12 items for a total of $24!

 

With the $25.00 Thrift Store Challenge, we set out to see what we could find at one of the Family Thrift OUTLET stores.  Since the entire store is priced at only $2.00, you feel like a kid in a candy store!  (Everything is only $2.00 on Thursdays, prices goes down $0.25 each day until they close on Wednesdays at noon to empty out all of the unsold merchandise and restock with all new inventory.)   You truly never know what you are going to find, and that my friend, is the most exciting thing about thrifting . . . some days we will find an abundance of amazing shoes, another trip will be all dresses, the next visit sweaters or just coats.   Of course there are even the days that we find nothing, absolutely not one thing!  On those rare days we don’t get frustrated and stop thrift shopping . . . no way!  We know there is always a good thrift haul just waiting right around the corner!

The thrift gods blessed us on this particular day, we found a huge haul of casual clothes, 12 items for only $24!!!!!!!

12 items for a total of $24!

12 items for a total of $24!

Utility Jacket $2:   Pair with skinny jeans or denim shorts, tennis shoes, or boots, and a striped or plaid tee. Add a scarf to complete the look.

family thrift store utility jacket

utility thrift store cargo cheap blog styleAsymmetrical sweater $2:  The diagonal hem of a top or pullover adds lots of visual interest.

family thrift store assymetrical sweater

 

Geo print sweater coat $2:  similar to this Free People version.

family thrift store geo sweater jacket

Trendy jeans $2: a must have for every wardrobe!

kut jeans thrift store family

Faux leather moto coat / sweatshirt sleeves $2:  This jacket combines the look of a leather jacket with a comfy sweatshirt.

kylie jenner thrift store shop challenge

Jersey tunic dress $2:  It’s the perfect not-too-tight, not-too-loose throw-on.  Pair with boots in cooler weather or sandals for summer.

anthropologie thrift store challenge dress

Blanket tweed / leather messenger bag $2: plenty of room for your iPad and everything else you haul around!

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Tunic $2:  this is one of the most versatile wardrobe pieces you can own!  Wear them with straight or skinny jeans, even shorts (no skirts).

anthropologie thrift store challenge

1/4 zip Brooks Brothers wool sweater $2:  don’t forget to shop the men’s section!  This sweater is the finishing touch to make your outfit looked pulled together.

brooks brothers thrift store challenge

White boho blouse by “Free People” $2:  pair with jeans, wear it to the office or throw over swimwear.

free people thrift store challenge

Heavy cotton boyfriend blazer with knit trim $2:  easy to pair with t-shirt and jeans or over a simple dress.

celebrity thrift store challenge

Chambray shirt $2:  a chambray shirt is a must have staple! This color shirt goes with everything.

casual weekend clothing thrift store challenge

As you can see from what we found, it is quite easy to recreate current trends that you see in magazines and on Pinterest!  We always start our shopping day sharing our list of what we are looking for with each other. Be intentional when thrifting and shop with a list of basic items that you need to update your wardrobe.

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Happy Thrifting!  Jen and Pippa

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Top Cheap Tips for Shopping and Decorating with Thrift Store Finds

Tip No. 1:  Keep an open mind for anything and everything

Use Pinterest or magazines when your shopping for inspiration.   Most things that look like junk when decorated correctly make things appear cool and chic!  This unique fossil, found for only .99 at Goodwill Houston,  is a perfect example. “Definitely the oldest thing I’ve ever bought @goodwillhouston, by oh, about 65 million years. I couldn’t pass it up….because #itwas99cents!”   Follow us on Pinterest HERE.

This amazing fossil was found for only .99 @ a Houston Goodwill Store

This amazing fossil was found for only .99 @ a Houston Goodwill Store

Tip No. 2:  Know your style.  You have to know what you like and don’t like – otherwise everything just looks like junk.  I LOVE sparkle!  Anything metallic such as glass, silver & gold.

Don’t be afraid to repurpose!  If you fall in love with a unique item but you do not need or want it for its intended purpose, get creative or “google” it to see what others have done with it.

“Vintage silver urns make great vases! Picked this one up from @goodwillhouston for $6.99!#goodwill

(Too Cheap Blondes are on Instagram)

A vintage urn found for only $6.99 makes a great vase!

A vintage urn found for only $6.99 makes a great vase!

Here is a perfect example of finding sparkly, unique things to help you organize an area.  The “tray” is really a small framed mirror, found for only $2.92 @ Family Thrift Store.  I am totally in love with the silver creamer, which I filled with Q-tips. The gaudy gold jewelry box which is a perfect asset for this vignette, then add a few more glass accessories , not even sure what to put in them yet but they complete the look I was going for.

This silver framed mirror for $2.92 (found at Family Thrift Outlet Store) makes a great tray to organize the junk on my bathroom counter!

This silver framed mirror for $2.92 (found at Family Thrift Outlet Store) makes a great tray to organize the junk on my bathroom counter!

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Tip No. 3:  The Good Stuff Goes Fast so Definitely Shop often – We have a planned shopping day each week to hit up our favorite thrift stores!   (HERE is a list of our top Houston thrift stores we shop at)

CHEAP vintage silver patina trays ... $4.99 and $7.99! @ Houston Goodwill

CHEAP vintage silver patina trays … $4.99 and $7.99! @ Houston Goodwill

Here are a few examples we have seen on Pinterest that inspired us to buy these silver trays .. the ideas are endless!

silver tray wall display thrift store cheap

Country french silver platter thrift store cheap wall display

silver platter tray magnet organization thrift store find

thrift store silver platter display

 

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Last year we found this little vintage Ferragamo handbag at the Family Thrift Outlet store for $2.   The leather was in such poor condition we almost passed on it until we decided it was at least worth salvaging for the chain strap, which could be used as a belt or necklace.  CLICK HERE to read that blog post.

vintage ferragamo handbag necklace cheap

This week we attended the 2015 reNew and reDo Fashion Chairs Kickoff Party at Neiman Marcus, requiring a step up from our everyday attire.   Jen decided she was going to wear this red dress by “Pink Tartan”, she had found it at Goodwill for $9.99 (similar retails for $395 at Saks Fifth Avenue).  We couldn’t decide on what necklace she should wear, then she remembered that little red handbag.  She removed the chain from the back and put it around her neck.  We instantly knew it was a winner when we saw the gold platform shoes!   Of course, the handbag was also a perfect match with her dress!

thrift stylist pink tartan dress

Vintage Ferragamo purse $2.00 at Family Thrift Outlet ... similar being sold online for $450

Vintage Ferragamo purse $2.00 at Family Thrift Outlet … similar being sold online for $450

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Who wears Marchesa? Anne Hathaway, Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Lopez and Too Cheap Blondes! We found this gorgeous Marchesa gown at Goodwill for $39.99...a steal for this $1,000+ gown!

 

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Who wears Marchesa? Anne Hathaway, Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Lopez and Too Cheap Blondes! We found this gorgeous Marchesa gown at Goodwill for $39.99...a steal for this $1,000+ gown!

Who wears Marchesa? Anne Hathaway, Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Lopez and Too Cheap Blondes! We found this gorgeous Marchesa gown at Goodwill for $39.99…a steal for this $1,000+ gown!

Walking through Nordstrom, this morning, doing last minute Christmas shopping, I saw this Burberry coat for $595. Jen and I found this Burberry coat for $2, at Family Thrift Outlet, a few weeks ago.

Walking through Nordstrom, this morning, doing last minute Christmas shopping, I saw this Burberry coat for $595. Jen and I found this Burberry coat for $2, at Family Thrift Outlet, a few weeks ago.

Find of the day! Kate Spade wool/leather "Quinn" bag for $2.00 at Family Thrift Outlet, retailed $298

Find of the day! Kate Spade wool/leather “Quinn” bag for $2.00 at Family Thrift Outlet, retailed $298

A while back Pippa and I showed you guys an outdated, oversized, sequin top and skirt set that we found at a Family Thrift Center Outlet store for $2.00 each. Together, the pieces were awful, but separate we thought they could be dynamite! I wore the skirt to a charity event tonight and was thrilled with the way it looked! What do you think? Not bad for $2.00!

A while back Pippa and I showed you guys an outdated, oversized, sequin top and skirt set that we found at a Family Thrift Center Outlet store for $2.00 each. Together, the pieces were awful, but separate we thought they could be dynamite! I wore the skirt to a charity event tonight and was thrilled with the way it looked! What do you think? Not bad for $2.00!

This reader found this Lafayette 148 tweed jacket for $2.00 at Family Thrift Outlet, we found similar for $598. We love to hear from you .. Send in your thrift store finds and we will try to find a similar item at retail prices.

This reader found this Lafayette 148 tweed jacket for $2.00 at Family Thrift Outlet, we found similar for $598. We love to hear from you .. Send in your thrift store finds and we will try to find a similar item at retail prices.

Thanks for being such an awesome model Sammy!

Thanks for being such an awesome model Sammy!

Barbara Walters crowned Amal Clooney "The Most Fascinating Person Of 2014" in an ABC News special that aired earlier this month.  We love the silk, fringed kimono top she is wearing! (we found a similar one at Family Thrift Outlet Store for $2)

Barbara Walters crowned Amal Clooney “The Most Fascinating Person Of 2014” in an ABC News special that aired earlier this month.
We love the silk, fringed kimono top she is wearing! (we found a similar one at Family Thrift Outlet Store for $2)

Anthropologie lace/embroidered tunic from Houston Goodwill Industries of Houston for $5.99

Anthropologie lace/embroidered tunic from Houston Goodwill Industries of Houston for $5.99

In case you missed this one – Jen and I found some super Awesome matching “New Kids on the Block” jackets and OF COURSE we both bought them!   We absolutely love thrifting, sharing our shopping adventures and finds with you.  Thank you for also sharing your finds with us, we love to hear from you!

New Kids on the Block!!!!! and Yes, we bought them!

New Kids on the Block!!!!! and Yes, we bought them!

 

 

 

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We are both enjoying time with our families over the holidays but we wanted to say hello and share a few new things with you.

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Happy Holidays from Jen and Pippa!

Happy Holidays from Jen and Pippa!

ABC13 Stretch Your Dollar "Ugly Christmas Sweaters. This little cutie makes anything look adorable ... she stole the show!

ABC13 Stretch Your Dollar “Ugly Christmas Sweaters. This little cutie makes anything look adorable … she stole the show!

The cheapest housewives in Houston are looking good tonight!

The cheapest housewives in Houston are looking good tonight!

 

 

Yes, Jen WON the online National Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest, www.TheThriftShopper.com

Yes, Jen WON the online National Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest, www.TheThriftShopper.com

 Pippa and I had a girls night out tonight, so of course we went thrifting! We went to the River Oaks Goodwill where we not only were fortunate enough to meet a couple of you guys, but we also met a lovely woman who was looking for a last-minute outfit for her company Christmas party tonight. We thought she did such a great job putting her outfit together - we're talking head to toe! We think she looked absolutely fabulous! Thanks so much for letting us share your picture! BTW, her entire outfit (dress, belt and shoes) was only $26!


Pippa and I had a girls night out tonight, so of course we went thrifting! We went to the River Oaks Goodwill where we not only were fortunate enough to meet a couple of you guys, but we also met a lovely woman who was looking for a last-minute outfit for her company Christmas party tonight. We thought she did such a great job putting her outfit together – we’re talking head to toe! We think she looked absolutely fabulous! Thanks so much for letting us share your picture! BTW, her entire outfit (dress, belt and shoes) was only $26!

 

Today was our "thrift gift" day. Each year I do a "thrift gift" for the kids, it is a bag full of all kinds of clothes for them, some silly, some cute .... it is so much fun! All of us girls are wearing something from Family Thrift Outlet Store ($2).

Today was our “thrift gift” day. Each year I do a “thrift gift” for the kids, it is a bag full of all kinds of clothes for them, some silly, some cute …. it is so much fun! All of us girls are wearing something from Family Thrift Outlet Store ($2).

Filming with ABC13

Filming with ABC13

The mannequin is rocking an ugly Christmas sweater! My neighbors might think I am a little crazy

The mannequin is rocking an ugly Christmas sweater! My neighbors might think I am a little crazy

Walking through Nordstrom, this morning, doing last minute Christmas shopping, I saw this Burberry coat for $595. Jen and I found this Burberry coat for $2, at Family Thrift Outlet, a few weeks ago.

Walking through Nordstrom, this morning, doing last minute Christmas shopping, I saw this Burberry coat for $595. Jen and I found this Burberry coat for $2, at Family Thrift Outlet, a few weeks ago.

NORTHFACE down puffer coat $220 online vs. $2 thrift store

NORTHFACE down puffer coat $220 online vs. $2 thrift store

 

VICTOR COSTA gold knit cardigan with real mink cuffs for $2 @ Family Thrift Outlet (Hillcroft location)

VICTOR COSTA gold knit cardigan with real mink cuffs for $2 @ Family Thrift Outlet (Hillcroft location)

 Find of the Day! TORY BURCH "Hanne" silk pique dress for $2.00 @ Family Thrift Oulet (Hillcroft location)


Find of the Day! TORY BURCH “Hanne” silk pique dress for $2.00 @ Family Thrift Oulet (Hillcroft location)

 It was a pleasure to take one of our readers shopping today! Amy found a great sweater from Anthropologie at Goodwill River Oaks for $5.99. Our next stop was the Catholic Charity Guild where we left empty-handed. Our final store was Buffalo Exchange. Amy bought a super cute Laundry by Shelli Segal dress for $26.50. The turquoise dress she's holding is a Herve Leger bandage dress that retails for over $1,000! Buffalo was asking only $47! We both passed on it, but what a steal!


It was a pleasure to take one of our readers shopping today! Amy found a great sweater from Anthropologie at Goodwill River Oaks for $5.99. Our next stop was the Catholic Charity Guild where we left empty-handed. Our final store was Buffalo Exchange. Amy bought a super cute Laundry by Shelli Segal dress for $26.50. The turquoise dress she’s holding is a Herve Leger bandage dress that retails for over $1,000! Buffalo was asking only $47! We both passed on it, but what a steal!

Ralph Lauren POLO men's plaid toggle coat, $2 at Family Thrift Outlet on Alameda

Ralph Lauren POLO men’s plaid toggle coat, $2 at Family Thrift Outlet on Alameda

Love my find of the day! 1960 Goebel (maker of Hummel figurines) Holy Family set in a gorgeous matte white...for $5.99! #toocheapblondes #fotd #goebel #christmas #GoodwillHouston #goodwill #thrifting #thriftfind

Love my find of the day! 1960 Goebel (maker of Hummel figurines) Holy Family set in a gorgeous matte white…for $5.99!
#toocheapblondes #fotd #goebel #christmas #GoodwillHouston #goodwill #thrifting #thriftfind

 

Taking pictures of ugly Christmas sweaters for an upcoming blog post, you can't help but have fun when wearing these!

Taking pictures of ugly Christmas sweaters for an upcoming blog post, you can’t help but have fun when wearing these!

We found matching jackets while thrifting today .... Ha ha

We found matching jackets while thrifting today …. Ha ha

 

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