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Saturday

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Bold Aztec Print Cardi

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The Aztec cardi has been around for a few seasons now and it is still showing up in the stores and magazines.  This bold print gives a rustic vibe to any outfit and reminds you of log cabins and sitting by a fire.

Here are a few that we found in a couple of thrift stores this past week.

Family Thrift Retail Store $5.45

Family Thrift Retail Store $5.45

Family Thrift Outlet Store for $2

Family Thrift Outlet Store for $2

Here are a few tips for wearing a bold print such as the Aztec sweater.

Practice moderation. Tribal motifs look awesome alone or with one other loudly printed piece, however, it’s important to wear them moderately (and respectfully), by not pairing them with moccasins, feather earrings, a fringe vest, and/or a turquoise statement necklace.

Wear them with boots. Accentuate the rustic vibe of these prints by pairing them with combat, leather, or Sherpa boots.

What do you think of the Aztec sweater?   Is this a trend you would wear?

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Friday

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The Power Flat is Here to Stay!

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The Power Flat is Here to Stay!

When I signed into my Yahoo account this morning, I couldn’t help but take a moment to read the current style advice on how to wear flats,  The Power Flat: It’s Here To Stay.

“It’s rare to find a pair of flats that aren’t in style. The options run the gamut from smoking slippers, Mary Janes, and stylish sneaks. So there’s a flat-soled shoe for all no matter the occasion or look du jour. Beauty can be painful, but fashion doesn’t have to be thanks to the advent of the humblest shoe on the market. And while heels are often synonymous with power dressing, these alternative kicks are giving them a run for their money – they’re stylish, sexy, extremely practical, and hence, here to stay.”

These COACH DENISEE JEWELED FLATS were found at the Family Thrift Outlet store on Little York for only $2.   They were in excellent condition, other than the one loose jewel…Super Glue was an easy solution!

COACH shoes found at Family Thrift Outlet for $2

COACH shoes found at Family Thrift Outlet for $2

Do you have a favorite pair of flats?   Do you think they are here to stay?

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Friday

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Fall Floral Finds

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Fall Floral Finds

Now I have to admit that when Jen found these wide-leg, floral, silk pants I wasn’t quite on board, but for $2, what does she have to lose?    After coming home and doing a little research, I think she may be on to something!

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The great thing about wide-leg pants, especially silk, is that they look great on almost all body types.

silk palazzo thrift

Staying with the floral vibe, we found these vintage Valentino floral pants for $9.59 at a retail Family Thrift Center store.  Can you believe we didn’t buy these! 

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Here are a few tips on how to wear floral pants:

  • Toughen up your floral look: If you’re not really into floral pants because they look too girly, why not add a loose-fitting T-shirt, a pair of wedge sneakers or booties.
  • Make it work-appropriate with a blazer: If you love floral pants but you’re worried about whether they work at the office, why not add a basic black blazer? Add a chic pair of black pumps , to make it work-appropriate.
  • Pile on the accessories: You may think that a fun pair of colorful floral pants would be enough, but try to accessorize it up without overdoing it.
  • Still unsure? Keep it simple.

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Is this a style you would try? 

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Thursday

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Sneak Peek of ROGC Pink Elephant Sale ~ Clothing

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Yesterday, we shared with you a sneak peek at the housewares that will be available at the River Oak Garden Club’s Pink Elephant Sale on Friday, October 17th and Saturday, October 18th at the Bayou City Event Center.  Today, we are previewing our favorite part of the sale…the clothes!

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

  • The Pink Elephant Sale is Houston’s oldest and largest rummage sale!
  • Admission is only $1 (cash only).
  • No credit cards accepted – cash or check only.
  • WHEN:
    • Friday-Saturday, Oct 17-18, 2014.
  • WHERE:
    • Bayou City Event Center
      9401 Knight Road, 77054
  • HOURS:
    • Friday, October 17th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Saturday, October 18th from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Check out our post we did about last year’s Pink Elephant Sale HERE.

Donations are taken all year long for the River Oaks Garden Club’s annual Pink Elephant Sale and you can only imagine the amount of work it takes to put this sale together!  Even though the ladies of the Club were extremely busy with putting together all the last minute details of the sale, they were so sweet to let us preview some of the items that we’re sharing with you today.

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Cases of jewelry for the Pink Elephant Sale

Cases of jewelry for the Pink Elephant Sale

Accessories @ the Pink Elephant Sale

Accessories @ the Pink Elephant Sale

Unique items such as these several boxes of vintage leather gloves

Unique items such as this box of vintage leather gloves

Longchamp

Longchamp

PRADA

PRADA

Unique jewelry

Unique jewelry

Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo

David Peck faux fur vest ~ New with Tags!

David Peck faux fur vest ~ new with tags!

Halston gown

Halston gown

Valentino

Valentino

Trina Turk

Trina Turk

Chanel gown

Chanel gown

ST JOHN

St. John

Exquisite Vintage gown

Exquisite vintage gown

Tory Burch

Tory Burch

ESCADA

Escada

Vintage Gown

Vintage gown

PUCCI

Emilio Pucci

Tracy Reese

Tracy Reese

Shoshanna

Shoshanna

TORY BURCH

Tory Burch

TOOTSIE'S sequin dress

TOOTSIE’S sequin dress

 Here is a Sneak Peek of ROGC Pink Elephant Sale ~ Housewares

Did you see any of your favorite name brands here?

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Wednesday

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Sneak Peek of ROGC Pink Elephant Sale ~ Housewares

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You know we love to share with you where to find the best deals in Houston.  Understandably, we were quite excited when we were asked by ABC Channel 13’s Patricia Lopez to do a segment covering Houston’s oldest running rummage sale!  We hope you enjoy this unprecedented sneak peek of the River Oaks Garden Club’s annual Pink Elephant Sale.     When Jen and I stopped by the staging area yesterday, everyone was hard at work preparing for this sale.  The lovely ladies of the Club graciously allowed us to take pictures to show you, in advance, a sample of the items that will be for sale at the Pink Elephant Sale, located at the Bayou City Event Center, featuring 21,750 square feet of shopping!   We have so much to share with you we are breaking this up into two segments, housewares and clothing.

The “Stretch your Dollar” segment will air on Thursday, October 16, ABC Channel 13 at 5:45 a.m. and 4:55 p.m.

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

  • The Pink Elephant Sale is Houston’s oldest and largest rummage sale!
  • Admission is only $1 (cash only).
  • No credit cards accepted – cash or check only.
  • WHEN:
    • Friday-Saturday, Oct 17-18, 2014.
  • WHERE:
    • Bayou City Event Center
      9401 Knight Road, 77054
  • HOURS:
    • Friday, October 17th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Saturday, October 18th from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Check out our post we did about last year’s Pink Elephant Sale HERE.

 

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This headboard was made from an iron gate ... really unique!

This headboard was made from an iron gate … really unique!

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History:

The forerunner of this fantastic sale was known as the River Oaks Green Market. It was started during WWII to make “bundles for Britain,” to sell produce from victory gardens, and to resell hard-to-find items. From these modest beginnings, the sale has grown into an annual event that draws customers from all over Houston and surrounding areas.

Proceeds from the Pink Elephant Sale benefit the Houston community through education, conservation, environmental programs, beautification projects, and scholarships.

For more information, contact:
The River Oaks Garden Club
713-523-2483  or website HERE

Here is a Sneak Peek of ROGC Pink Elephant Sale ~ Clothing

Any items that catch your eye?   Have you been to a rummage sale lately?

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Tuesday

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Thrifted Helmut Lang ~ $392 vs $2

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Shopping at thrift stores almost always guarantees unexpected fun, and it is always a refreshing alternative to traditional retail.   With constant new inventory, a thrift store is a new store, every single day – a thrill you need to experience for yourself.   You should have seen the look on Jen’s face when she found this Helmut Lang (one of her favorite designers) sweater for $2 at the Family Thrift Outlet, on Hillcroft.

Helmut Lang Sweater retailed $392, found for $2 at Family Thrift Outlet

Helmut Lang sweater retailed for $392…found for $2 at Family Thrift Outlet.

This sweater is definitely a standout in any room!

This the exact same sweater that Nicole Murphy wore in an episode of Hollywood Ex’s.  I’m thinking that she paid more than $2 for hers!  This sweater definitely ranks as one of Jen’s favorite finds.

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This cartoon is so true!  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!  Happy hunting!

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Monday

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October 2014

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Following our Thrift Tips Works! $699 vs. $2

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A question Jen and I are often asked is how do you know what name brands are high-end?    The truth is, sometimes we don’t.  We use our phone every single time we thrift to research items!

While thrift shopping this week, I (Pippa) was on my way to the register when this asymmetrical sweater caught my eye.  I wasn’t sure about the brand, it was funky, big and boxy, but I liked the notch cut on the hem and the yarn felt good.   Honestly, I did not even look at the fabric content or even inspect it very carefully.  I was tired and wanted to go home and since it was only $2, I threw it in my cart.  Note:  this is normally where Jen and I would say, “Do some research on your phone, check out the brand, see what it is worth, and inspect the garment carefully for flaws.”  Once again, we don’t always practice what we preach…shame on us!

After a few days, I started tackling “the thrift pile” I had bought.   When I pulled out the funky sweater, it piqued my curiosity as I didn’t recognize the brand, Shirin Guild.  I, of course, Googled the brand and was quite shocked when I started seeing prices of several hundred dollars for similar sweaters.   Next, I checked the fabric tag.  The sweater was silk/cashmere, which made me realize that this was one of the higher-end sweaters that retail for $699!

Shirin Guild Lagenlook, silk/cashmere sweater retails $699 ... found for $2 at Thrift Store

Shirin Guild Lagenlook, silk/cashmere sweater that retails for $699…found for $2 at a thrift store.

I sent Jen a picture of the sweater, seeing if she knew anything about it.  While she wasn’t familiar with the brand either, she did recognize that the sweater had the “Lagenlook” style.  Lagenlook, which is German for “layered look,” usually describes asymmetrical and layered clothing.   It is best described as an interesting personal style of combining several of your favorite pieces together, even when they don’t necessarily go together.  It is definitely a form of art that we have to admire!   What a creative way to bring new life to older clothing.

Are you a fan of Lagenlook?  Have you even heard of it?  Apparently the style trend has quite the following.

Here are a few ideas of how to put together the artistic "Lagenlook" style

Here are a few ideas of how to put together the artistic “Lagenlook” style

Here is a quick review of our tips for shopping in a thrift store:

(I followed #4, pay attention to fabrics and #11, be open to finding anything.  Number 10 was a complete accident!)

11 of the Best Thrift Store Tips

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” 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!

This sweater was found at a Family Thrift Outlet store on Hillcroft, the  #1 Resale Store in Houston, according to ABC Channel 13 News!

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Sunday

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October 2014

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Thrifted Capes for $2!

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Capes for $2 at the Thrift Store!

Every once in a while we will find a cape at the thrift store, and priced at only $2,  it is an affordable way to experiment with a trend.  One of the best things about a cape is that it adds instant polish to even the most casual, thrown-together looks.  You can head to brunch with the girls in a black cape with girly bow detailing, skinny black jeans, and knee-high riding or clunky, cool boots…a long-sleeved tee with a fun pattern will look great when peeking through the armholes.

TIP:   When wearing a cape, the upper half of your outfit will be big and bold, so it is important to wear fitted clothing on the bottom half.

$2 thrift store cape

$2 thrift store cape

 

Wool cape for $2

Wool cape for $2

Plaid ...another trend that is everywhere this season!

Plaid…another trend that is everywhere this season!

 

$2 thrift store cape

$2 thrift store cape

 

More ideas on how to wear a cape

More ideas on how to wear a cape

These capes were found at a Family Thrift Outlet Store, the  #1 Resale Store in Houston, according to ABC Channel 13 News!

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Saturday

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October 2014

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Let’s Go Shopping…What’s in the Cart?

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Let’s Go Shopping…What’s in the Cart?

It was one of those days that we were shopping, simply to shop…JUST FOR FUN!  With our current schedule, it is rare that we get the luxury of shopping with no agenda in mind, no upcoming shows, and no magazine/Pinterest re-creations.

You know it was a good day when each of our carts, full of designer clothes, look like this as we head to the dressing rooms (these pictures were taken at the Goodwill store on 290)!

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Chan Luu tank $4.99 Zara maxi skirt $6.99

Chan Luu tank $4.99
Zara maxi skirt $6.99

Silk Top $4.99 Silk Skirt  $6.99

Silk Top $4.99
Silk Skirt $6.99

Silk Wonder Top $5.99 Milly Sequin Skirt $6.99

Silk C. Wonder top $5.99
Brand new with tags Milly metallic tweed skirt $6.99

Boutique sweater $5.99 JCREW shorts $6.99

Boutique sweater $5.99
J. Crew shorts $6.99

Abiento Linen Blouse $5.99

Abiento boutique linen blouse $5.99

Remember to think of thrifting as Wardrobe Building, adding high-quality pieces for pennies on the dollar.

Hard Fast Rule:  NEVER pay more than 10% of retail price, we try to pay 5% or even less.

  • Don’t try to put together an outfit or you will get frustrated.  Look for individual pieces and then try to build an outfit.
  • Focus on dresses, jackets and skirts…this is where you normally get the most value for your money.
  • Pay attention to fabrics…avoid synthetics.   Look for natural fibers such as silk, cotton and wool.
  • You can usually find much better deals by “digging” rather than shopping from the boutique section of a thrift store.
  • Be open to finding anything!

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Friday

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October 2014

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Good Things (like GUCCI) Come in Pairs …

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Good Things (like GUCCI) Come in Pairs…2 Purses, $2

Everyone has heard the saying “good things come in pairs.”  Here’s the scenario, two cheap thrift shoppers, two purses, two dollars!  It is rare that we find similar items at a thrift shop on the same day, let along GUCCI at a Family Thrift Outlet Store!  This was definitely a first.

This week while shopping at Family Thrift Outlet, I have to admit an itty-bitty ounce of jealousy that Jen found a real, authentic GUCCI purse for $2…YES…$2!

Authentic GUCCI purse found at Family Thrift Outlet for $2

Authentic GUCCI purse found at Family Thrift Outlet for $2

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Imagine my surprise, when a few minutes later I found another authentic GUCCI cross-body purse, also for $2!

Vintage GUCCI purse for $2 at Family Thrift Outlet

Vintage GUCCI purse for $2 at Family Thrift Outlet

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Remember, items do not always have to be used for their intended purpose.  This Gucci bag is the perfect size to be an iPad case and my mom is the lucky recipient of this vintage, gorgeous piece!

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Another perfect example of an item pulling double duty is this vintage purse that Jen found last year, also from the Outlet for $2.   It also makes a perfect iPad case!   The craftsmanship, leather and hardware that goes into many vintage pieces is a testament to why this purse still looks amazing after 50 years.

This vintage purse, made in Greece, makes a perfect ipad case.  $2 at Family Thrift Outlet Store

This vintage purse, made in Greece, makes a perfect ipad case. $2 at Family Thrift Outlet Store

Check out this post from last year when Jen and I both found real, authentic GUCCI purses for under $30 within a few days of each other.   HERE

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