thrift or splurge

Thrift or splurge … you decide!

Here is some outfit inspiration from one of our favorite bloggers Rachel Parcell of Pink Peonies.

Thrift Shop:

  • JCREW blouse                     $2.00
  • Ebay bubble necklace          $7.99
  • Tory Burch Clutch                $2.00
  • Seven skinny jeans              $2.00
  • TOTAL:                              $13.99

If you have any ideas for a “Thrift or Splurge” please leave a comment here or send an email, attach a link to the article,

at:  JenandPippa / @ / yahoo / dot / com

($2 items were found at Family Thrift OUTLET Stores, click HERE for locations)

Linked up with Pleated Poppy Blog and Style Elixer.

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Michelle Merhar, FOX 26 Morning Anchor and Traffic Reporter, said she “Can’t wait to reveal all the $2 finds next week on FOX 26 Houston . . . one new (to me) $2 dress every day next week . . . thanks to Jen and Pippa with Too Cheap Blondes!”

Here is a clip of our shopping challenge: HERE

We had such a fun afternoon thrift shopping with Michelle.  She gave us a challenge to find her a $2 dress, that she could wear every day on the air this week, April 27 – May 1st.   You will be amazed to see what $2 x 5 days = $10 can buy!   We shopped at the Family Thrift OUTLET store, click HERE for all of their locations.
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Here a couple of gorgeous dresses that we found for her a few months ago.
“Love my $2 dress from my girls with @toocheapblondes . . . Happy #thrifting #savemoney #fashion
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“Another thrifty gem from @toocheapblondes . . . this time it’s a J. Crew dress that was $2. What’s your best thrifty find?!  Best part: it has POCKETS!!! SCORE!”
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She received 100% supportive comments from viewers:
  • That’s what makes you awesome! You are really down to earth. Just a breath of fresh air in these designer crazy days! Job well done! You look marvelous my dear” 
  • Love it!!!! I love shopping and always on a budget!!! Way to go Michelle!!!!!!” 
  • Not many in the TV industry would broadcast that they thrifty shop. This is awesome. Your girls have good taste. Thanks for keeping it real and classy!!!
  • I imagine when you are in this type of industry (on tv) almost everyday you feel the pressure of having an extensive wardrobe. Being a smart shopper is a must!
  • Ohhh, yeah! I love it! Makes me feel smart when I get a bargain! I save money and get what I want! Whattttt!! It’s a win win!!!! I like you! You’re awesome! Can’t say that about most people. But. You. You are good in my book!!!!
  • Your amazing! Love to thrift shop too…and I am addicted…I see u and Rita every morning just to see what yall.wearing…always beautiful!

My favorite restaurant!

San Antonio is one of my (Pippa) favorite mini-vacations in Texas!   It is a 3-4 hour drive from Houston, depending on traffic.   I always include a trip to a Goodwill store but here are a few of my other favorite things.

The San Antonio Riverwalk is so beautiful, especially early in the morning when most people are still asleep!

san antonio riverwalk

No trip is ever complete without a meal at Boudros!   We prefer to eat right on the river so I always call days in advance for a reservation, click HERE for their information.

My favorite restaurant!

My favorite restaurant!

We did try a new restaurant (sorry, I did not notice the name but it is right across from Boudros, at the base of the bridge) and I had something new … Scottish eggs … DELICIOUS!!!!!!!

Scottish eggs

Scottish eggs

One more favorite, MUST TRY, restaurant is the Guenther House.  I will just tell you upfront, expect to wait a minimum of an hour, but it is so worth it!  They do serve coffee and  the house is also a museum / store plus you are in the historic district of San Antonio, so you can walk around and explore for a while.  Also, you can get a pastry to-go, while you are waiting to get in and drink your coffee.  The pecan sticky roll does sell out first, can you see why?   (for those readers who want to do an online tour of the house, click HERE)

No trip is complete without a stop at the Guenther House

No trip is complete without a stop at the Guenther House

Now onto my shopping trip!

Goodwill Thrift Store
3401 Fredericksburg
San Antonio, Texas

Casserole dish for $2.99 at Goodwill

Casserole dish for $2.99 at Goodwill

I always work on stocking up on dishes, platters, plates and serving ware from Goodwill, for when I take someone a meal.   A similar size aluminum disposable dish was $3.49 at the grocery store, so I was excited to find this perfect size casserole dish for $2.99.  (you can’t say “ewww gross” about a used dish … you eat of dinnerware from a restaurant that 1000’s of people have used!)  Don’t you think that food looks more appetizing in a ceramic dish?

J CREW botanical dress for $5.99

J CREW botanical dress for $5.99

Here is a silk J.CREW botanical print dress that I found for only $5.99.

Zara silk dress for $5.99 @ Goodwill

Zara silk dress for $5.99 @ Goodwill

Here is a designer favorite, ZARA BASICS, purple silk dress for only $5.99!

 

Make a donation to your local Goodwill store or donation station from Dec. 1-14 and register to win a $1,000 Visa® holiday shopping spree courtesy of Generations Federal Credit Union. Visit GoodwillSA.org/grandspree to enter today.

Above all remember that all of your purchases and donations help your local community!

MISSION STATEMENT: To help change lives through the power of work. Goodwill provides career training and placement assistance for employment.  We support our programs through profits generated through the sale of donated goods.

Nearly 90 cents of every shopping dollar they receive help fund educational programs and services that assist people in finding better jobs and building careers.

 

Here are a few of the other store reviews I have done for Goodwill San Antonio:

Goodwill, 13311 San Pedro (281 & Bitters)

Goodwill, 3401 Fredericksburg

Goodwill, 727 NW Loop 410

Goodwill, Loop 1604 and Bulverde Road

San Antonio Readers

Work It Fashion Show

KENS5 Fashion Show News Segment

Over 50 Feeling 40

Goodwill Summer Fashion Show .. LIVE!

JCREW cardigan $2.00

Two Dollars for St. John, Lilly Pulitzer, J. Crew and More!

This week we shopped at:

Family Thrift Center Outlet
131 West Little York Rd
Houston, Texas 77076

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).

Outlet Price Per Item
Thursdays $2.00 per item
Fridays $1.75 per item
Saturdays $1.50 per item
Sundays $1.25 per item
Mondays $1.00 per item
Tuesdays 50¢ per item
Wednesdays 25¢ per item

 

ralph lauren pink sweater

ST JOHN BLACK BLAZER

JCREW skirt with $110 attached ... $2.00

J. Crew skirt with $110 tag attached…$2.00

$150 Anne Fontaine tank for $2.00

$150 Anne Fontaine tank for $2.00

JCREW cardigan $2.00

J. Crew cardigan $2.00

Lilly Pulitzer dress for $2.00

Lilly Pulitzer dress for $2.00

Vintage dress for $2.00

Vintage dress for $2.00

Lilly Pulitzer girls cardigan $2.00

Lilly Pulitzer girls cardigan $2.00

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.

Any favorites from our finds?

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A Quick Stop at Family Thrift Center Retail Store at 920 North Durham Drive

Last week our segment with “Stretch Your Dollar” got pushed back an hour.  With only that small amount of time, we decided to stop in to FTC, find some designer items, take pictures, and LEAVE them all for you!

We shopped the Family Thrift Center retail store at 920 North Durham Drive.     We are going to have to break this up into 2 parts because we found so much!

Family Thrift 920 Durham Drive Houston

Family Thrift Center
920 Durham Drive
Houston, TX

 

We started in the handbags

We started in the handbags and accessories section.

 

We found this brand new JCREW silver scarf with $55 tags for $2.91

We found this brand new J. Crew silver scarf with $55 tags for $2.91.

 

Fossil Tote was $19.51, marked down to $9.55

This Fossil tote was $19.51, marked down to $9.55.

Nine West Handbag $5.45, marked down to $2.72

This Nine West handbag was $5.45, marked down to $2.72.

The Sak was $14.51, marked down to $2.56

This The Sak bag was $14.51, marked down to $7.57.

Brighton purse $19.51

This Brighton purse was $19.51.

Vineyard Vines seersucker skirt with whales for $7.57

Vineyard Vines seersucker skirt with whales for $7.57.

Tahari lace suit for $19.51

Tahari lace suit for $19.51.

Suede Sweatshirt for $9.59

Suede Sweatshirt for $9.59.

Ben Sherman dress, New with $99 tag, for $19.51

Ben Sherman dress, New with $99 tags, for $19.51.

Be sure and stop by tomorrow as we share part 2!

Any favorites?

Here is a link to all of their locations.

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Be sure and follow us on Facebook HERE , we post new stuff daily!

J.CREW sequin polka dot $128 top found at Houston Goodwill for $5.99!

For those of you who follow Pinterest or Instagram you will notice that this J.CREW sequin polka dot top was the “must have” item of the year!

This fun top retailed for $128 so imagine what Jen and Pippa said when they found this amazing item for $5.99 @ a Houston Goodwill Store!

(btw … this was found at a store in Willis, TX!)

Wow ... fabulous Goodwill find ... JCREW sequin top retailed for $128, found at Houston Goodwill for $5.99

Wow … fabulous Goodwill find … JCREW sequin top retailed for $128, found at Houston Goodwill for $5.99

 

Add a trendy item to your closet, like this sequin top, for pennies on the dollar!

 

This sequin top retailed for $128 @ JCREW ... found for $5.99 @ Goodwill

This sequin top retailed for $128 @ JCREW … found for $5.99 @ Goodwill

 

 

Thrift store shopping is the best way to incorporate a trend that will probably go out of style soon!

Remember to Always Donate and Pay it Forward!

Jen and Pippa are virtual volunteers working to promote non-profit thrift stores in the Houston area.

Jen Meneely www.shopjenscloset.com

Pippa Williams www.shopwithpippa.com

 

 

Lilly Pulitzer, J.CREW and more added to our Fashion Blogger rack @ Goodwill River Oaks

Lilly Pulitzer dress for $9.99

Lilly Pulitzer dress for $9.99

Here is a sample of a few things have been added to the Fashion Bloggers rack at Goodwill River Oaks Store (thanks to Jen).

Lilly Pulitzer, J.CREW, Talbots plus and more … come check it out.

More things are being added everyday so please let us know what you think, we would love to hear from you!

Goodwill River Oaks
2030 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX (713) 590-3121
J.CREW sweater vest for $4.99

J.CREW sweater vest for $4.99

 

Talbots plus size for $5.99

Talbots plus size for $5.99

Come check out the Houston Fashion Bloggers Rack at Goodwill River Oaks Store!

Come check out the Houston Fashion Bloggers Rack at Goodwill River Oaks Store!

JCREW Blue … Shop Mirror/Mirror rack @ Houston Goodwill / River Oaks

How would you wear a blue skirt?

“Too Cheap Blondes” found this JCREW skirt @ Goodwill for $6.99, similar JCREW skirt online for $120.

 

JCREW blue skirt @ Goodwill for $6.99 (similar retails for $120)

JCREW blue skirt @ Goodwill for $6.99 (similar retails for $12

Be sure and check out our rack at Goodwill River Oaks:

  • Goodwill River Oaks
  • 9030 Westheimer Road
  • Houston, TX

 

Shop Houston Goodwill

Learn how to shop Houston Goodwill

 

Burberry Purse for $1.75.   Ugggh, neither one of us bought this purse .... Now that I see the pictures I am kicking myself!

Burberry Purse for $1.75. Ugggh, neither one of us bought this purse …. Now that I see the pictures I am kicking myself!

 

Burberry, JCREW, Kim Kardashian Cape, Eddie Bauer, Chico’s,  all for $1.75 each @ Family Thrift Outlet

Jen and I did a quick stop at FAMILY THRIFT OUTLET store (in Houston).

  • Thursday:   $1.75
  • Friday:  $ 1.50
  • Saturday:   $1.25
  • Sunday:    $1.00
  • Monday:   $ .75
  • Tuesday:  $ .50
  • Wednesday:   $ .25

 

Black and White Houndstooth Cape for only $1.75!  (at family thrift outlet)

Black and White Houndstooth Cape for only $1.75! (at family thrift outlet)

CHICO'S floral jacket for $1.75 @ thrift store

CHICO’S floral jacket for $1.75 @ thrift store

JCREW Velvet Jacket currently retails for $178.  Found @ thrift store for $1.75.

JCREW Velvet Jacket currently retails for $178. Found @ thrift store for $1.75.

Eddie Bauer Parka Jacket, retail $109.99.  Only $1.75 @ Family Thrift Outlet

Eddie Bauer Parka Jacket, retail $109.99. Only $1.75 @ Family Thrift Outlet

 

 

 

#1  This is the OUTLET store, this is not a regular Family Thrift Store.    This is the clearance store for items that did not sell in the Family Thrift Store(s).

#2 Another tip is that if you go to the OUTLET store, disregard the prices on the items. Regardless of what the price tag says, everything in the store is the price of the day ($1.75, $1.50, etc.).   The price tags may be confusing your first time there…just ignore them!

#3 NO Dressing rooms or mirrors.

(HERE is a link for a list of both the regular and the outlet store locations: HERE)

 

Family Thrift Outlet Stores:

  • Thursday $1.75
  • Friday $1.50
  • Saturday $1.25
  • Sunday $1.00
  • Monday $ .75
  • Tuesday $ .50
  • Wednesday $ .25

 

 

Remember to Always Donate and Pay it Forward!

(all of these purchases benefitted our local community!)

Jen and Pippa are virtual volunteers working to promote non-profit thrift stores in the Houston area.

Jen Meneely www.shopjenscloset.com

Pippa Williams www.shopwithpippa.com

 

 

 

 

Emporio Armani, Cole Haan, Betsey Johnson and More finds this week @ Goodwill Thrift Store in Houston

Looking through the Neiman Marcus Fall Trends for 2013 HERE we discovered that several of these items were wardrobe essentials!

  • Red: The new neutral
  • Boys Town :  Menswear inspired fashion for women

Emporio Armani Dress .... Aaah Mazing!

Emporio Armani Dress …. Aaah Mazing!

 

JCREW boyfriend cardigan @ 95% off retail price!!!

JCREW boyfriend cardigan @ 95% off retail price!!!

This Brooks Brothers Blouse  has become one of my favorites!  It fits perfect, doesn't wrinkle and a great classic piece for any wardrobe.

This Brooks Brothers Blouse has become one of my favorites! It fits perfect, doesn’t wrinkle and a great classic piece for any wardrobe.

Cole Haan woven purse @ Goodwill Thrift Store

Cole Haan woven purse @ Goodwill Thrift Store

 

Anthropologie mohair blend sweater

Anthropologie mohair blend sweater

Bill Levkoff Evening Gown for $9.99!!!  @ Houston Goodwill Thrift Store

Bill Levkoff Evening Gown for $9.99!!! @ Houston Goodwill Thrift Store

Betsey Johnson Dress

Betsey Johnson Dress

A timeless black dress from Harods for $9.99

A timeless black dress from Harolds for $9.99  (filming with Mirror/Mirror)

 

Behnaz Sarafpour dress ... this would be perfect Homecoming!  ($9.99)

Behnaz Sarafpour dress … this would be perfect Homecoming! ($9.99)

 

Louis Feraud classic jacket for $9.99

Louis Feraud classic jacket for $9.99

Set of bowls from Pier 1 @ Houston Goodwill

Set of bowls from Pier 1 @ Houston Goodwill

Cubist Animals from Houston Goodwill ....  Anyone have any more information about these?

Cubist Animals from Houston Goodwill …. Anyone have any more information about these?

Tommy Hilfiger kids boots

Tommy Hilfiger kids boots

 

As always Thrift with Style … and Purpose!

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