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Decorating with Houston Goodwill

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Decorating with Houston Goodwill

Here are a few more pictures from the “Houston Check This Out”  Goodwill segment that we recently did.    Jen and I work on finding holiday items all year long!

We incorporated our Goodwill finds into this home decor

We incorporated our Goodwill finds into this home décor

This exquisite Christmas village is made up entirely of thrift store finds.   Most of the pieces are Department 56, which sell for around $100 each, we found them for about 5% of the retail price at Houston Goodwill stores.  We did mix in a few other brands, just make sure they are the same size and scale.

We love shopping at Goodwill!

We love shopping at Goodwill!

This has been a fun project for us to work on all this past year!

This has been a fun project for us to work on all this past year!

These Fitz & Floyd platters we found for $5.99 and $6.99!

We found these Fitz & Floyd dishes for $5.99 and $6.99!

We found these Fitz & Floyd dishes for $5.99 and $6.99!

Great prices at Houston Goodwill!

Great prices at Houston Goodwill!

Why we choose to support Houston Goodwill.  Click here for the post.

Holiday Entertaining on a budget, shopping at Goodwill, click here.

To see the full “Houston Check This Out”  holiday decor segment, click here.

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Filming Stretch Your Dollar, Ugly Christmas Sweater Segment at Houston Family Thrift Center Store

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Filming Stretch Your Dollar, Ugly Christmas Sweater Segment at Houston Family Thrift Store

We were recently asked to film an “Ugly Christmas Sweater” segment for Stretch your Dollar and FINDING the sweaters was harder than one might think!   Jen and I, rarely see them in most of the thrift stores, so we were pleasantly surprised to not just find a few but rows of holiday clothing at Family Thrift Center Store!   Click HERE to see the segment.

(this particular segment was filmed at: 18200-18230 Frontage Rd 249, Houston, TX 77070,   Willowbrook )

Filming a segment with ABC13 Stretch Your Dollar

Filming a segment with ABC13 Stretch Your Dollar

We scored with the ugly sweaters ... but don't you think Jen wins the ugliest :)

We scored with the ugly sweaters … but don’t you think Jen wins the ugliest sweater  :)

We had so many Christmas sweaters to choose from!

We had so many Christmas sweaters to choose from!

Sammy modeled for us, looking adorable as always!

Sammy modeled for us, looking adorable as always!

One of our readers modeled for us

One of our readers modeled for us

One of our readers volunteered to model for us and also brought her adorable 3 year old daughter who stole the show!  Our youngest model ever was perfect and had all of us giggling with her “hand on the hip” pose.

Getting ready to pose

Getting ready to pose

She has a future career in modeling with her "hand on the hip" pose!

She has a future career in modeling with her “hand on the hip” pose!

Our youngest model ever stole the show!

Our youngest model ever stole the show!

Thank you to our models!

Thank you to our models!

We even got our models husband (and little one’s daddy) to model for us!

Thank you to our models!

Thank you to our models!

 

 18200-18230 Frontage Rd 249 Houston, TX 77070  (Willowbrook)


18200-18230 Frontage Rd 249
Houston, TX 77070
(Willowbrook)

There are Family Thrift Center Stores all over Houston (this is not the thrift outlet store), click HERE to see all of the locations.

 

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Holiday Entertaining on a Budget from Goodwill Houston!

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Holiday Entertaining on a Budget from Goodwill Houston!

We were super excited when Goodwill asked us to help them with a holiday segment for Check This Out Houston!  Since we usually focus on fashion, getting the opportunity to decorate was a real treat.

For the holiday tablescape, we started by using what the homeowners already owned, elegant white and silver China, stacked on their heirloom charger plates.  We added our thrifted Christopher Radko Christmas tree plates, a Christmas ornament and a real pinecone (believe it or not, purchased at Goodwill!) to finish off each place setting.

Before and After

Before and After

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Another way we were able to incorporate our Goodwill pieces with the homeowners items was by stacking a snowman candy dish on top of a few cake stands, and again we added a few pine cones to tie it all together.

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Fitz & Floyd salt and pepper shakers for $1.99

Fitz & Floyd salt and pepper shakers for $ .50 a piece

For our table’s centerpiece, we used a silver punchbowl (part of a full set that included a platter and cups that we picked up for $24.99) and filled it with Christmas ornaments along with more of our natural elements.

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thrift store finds

pewter santa bowl

One question we hear all the time is what store do you shop at and we can honestly say that we shop all over Houston.   We love the challenge of stopping by a new store and finding something awesome!   We work on buying holiday décor all year long!  A great example is this gold deer and angel that we purchased in April.

We bought these huge gold, lighted, Christmas items for under $10 in April!

We bought these huge gold, lighted, Christmas items for under $10 in April!

Yesterday we shared with you WHY we choose to support Houston Goodwill.  Click here for the post.

To see the full Check This Out Houston holiday decor segment, click here.

 

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Donate + Shop = Helping Create Jobs in Houston

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Jen and I recently did a TV segment for “Check This Out Houston” showcasing holiday items, both fashion and home décor, all found from Goodwill.   We film these segments with the hope that they will encourage you to shop at your local Goodwill store.  While we buy seasonal items all year long, we know it is hard to purchase a Santa bowl or Christmas platter in the summertime when it is 100+ degrees outside, but we have learned that buying holiday items off season is the best way to find unique pieces!   We love to share with you what we find on our shopping adventures, to encourage you to thrift shop, but also want you to know that your donations make a huge difference in our community!

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Home décor from Goodwill

Home décor from Goodwill

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During our numerous segments we have filmed with Goodwill this past year, we have had the honor to meet many of the people whose lives have been forever changed through the job training, education and placement services that Goodwill provides.  From veterans, to those who haven’t been in the job force for years, people with disabilities, those formerly incarcerated, recovering addicts, and many others who have a barrier to conventional employment, Goodwill has been there.

This lovely veteran had been homeless for over a year before getting help from the Goodwill Job Connection Service Center, she had not purchased any new clothing during that period and we provided our style services to put together a professional wardrobe to start her new career as an executive secretary.   She looked absolutely amazing and you could tell she also felt confident and beautiful!

This lovely veteran went through the Goodwill Houston Job Connections Program

This lovely veteran went through the Goodwill Houston Job Connections Program

As you are cleaning out the clutter in your home this holiday season, you are helping to transform lives in your community.  Every donation creates jobs.   Jen and I are quite proud of the fact that 95.5 cents of each dollar goes into the community programs.

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Services Available:

  • Individual Development Plan and Evaluation
  • Resume Preparation and Interview Skills
  • Job Search Assistance
  • Use of Computer Lab and Phones For Job Search
  • Workplace Success Skills Training
  • Networking and Job Placement Services
  • Personal Financial Skills and Coaching
  • Referral to Services (Including Housing, Clothing, Child Care)
  • Housing and Utilities Financial Assistance (Veterans Only)

As we approach the year end, Goodwill Houston has launched a new program that now provides you with an electronic tax receipt for your donations…it doesn’t get much more simple!  This new program provides one convenient location, online, for all of your donation records, www.MyGoodwillReceipt.org.  Each time you donate, you go online to register your receipt ID in the donation tracker, this makes life so much easier!

Another feature we love is how it shares with you how many hours of job training your donation has helped create.  This definitely shows you how you are making a direct difference in our community!

You get an electronic donation receipt with a personalized ID number, just for you.

You get an electronic donation receipt with a personalized ID number, just for you.

Go online to register your personalized electronic tax receipt.

Go online to register your personalized electronic tax receipt.

See what a difference your donation made!!!!!!!

See what a difference your donation made!!!!!!!

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Thank you for shopping and donating to Goodwill Stores!   Jen & Pippa

Wednesday

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How to Display Vintage, Beaded, Thrift Store Purses and Handbags!

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How to Display Vintage, Beaded, Thrift Store Purses and Handbags!

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Every time that Jen and I find a vintage, beaded handbag you would assume, by our squeals of delight, that we have found one of the greatest treasures on earth.    There is something amazing about the quality of a vintage handbag, the attention to detail, the craftsmanship, the hardware and the intricate beading.   Vintage handbags are quite easy to spot, first of all they feel quite heavy in proportion to their size.   They usually have intricate workmanship, hardy construction, gorgeous lining, a sturdy clasp or a thick zipper.  I love to imagine the purse has probably been on grand, exotic travels around the world, being worn on the arm of a beautiful woman, attending a galas and balls.    (ha ha, all of that from a thrift store!)

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vintage purses on dispay

Here are a few of my newest finds!  ($2 each at Family Thrift Outlet Store)

Here are a few of my newest finds! ($2 each at Family Thrift Outlet Store)

We have found all of these at either Goodwill or Family Thrift Outlet Stores and not one of them was over $5.00!

For years I have stored all of these beauties in a Rubbermaid box and I must admit that is extremely boring.   Every time I went to look for some particular handbag and I opened that box I would immediately be mesmerized by their beauty!

Here is how I have stored my vintage handbags in the past

Here is how I have stored my vintage handbags in the past

I searched all over Pinterest for some ideas on how to display them and I just could not find anything that caught my eye.   A few weeks ago I went to Home Depot with my husband, he was looking for something near the cabinet hardware, and I fell in love with the crystal knobs.  I kept thinking “Where or how could I use those knobs?”.

Crystal knobs complete this into a piece of art!

Crystal knobs complete this into a piece of art!

I found these crystal knobs on ebay, $8.88 for 10 knobs, including shipping. (from Hong Kong, takes about 3 weeks to get here).   One knob was broken but at these prices I don’t care!    My Handyman Advice:  Because they are knobs and not really made to hang on the wall, I used the skinniest nail that I could find in the garage.  OK, if my husband even knew how I just threw this together he would FREAK out.  Yes, I am sure there is a proper way to do this project but I got it done in about 5 minutes, it looks gorgeous and they have not fallen off the wall yet :)  Great handiwork on my part, if I might say so!

CHEAP crystal knobs ... 10 for $8.88, on ebay from Hong Kong (included shipping)

CHEAP crystal knobs … 10 for $8.88, on ebay from Hong Kong (included shipping)

These lady bags are both timeless and classic, they have found a place of honor at the entrance of my office.  I am so happy that I get to enjoy these handbags on a daily basis, they inspire me as I am perusing the internet for fashion ideas and inspiration.   I can’t wait to find more of these gorgeous thrift store treasures, I have a lot more room on the wall, actually the wall next to it is completely empty!

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We did a story earlier this year with a Houston lady, who is an avid collector of vintage handbags (plus other cool things!) , she is the one who got me interested in how to display these!   READ it HERE

Jen and I recently attended a private fashion show at Tooties, considered one the top, high-end stores in Houston.   When you walk in you immediately recognize you are in special store, it smells wonderful, soft music is playing, you are surrounded by luxurious clothing and there is a woman walking around with a silver tray of champagne filled glasses.

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We found this “Vintage Handbag” collection display, if Tootsies can do it … ‘Too Cheap Blondes” can also do it (for pennies on the dollar!)  Tootsies: “Expensive clothes usually look expensive. “You get what you pay for” is as true for luxury apparel as it is for any other product.”   We agree!  We just prefer to find a vintage crocodile purse, at a thrift store for $2.00!

Vintage handbags at Tootsies

Vintage handbags at Tootsies

Vintage crocodile purse found at Family Thrift Outlet for $2.00

Vintage crocodile purse found at Family Thrift Outlet for $2.00

Happy Thrifting!   Jen and Pippa

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Remember this AWFUL 2 piece outfit we thrifted?

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Do you remember this AWFUL 2 piece outfit we thrifted a few weeks ago?  HERE

We so wish we would have a taken a picture of this top and skirt together so you could see how .. ummm .. unflattering and ugly it was worn together, most people would pass over it.  Recognizing the incredible quality of the silk, lace and the beadwork, we knew it was worth trying to salvage, we both immediately pulled out our phones, going directly to Pinterest (click Here to follow us) to see how to style it as separate pieces!   Priced at only $2.00 per item (at Family Thrift Outlet Store) we did not have too much to lose.

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Pink Peonies was our inspiration for this skirt!

Pink Peonies was our inspiration for this skirt!

Jen had a charity event to attend in Houston and of course you can’t dress like you just walked out of a thrift store!  Well, I think we all must agree that she makes this skirt looks amazing, not too bad for $2.00!

This skirt is amazing worn as a separate!  $2.00 Family Thrift Outlet!

This skirt is amazing worn as a separate! $2.00 Family Thrift Outlet!

I can’t wait to see how she styles the top …

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San Antonio Goodwill Shopping Trip + Win $1000 Visa gift card!

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San Antonio is one of my (Pippa) favorite mini-vacations in Texas!   It is a 3-4 hour drive from Houston, depending on traffic.   I always include a trip to a Goodwill store but here are a few of my other favorite things.

The San Antonio Riverwalk is so beautiful, especially early in the morning when most people are still asleep!

san antonio riverwalk

No trip is ever complete without a meal at Boudros!   We prefer to eat right on the river so I always call days in advance for a reservation, click HERE for their information.

My favorite restaurant!

My favorite restaurant!

We did try a new restaurant (sorry, I did not notice the name but it is right across from Boudros, at the base of the bridge) and I had something new … Scottish eggs … DELICIOUS!!!!!!!

Scottish eggs

Scottish eggs

One more favorite, MUST TRY, restaurant is the Guenther House.  I will just tell you upfront, expect to wait a minimum of an hour, but it is so worth it!  They do serve coffee and  the house is also a museum / store plus you are in the historic district of San Antonio, so you can walk around and explore for a while.  Also, you can get a pastry to-go, while you are waiting to get in and drink your coffee.  The pecan sticky roll does sell out first, can you see why?   (for those readers who want to do an online tour of the house, click HERE)

No trip is complete without a stop at the Guenther House

No trip is complete without a stop at the Guenther House

Now onto my shopping trip!

Goodwill Thrift Store
3401 Fredericksburg
San Antonio, Texas

Casserole dish for $2.99 at Goodwill

Casserole dish for $2.99 at Goodwill

I always work on stocking up on dishes, platters, plates and serving ware from Goodwill, for when I take someone a meal.   A similar size aluminum disposable dish was $3.49 at the grocery store, so I was excited to find this perfect size casserole dish for $2.99.  (you can’t say “ewww gross” about a used dish … you eat of dinnerware from a restaurant that 1000’s of people have used!)  Don’t you think that food looks more appetizing in a ceramic dish?

J CREW botanical dress for $5.99

J CREW botanical dress for $5.99

Here is a silk J.CREW botanical print dress that I found for only $5.99.

Zara silk dress for $5.99 @ Goodwill

Zara silk dress for $5.99 @ Goodwill

Here is a designer favorite, ZARA BASICS, purple silk dress for only $5.99!

 

Make a donation to your local Goodwill store or donation station from Dec. 1-14 and register to win a $1,000 Visa® holiday shopping spree courtesy of Generations Federal Credit Union. Visit GoodwillSA.org/grandspree to enter today.

Above all remember that all of your purchases and donations help your local community!

MISSION STATEMENT: To help change lives through the power of work. Goodwill provides career training and placement assistance for employment.  We support our programs through profits generated through the sale of donated goods.

Nearly 90 cents of every shopping dollar they receive help fund educational programs and services that assist people in finding better jobs and building careers.

 

Here are a few of the other store reviews I have done for Goodwill San Antonio:

Goodwill, 13311 San Pedro (281 & Bitters)

Goodwill, 3401 Fredericksburg

Goodwill, 727 NW Loop 410

Goodwill, Loop 1604 and Bulverde Road

San Antonio Readers

Work It Fashion Show

KENS5 Fashion Show News Segment

Over 50 Feeling 40

Goodwill Summer Fashion Show .. LIVE!

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DIY Cashmere Boot Socks for a Quarter! (and 30 seconds)

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Repurpose old clothing with this quick and easy DIY Boot Cuff project.  If done properly, these are nice enough to give as Christmas gifts!   Boutiques sell them around $20-25 a pair!

We found this outdated, cashmere sweater, riddled with moth holes, at a thrift store for $ .25.  In the condition it was in, it basically was a piece of trash.   We did a simple 30 second make-over, cutting the sleeves off to create our boot cuffs.   You could also add lace, bows, or bows to finish them off.  Look on Pinterest for more inspiration (follow us on Pinterest HERE).

This project is the perfect solution for the items you find that have stains, holes and pulls.   Wednesdays everything is only $.25 at Family Thrift Outlets :)

Cashmere boots cuffs in 30 seconds (and for only a quarter)

Cashmere boots cuffs in 30 seconds (and for only a quarter)

When you go hunting for the perfect sweater to make your DIY boot cuffs, consider more than color when making your choice.  You must find a sweater that is stretchy enough to fit over your calf.  Not all sweaters will work, so try it on your leg first.  The hand opening on the sweater will be the top of your boot cuff.    We preferred a light weight sweater so it did not add too much bulk under the boot.

chic boot cuffs DIY

Other ideas on repurposing clothing to make boot cuffs:

  • sweater
  • leggings
  • socks

diy legging boot cuff

old socks into boot cuffs

thrift boot cuffs

Don’t forget to grab a few extra sweaters from the thrift store for this project!

HERE is a great step-by-step tutorial, with lots of pictures, on how to make Boot Cuffs.

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A Chance to Win a $1000 Visa Gift Card by Donating to Goodwill San Antonio

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Donate to Goodwill San Antonio for a chance to win $1,000 Visa card!   What an amazing program that is definitely a win for both you and the community!

GOODWILL JOINS GENERATIONS FEDERAL CREDIT UNION FOR HOLIDAY GRAND SPREE

DONATION DRIVE

NOW is the time to clean out your closets, cupboards and garage.  Donate household items and register to win $1,000 Visa® Gift card for a holiday shopping spree!

SAN ANTONIO, TX (Dec. 2, 2014) – Goodwill and Generations Federal Credit Union are teaming up to make the holidays very merry for one lucky winner during their Annual Goodwill Holiday Grand Spree Donation Drive.

Make a donation to your local Goodwill store or donation station from Dec. 1-14 and register to win a $1,000 Visa® holiday shopping spree courtesy of Generations Federal Credit Union. Visit GoodwillSA.org/grandspree to enter today.

“This is the perfect opportunity to clear space in your home or garage to make room for the holiday season,” said Penny Benavidez, a Goodwill spokeswoman. “Especially during this time of year, families are looking for your quality donated goods to purchase affordable gifts for their loved ones.”

Maybe it is time for you to organize your closet how you have always wanted to.

Nightmarish Closet Overhaul - those awful wire shelves were replaced with IKEA cubbies & peg boards - what a transformation!!!

Here some GREAT ideas on cleaning out your closet!

let it go: a closet makeover on design*sponge

http://www.designsponge.com/2014/05/let-it-go-a-closet-makeover.html

Greta’s Closet-Cleaning Tips:

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This is the first step in deciding what to keep and what to let go. It turns out that I look best in cool colors (I’m pale with green eyes). This came in handy when I was on the fence about a couple of pieces. If they weren’t in my colorway, I put them in the Let Go pile.

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Make three piles. A YES pile, a NO pile and a MAYBE pile. The NO pile can be a little harder, and this was where Greta was most helpful. If the pieces still had a tag but hadn’t been worn, that was a NO. If I hadn’t worn it in a few years, it was a NO. The hardest things for me to let go were things that were well past their prime but had once been expensive. Things that I once absolutely loved but they just weren’t my style anymore had to go, too. I tried to remind myself that they served their purpose and that I didn’t have to keep them forever. I kept two sentimental pieces – a scarf that once belonged to my grandmother and my high school basketball jersey. My MAYBE pile was pretty small (once I got going, I was excited to let things go to new homes), but you can keep this pile for as long as three months. If you don’t pull something out to wear, it should go to a new home.

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Greta recommends rotating your wardrobe the same way that you eat what’s in season. When it’s hot, it’s watermelon and wedge salads, and when it’s cold outside, you want a cozy scarf and hot soup. This step frees up a lot of space in your closet and means that you have more room to really display the clothes that you are currently wearing. I also made a fix-it pile, things that I would wear if they were taken to a tailor or a cobbler.

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I pulled a few things out of my donate pile that I hadn’t worn very often, or were vintage, to sell on eBay. (Money to be earmarked for my next experience.) Everything else went in the donate pile. (You could also host a clothing swap with friends for your pieces that deserve a new home.)

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After sweeping out the closet and wiping down the drawers, everything went back inside. It was all about making my clothing and shoes visible so that I would have more choices when getting dressed. We organized the closet by type of clothing and then by color. I had already invested in slimline hangers, which give you twice as much space, so that got a thumb’s up. I hung jewelry and belts on the inside of the closet door.

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Greta has developed an Integrity Index to evaluate the clothing you already have. It’s a way of seeing if your clothing reflects your values. Greta does not advocate getting rid of clothing items just because they don’t meet the factors that you deem important, rather it’s a way of understanding what you’re buying and training yourself to really read labels. I found that I had a few pieces made from natural fibers and some locally made things. (For example, my Made in Italy dress that I bought in Italy last summer got a check in the “local” box.). Some of the other qualifiers on the integrity index are whether the garment was made with natural fibers, was made using natural or low-impact dyeing, is fair trade or second-hand. Greta gives 16 possible integrity index options (she explains each thoroughly) and then suggests that you choose the five that are most important to you to focus on. I went through my closet with the checklist just to see how I was doing. I looked at the labels and determined where the garment was made and what was it made of. The goal is that when I buy future garments, I take a second to look at the label and see if, in addition to style, there are other characteristics of the company that fall in line with my personal values. It’s a very flexible system (and it’s not about punishing yourself!). It’s about making conscious decisions about what we buy, and since I’m already trying to slow down my consumption, I love that this is another way to hit the pause button.

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Register to win when you drop off household items at any Goodwill donation station in San Antonio, New Braunfels, Seguin or Laredo. Items currently in high demand include home decor, housewares, furniture, toys and small appliances. Goodwill also accepts computers, working or not, and peripheral equipment such as keyboards and printers. Goodwill securely refurbishes computers that meet functionality standards and responsibly recycles the rest.

FANTASTIC Before and After house remodel tutorials!!

When you shop or donate at Goodwill, you are funding educational programs and services that assist people in finding better jobs and building careers. Together with the support of our generous community, partners and employers, Goodwill provides employment, training, educational opportunities and related services to more than 50,000 individuals each year.

For more information or to find your nearest donation station, visit GoodwillSA.org or call 210-924-8581.

 

RULES:

Who Can Enter

  1. To be eligible to participate in this contest, entrants and nominees must be U.S. residents, 18 years and older.
  2. Employees of Goodwill, their affiliated companies are ineligible. The term “immediate families” includes spouses, grandparents, parents, siblings, children and grandchildren.

How to Enter

  1. No purchase or donation is necessary to enter.
  2. To enter to win, visit any Goodwill store or donation station in San Antonio, New Braunfels, Seguin, or Laredo to get the URL to the registration website. For a list of Goodwill stores and donation stations, visit www.goodwillsa.org or call 210-924-8581.
  3. Only one contest entry per person.
  4. Contest entries begin on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, and end 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14, 2014.

The Prize(s)

  1. One (1) winner will be randomly drawn on Dec. 15, 2014.
  2. If the winner cannot be notified within 10 days, the prize will be awarded to an alternate winner.
  3. In claiming your prize, you acknowledge Goodwill Industries of San Antonio has the right to publicize your name, character, likeness, photograph, voice and the fact that you are the winner for promotional purposes without financial remuneration.

Odds of Winning/Miscellaneous

  1. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received.
  2. Complete contest rules are available Monday through Friday during normal business hours at Goodwill Marketing, 406 W. Commerce, San Antonio, TX 78207.
  3. For the prize winner, send a separate, self-addressed, stamped envelope to Goodwill Marketing, 406 W. Commerce, San Antonio, TX 78207 by Dec. 31, 2014.
  4. This contest is subject to all applicable laws and regulations and is void where prohibited. Goodwill Industries of San Antonio and sponsors accept no responsibility or liability in connection with any injuries, losses or damages of any kind caused by or resulting from the acceptance, possession or use of any prize awarded hereunder.
  5. Goodwill Industries of San Antonio and sponsors cannot be held liable for any lost or stolen entries, or contest information

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Too Cheap Tuesdays … Equestrian Jacket, Down Puffer, Top Shop, ST JOHN

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Too Cheap Tuesdays … $2 Citizens of Humanity, Equestrian Jacket, Down Puffer, Top Shop, ST JOHN

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).

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

Down puffer coat for $2 at Family Thrift Outlet

Down puffer coat for $2 at Family Thrift Outlet

SSL Shires equestrian jacket for $2.00 at Family Thrift Outlet

SSL Shires equestrian jacket for $2.00 at Family Thrift Outlet

Banana Republic plaid jacket (almost identical to the Burberry plaid skirt Jen found)

Banana Republic plaid jacket (almost identical to the Burberry plaid skirt Jen found)

ST JOHN knit skirt for $2.00 ($395 @ Nordstroms!)

ST JOHN knit skirt for $2.00 ($395 @ Nordstroms!)

Citizens of Humanity jeans for $2.00 at Family Thrift Outlet

Citizens of Humanity jeans for $2.00 at Family Thrift Outlet

Top Shop jacket for $2.00 at Family Thrift Outlet

Top Shop jacket for $2.00 at Family Thrift Outlet

Vintage Lilli Ann coat for $2.00 ... the jacket is in pretty bad shape but the fox fur collar is worth saving!

Vintage Lilli Ann coat for $2.00 … the jacket is in pretty bad shape but the fox fur collar is worth saving!

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.