12 items for a total of $24!

 

With the $25.00 Thrift Store Challenge, we set out to see what we could find at one of the Family Thrift OUTLET stores.  Since the entire store is priced at only $2.00, you feel like a kid in a candy store!  (Everything is only $2.00 on Thursdays, prices goes down $0.25 each day until they close on Wednesdays at noon to empty out all of the unsold merchandise and restock with all new inventory.)   You truly never know what you are going to find, and that my friend, is the most exciting thing about thrifting . . . some days we will find an abundance of amazing shoes, another trip will be all dresses, the next visit sweaters or just coats.   Of course there are even the days that we find nothing, absolutely not one thing!  On those rare days we don’t get frustrated and stop thrift shopping . . . no way!  We know there is always a good thrift haul just waiting right around the corner!

The thrift gods blessed us on this particular day, we found a huge haul of casual clothes, 12 items for only $24!!!!!!!

12 items for a total of $24!

12 items for a total of $24!

Utility Jacket $2:   Pair with skinny jeans or denim shorts, tennis shoes, or boots, and a striped or plaid tee. Add a scarf to complete the look.

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utility thrift store cargo cheap blog styleAsymmetrical sweater $2:  The diagonal hem of a top or pullover adds lots of visual interest.

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Geo print sweater coat $2:  similar to this Free People version.

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Trendy jeans $2: a must have for every wardrobe!

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Faux leather moto coat / sweatshirt sleeves $2:  This jacket combines the look of a leather jacket with a comfy sweatshirt.

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Jersey tunic dress $2:  It’s the perfect not-too-tight, not-too-loose throw-on.  Pair with boots in cooler weather or sandals for summer.

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Blanket tweed / leather messenger bag $2: plenty of room for your iPad and everything else you haul around!

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Tunic $2:  this is one of the most versatile wardrobe pieces you can own!  Wear them with straight or skinny jeans, even shorts (no skirts).

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1/4 zip Brooks Brothers wool sweater $2:  don’t forget to shop the men’s section!  This sweater is the finishing touch to make your outfit looked pulled together.

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White boho blouse by “Free People” $2:  pair with jeans, wear it to the office or throw over swimwear.

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Heavy cotton boyfriend blazer with knit trim $2:  easy to pair with t-shirt and jeans or over a simple dress.

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Chambray shirt $2:  a chambray shirt is a must have staple! This color shirt goes with everything.

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As you can see from what we found, it is quite easy to recreate current trends that you see in magazines and on Pinterest!  We always start our shopping day sharing our list of what we are looking for with each other. Be intentional when thrifting and shop with a list of basic items that you need to update your wardrobe.

  • Follow us on Pinterest to see our thrifting inspiration and wardrobe building ideas!  HERE
  • Follow us on Instagram to learn how to look like a million bucks for just pennies!  HERE
  • Follow us on Facebook to see our most recent thrift store finds.  HERE
  • Just in case you missed the link to a few of our favorite Houston thrift stores.  HERE

Happy Thrifting!  Jen and Pippa

(Linked up with “What I Wore”)

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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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It was a VERY tough decision, but we’ve chosen our winner for this week’s Family Thrift Center Outlet shopping trip … “jimandmichele2”.  We read each and every one of your entries and with each contest you made it so hard to choose!  Your stories were amazing,  many were about overcoming adversity, some in the middle of a crisis, a few health challenges, some of you entered for a friend, others wanted to learn about fashion and a lot of you wanted to just have a fun day of thrift store shopping with us.  We honestly wish that we could take you all but that isn’t possible.

Read about a few of our past contest winners:

Extreme Weight Loss Requires a Thrifted New Wardrobe

Creating a Plus Size Wardrobe on a Budget ~ Private Shopping Contest Winner!

Houston-Area Constable Wins Thrift Store Shopping Spree with Too Cheap Blondes!

A Day with the Winners of the Family Thrift Center Outlet “Sneak Preview Grand Opening”

Houston MD Anderson Cancer Patient is 1 year clean!  Lets celebrate and thrift!

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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houston cottage shop thrift store

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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guild thrift store shop

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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craftex

christmas craftex

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christmas houston craftex

christmas houston discount store

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)

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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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Phoenix . . . $2 Family Thrift OUTLET store!  Too Cheap Blondes Meet-Up October 15th!

 

On October 15th, we will be in Phoenix, Arizona at our FAVORITE $2 outlet store, Family Thrift Outlet! Better than NORDSTROM Last Chance or SAKS Off 5th . . . the name brands we can find for $2 will blow your mind! Comment if you can meet us that day, we are working on a special shopping event!

We will be at the store from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Please message us on Facebook or on the blog if you will be meeting us . . . we will have a special rack tucked away just for you!!!!!!!!!!!!  Come find us in the store, either say hello to “Too Cheap Blondes” or “Jen or Pippa” (don’t worry about figuring out who’s who, we answer to either name . . . LOL).

Date:   Thursday,  October 15th, 9 a.m – 2 p.m.

Location:  Family Thrift Outlet, 4335 W. Glendale Ave, Glendale, AZ  (Phoenix area)

 

For more tips and tricks, check out our “11 Thrift Store Tips”.

We post on our FACEBOOK page everyday HERE.

Follow us on Pinterest to see our latest thrift store shopping finds!

Our videos are on YouTube, 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!

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It’s National Thrift Store Day!  

Check out this great article by Yahoo!  “Here’s 6 Tips to Get Your Thrift On”.

We love sharing our hidden treasures with our wonderful followers! We enjoy the thrill of the hunt and putting outfits together for pennies on the dollar. Thrift store shopping (and being frugal), is a fun yet economically smart way to fill your closet without emptying your wallet. Enjoy our finds and be sure to share yours with us!

Happy thrifting from “The Queens of Thrift” Jen and Pippa

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We have chosen the winner of the U.S. Thrift Store Shopping Contest with Jen and Pippa , virtual Family Thrift Center Outlet shopping trip … Janine P, of the windy city of Chicago!

We read each and every one of your entries and you made it so hard to choose!  Your stories were amazing,  many were about overcoming adversity, some in the middle of a crisis, a few health challenges, some of you entered for a friend, others wanted to learn about fashion and a lot of you just wanted to have us thrift shop for you.   We will definitely be working on a story about helping people get out of the yoga pant rut, this was the number one dilemma we heard from you.

Congratulations Janine P!  We can’t wait to see your style board on Pinterest and start shopping for you!  We will keep you posted on this virtual shopping trip and stay tuned for the next contest.

A few days ago we saw a huge spike in numbers on our blog and Facebook, come to find out we were recently mentioned in a Yahoo! article about discovering a million dollar painting.  Click HERE to read the original article.  Cool, thank you Yahoo!

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Shopping at thrift stores is always a treasure hunt, no matter if you are looking for clothing or housewares!

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Here is a link to our top thrift store tips:  HERE