Kate Spade, Jack Rogers, Chloe, Ivanka Trump, Christian Lacroix, Minnetonkas, All Saints, Chacos and more . . . all priced at ONLY $2.00 each at a Family Thrift Center Outlet Store!  (located all over Texas and in Phoenix)

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$2.00 each

Kate Spade “Party” ballet flats $395.00

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Jack Rogers sandals retail $118.00

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Ivanka Trump “Abello” flat for $135.00

thrift store shop blog cheapChacos “Yampa” for the serious adventurer, retails $105.00.

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Minnetonka moccasins

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Nine West leather riding boots  $178.95

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We can’t leave out these amazing Christian Lacroix heels we found a few weeks ago that retailed for more than $500.00.

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One of our fans recently shared with us her amazing shoes finds . . . Chloe flats and All Saints booties for only $1.75 each!  Check out her blog HERE.

The most impressive part of her finds is the fact that she found all of these on a Friday . . . there are close to 1,000 shoppers on a Thursday from, 7 a.m. – 9 p.m., who have all passed over these fabulous finds at only $2.00 each.    Once again this proves to all thrifters that it is up to YOU to find the deals, they are there!

Chloe flats retail $495.00

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All Saints booties retail $360.00

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Here is a price list for the Family Thrift OUTLET Stores:

Amazing prices every week at Family Thrift Outlet Stores!

Amazing prices every week at Family Thrift Outlet Stores!

Tips on Sanitizing your Thrifted Shoes:

  • Spray the inside the shoes with antibacterial spray, such as Lysol or Clorox
  • Wipe the outside down with a cleansing wipe
  • Use liquid shoe polish for an amazing quick fix.
  • Place the shoes into an airtight plastic bag and leave in the freezer overnight to kill fungus and eliminate odor.

 

 

The comfy, cozy plaid shirt is one of fall’s must have trends!  Why not try this look out for a mere $2.00 investment.   Shopping at the Family Thrift OUTLET Stores (Houston & Phoenix) where everything is priced at only $2.00, is the perfect place to look for plaid shirts.

"Free People" and "All Star" plaid shirts for $2.00

“Free People” and “All Star” plaid shirts for $2.00

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Even our “Back-to-School” shopper loved this trend!

(btw, her complete outfit was only $6!  POLO button down shirt, jeans and leather boots!)

 

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Houston Family Thrift Center Stores HERE

Phoenix Family Thrift Store HERE,   (our review of the Phoenix store)

  • Thursday Everything in the Store $2.00   each item
  • Friday Everything in the Store $1.75   each item
  • Saturday Everything in the Store $1.50   each item
  • Sunday Everything in the Store $1.25   each item
  • Monday Everything in the Store $1.00   each item
  • Tuesday Everything in the Store $  .50¢ each item
  • Wednesday Everything in the Store $  .25¢ each item

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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!

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Authentic Kate Spade $2.00

Authentic Kate Spade $2.00

Missoni $2.00

Missoni $2.00

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Jill Sanders, New with Tag, dress for $2.00  (retails around $800)

Vintage clothing for $2.00

Vintage clothing for $2.00

Leather boots 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

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

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Prices are as follows:

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Address:

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.

For more tips and tricks, check out our “11 Thrift Store Tips”.

Follow us on Pinterest to see our latest thrift store shopping finds!

Our videos are on YouTube, HERE

We post on our FACEBOOK page everyday HERE.

Remember, this whole process takes time so have fun … Happy Thrifting from Jen and Pippa!

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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).

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We got to meet one of our fans!

We got to meet one of our fans!

This family purchased 64 items for only $9.42 (that is just .23 an item)

This family purchased 64 items for only $9.42 (that is just .23 an item)

 

One of the best finds of the day was this MILLY dress (retails close to $300)

This MILLY dress is the find of the day!

This MILLY dress is the find of the day!

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!

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These are probably some of the lowest thrift store prices you can find in Houston!

These are probably some of the lowest thrift store prices you can find in Houston!

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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 is getting a By-The-Pound Thrift Store!

Private shop Houston’s new By-The-Pound store BEFORE the Grand Opening! 

Are you available Wednesday,  September 23, 2015?

We are so excited to be able to partner with Family Thrift Center and offer our fans a very special sneak preview shopping trip at the brand new, yet unopened, Family Thrift Center Clothing By The Pound store.  ABC-13’s Stretch Your Dollar program will be on site to film the event.  We hope to see you there!  Make sure you read the rules carefully below:

When: Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Time: 8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Where: 127 Little York Rd, Houston, TX  77076

RULES!!

1. Must bring print out of this blog post for admission (no exceptions)!  The door will be locked and we will be looking for your printed piece of paper to get in!

2. Must be willing to be filmed for a TV segment and interviewed.

3. Don’t forget to show us your finds!

STORE DETAILS (Grand Opening September 25th):

Location: 127 Little York Rd, Houston, TX 77076

Hours:    Friday & Saturday, 9AM – 6PM, Sunday, 12Noon – 6PM

Prices:  

  • 0-10 pounds, $ .50
  • 10-25 pounds, $ .39
  • 25-100 pounds, $ .29
  • 100+ pounds, $ .15

Here is our experience at a couple of other “Clothing-By-The-Pound” thrift stores:

Austin, TX, Blue Hanger, Goodwill Outlet Store:  HERE

Charleston, SC,  Goodwill Outlet Store:  HERE

 

***** Please Note .. this is a picture of the OUTLET Store, the By-the-Pound is to the right of this store ****

Family Thrift Outlet Store 127 Little York Houston, TX 77076

Family Thrift Outlet Store
127 Little York
Houston, TX 77076

More details about Houston’s ONLY Bulk, By-the-Pound Store!  HERE

 

In what is possibly the most excited Houston thrift shopping news this year, we are finally getting a coveted “By-The-Pound” thrift store in town!  There are only a handful of these type of thrift stores in the nation!  We are so excited we can hardly stand it!  (Opening September 25, 2015)

Houston is getting a By-The-Pound Thrift Store!

Houston is getting a Clothing- By-The-Pound Thrift Store!

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Customers can expect to see fresh merchandise every time they shop and the inventory will change as you shop!  There are thousands and thousands of pounds of clothing just waiting to be put out constantly throughout the day.  This is where extreme bargain hunters quickly sort through each new load . . . a thrift shoppers dream come true!

Look at these prices:

These are probably some of the lowest thrift store prices you can find in Houston!

These are probably some of the lowest thrift store prices you can find in Houston!

Here is our experience at a couple of other “Clothing-By-The-Pound” thrift stores:

Austin, TX, Blue Hanger, Goodwill Outlet Store:  HERE

Charleston, SC,  Goodwill Outlet Store:  HERE

STORE DETAILS:

Location: 127 Little York Rd, Houston, TX 77076

Hours:    Friday & Saturday, 9AM – 6PM, Sunday, 12Noon – 6PM

Prices:  

  • 0-10 pounds, $ .50
  • 10-25 pounds, $ .39
  • 25-100 pounds, $ .29
  • 100+ pounds, $ .15

Be sure and take pictures of what you find and post them to our Facebook page.  Please look for us, “Too Cheap Blondes,” and say hello . . . we would love to meet you!

Say hello to the queens of thrift store shopping! Jen & Pippa of "Too Cheap Blondes".

Say hello to the Queens of Thrift, Jen & Pippa! We’ll never be royals but we can certainly look like ones!
Jen & Pippa of “Too Cheap Blondes.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy Birthday Jen!  When I asked her what she wanted to do for her birthday, I suggested putting together a fancy birthday lunch with friends, get a pedicure together or some type of girly thing, she said “Lets spend a perfect day full of thrift store shopping, hitting up as many stores as we possibly can in a day!”   A birthday shopping trip requires “Happy Birthday” crowns,  appropriate for the Queens of Thrift, right!

Each year we buy each other a thrifted gift and I think this year we set the bar pretty high!   A LANVIN jacket with $530 tags still attached!

A $530 LANVIN jacket found at Family Thrift Store, 4330 Fulton St, Houston, TX  77009

A $530 LANVIN jacket found at Family Thrift Store, 4330 Fulton St, Houston, TX 77009

$530 LANVIN jacket found at Family Thrift Store @ 4330 Fulton St, Houston, TX

$530 LANVIN jacket found at Family Thrift Store @ 4330 Fulton St, Houston, TX

Jen found this crystal crown and could definitely not pass it up!

Every queen needs a crown!

Every queen needs a crown!

Because we can’t wait a second of precious thrifting time, we hit up Arby’s drive through and got a sandwich to eat while on the go.

You can't waste any time on eating when we plan a day of thrift store shopping!

You can’t waste any time on eating when we plan a day of thrift store shopping!

A perfect day for some CHEAP Blondes!!!!

PS … Hello to all of the people who came up to us yesterday and asked us what we were doing … lol

Family Thrift Store 4330 Fulton St Houston, TX

Family Thrift Store
4330 Fulton St
Houston, TX

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Private Shopping Contest with Jen & Pippa at Family Thrift Center Outlet Store

Our last contest received such an overwhelming response from all of you that we have decided to team up again with Family Thrift Center Outlet stores to bring you another contest!

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How would you like a chance to win a Sneak Preview Trip with Jen and Pippa?

We are so excited to offer you this opportunity to shop at a Family Thrift Outlet Store, where everything is priced at only $2, with NO CROWDS and we will help you find all the fabulous deals!

We are super excited about a fun day of thrift store shopping with you!

In order to enter the contest, you will need to write a short paragraph letting us know why you would like to win.  We will choose one deserving winner (you can bring a friend) for a special shopping day with us at a Family Thrift Center Outlet store after hours.

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How to Enter:  Fill out the form below.  Please do not leave a blog comment.  Entries will only be received via the contest form in this post.

When:   Wednesday, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.April 8th, 2015

Where:  A Family Thrift Outlet, Houston, TX

 

The Rules

All submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. on April 4th, 2015.

We will choose and notify a lucky winner via e-mail on April 5th, 2015.  Winner will have 24 hours to respond to winning notification.  Failure to respond will result in a forfeiture and a new winner will be chosen.

Contest rules:

1. One submission per person.

2. Must be willing to meet at a Family Thrift Center Outlet store location in Houston of Too Cheap Blondes’ choosing.  You are responsible for your own transportation.

3. Must agree to having your picture and story made available on Too Cheap Blondes’ website, social media and any form of media that may arise.

4. Winner receives a donated wardrobe of clothing (about 20 pieces) chosen by Too Cheap Blondes from a Family Thrift Center Outlet store.  No substitutions or cash value.

 

This contest has ended.  Stay tuned for the next one!

 

Good luck!

Jen and Pippa

Read about our last few contest winners:

Houston-Area Constable Wins Thrift Store Shopping Spree with Too Cheap Blondes! ,

Extreme Weight Loss Requires a Thrifted New Wardrobe

A Day with the Winners of the Family Thrift Center Outlet “Sneak Preview Grand Opening”

 

 

We found this FABULOUS Halston Designer evening gown for $2 at a Houston Family Thrift Center Outlet store!!!

“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” -Coco Chanel

Nothing looks better on a woman than a well made dress!  We absolutely agree that although it might be hard to look past your environment when you are shopping a thrift store, with a little bit of vision, you can score some really amazing pieces.

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Similar Halston Heritage Gown for $455 HERE

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Many people are not cut out to shop in the outlet stores so we would like to share with you the types of amazing deals that are passed up on a regular basis in the Family Thrift Center retail stores.  The Halston dress we found in the Outlet was originally priced at $14.51 in the retail Family Thrift Center and then marked down to $7.57!  Since it still didn’t sell at $7.57, it was sent to the Outlet.  WOW!  We can’t even believe that this dressed wasn’t scooped up at the original $14.57 price!

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“Thrift stores are stuffed full of treasures, it is up to you to find them!”  -Too Cheap Blondes

To get more information about shopping at Family Thrift Center stores, click HERE.

Authentic Burberry, Dooney & Bourke, and True Religion are just a few of the brands that we have found recently…all priced at only $2 each!   We also found an almost entirely full rack of children’s coats!

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We know this type of shopping is not for everyone so here are a few pictures of what the store looks like a couple of hours after opening…chaos.  We assure you the store was spotless when it opened.  We’re not sure what drives people to have so little respect for these particular stores.  If you are prepared to hunt and deal with all walks of humanity, we promise you’ll find some treasures!

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Here are some of our favorite tips for shopping the Family Thrift Center Outlet stores.

  • “You don’t need to get there when they open on Thursdays.”  We usually arrive around 11 a.m., after the store has been open a few hours.  The store is really crowded until around noon, after that, it seems to calm down.   In our opinion, we prefer to go after the “morning rush.”  The employees are continually putting out new merchandise on Thursday and Friday, so you can find the “good stuff” for a couple of days before the stock starts running thin.
  • 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.  Jen and I spend hours going through every single hanger.  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.

Family Thrift Center Outlet locations are where savvy shoppers come to save.  Each Thursday, new inventory comes in and every item is priced at just $2.00.  On Fridays, prices drop a quarter to $1.75 an item.  Then, each day after that, the price drops another 25 cents until Tuesdays, when prices drop to just 50 cents an item.  Prices drop another 25 cents on Wednesdays, when every item in the Outlet store costs only 25 cents!  With shopping this guilt free, you can’t lose!  Family Thrift Center Outlets sell men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, along with shoes, purses and accessories.  Store hours differ per location (all of the outlets close early on Wednesdays).

Have fun treasure hunting!

Jen & Pippa

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