silver thrift store finds

While on a recent weekend getaway to San Antonio, TX, I stayed in a charming Bed & Breakfast in a historic area (O’Casey’s Bed and Breakfast, 225 W Craig Pl, San Antonio, TX 78212).  Of course being a CHEAP blonde, I booked a last minute special through Expedia.com.  It was decorated with beautiful antiques and the food was delicious!

O'Casey's Bed and Breakfast, 225 W Craig Pl, San Antonio, TX 78212

O’Casey’s Bed and Breakfast, 225 W Craig Pl, San Antonio, TX 78212

Sitting at the breakfast table one morning there was a group of women who had flown in from all over the U.S. to have a girls shopping trip together.  They sat there and told me how they had been to 10 different resale shops the day before .. of course I had to ask for pictures of what they found and prices.  Ok, I did not reveal that they were talking to one of  the cheapest blondes in the U.S.!   It got me to thinking that all shopping, whether it be retail, thrifting, antiquing or resale comes down to marketing/display.  I even asked them if they considered stopping at a thrift store and they all said “no, that is not any fun!”.   I honestly had to head straight to a San Antonio Goodwill Thrift Store to see if I could find similar items for lower prices.

Lets admit upfront that there isn’t all of the “shabby chic vintage charm” while shopping in a thrift store, you have to look past the white walls, laminate floors, metal displays and screaming kids to find the treasures.  Yes, you have to dig to find the good stuff.   I have been on a “vintage” silver plate kick lately and I was thrilled with their selection.

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My favorite find of the day were these extremely tarnished silver plate trivets for only $5.99.  I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them but I knew that I could not leave them there.

 

Here are a few of the items I HAD to buy!

Here are a few of the items I HAD to buy!

$5.99 each at Goodwill San Antonio!

$5.99 each at Goodwill San Antonio!   Lots of silver polish and elbow grease!

Aisles and aisles of shopping!

Aisles and aisles of shopping!

My basket was full ...

My basket was full …

 

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FYI … they constantly kept bringing out new inventory and I could have stayed in the store for hours!

(The review is for: Goodwill, DeZavala, 12332 Interstate 10 Frontage Rd, San Antonio, TX 78230)

Here are a few of the store reviews we 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!

Goodwill DeZavala Store

 

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This couple’s Katy Perry and Riff Raff costume (from the 2014 VMA’s) was hands-down the most creative at Jen’s Halloween party last year!  They put the entire ensemble together from denim pieces they found in thrift stores.

This entire DIY look was created by shopping at thrift stores!

This entire DIY look was created by shopping at thrift stores!

The real Riff Raff and Katy Perry at the 2014 VMAs.

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Most thrift stores have a large selection of denim that is great for costumes!  San Antonio Goodwill Stores sell jeans for only $4.99 each!

We found rows and rows of denim at San Antonio Goodwill store are only $4.99 each!

We found rows and rows of denim at a San Antonio Goodwill store for only $4.99 each!

 

This costume was definitely a job for the “Bedazzler,” which you can find at any Michaels Craft Store.

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Tips for putting together the Best DIY Halloween Costume from the thrift store:

  • Don’t pay over of 10% of retail (we didn’t spend over $10 on any of our clothing!).

  • Look for higher end luxurious fabrics such as silk, velvets, and brocades.

  • Shop with several themes in mind.

  • Find a dress or article of clothing you really like, do a search on your phone for costume ideas.

  • Think outside the box …

Click on the articles below for more DIY halloween costume ideas we have put together from thrift stores:

Downton Abbey / 20’s

Disney Snow White, Belle, Sleeping Beauty, Aladdin, King and Queen

Beyoncé (Foxy Cleopatra), The Matrix, Michael Jackson (Thriller) and More!

Duck Dynasty

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.

HERE are a few of our Favorite Houston thrift stores!

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

 

We were excited to come across this darling “Young, Fabulous and Broke” dress for only $5.99 at a San Antonio Goodwill store.   Look at the details of the attached “necklace”.   At these prices you can’t say NO!

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Young Fabulous & Broke is inspired by Young Hollywood. I love the laid-back LA style, so I wanted the designs to reflect that sort of easy going and free flowing bohemian lifestyle. The collections embody wearable boho-chic styles and are perfect for casual or dressy occasions,” said Heidi Cornell McKenna.

 

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$128 Cabi Sweater for $3.99 + $50 Gift Card Give-Away @ San Antonio Goodwill

It is one of those cold, damp days and nothing feels more cozy than an oversized sweater.   We found this $128 Cabi Shadow Sweater at the San Antonio Goodwill Store (3401 Fredericksburg) for only $3.99!!!   This one has definitely been one of her favorites go-to items for the past few months!

Save MONEY by shopping at Goodwill!!!!!

Save MONEY by shopping at Goodwill!!!!!

 

We found this $128 Cabi sweater @ San Antonio Goodwill for $3.99

We found this $128 Cabi sweater @ San Antonio Goodwill for $3.99

Only $3.99 for this gorgeous Cabi sweater @ Goodwill San Antonio

Only $3.99 for this gorgeous Cabi sweater @ Goodwill San Antonio

It’s a sweater with a fabulous sense of flow, shape, and proportion.

Cabi Shadow Sweater for $128

Cabi Shadow Sweater for $128

We are doing a drawing for a $50 Gift Card Give-Away to San Antonio Goodwill.  

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  • To enter, you must do all of the following:
    • Like our “Too Cheap Blondes” Facebook page 
    • Leave a comment on our blog.  Please make sure you are entering the contest via our blog post…that’s where we’ll pick the winner from!
  • One entry per person.
  • Winner will be picked on Monday, February 9th, 2015

(This is ONLY valid in San Antonio, not any other city.  May not be redeemed for cash.)

 

 

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.

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More Store Reviews:

Goodwill, 13311 San Pedro (281 & Bitters)

Goodwill, 3401 Fredericksburg

Goodwill, 727 NW Loop 410

Goodwill, Loop 1604 and Bulverde Road

Look at what we found for UNDER $10!

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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!

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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!

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Donate to Goodwill San Antonio for a chance to win $1,000 Visa card!   What an amazing program that is definitely a win for both you and the community!

GOODWILL JOINS GENERATIONS FEDERAL CREDIT UNION FOR HOLIDAY GRAND SPREE

DONATION DRIVE

NOW is the time to clean out your closets, cupboards and garage.  Donate household items and register to win $1,000 Visa® Gift card for a holiday shopping spree!

SAN ANTONIO, TX (Dec. 2, 2014) – Goodwill and Generations Federal Credit Union are teaming up to make the holidays very merry for one lucky winner during their Annual Goodwill Holiday Grand Spree Donation Drive.

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.

“This is the perfect opportunity to clear space in your home or garage to make room for the holiday season,” said Penny Benavidez, a Goodwill spokeswoman. “Especially during this time of year, families are looking for your quality donated goods to purchase affordable gifts for their loved ones.”

Maybe it is time for you to organize your closet how you have always wanted to.

Nightmarish Closet Overhaul - those awful wire shelves were replaced with IKEA cubbies & peg boards - what a transformation!!!

Here some GREAT ideas on cleaning out your closet!

let it go: a closet makeover on design*sponge

http://www.designsponge.com/2014/05/let-it-go-a-closet-makeover.html

Greta’s Closet-Cleaning Tips:

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This is the first step in deciding what to keep and what to let go. It turns out that I look best in cool colors (I’m pale with green eyes). This came in handy when I was on the fence about a couple of pieces. If they weren’t in my colorway, I put them in the Let Go pile.

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Make three piles. A YES pile, a NO pile and a MAYBE pile. The NO pile can be a little harder, and this was where Greta was most helpful. If the pieces still had a tag but hadn’t been worn, that was a NO. If I hadn’t worn it in a few years, it was a NO. The hardest things for me to let go were things that were well past their prime but had once been expensive. Things that I once absolutely loved but they just weren’t my style anymore had to go, too. I tried to remind myself that they served their purpose and that I didn’t have to keep them forever. I kept two sentimental pieces – a scarf that once belonged to my grandmother and my high school basketball jersey. My MAYBE pile was pretty small (once I got going, I was excited to let things go to new homes), but you can keep this pile for as long as three months. If you don’t pull something out to wear, it should go to a new home.

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Greta recommends rotating your wardrobe the same way that you eat what’s in season. When it’s hot, it’s watermelon and wedge salads, and when it’s cold outside, you want a cozy scarf and hot soup. This step frees up a lot of space in your closet and means that you have more room to really display the clothes that you are currently wearing. I also made a fix-it pile, things that I would wear if they were taken to a tailor or a cobbler.

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I pulled a few things out of my donate pile that I hadn’t worn very often, or were vintage, to sell on eBay. (Money to be earmarked for my next experience.) Everything else went in the donate pile. (You could also host a clothing swap with friends for your pieces that deserve a new home.)

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After sweeping out the closet and wiping down the drawers, everything went back inside. It was all about making my clothing and shoes visible so that I would have more choices when getting dressed. We organized the closet by type of clothing and then by color. I had already invested in slimline hangers, which give you twice as much space, so that got a thumb’s up. I hung jewelry and belts on the inside of the closet door.

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Greta has developed an Integrity Index to evaluate the clothing you already have. It’s a way of seeing if your clothing reflects your values. Greta does not advocate getting rid of clothing items just because they don’t meet the factors that you deem important, rather it’s a way of understanding what you’re buying and training yourself to really read labels. I found that I had a few pieces made from natural fibers and some locally made things. (For example, my Made in Italy dress that I bought in Italy last summer got a check in the “local” box.). Some of the other qualifiers on the integrity index are whether the garment was made with natural fibers, was made using natural or low-impact dyeing, is fair trade or second-hand. Greta gives 16 possible integrity index options (she explains each thoroughly) and then suggests that you choose the five that are most important to you to focus on. I went through my closet with the checklist just to see how I was doing. I looked at the labels and determined where the garment was made and what was it made of. The goal is that when I buy future garments, I take a second to look at the label and see if, in addition to style, there are other characteristics of the company that fall in line with my personal values. It’s a very flexible system (and it’s not about punishing yourself!). It’s about making conscious decisions about what we buy, and since I’m already trying to slow down my consumption, I love that this is another way to hit the pause button.

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Register to win when you drop off household items at any Goodwill donation station in San Antonio, New Braunfels, Seguin or Laredo. Items currently in high demand include home decor, housewares, furniture, toys and small appliances. Goodwill also accepts computers, working or not, and peripheral equipment such as keyboards and printers. Goodwill securely refurbishes computers that meet functionality standards and responsibly recycles the rest.

FANTASTIC Before and After house remodel tutorials!!

When you shop or donate at Goodwill, you are funding educational programs and services that assist people in finding better jobs and building careers. Together with the support of our generous community, partners and employers, Goodwill provides employment, training, educational opportunities and related services to more than 50,000 individuals each year.

For more information or to find your nearest donation station, visit GoodwillSA.org or call 210-924-8581.

 

RULES:

Who Can Enter

  1. To be eligible to participate in this contest, entrants and nominees must be U.S. residents, 18 years and older.
  2. Employees of Goodwill, their affiliated companies are ineligible. The term “immediate families” includes spouses, grandparents, parents, siblings, children and grandchildren.

How to Enter

  1. No purchase or donation is necessary to enter.
  2. To enter to win, visit any Goodwill store or donation station in San Antonio, New Braunfels, Seguin, or Laredo to get the URL to the registration website. For a list of Goodwill stores and donation stations, visit www.goodwillsa.org or call 210-924-8581.
  3. Only one contest entry per person.
  4. Contest entries begin on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, and end 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14, 2014.

The Prize(s)

  1. One (1) winner will be randomly drawn on Dec. 15, 2014.
  2. If the winner cannot be notified within 10 days, the prize will be awarded to an alternate winner.
  3. In claiming your prize, you acknowledge Goodwill Industries of San Antonio has the right to publicize your name, character, likeness, photograph, voice and the fact that you are the winner for promotional purposes without financial remuneration.

Odds of Winning/Miscellaneous

  1. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received.
  2. Complete contest rules are available Monday through Friday during normal business hours at Goodwill Marketing, 406 W. Commerce, San Antonio, TX 78207.
  3. For the prize winner, send a separate, self-addressed, stamped envelope to Goodwill Marketing, 406 W. Commerce, San Antonio, TX 78207 by Dec. 31, 2014.
  4. This contest is subject to all applicable laws and regulations and is void where prohibited. Goodwill Industries of San Antonio and sponsors accept no responsibility or liability in connection with any injuries, losses or damages of any kind caused by or resulting from the acceptance, possession or use of any prize awarded hereunder.
  5. Goodwill Industries of San Antonio and sponsors cannot be held liable for any lost or stolen entries, or contest information

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Jen and I, bloggers for “Too Cheap Blondes,” are excited to announce that we are now the official bloggers for  Goodwill San Antonio!   I (Pippa) was one of the official San Antonio bloggers with my first blog, www.ShopwithPippa.com.  Now that Jen and I are partners, we decided that we would like to put a joint effort together towards promoting this amazing cause, Goodwill San Antonio.  Supporting people through the power of work!

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Goodwill San Antonio helps change lives through the power of work for over 50,000 people a year.  Funding for the mission happens through the sales of donated goods in our stores and also from contracts with the government for services.  Nearly 90 cents of every dollar goes straight to serving people in need!

We are all about finding fashion and saving money, take a look at their fantastic prices!

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Here is an example of some of the clothing you can find.  Denim on denim is such a hot look this season!  This Anthropologie jacket from “Daughters of the Liberation” found at the almost unheard of price of $5.99!

"Daughters of the Liberation" jacket for $5.99 @ Goodwill San Antonio

“Daughters of the Liberation” jacket for $5.99 @ Goodwill San Antonio

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Here are a few of the store reviews I did 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!

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Thank you for choosing us to help support Goodwill San Antonio!     Jen and Pippa