“The THRIFT SHOP Challenge” Ralph Lauren $1,396.50 ~ vs ~ TOO CHEAP BLONDES $4

Jen and I stopped by one of our favorite thrift stores last week, Family Thrift Store Outlet, on Little York.  When I saw the sleeve of this jacket I knew I had found a treasure … a Ralph Lauren 100% Camel Hair Blazer in PERFECT condition … for only $2!

I completed this look with a Brooks Brothers blouse (found a few weeks earlier at the Outlet stores for $2) that retails for $98.50.

  • Ralph Lauren Camel Blazer   (retail $1,298)  $2.00
  • Brooks Brothers Blouse     (retail $98.50)     $2.00

(retail $1,396.50)     $4.00

The retail price on these 2 items is more than twice the cost of my first car!

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What is camel hair?

Camel hair is a type of cloth made from pure camel hair or a blend of camel hair and another fiber. The outer protective fur (guard hair) is coarse and inflexible and can be woven into haircloth. Guard hair can be made soft and plush by blending it, especially with wool. The camel’s pure undercoat is very soft, gathered when camels molt, and is frequently used for coats.

Each camel can produce around five pounds of hair a year.  Fallen hair is normally gathered by hand.

More ideas on how to wear a camel hair blazer!

More ideas on how to wear a camel hair blazer!

 

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InStyle Magazine “American Classics” Ralph Lauren & Minnetonka found in Thrift Store

We love getting InStyle Magazine every month to see what the new trends are.   The September 2014 issue gives advice on how to pull off the “American Classics”, think Levi’s, Pendleton, Minnetonka and Navajo patterns.  This look is timeless, authentic and full of craftsmanship.

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Using inspirational pictures and articles, such as this, help give you a direction when you shop in a thrift store.

We pretty much nailed this look, shopping at a thrift store, with a Ralph Lauren classic skirt and a pair of Minnetonka suede boots, for $1.75 each,  that fit right in with this trend!

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Zara, Tory Burch (look-alike), Ralph Lauren … Fab Finds under $2

One of our favorite things to do is to shop at a thrift store that will challenge us.  Family Thrift Outlet Stores are absolutely and definitively challenging!    They are not glamorous, organized or located in the nicer areas of Houston.  We don’t care … it is fun for us!

You should see Jen and I … we have to find a shopping cart, that can sometimes take awhile and then we are right along with everyone else, digging in the racks.

Thursdays are always $1.75 …. every single thing in the entire store is only $1.75.

These were gorgeous Tory-Burch type of logo shorts for $1.75

These were gorgeous Tory-Burch type of logo shorts for $1.75

 

 

Green Linen Ralph Lauren blouse for $1.75 at Family Thrift

Green Linen Ralph Lauren blouse for $1.75 at Family Thrift

 

You might be thinking “oh yeah, you went the first day of the sale, of course you found all the good stuff.”   Let me show you what we found on $1.50 day!

Fridays are always $1.50 …. every single thing in the entire store is only $1.50.

I am completely in LOVE with this sleeveless silk tunic blouse …

Completely in love with this silk blouse for $1.50!!!!

Completely in love with this silk blouse for $1.50!!!!

 

ZARA Mens wool cardigan sweater for $1.50

ZARA Mens wool cardigan sweater for $1.50

 

Why not try out a “trendy” fashion item such as this peach coat, for $1.50.

 

Peach is a trendy color, why not try out a trench coat for $1.50

Peach is a trendy color, why not try out a trench coat for $1.50

 

Here are a few tips on shopping at the Family Thrift OUTLET.   (the Thrift OUTLET store is not the same as the Thrift Store, click on link below for locations)

#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.

#4 Examine the item very carefully, there are no returns!

(Family Thrift Outlet Stores, 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