains' (Isaiah).

There are special places on this Earth, being next to Everest in a small plane is one of them. ‘His justice is like the mighty mountains’ (Isaiah).

 

nepal orphanage

thrift store donations

orphanage nepal

nepal orphanage

While in Nepal, my dad is giving clothing to both the children and the staff members in two different orphanages.   Each person was given an individual package of hand selected clothing.

 

Orphans in Nepal

Orphans in Nepal

Sometimes we do not take the time to tell the people we love the most, how amazing they are, all that said “My dad is AWESOME!”

I have the BEST dad ever!

I have the BEST dad ever!

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Friday

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November 2014

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Assistance League of Conroe Christmas Preview Show

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Sneak Peek at Christmas Preview Party,  Thrift Store Conroe Assistance League of Montgomery County

You know we love to share with you where to find the best deals in the Houston area. We hope you enjoy this unprecedented sneak peek of the Assistance League of Conroe Christmas Preview Show.  Donations are taken all year long for the Christmas Preview Show so you can only imagine the amount of work it takes to put this sale together!  Everyone was hard at work preparing for this sale.  The lovely ladies of the League graciously allowed us to take pictures to show you, in advance, not only a few of the items that will be for sale but also the stacks of boxes they still need to go through.

Here are the sale details before we get to the pictures!

  • WHEN:    Monday, Nov. 10, 2014
  • WHERE:  126 North San Jacinto Street Conroe, Texas 77301
  • TIME:   4-7pm
  • TICKETS:  $10 Donation, all proceeds of ticket sales go to Operation School Bell
  • Tax Free Shopping!
  • REMINDER:  Assistance League was voted “Best Place to Buy Clothing in Conroe 2012 & 2013″

(Tuesday morning you will be able to shop the Christmas items without paying an admission fee.)

Click HERE for more preview pictures!

Christmas Preview Show on Monday, November 10, 2014. Donation:  $10.00 (help clothe a child)

Christmas Preview Show on Monday, November 10, 2014.
Donation: $10.00 (help clothe a child)

Steinbach nutcrackers!

Steinbach nutcrackers!

Racks of Christmas clothing .... ugly sweater Christmas party???

Racks of Christmas clothing …. ugly sweater Christmas party???

Boxes and boxes to still sort through!

Boxes and boxes to still sort through!

All proceeds from the thrift shop help children in the community!  From June 2012 through May 2013, Operation School Bell provided clothing and shoe vouchers to 4,244 students in the six Montgomery County independent school districts: Conroe, Magnolia, Montgomery, New Caney, Splendora and Willis. In addition, clothing vouchers were provided to counselors at Montgomery County agencies for the emergency dressing of children at various times during the year.

Assistance League of Montgomery County ... Conroe

Assistance League of Montgomery County … Conroe

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