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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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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!

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9 Best Thrift, Resale and Junk Shopping Bloggers to Follow

9 Best Thrift, Resale and Junk Shopping Bloggers to Follow

9 Best Thrift, Resale and Junk Shopping Bloggers to Follow

 

Don’t you love reading an article that makes something look so easy,

such as “5 Simple Steps to Clean Your House” or “10 Best Cafe’s in Houston”.

Jen and I are honored to make the list:  “9 Best Thrift, Resale and Junk Shopping Bloggers to Follow”  

I absolutely got lost in the other blogs about thrifting,  You will definitely have fun reading through all of them!

Here is the excerpt on “Too Cheap Blondes”.

Blog Name: Too Cheap Blondes

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Bloggers’ names: Jen Meneely and Pippa Williams

Current Thrifting Base: Texas

Why we appreciate their work:  Jen and Pippa often use magazines and Pinterest for inspiration and as fashion guides to thrift shopping at a Houston- area Goodwill store.   Love their ‘copy-cat’ resale finds. These thrift store shopping fashion bloggers have us itching to get to this local thrift, with $9.99 and a fashion magazine in hand!   

Links to three of our favorite thrift store shopping posts from Jen and Pippa:

Houston Fashion Bloggers Find Fabulous Clothes for Spring!

REISS Dress, a Kate Middleton Favorite Designer, Found @ Goodwill

“That store NEVER has anything good …”

Twitter: @toocheapblondes