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Trina Turk ‘Ono’ Jacket ~ Goodwill Find of the Week!

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Trina Turk ‘Ono’ Jacket ~ Goodwill Find of the Week!

 

 
Goodwill find of the week ... Trina Turk for $9.99

Goodwill find of the week … Trina Turk for $9.99

 

Don’t you just love thrifting?  It is a new adventure every single time you walk into a store!

I have to say this Trina Turk ‘Ono’ jacket is the find of the week.  Retailed for $365 in stores, SOLD OUT online and we found this at Goodwill for $9.99.

SCORE!!!!!!!!!!!

What major thrift score have you found this week … we would love to hear!

 

 

Wednesday

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Needed ~ Volunteers to be Dressed by Jen and Pippa for Television Segment

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Jen and I are looking for 3-4 people who are willing for us to pick out an outfit or two for you, from Goodwill, and be filmed for an upcoming TV segment with “Deals”, a nationally syndicated show, on The Live Well Network.

Filming a segment with "Deals" @ Goodwill

Filming a segment with “Deals” @ Goodwill

Film with Jen and Pippa for upcoming segment

Film with Jen and Pippa for upcoming segment about Thrifted Fashion

When:   Friday, March 7th, 2014

Location:     Goodwill River Oaks, 2030 Westheimer, Houston TX

Jen and I will pick out an outfit for you!   "This blouse is $5.99 and the pants are $6.99"

Jen and I will pick out an outfit for you!
“This blouse is $5.99 and the pants are $6.99″

Jen and Pippa style picks!

Jen and Pippa style picks!

A few of our fashion finds ...

A few of our fashion finds …

 

If you are interested please email me:  pippajanie @ yahoo.com

 

Tuesday

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February 2014

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Things for the home at Goodwill

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A few weeks ago Jen and I were getting ready to do a television segment.  In preparation we were trying to put together outfits inspired from magazines and Pinterest but we kept getting distracted by things for the home!

A thrift store is different every single day, that is why we keep going back so often :)

Here are a few pictures:

$6.99.  Unique basket that can be used for its intended purpose or hung on the wall.

$6.99. Unique basket that can be used for its intended purpose or hung on the wall.

13 plates for $10.99.  Mouth Blown Glass plates .... stunning!   Super heavy and have that cool mottled glass look.

13 plates for $10.99. Mouth Blown Glass plates …. stunning! Super heavy and have that cool mottled glass look.

Kennebunk Weavers Blanket $4.99

Kennebunk Weavers Blanket $4.99

Beaded table runner for $3.99

Beaded table runner for $3.99

 

Remember everything old is new again…

Jen and Pippa are virtual volunteers working to promote non-profit thrift stores.

Jen Meneely www.shopjenscloset.com

Pippa Williams www.shopwithpippa.com

 

 

 

 

Friday

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A sample of Fabulous Finds on “As Seen on TV” Goodwill Rack, Sat, Feb 22

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A sample of Fabulous Finds on “As Seen on TV” Goodwill Rack, Sat, Feb 22

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

We can’t show you everything but here are a few different things we have picked out, using Pinterest  to show you how to style them.

 

Sequin Jacket and a Robert Rodriquez Blouse

Sequin Jacket and a Robert Rodriquez Blouse

Cute summer blouses by JCREW & Banana Republic

Cute summer blouses by JCREW & Banana Republic

Cute swimsuit cover-up!

Cute swimsuit cover-up!

Lace / sequin tank

Lace / sequin tank

Brooks Brothers

Brooks Brothers

Orange and Pink color combo is a huge hit for Spring & Summer!

Orange and Pink color combo is a huge hit for Spring & Summer!

Nima Boutique dress

Nima Boutique dress

Scarves and brightly colored skinny belts

Scarves and brightly colored skinny belts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday

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Come Shop our Rack … “As Seen on TV”, February 22, 2014

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Come Shop our Rack … “As Seen on TV”

This Saturday, February 22, 2014:

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

Jen and I will have an “As Seen on TV” rack of clothes that we have pulled for an upcoming segment.

Here are a few different things we have picked out, using Pinterest as inspiration.boden cardigan yellow

jcrew polka dot navyolivia palermo goodwillradiant orchid blouseneoprene top

 

I know this has nothing to do with the clothes we picked out but there are stacks of brand new unopened “Attends” for only .99 each!

Attends for .99 each @ Goodwill

Attends for .99 each @ Goodwill

 

 

Tuesday

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“The Fabulous THRIFT SHOP Challenge!” Atlantic-Pacific pink moto ~ vs ~ TOO CHEAP BLONDES

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“The Fabulous THRIFT SHOP Challenge!” Atlantic-Pacific pink moto ~ vs ~ TOO CHEAP BLONDES

atlantic pacific pink

This morning I went through my regular favorite fashion bloggers (who doesn’t love Blair Eadie, from Atlantic Pacific?) and couldn’t believe how cute she looked today in that pink moto jacket, striped shirt and ripped jeans!

The “Sister Jane Wool Biker Jacket” retails for $164.82 … just last week Jen and I found a very close match at Family Thrift Outlet for only $1.75!

I am going to come right out and say it “DARN, I wish I would have bought this jacket!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

(this completely backs up my theory “If you love it buy it, I was just trying to be practical!”)

Please let us know what fabulous thrift store finds you have found lately (or any style dilemmas you would like us to tackle)!

Remember everything old is new again…

Jen and Pippa are virtual volunteers working to promote non-profit thrift stores.

Jen Meneely www.shopjenscloset.com

Pippa Williams www.shopwithpippa.com

 

Here are a few tips on shopping at the Family Thrift OUTLET.   (the Thrift OUTLET store is not the same as the Thrift Store, click on link below for locations)

#1  This is the OUTLET store, this is not a regular Family Thrift Store.    This is the clearance store for items that did not sell in the Family Thrift Store(s).

#2 Another tip is that if you go to the OUTLET store, disregard the prices on the items. Regardless of what the price tag says, everything in the store is the price of the day ($1.75, $1.50, etc.).   The price tags may be confusing your first time there…just ignore them!

#3 NO Dressing rooms or mirrors.

(Family Thrift Outlet Stores, a list of both the regular and the outlet store locations: HERE)

Family Thrift Outlet Stores:

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

Tuesday

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February 2014

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Celebrity Fun with Patterned Pants

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OK, I think everyone would think it is soooo much fun to see a Celebrity wearing similar Patterned Pants!

Olivia Palermo wearing patterned pants

Olivia Palermo wearing patterned pants

Olivia Palermo is wearing a patterned legging, similar to the one my daughter (on the right is wearing).

Plus pairing it with a chambray top, from a thrift store for only $5.99, gives it that youthful look!

Thank you V for being so cute and awesome! :)

Monday

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February 2014

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Bowls, Bowls, Bowls (and more) from a thrift store

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 Bowls, Bowls, Bowls (and more) from a thrift store

Thrift Stores are similar to a treasure chest.

You have to go through a lot of junk to find something that you love, a treasure to you.

It might not be a treasure to the person beside you, but it is to you!

My friend has a very eclectic, artsy style.   She told me that she collected bowls which at first I didn’t think twice about it until she pulled out the first “stack” of bowls!  Hmmmm, she had them on a book shelf and they certainly added life, with all kinds of colors and textures that caught your eye.  When she set them on the counter I was able to examine the incredible detail in each handmade bowl.

Some of them from a thrift store and many of them were amazing handmade bowls from The John Cooper School Empty Bowls Project, (Feb 22, 2014) support a great cause, eat some great food and get a beautiful handmade bowl!  All proceeds will benefit The Interfaith Food Pantry.

Thrift store bowls and handmade John Cooper Empty Bowls Project

Thrift store bowls and handmade John Cooper Empty Bowls Project

All stacked together they create a piece of art.   Bowls are certainly a treasure for her!

More bowls stacked on her coffee table books that she has found in thrift stores

More bowls stacked on her coffee table books that she has found in thrift stores

more bowls ....

more bowls ….

These are actually ash trays but they go along with the bowl theme.

These are actually ash trays but they go along with the bowl theme.

Bowls and coffee table books from thrift stores

Bowls and coffee table books from thrift stores

What I loved the most about her style, is that she used things that she loved and spoke to her, not just for the sake of the most current trend or color.   Weaving in the things she loved and they meant something to her.   She certainly has the gift of bringing life to ordinary objects!

 

This was full of items that are memorable, art from kids, grandpas childhood toy, travels and then knick knacks found at thrift stores.

This was full of items that are memorable, art from kids, grandpas childhood toy, travels and then knick knacks found at thrift stores.

 

This bowl showcased things that she loved.   There is a World War II airplane that belonged to her father-in-law, a pieced of “art” her son had made and then she has collected things from thrift stores that she found odd and quirky from thrift stores, things that made her smile.

A handmade plate and knick knacks from a thrift store , surround a piece of her son's art

A handmade plate and knick knacks from a thrift store , surround a piece of her son’s art

This painting, found in a thrift store, graces her entry.

This painting, found in a thrift store, graces her front door entry.

I left feeling inspired to incorporate the things that make me smile and have special meaning to me.   I already have saved one small special toy that belonged to each child, a Star Wars Lego guy my son gave me for Mothers day when he was 3, the odd clay art the kids would bring home and you have to guess what it is, that glass animal my grandma gave me that I can’t bear to throw away, trinkets from our travels around the world and of course shopping at thrift stores I find little things that I don’t know what to do with so I leave them.   Now I know what to do when I come across something that is funky, pink or sparkly.

Here is a peak at my friends other collections:

Vintage Handbag Collection to Showcase your Personal Style!

A Jewelry Lovers Dream … Found in Thrift Stores

Here are a few tips on using things that you love with your decorating:

Showcase What You Love

1. Look at your furniture. With a pad in hand, walk from room to room and make two truthful lists: “Love It” and “Wish I Could Replace It.” Catalog everything you can, including art―and be honest. “It’s all based on how things make you feel,” says McCarthy.

2. Gather items you cherish. Check the top of your dresser, your mantel, your bookshelves, then pull special clothes from your closet. “Focus on the items      that make you feel beautiful and joyful,” says McCarthy.

3. Think about places you love and why you love them. “Picture your dream home, if you could live anywhere,” says McCarthy. Then think outside of home: “If you were invited to the Oscars, what would you wear?” This moves you beyond the limitations of your lifestyle and budget and into a new realm of creativity.

4. Look for common threads―design, colors, shapes, materials, vibe―among the things you treasure. See which of the styles pictured here your picks most jibe with. You may find yourself attracted to a blend of styles rather than just one; as you delve into the following rooms, note which features appeal to you. This will help you translate your taste into smart decorating choices.

Saturday

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February 2014

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Vintage Handbag Collection to Showcase your Personal Style!

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Vintage Handbag Collection to Showcase your Personal Style!

Yesterday I shared with you a treasure box of thrift store jewelry, actually it would fill several boxes, but that is beside the point.   My friend was gracious enough to open up her home to “Too Cheap Blondes”.     What is so fun about a purse or a piece of jewelry is that it defines your style and personality.

Plus I just have to add that I LOVE spending time with an avid thrifter!    To see that someone else can find treasure in a heap of junk makes me so happy.

As Coco Chanel said “In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different!

This is why we LOVE vintage handbags!

This is why we LOVE vintage handbags!

 

On her kitchen counter she had a jeweled vintage handbag that caught my attention and next thing I knew we were examining her exquisite handbag collection!

Here is the vintage bag that initially caught my attention!

Here is the vintage bag that initially caught my attention!

With vintage purses I love to imagine that handbag has been on some fabulous travel adventure around the world, maybe it was in a black and white Hollywood movie or some elegant woman poised for a magazine shoot with her beautiful purse.

This structured bag is stunning!   It is larger than most vintage purses.  Kitty liked it also :)

This structured bag is stunning! It is larger than most vintage purses. Kitty liked it also :)

This was so cool ... I loved this hard case Angela Frascone purse.

This was so cool … I loved this hard case Angela Frascone purse.

Another fantastic vintage handbag that both kitty and me liked!

Another fantastic vintage handbag that both kitty and me liked!

Vintage clutch

Vintage clutch

This purse is not vintage but certainly worthy of honorable mention :)

This purse is not vintage but certainly worthy of honorable mention :)

Brand New with tags found in Thrift Store!

Brand New with tags found in Thrift Store!  (not vintage but cute!)

 

Jen and I like to call these “Lady Purses”, when you carry a vintage handbag you definitely feel like a lady!

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.

In our opinion true style never fades …

Shopping at thrift stores you will come across some beautiful vintage items, remember it’s a style with no end!

 After spending a few hours in her house, I can’t WAIT to go thrifting to see what I can find!!!!!!!!

In case you missed her jewelry:  A Jewelry Lovers Dream … Found in Thrift Stores

Saturday

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February 2014

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9 Best Thrift, Resale and Junk Shopping Bloggers to Follow

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9 Best Thrift, Resale and Junk Shopping Bloggers to Follow

9 Best Thrift, Resale and Junk Shopping Bloggers to Follow

9 Best Thrift, Resale and Junk Shopping Bloggers to Follow

 

Don’t you love reading an article that makes something look so easy,

such as “5 Simple Steps to Clean Your House” or ”10 Best Cafe’s in Houston”.

Jen and I are honored to make the list:  ”9 Best Thrift, Resale and Junk Shopping Bloggers to Follow”  

I absolutely got lost in the other blogs about thrifting,  You will definitely have fun reading through all of them!

Here is the excerpt on “Too Cheap Blondes”.

Blog Name: Too Cheap Blondes

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Bloggers’ names: Jen Meneely and Pippa Williams

Current Thrifting Base: Texas

Why we appreciate their work:  Jen and Pippa often use magazines and Pinterest for inspiration and as fashion guides to thrift shopping at a Houston- area Goodwill store.   Love their ‘copy-cat’ resale finds. These thrift store shopping fashion bloggers have us itching to get to this local thrift, with $9.99 and a fashion magazine in hand!   

Links to three of our favorite thrift store shopping posts from Jen and Pippa:

Houston Fashion Bloggers Find Fabulous Clothes for Spring!

REISS Dress, a Kate Middleton Favorite Designer, Found @ Goodwill

“That store NEVER has anything good …”

Twitter: @toocheapblondes