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Friday

18

July 2014

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Hood River, Oregon Goodwill Boutique Store Visit

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One thing that I love to do while traveling is to visit the local thrift stores.  I’ve been going to Hood River, Oregon for the past six years and have always wished that they had a Goodwill.  Alas, it’s a really small place and it seemed a Goodwill location would never be a reality.  Imagine my surprise when we arrived in town this summer and I spotted not only a Goodwill, but a Goodwill Boutique store!  To say I was giddy is an understatement.

Goodwill Boutique Store in Hood River, Oregon

Goodwill Boutique Store in Hood River, Oregon

Bridal dress at Goodwill Boutique store

Bridal dress at Goodwill Boutique store

Designer dress by ETCetera for $59.99

Designer dress by ETCETERA for $59.99

My first impression was that the store looked like a little boutique, so far, so good.  I immediately spotted Dolce Gabanna, Coach, and AKRIS Punto.  Yay!  Next, I started looking at the prices…ouch.  I have to preface this by saying that we are soooo spoiled in Houston.  We have fabulous brands at our Goodwill for crazy low prices.  This boutique store definitely didn’t follow our Houston model.  I think the cheapest top I saw was a sleeveless Ann Taylor tank for $14.99.  I was definitely in sticker shock.

A-K-R-I-S- *punto for $49.99

A-K-R-I-S- *punto for $49.99

Dolce & Gabbana flats @ Goodwill Boutique

Dolce & Gabbana heels @ Goodwill Boutique

After spending about an hour shopping, I was able to come up with a few good buys.  My favorite items were a sparkly, Tory Burch tunic for $39.99 and a cute Ferragamo purse for $24.99.

Tory Burch tunic for $39.99 @ Goodwill Boutique Store

Tory Burch tunic for $39.99 @ Goodwill Boutique Store

Ferragamo handbag for $24.99

Ferragamo handbag for $24.99

Beyond these deals, I was really disappointed in the pricing.  Many of the items were being sold for the equivalent price of the item if you would have bought it brand new on clearance.

I love how they displayed their jewelry in an old book!

I love how they displayed their jewelry in an old book!

Some pretty awesome rings!

Some pretty awesome rings!

All in all, a nice, clean, well-organized store that’s a bit pricey.

-Jen

Thursday

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May 2014

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Greenspoint Goodwill Tory Burch, Tibi, ZARA and JCREW

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Greenspoint Goodwill featuring Tory Burch, Tibi, ZARA and JCREW

Jen and I love to try out new thrift stores, this location just opened up in January so we decided to go shopping!

We were thrilled with what we found …

Tory Burch wool/cashmere blend sweater found @ Goodwill for $5.99

Tory Burch wool/cashmere blend sweater found @ Goodwill for $5.99

ZARA dress for $9.99 @ Goodwill

ZARA dress for $9.99 @ Goodwill

Tibi dresses for $9.99.  A favorite brand of celebrities.

JCREW top $5.99 and skirt for $6.99

JCREW top $5.99 and skirt for $6.99

Anthropologie tunic style dress for $9.99 @ Goodwill

Anthropologie tunic style dress for $9.99 @ Goodwill

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“Greenspoint”  Goodwill

171 North Sam Houston Parkway East

Houston, TX, 77060

Join in our adventure as Jen and Pippa take you along on a “Thrift Store Road Trip”, heading North of Houston, on I-45.

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Greenspoint Goodwill Store

Remember to Always Donate and Pay it Forward!

Jen and Pippa are virtual volunteers working to promote non-profit thrift stores in the Houston area.

Jen Meneely www.shopjenscloset.com

Pippa Williams www.shopwithpippa.com

 

Tuesday

29

April 2014

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Live at KTRK Studios for Earth Day!

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Pippa and I, along with representatives from Goodwill Industries of Houston, showed up to the KTRK Channel 13 studios for an Earth Day recycling drive with an entourage of models in tow.  Our goal was to show Houston folks how they can dress fashionably on a serious budget, all while helping the planet by keeping clothing out of landfills.

We put together some fabulous outfits for the segment. Brands that we used include Anthropologie, J. Crew, Lacoste, Abercrombie and Fitch, Ann Taylor, and Banana Republic, just to name a few. A neat fact is that the cost at Goodwill for every single one of our outfits came in at 10% or LESS than the retail price! Take a look at the pic, these aren’t outdated pieces we used either!

We’d like to give a shout out to our lovely models and than them for volunteering their time to helping us, along with Goodwill get the word out to Houstonians about the benefits of shopping thrift. Thanks Victoria, Taylor, Cameron, Hailey and Abbey, you guys rocked!!

Remember to Always Donate and Pay it Forward!

Jen and Pippa are virtual volunteers working to promote non-profit thrift stores in the Houston area.

Jen Meneely www.shopjenscloset.com

Pippa Williams www.shopwithpippa.com

 

 

Monday

21

April 2014

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JCREW, Patagonia and Leather found for $1.50 – $1.75 each

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I reasoned out why to not spend the $1.50 on this woven leather top ….

“Really?  I don’t think my girls will even wear this … How would you style it?”

When I got home and had a hard time even finding a picture to compare or find value, I realized it was actually a quite amazing top, with hours and hours of craftsmanship, that starts at $100′s and goes into the $1000′s …. gulp, I did NOT buy this.

OK, yes, you heard me right … I left this top there :(

Similar woven leather tops sell for $100's up to $1000's of dollars .... Too Cheap Blondes found this for only $1.50

Similar woven leather tops sell for $100′s up to $1000′s of dollars …. Too Cheap Blondes found this for only $1.50

 

Jen and I share all types of thrift store finds with you and we mean it that we LEAVE most of it for you to find!

Here is a practical item that we did end up getting, a JCREW, perfect fit shirt.   $78 retail vs $1.75 thrift

J.CREW perfect shirt for $1.75 @ Houston Thrift Outlet Store

J.CREW perfect shirt for $1.75 @ Houston Thrift Outlet Store

 

Another practical item that will get lots of use in my home, Patagonia fleece vest.  These currently retail for $99 and we found this at Family Thrift Outlet store for $1.50.

Patagonia vest retails for $99, found for $1.50 at Thrift Store

Patagonia vest retails for $99, found for $1.50 at Thrift Store

 

Khaki green linen shirt for $1.50

Khaki green linen shirt for $1.50

 

 

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.

#4 Examine the item very carefully, there are no returns!

(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

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Here are a few more articles that we have done about “Family Thrift Outlet” Stores in Houston:

http://toocheapblondes.com/thriftfinds/jcrew-patagonia-and-leather-found-for-1-50-1-75-each/

http://toocheapblondes.com/thriftfinds/zara-tory-burch-look-alike-ralph-lauren-fab-finds-under-2/

 

http://toocheapblondes.com/thriftshopchallange/the-fabulous-thrift-shop-challenge-atlantic-pacific-pink-moto-vs-too-cheap-blondes/

GREAT DEALS WEDNESDAY:  ABC VIDEO

 EVERYTHING is ONLY $1.75 … Houston Thrift Store:  ABC VIDEO

 

 

 

 

Saturday

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April 2014

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Zara, Tory Burch (look-alike), Ralph Lauren … Fab Finds under $2

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Zara, Tory Burch (look-alike), Ralph Lauren … Fab Finds under $2

One of our favorite things to do is to shop at a thrift store that will challenge us.  Family Thrift Outlet Stores are absolutely and definitively challenging!    They are not glamorous, organized or located in the nicer areas of Houston.  We don’t care … it is fun for us!

You should see Jen and I … we have to find a shopping cart, that can sometimes take awhile and then we are right along with everyone else, digging in the racks.

Thursdays are always $1.75 …. every single thing in the entire store is only $1.75.

These were gorgeous Tory-Burch type of logo shorts for $1.75

These were gorgeous Tory-Burch type of logo shorts for $1.75

 

 

Green Linen Ralph Lauren blouse for $1.75 at Family Thrift

Green Linen Ralph Lauren blouse for $1.75 at Family Thrift

 

You might be thinking “oh yeah, you went the first day of the sale, of course you found all the good stuff.”   Let me show you what we found on $1.50 day!

Fridays are always $1.50 …. every single thing in the entire store is only $1.50.

I am completely in LOVE with this sleeveless silk tunic blouse …

Completely in love with this silk blouse for $1.50!!!!

Completely in love with this silk blouse for $1.50!!!!

 

ZARA Mens wool cardigan sweater for $1.50

ZARA Mens wool cardigan sweater for $1.50

 

Why not try out a “trendy” fashion item such as this peach coat, for $1.50.

 

Peach is a trendy color, why not try out a trench coat for $1.50

Peach is a trendy color, why not try out a trench coat for $1.50

 

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.

#4 Examine the item very carefully, there are no returns!

(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

Wednesday

16

April 2014

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COMMENTS

J.CREW sequin polka dot $128 top found at Houston Goodwill for $5.99!

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J.CREW sequin polka dot $128 top found at Houston Goodwill for $5.99!

For those of you who follow Pinterest or Instagram you will notice that this J.CREW sequin polka dot top was the “must have” item of the year!

This fun top retailed for $128 so imagine what Jen and Pippa said when they found this amazing item for $5.99 @ a Houston Goodwill Store!

(btw … this was found at a store in Willis, TX!)

Wow ... fabulous Goodwill find ... JCREW sequin top retailed for $128, found at Houston Goodwill for $5.99

Wow … fabulous Goodwill find … JCREW sequin top retailed for $128, found at Houston Goodwill for $5.99

 

Add a trendy item to your closet, like this sequin top, for pennies on the dollar!

 

This sequin top retailed for $128 @ JCREW ... found for $5.99 @ Goodwill

This sequin top retailed for $128 @ JCREW … found for $5.99 @ Goodwill

 

 

Thrift store shopping is the best way to incorporate a trend that will probably go out of style soon!

Remember to Always Donate and Pay it Forward!

Jen and Pippa are virtual volunteers working to promote non-profit thrift stores in the Houston area.

Jen Meneely www.shopjenscloset.com

Pippa Williams www.shopwithpippa.com

 

 

Friday

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March 2014

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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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March 2014

5

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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

3

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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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February 2014

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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