“The THRIFT SHOP Challenge” Ralph Lauren $1,396.50 ~ vs ~ TOO CHEAP BLONDES $4

Jen and I stopped by one of our favorite thrift stores last week, Family Thrift Store Outlet, on Little York.  When I saw the sleeve of this jacket I knew I had found a treasure … a Ralph Lauren 100% Camel Hair Blazer in PERFECT condition … for only $2!

I completed this look with a Brooks Brothers blouse (found a few weeks earlier at the Outlet stores for $2) that retails for $98.50.

  • Ralph Lauren Camel Blazer   (retail $1,298)  $2.00
  • Brooks Brothers Blouse     (retail $98.50)     $2.00

(retail $1,396.50)     $4.00

The retail price on these 2 items is more than twice the cost of my first car!

ralph lauren camel haircamel hair thrift

What is camel hair?

Camel hair is a type of cloth made from pure camel hair or a blend of camel hair and another fiber. The outer protective fur (guard hair) is coarse and inflexible and can be woven into haircloth. Guard hair can be made soft and plush by blending it, especially with wool. The camel’s pure undercoat is very soft, gathered when camels molt, and is frequently used for coats.

Each camel can produce around five pounds of hair a year.  Fallen hair is normally gathered by hand.

More ideas on how to wear a camel hair blazer!

More ideas on how to wear a camel hair blazer!

 

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BCBG Tweed Coat ... perfect for the cold weather Houston is having!

BCBG Tweed Coat … perfect for the cold weather Houston is having!

Brooks Brothers Fleece and BCBG Tweed found at Goodwill

This week we are preparing for some upcoming TV segments and of course we end up finding a few awesome things that have nothing to do with the segments!

Have you found anything good at your local thrift store lately?   Let us know!   Jen and Pippa

 

Brooks Brothers fleece

Brooks Brothers fleec

 

Ralph Lauren Black Label pants for $1.75 (regular prices start at $325)

Ralph Lauren Black Label pants for $1.75
(regular prices for their pants start at $325)

 

 

Longchamp Tote for $1.75, retails for $145

Longchamp Tote for $1.75, retails for $145

 

Brooks Brothers Jacket $1.75, retails $498

Brooks Brothers Jacket $1.75, retails $498

 

Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

Houston Family Thrift Outlet Store

St John knits Sweater for $1.75

St John knits Sweater for $1.75

 

Jen and I decided to brave the crowds and shop a Family Thrift OUTLET store on a Thursday.  We found a pair of Black Label Ralph Lauren pants, Longchamp Tote, Brooks Brothers Jacket and a St John sweater all priced at only $1.75 each!

 

We are being honest when we tell you that this is not easy thrift store shopping.  The aisles are jammed, the lines are long and its not that organized once all the shoppers start going down the rows.

 

#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.

(HERE is a link for 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

 

Lilly Pulitzer, Sperry, Brooks Brothers, Pottery Barn, Vintage Spoon Holder and More

Lilly Pulitzer 3/4 sleeve Cardigan found @ Family Thrift Center for $7.57

Lilly Pulitzer 3/4 sleeve Cardigan found @ Family Thrift Center for $7.57

 

Allen B Schwartz Dress found @ Goodwill for $9.99

Allen B Schwartz Dress found @ Goodwill for $9.99

Sperry Wedge sandals retail for $138 found @ Family Thrift Center for $9.57

Sperry Wedge sandals retail for $138 found @ Family Thrift Center for $9.57

 

I wasn't sure what this was until I did some research ...  It is a vintage ceramic pottery chicken (or rooster) has a hand painted comb, eyes, bead, and feet. There are holes in his tail to hold measuring spoons.   Soooo Cute!!! $3.57

I wasn’t sure what this was until I did some research … It is a vintage ceramic pottery chicken (or rooster) has a hand painted comb, eyes, bead, and feet. There are holes in his tail to hold measuring spoons.
Soooo Cute!!! $3.57

Mens Brooks Brothers Dress shirt retails for $92 found @ Houston Goodwill Thrift Store for $5.99

Mens Brooks Brothers Dress shirt retails for $92 found @ Houston Goodwill Thrift Store for $5.99

INC crochet dress!   $9.99 @ Goodwill Thrift Store

INC crochet dress! $9.99 @ Goodwill Thrift Store

 

Pottery Barn unique bowl or serving dish for $5.57 @ Family Thrift Center

Pottery Barn unique bowl or serving dish for $5.57 @ Family Thrift Center

 

Jen and I are often asked “what do you do with all of your finds”?    Most of the time we take pictures to share with you, inspiring you to shop in a thrift store and sometimes we will purchase a thing or two.  Out of all of this I did buy the yellow Lilly cardigan for my daughter.  That’s it!   The rest of it we left for you to discover!

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