There are so many reasons to shop a Bulk type of thrift store outlet!
Maybe you are shopping as an individual or a family but there are so many other reasons to shop a bulk, by-the-pound store:
- yourself / family
- crafters, fabric or projects (you can’t find fabric by the yard at these prices)
- costumes / halloween
- professional reseller’s
- local charities
- homeless shelters
Pamela, one of our shoppers, found amazing deals (many that we passed right over) She was looking for high end fabrics to remake into pillows or crafts for her home. She bought 23 items for just .24 each (including tax).
One of the best finds of the day was this MILLY dress (retails close to $300)
From the comments we are getting, let us clarify any confusion you have about Family Thrift.
There are now “3 tiers” of thrifting at Family Thrift in Houston, yes this is our own personal thrift shop lingo we just created!
- Regular Retail Family Thrift Center Stores
- Outlet Thrift Stores (where everything starts at only $2 on Thursdays and then is marked down to just .25 on Wednesdays).
- Bulk, By-the-Pound Thrift Store
Here is the link to all of their stores, please take the time to decipher the difference in the stores. Family Thrift Center Store Locations HERE.
This store is not only a great resource for individual shoppers but also shelters, homeless and even professional resellers.
Common thrift store misconceptions include the items have bed bugs, fleas or etc… please just use a washing machine to clean your items! When you go to a restaurant you use napkin linens others have wiped their mouths with, at a hotel you are sleeping on pillows, a mattress and sheets others have used .. wash or sanitize the items!
Clothing by the pound is a major supplier of wholesale, recycled used clothing, garment and apparel to many so the bulk pricing can be as low as .15 a pound!
If you have any type of rude comment DO NOT post it here, keep it to yourself!
If you haven’t bought your Halloween costume and are looking for materials, or perhaps you are just looking for a great place to get deals on name brand fashions, Too Cheap Blondes have found a pretty neat and affordable way to do both.
It’s called shopping by the pound, and you can do it at a new place off Little York Rd., near Airline in north Houston.
The Family Thrift Outlet Bulk Store works exactly as it sounds: you buy clothes, shoes and accessories by the pound from the copious bins throughout the store.
There are only a handful of these type of bulk thrift stores in the nation and this one is the first in Houston. Here you pay by the pound, starting at 50 cents a pound and as you buy more, the price drops to 15 cents a pound.
Where does the clothing come from? This is the clearance center for the outlet. This is like a third level.
Here’s how the prices break down:
- 10-25 lbs. – 39 cents per lb.
- 25-100 lbs. – 29 cents per lb.
- 100+ lbs. – 15 cents per lb.
Before you shop, prepare by packing some hand sanitizer, as shoppers say sifting through clothes can be a little dirty. Give yourself lots of time to dig, an hour and a half may not be enough to find the best deals.
Also, wear form-fitting clothes. The store does not have a dressing room, so it will be easier for you to try clothes on with a little planning.
Shoppers say you need to be patient when shopping by the pound and always start from the back where you have a better chance of finding treasure than in the front bins, which are picked through first.
- The Family Thrift Outlet Bulk Store is located at:
- 127 Little York Rd.
- Open from 9am to 6pm Fridays and Saturdays
- Sundays from noon to 6pm.
A few other “By-the-Pound / Bulk” shopping experiences:
- Houston, we have a problem
- Austin, TX, Blue Hanger, Goodwill Outlet Store: HERE
- Charleston, SC, Goodwill Outlet Store: HERE