The Cottage Shop has an upscale look!

The phone rings, “What are you doing?”  This is code for, “Do you want to shop?”   Wanting to change up our thrifting routine this week, we decided to follow our tip #9, visit multiple thrift stores in one shopping trip, they’re usually near each other.  Spicing it up even more, we put a 30-minute time limit on each store to see what we could find.  We didn’t necessarily look for stuff we wanted to purchase, but focused more on finding things to share with you guys to show you that you can almost always find something at most thrift stores.

TIP #9: Pick an area of town and go to 3-4 thrift stores since they are often near each other. (11 Best Tips)

For our challenge, went to Goodwill (2030 Westheimer), Cottage Thrift Shop (811 Westheimer), Charity Guild of Catholic Women (1203 Lovett Blvd.), and the Assistance League of Houston (1902 Commonwealth St).  We even threw in a bonus surprise store at the end!

Goodwill (2030 Westheimer)

VIETRI, handmade Italian dishes. These sell for $44 per plate, we found 8 plates for $4.99 ($352 retail).

VIETRI, handmade Italian dishes. These sell for $44 per plate, we found 8 plates for $4.99 ($352 retail).

Maggie Weldon handmade lace pottery plate retails for $124, found at Goodwill for $4.99.

Maggie Weldon handmade lace pottery plate retails for $124, found at Goodwill for $4.99.

Long, hooded sweater by Anne Klein, for $6.99.

Long, hooded sweater by Anne Klein, for $6.99.

Easton Pearson blouse retails for $200+, found for $5.99

Easton Pearson blouse retails for $200+, found for $5.99

 

FITZ and FLOYD spreaders

FITZ and FLOYD spreaders

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Vera Wang wedding dress was in perfect condition for only $59.99

Vera Wang wedding dress was in perfect condition for only $59.99 (it’s a size 4, BTW).

Cottage Thrift Shop (811 Westheimer)

From the moment we walked in the door, we loved this store!   It was decorated beautifully, the staff was very friendly and we were pleasantly surprised to find tables and tables of brand new items still in the package for thrift store prices! (A local boutique donated a bunch of their inventory.)  We both did some Christmas shopping for stockings and gifts.

The Cottage Shop has an upscale look!

The Cottage Shop has an upscale look!

All of the jewelry was 25% off the day we visited!

All of the jewelry was 25% off the day we visited!

Tables of brand new items still in the box at thrift store prices!

Tables of brand new items still in the box at thrift store prices!

Look at all of these brand new poncho's!

Look at all of these brand new poncho’s!

 

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Tights, leg warmers, boot cuffs, socks, belts and more ... all brand new with tags!

Tights, leg warmers, boot cuffs, socks, belts and more … all brand new with tags!

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Oh my ... these are little baby leg warmers (obviously you take them off the chick!)

Oh my … these are little baby leg warmers (obviously you take them off the chick!)

Totes and purses ...

Totes and purses …

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Here are a few of the clothing items we found in the thrift store:

Bluemarine dress still has original tag of $760 attached. $125 and 75% off = $31.25

Bluemarine dress still has original tag of $760 attached. $125 and 75% off = $31.25

Rebecca Taylor dress still has original $350 tag. Was priced at $70 and now 50% off = $35

Rebecca Taylor dress still has original $350 tag. Was priced at $70 and now 50% off = $35

Escada dress was $60, marked down 50% = $30

Escada dress was $60, marked down 50% = $30

This hand forged kettle, for $4.50, will be perfect for a rustic flower arrangement.

This hand forged kettle, for $4.50, will be perfect for a rustic flower arrangement.

 

Charity Guild of Catholic Women (1203 Lovett Blvd.)

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Rows and rows of Christmas items.

Rows and rows of Christmas items.

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guild thrift store shop

We both fell in LOVE with these gorgeous dishes!

We both fell in LOVE with these gorgeous dishes!

FITZ and FLOYD dishes

FITZ and FLOYD dishes

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Brand new La-Tee-Da lamp & oil for $10, retails $60+ for both

Brand new La-Tee-Da lamp & oil for $10, retails $60+ for both

Assistance League of Houston (1902 Commonwealth St)

They were closed.  🙁  Lesson learned, always do your research since many charity stores have limited hours.  Open Wednesday – Saturday.

Closed. Open Wednesday - Saturday.

Closed.
Open Wednesday – Saturday.

We weren’t expecting this store to be closed and not wanting our shopping adventure to end, we decided to head over to one of Houston’s best kept secrets … Craftex.   No, it is not a thrift store, think Hobby Lobby on steroids!  They also have a dedicated Christmas store that is almost overwhelming but we never fail to walk out empty handed.

Craftex (7215 Ashcroft Dr, Houston)

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craftex

christmas craftex

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We would love to hear from you!   Any favorites from our shopping adventure?