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Family Thrift Outlet $2 Thursdays

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Family Thrift Outlet $2 Thursdays

Here are our finds from last week at the Family Thrift Outlet Store.  Everything pictured was only $2.

(6724 Hillcroft St)

Family Thrift Outlet Prices are as follows:

  • Thursday:     $2.00
  • Friday:        $1.75
  • Saturday:  $1.50
  • Sunday:       $1.25
  • Monday:    $1.00
  • Tuesday:   $ .50
  • Wednesday  (close at noon)   $.25

Here is a link to all of the Family Thrift Retail and Outlet Thrift Stores.

Trench Coat for $2

Trench Coat for $2

Coach vintage saddlebag purse $2

Coach vintage saddlebag purse $2

Brooks Brothers $198 Calfskin Spectator shoes for $2

Brooks Brothers $198 Calfskin Spectator shoes for $2

Palazzo pants for $2

Palazzo pants for $2

Robert Rodriguez sweater with $285 tag still attached .. only $2

Robert Rodriguez sweater with $285 tag still attached .. only $2

Cashmere Tee by Holt Renfrew, New w/ Tags ... $2

Cashmere Tee by Holt Renfrew, New w/ Tags … $2

Helmut Lang sweater for $2

Helmut Lang sweater for $2

Authentic vintage GUCCI for $2

Authentic vintage GUCCI for $2

Vintage GUCCI for $2

Vintage GUCCI for $2

JCREW linen boat neck sweater for $2

JCREW linen boat neck sweater for $2

Hindu Trim Alpaca Sweater for $2

Hindu Trim Alpaca Sweater for $2

Leopard Skirt $2

Leopard Skirt $2

Aztec sweater $2

Aztec sweater $2

Chico's fishnet sweater $2

Chico’s fishnet sweater $2

There really is no way to make "Members Only" stylish so out of respect to "The HOFF" we officially retire this item!

There really is no way to make “Members Only” stylish so out of respect to “The HOFF” we officially retire this item!

Any favorites here?    Are you planning on stopping by Family Thrift Outlet this week?

 

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Tuesday

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Chic Plaid Maxi Skirt

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Modernize your impression of plaid in this chic maxi skirt.

Ralph Lauren plaid maxi found at Family Thrift Retail for $12.51

Ralph Lauren plaid maxi found at Family Thrift Retail for $12.51

This entire fall/winter season is full of plaid, plaid, plaid!   It is in every magazine, online article, Pinterest and Fashion Blog!  Fortunately, for all of us thrifty shoppers, plaid is usually quite easy to find in a thrift store!

We found this fabulous Ralph Lauren plaid maxi skirt for $12.51  (Family Thrift Retail Store at 920 North Durham Drive)

Here are a few tips when looking for a maxi skirt:

  • A maxi skirt should drape to your ankle, if it is too long, you will trip on it
  • Choose the right texture of fabric for your figure
  • Try it on, walk in in, swish it around and make sure it is comfortable
  • The best fabrics for maxi skirts include rayon crepe, cotton and silk chiffon
  • Don’t tuck in where doing so creates an unsightly bulge or somehow disturbs the flow of the skirt
  • Wear a wide belt with the skirt if you want to try something new!

Match the top to the skirt style. The fit of the skirt determines the style of top you’ll choose. If the style doesn’t match, the overall look can be dowdy.

  • Looser, flowing skirts tend to look best when the top fits well, as this tones down the overall enlarging effect of a billowing skirt.
  • For skirts that fit tightly, looser tops make a perfect contrast.

 

As always, search “maxi skirt” on Pinterest for 100’s of inspirational ideas on how to wear a maxi skirt.   (follow us on Pinterest HERE)

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Tuesday

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What Was Your Favorite Find of the Week?

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What Was Your Favorite Find of the Week?

Pippa and I have what we call our Monday-morning Brain Storming Session.  We call each other, discuss what we have going on that week, talk about any new fashion trends we’ve noticed, peruse through Pinterest, adding things to our shared boards, and then go to work shopping the thrift stores trying to make our ideas and inspirations come to life.

As we ended our last conversation we had to ask each other, “What was your favorite find of the week?”

This past week we spent an above average amount of time in a thrift store.   With a couple of hours to fill before our scheduled segment with “Stretch Your Dollar,” for the Pink Elephant Sale, we drove over to a Family Thrift Center retail store with the simple purpose of finding some great deals to show you.   (Check the blog tomorrow for our Fabulous Finds!)

Here is Jen’s favorite find:  St. John vintage tone-on-tone, chevron print skirt and top set.

(found at the Family Thrift Retail Store 920 North Durham Drive)

Here is what makes this Jen’s favorite find.  Jen found the skirt first, she knew it was high quality from the fabric but it did not have and tags in it so she left it (a fun fact, Jen has a strict high-end items only rule – it’s the only way she can keep her closet from overflowing).   A few minutes later, while browsing through the tops, she came across the matching tank, that still had the vintage St. John tag attached.   This knit is actually quite rare and not the typical St. John Collection knit.   The pattern was very remiMISSONI.   This entire set was $5.45.

Jen's pick for "fab find of the week"

Jen’s pick for “fab find of the week”

 

ST JOHN vintage knit top and skirt for $5.45

ST JOHN vintage knit top and skirt for $5.45

 

The neutral chevron is a very popular Missoni print

The neutral chevron is a very popular Missoni print

Missoni and Milly both show the "chevron" print

Missoni and Milly both show the “chevron” print

 

Here is Pippa’s favorite find:   VINTAGE Croc Handbag

(found at Family Thrift Outlet Store on Little York)

Vintage Croc Handbag found for $2 at Family Thrift Outlet

Vintage Croc Handbag found for $2 at Family Thrift Outlet

This trend is all over the runways for 2014/2015

This trend is all over the runways for 2014/2015

She picked this out because she liked the style and color, nothing indicated it was crocodile.   After doing some research by the name “Sterling”   she realized that is was a highly sought after croc purse.   This is an item that continues to show up every few seasons as the “it-handbag!”   She found this bag for $2.

Pippa and I, try to live by our “thrifting tips” and with of our fab finds this week we nailed #1-11.   Here are our rules, sometimes we make an exception, but definitely great guidelines to follow!

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!
Do you have any advice or tips that we need to add to our list?   
Do you follow any guidelines when you thrift shop?

What was your favorite find this week?

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Monday

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Tour Through Blogland

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Our Tour Through Blogland …

Recently Cherie James from www.StyleNudge.com was so sweet to feature us on her blog as one of her featured bloggers on her “Tour Through Blogland”.    A few weeks ago, I somehow stumbling across her blog, and could not stop reading until I read every single post she had ever done!   We love her eclectic style risk of mixing vintage with modern, please be sure and check it out.   We loved the idea behind the tour through blogland and thought this is would be a great way to share a little bit of information with you all about our blogging process .  All bloggers who are participating in the tour are asked the following questions and so here goes:

  1. What am I working on?  Some of our upcoming events that we are focusing on right now are promoting Houston’s oldest running rummage sale (which is HUGE) with one of our local news stations.  We will be visiting the rummage sale location a couple of days before it opens to the public and styling a few models for a news segment.  We also have another news segment coming up for a weekend morning news program where we’ll show how to look fabulous for your holiday parties on a thrift shop budget.   ABC “Stretch Your Dollar” is going to do a weekly segment with us, asking viewers to send photo’s, via social media, that we create in a thrift store.  We will post the store and price, this will be added to a running slideshow each week and linked back to our blog.
  2. How does my work differ from others in it’s genre?  We think what sets Too Cheap Blondes apart from other fashion and thrift bloggers is the fact that not only are we are able to create on-trend outfits with a seriously tiny budget, usually under $20 from head-to-toe, but almost 100% of our outfits are made up of high-quality, high-end, designer pieces.  We rarely feature items from Target, Forever 21, Express, Banana Republic, etc.
  3. Why do I write/create what I do?  We truly have a passion for thrift shopping.  On average, Pippa and I go thrifting 4 – 5 times per week.  We see so many amazing items in thrift stores and, obviously, we can’t buy it all, so we want to share the wealth and let women know that they can look great without spending a fortune on their wardrobe.
  4. How does my writing/creating process work?  Typically Pippa and I have what we call our Monday-morning Brain Storming Session.  We call each other, discuss what we have going on that week, talk about any new fashion trends we’ve noticed, peruse through Pinterest, adding things to our shared boards, and then go to work shopping the thrift stores trying to make our ideas and inspirations come to life.

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Saturday

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October 2014

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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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October 2014

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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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October 2014

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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!

widelegsilkpants

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! 

thrift store valentino

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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October 2014

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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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October 2014

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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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