Teacher style thrift wardrobe contest

 

 

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.

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, July 20th, 2016 from 11am-1pm (in Houston, TX … you are responsible for your own transportation)

Where:  Family Thrift Outlet, Houston, TX

Read HERE about our fun teacher shopping trip with Jade!

 

Plus we will share our hands on Thrifting Tips:

  1. Don’t try to put together an outfit or you will get frustrated.  Look for individual pieces and then try to build an outfit.
  2. Focus on dresses, jackets and skirts…this is where you normally get the most value for your money.
  3. Skip lower end brands such as Target, Forever 21 and Walmart.
  4. Pay attention to fabrics…avoid synthetics.   Look for natural fibers such as silk, cotton and wool.
  5. You can usually find much better deals by “digging” rather than shopping from the boutique section of a thrift store.
  6. All thrift stores are not created equal.
  7. Look through Pinterest, magazines and fashion blogs to recreate trends.
  8. It doesn’t matter if you have 10 minutes or 2 hours, you can always find something you love!
  9. Pick an area of town and go to 3-4 thrift stores since they are often near each other.
  10. Hard Fast Rule:  NEVER pay more than 10% of retail price, we try to pay 5% or even less.
  11. Be open to finding anything!

Mexico thrift store style

After spending a few days in Mexico I had to share with you one of my favorite outfits that was 100% from thrift stores!  No, it did not happen in one trip, this was a collaboration of different thrift stores over the past 6 months.

  1. Goodwill,  hat $3.99
  2. Family Thrift Outlet,  blouse $2.00
  3. Cottage Thrift Shop, necklace $4.50  (check out our thrift shopping day we found amazing finds all over Houston)
  4. Goodwill,  woven clutch $3.99
  5. Family Thrift Outlet,  Jack Rogers sandals $2.00
  6. Family Thrift Outlet, Lucky Jeans $2.00

TOTAL:  $18.48

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Just in time for Rodeo Houston, Family Thrift Center will be releasing a huge selection of cowboy boots this Friday, February 26th!

Where:

Family Thrift Center, 7553 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX  77036

Time:

9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Date:

Friday, February 26th, 2016

Prices:

Start at $9.99 and up.

This week we shot a TV segment showcasing cowboy boots, with ABC 13’s “Stretch Your Dollar” in the lobby of the gorgeous historic Lancaster Hotel.  The setting couldn’t have been more perfect!  We filmed in front of their huge mural of a horse named Phantom, who was photographed standing inside of their lobby in 1927!   Make sure you check out The Lancaster’s special Rodeo Packages and make a weekend out of your rodeo visit.  For more information, click HERE.

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This beautiful fringe leather purse we found at Family Thrift Outlet, for only $2, had a stain on the front that we could not get off.  Perfect solution was to paint right over the fabric!

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We were so thrilled to meet this month’s “Shop with Jen and Pippa” contest winner, Michele.  Michele’s contest entry really touched our hearts and we knew that we definitely couldn’t have chosen a more deserving winner once we met her and her husband, Jim.  Here’s Michele’s contest entry:

“I would love to win this contest is because it would mean so much simply to meet both of you. I’ve learned so much just reading your blog and learning all your tips for thrift shopping. It has done wonders to help us with our limited income. I’m a 51 year old happily married woman for 25 years. But in 2003 my husband, Jim, was diagnosed with cerebellar ataxia, a neurological brain disorder that makes the cerebellum deteriorate over time. My husband is 57 years old and can no longer work or drive and he uses a walker, too. I have essentially become his full time caregiver. I had returned to college at the University of Houston/Clear Lake and graduated with cum laude honors in 2010 in order to increase our income. But as Jim’s illness progressed, I knew he could not be left alone. And paying for a full time caregiver would have defeated the purpose of me working, as so much of my income would go towards his caregiver’s salary. So I care for him daily and we live on his Social Security disabilty. It’s not a lot of money, but we manage, but since I’ve discovered Family Thrift Outlet, it has helped us so much to find nice, nice clothes at such reasonable prices. I would absolutely love a chance to meet you both and to shop with you, too. I love so many of the videos you both make and the clothes you find. It would be an honor and a thrill to be able to meet you both and to shop with you. Thank you so much for the time you spend in teaching others about the “art of thrifting.” For those of us on very limited incomes, you have been a God send like you will never know. I really would love the chance to do this!! Thanks so much”

Michele and Jim with her "thrift haul!"

Michele and Jim with her “thrift haul!”

We met Michele at a Family Thrift Center Outlet store where everything in the entire store is just $2.00 on Thursdays and drops by .25 a day until the next Wednesday, when everything is just .25.  In order to get started, we talked with Michele to find out what her lifestyle is, how she perceives her “style”, and finally, what items did she consider her wardrobe to be lacking.  Michele told us, “I’m pretty casual for the most part.  I love, love, love skinny jeans.  I love to wear them with tops/sweaters/boho tops that are longer, usually with boots or some cute flats.”  Michele also sent us some photos of outfits that she was drawn to.

With a wealth of information and a good idea of Michele’s likes and wants, we got started!  Here are just a few of our favorite high-end, high-quality items she picked up for just $2.00 each (BTW, Family Thrift Center donates the wardrobe to our winners.  Thanks Family Thrift Center!):

  • Michael Kors bag (retailed $257)
  • Longchamp Le Pliage bag (retailed $145)
  • Calypso St. Barth blouse (retailed $149)
  • J. Crew toothpick jeans (retailed $115)

With just the first four items, we were well over a $500 retail value, plus she found so many more basic pieces that she can mix-n-match from brands such as J. Crew, Free People, David Kahn, Ann Taylor and more.

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Below, we show her how versatile her chosen pieces are and how putting together an outfit is super easy!

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Since there are no dressing rooms at the Family Thrift Center Outlets, we often wonder how our winners’ outfits actually worked out once they got home.  Luckily, Michele wrote back and let us know!  She says, “I had such an amazing time today thrift shopping with you both!  It was so much fun!  It was such a fun experience and I loved all the new clothes and two new bags, too!  I cannot wait to wear them all!  I tried them all on already and everything fit great, yeah!  Thanks so much again for everything!  Y’all are both so awesome!  Keep up the great work with your blog and videos! Take care and thanks again.”

Michele was such a delight to shop with . . . she definitely makes our volunteer “job” rewarding!
Don’t forget to follow our Facebook page so you never miss a contest.  You could be our next winner!

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Imagine driving all over Houston, spending hours going to all of your favorite boutique stores .. OR shopping in one location for all of the fabulous post-Christmas Closeouts deals!  No, these are not thrift store prices but this is easy shopping, extreme discounted shopping with everything in one spot!  (plus almost guilt free shopping for helping a worthy cause!)  We both did some major shopping at the SALE Houston last year.  Shop to Cure Childhood Cancer!

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The SALE – Shop to Cure Childhood Cancer happening January 9th and 10th at Bayou City Event Center and organized by Houston Tri Delta, benefiting The University of Texas MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital.
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Tri Delta Houston has created “The Mother of All After Christmas Sales” with the likes of Tootsies, abientot, Elaine Turner, Saint Cloud, French Cuff, KB Kasuals, Presmer and many, many more coming together to bring all of their Fall and Holiday merchandise to one location to sell it at deep discounts.
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Tickets are $15 per person in advance ($20 at the door), with a special $100 “Bites and Bubbles” preview event Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to noon.
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It’s the perfect opportunity for Houston shoppers to get the ultimate deal on high-end fashion and home goods, while helping a worth cause.
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In addition to the Bubbles and Bites Brunch, Sunday at The SALE this year will be Super Sunday with give-aways all day long. The first 30 shoppers in line will get a pair of Kendra Scott earrings and they will be giving aways 50 door prizes through out the afternoon on Sunday.
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the SALE Hours:  (buy Tickets HERE)
  • Saturday, January 9, 2016
  • Bites and Bubbles Preview Event
  • 10:00 am-12:00 noon
  • $100 per person – includes early access shopping, mimosas, brunch bites and all day pass!
  • Open to the public:
  • 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm
  • $15 per person in advance/$20 at the door
  • Sunday, January 10, 2016  (first 30 shoppers through the door get Free Kendra Scott earrings)
  • 12:00 noon – 4:00 pm
  • $15 per person in advance/$20 at the door

Event Details

Bayou City Event Center

9401 Knight Rd.

Houston, TX 77045

281-501-6720

Parking is abundant and free.

(Valet service available)

Promoting "the SALE" at FOX 26

Promoting “the SALE” at FOX 26

 

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

 

 

 

 

We had a last minute cancellation with one of our recent contest winners and, looking through the entries, one story stood out.  Candyce was starting her career as an Academic Director and needed a mature, professional look.  We thought this was quite appropriate, considering it was in August, right before school was going to start and teacher style is our #1 request.

Candyce was so bubbly and enthusiastic about life, I knew the second I met her that she would be fun to shop with!   As we started shopping, she kept saying things weren’t her style UNTIL I started showing her similar outfits on Pinterest.  Then she started getting really excited about all of the possibilities!   She decided that she loves sun dresses, cardigans, leggings and longer, loose blouses.

Here is a picture of her talking about everything that we found and how we used these photo’s for inspiration!

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To top it off we found this pair of COACH blue flats in excellent condition, these retail for $150+.

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Candyce has her own blog and here she shares part of her story.  It was meant to be to shop with her!

“Ok so here’s how it all happened. About a month ago I was talking to one of my best friends Ramona about revamping and maturing my look. I stated that I need to start dressing like an almost 30 year old Academic Director. She told me that I have a unique style and that I should still embrace it but enhance it with matured pieces. So I said you’re right and I pray that I could get help from someone to find those pieces to complete my matured look. On my phone when you go to google search it will post random post from sites that you have visited before. So last Monday I saw a post from Too Cheap Blondes about a contest that they were having and to submit a small paragraph stating why you should win. I stated that I need help maturing my look and how much I respect and love what they do etc.. I wrote it down on my Tuesday to-do list and sent it off with a prayer Tuesday morning. A couple of hours later, I received a text from Pippa asking if I could meet her to shop with her. So after I stopped screaming with excitement I texted her back saying yes ma’am! I thought it was a joke at first LOL! So on Wednesday morning, still clueless that I won the contest, I woke up energized and excited to receive help shopping. God always supplies your needs and desires that He sees fit to bless you with when you are doing your part. He will bless you in abundance!

I am beyond grateful and thankful to Pippa, Michelle and Jennifer that gave their time to help me out and for others as well. You ladies really touched my heart ♡! It wasn’t until the very end that I realized that I won the contest, I thought that she was just going to give me some shopping pointers and help select outfits for me to purchase. Pippa selected dresses and other items that I would of never took the time to look at because it wasn’t my “normal” style. I thought about how God does the same thing with us when He designed and created us for our purpose. Many times we “look past” things that we think don’t fit our feelings and way of life and end up missing out on those hidden treasures that God created just for us. Pippa found a nice pair of Coach shoes that were my size and I would of never found them if it hadn’t been for her. The funny part about those shoes was I passed right by them and they were right in front of my face the whole time. ” 

To read her entire article on her blog click HERE.

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(Jen was out of town that week and wasn’t able to make it)

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.

 

 

Recent Favorite Designer Thrift Store Finds

Maybe we make it look like every time we walk into a thrift store we find amazing stuff, but honestly we don’t.  There are those days when we walk out buying nothing . . . yes, absolutely nothing.  We have many shopping trips like this but we can’t post that on Facebook or the blog, that would be boring!

All that said, here is a compilation of some of our favorite recent thrift store treasures that stand out above all the other finds.

Authentic Burberry plaid jackets for $2!

Why is Thursday our favorite day of the week? Because each week the OUTLET stores open with all new inventory and EVERYTHING is priced at only $2 at Family Thrift Center Outlets! We found two authentic BURBERRY Brit quilted jackets (currently retail $595 in stores) for $2. A stellar find!

Burberry Plaid Jackets Pippa Jen Thrift

We found this jacket last year for $2 and a similar one at NORDSTROM retails for $595!

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Christian Lacroix Heels for $2

We about fell over when we found these gorgeous Christian Lacroix heels for $2 at the Outlet store, they retailed for well over $400! They looked like they had only been worn once.

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Authentic COACH Purses for $2

Two authentic COACH purses for $2 at Family Thrift Center OUTLET (Little York). We find fakes all the time so learn what to look for: hardware, quality of leather, craftsmanship, stitching & serial number. If in doubt, do a search on your phone.

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Oscar de la Renta Scarf for $2

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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.

A list of our Favorite Houston Thrift Stores, HERE

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