Who in their right mind would hop on a plane and travel over 1,000 miles to go thrift shopping? Well, the Too Cheap Blondes, that’s who! We recently traveled from Houston, Texas to Phoenix, Arizona to check out the Family Thrift Store Outlet, where, like their Houston counterpart, opens each Thursday with over 30,000 new items all starting at just $2.00 each! The Phoenix store has one major thing that’s different from Houston though . . . and it’s huge. The Phoenix Family Thrift Store Outlet sells housewares as well as clothing starting at just $2.00! Friends, we’re talking furniture, coffee makers, fans, bicycles, toys, dishes, etc. . . and several items we saw were still brand new in the box. It takes a special kind of thrift store to get the Queens of Thrift flustered and let me tell you, we were absolutely beside ourselves!
These pictures represent only a fraction of the amazing treasures this store holds, from couture fashion to fabulous household items, the Phoenix Family Thrift Store Outlet really does have it all. I’m thinking next time we need to road trip there with a U-Haul in tow!
Authentic Kate Spade $2.00
Jill Sanders, New with Tag, dress for $2.00 (retails around $800)
Vintage clothing for $2.00
Leather boots for $2.00
Anthropologie and ST JOHN are a few of the name brands we found for only $2.00
Now, just a caveat, about Family Thrift Store Outlet:
- Some people say, “I never find anything!” 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. 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!
- There are no dressing rooms or mirrors. Wear something comfortable so you can try a jacket or blouse over what you are wearing.
- Finally, be prepared to shop with some highly competitive shoppers. There are regulars who treat thrift shopping like a sport.
- Organized by categories (men’s, women’s, children’s) not by colors, styles or sizes. The savings are passed along to you, but it is up to you to dig for your treasure
Prices are as follows:
4335 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale, AZ
A great resource for thrift shopping is thethriftshopper.com. The next time you want to find a new thrift store in your area, or anywhere else, just enter the zip code on thethriftshopper.com. The site lists all of the stores in that area, complete with their hours, location, how to sign up for their mailing lists, and even reviews from other shoppers.
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Remember, this whole process takes time so have fun … Happy Thrifting from Jen and Pippa!