Jen and I collect Christmas sweaters all year long, the uglier the better!

Last year we came across these gorgeous Ralph Lauren Christmas sweaters and I thought it would make a beautiful pillow.

ugly christmas sweaters thrift store ralph lauren

I don’t sew so I asked my mom if she could make my sweater into a pillow for me, she agreed and said it was one of the easiest DIY projects she has done.  (sorry I don’t have step-by-step pictures)

  1. Cut a straight line 1.5″ above where you want the top of the pillow to be.
  2. Turn inside out and sew the top of the sweater together (where you just cut).
  3. Insert the pillow form.
  4. Sew the bottom hem of the sweater together.

I know,  just way too easy!

The back of the pillow is the back of the sweater.

diyugly christmas sweater thrift pillow


Jens and her husband rocking an ugly Christmas sweater party!



How can you resist a great big over-sized, comfy, cozy sweater!  They are back this season … you can find them on celebrities, magazines and all over social media!

This is definitely a must have for 2016/2017 and fortunately quite easy to find in most thrift stores, maybe even check out the men’s section.

Thrift Shop:

  • #1   SORIAL / New York leather Tote                             $2.00
  • #2   J.CREW oversized sweater                                        $2.00
  • #3   American Eagle distressed jeans                              $2.00
  • TOTAL:                                                                    $6.00

We found everything at Family Thrift Center OUTLET Store, where everything is priced at only $2!



“The Fabulous THRIFT SHOP Challenge!!!!!!!” Pantone Fall 2016 ~ vs ~ TOO CHEAP BLONDES Color Block Sweater Dress

This soft wool Anthropologie dress look great alone or layer it under a cozy sweater over it.

It features most of the fall 2016 pantone colors!  $2 Score!








  • Isabella Sinclair $148

Thrift Shop:

  • Dress   $2

Thrift or splurge … you decide!

We found this Dress at Family Thrift Center (OUTLET Store) for $2!

Do you use magazines, Instagram or Pinterest for inspiration?

Mexico thrift store style

After spending a few days in Mexico I had to share with you one of my favorite outfits that was 100% from thrift stores!  No, it did not happen in one trip, this was a collaboration of different thrift stores over the past 6 months.

  1. Goodwill,  hat $3.99
  2. Family Thrift Outlet,  blouse $2.00
  3. Cottage Thrift Shop, necklace $4.50  (check out our thrift shopping day we found amazing finds all over Houston)
  4. Goodwill,  woven clutch $3.99
  5. Family Thrift Outlet,  Jack Rogers sandals $2.00
  6. Family Thrift Outlet, Lucky Jeans $2.00

TOTAL:  $18.48

mexico sunset

family thrift splurge celebrity lace top

Thrift or splurge … you decide!

A lace tank adds texture and interest to any outfit!

Thrift Shop:

  • Anthropologie Lace Tank                       $2.00
  • TOTAL:                                                  $2.00

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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)

More Thrift or Splurge posts:

Pink Peonies Outfit

White Puffer Vest

Lace Boho Top


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.

family thrift store utility jacket

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

family thrift store assymetrical sweater


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

family thrift store geo sweater jacket

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

kut jeans thrift store family

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

kylie jenner thrift store shop challenge

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.

anthropologie thrift store challenge dress

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

thrift store challenge

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).

anthropologie thrift store challenge

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.

brooks brothers thrift store challenge

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

free people thrift store challenge

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

celebrity thrift store challenge

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

casual weekend clothing thrift store challenge

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”)

(Linked up with “Style Elixir”)



thrift or splurge puffer vest

Thrift or splurge … you decide!

Vests are a simple way to add some style to any outfit and still be warm.  They can be worn with anything from t-shirts to plaid shirts, riding boots to converse or trainers.  Add a scarf for an extra layer.

Thrift Shop:

  • JCREW puffer vest              $2.00
  • TOTAL:                              $2.00


down puffer vest thrift

celebrity puffer vest

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)

More Thrift or Splurge posts:

Pink Peonies Outfit

White Puffer Vest

Lace Boho Top


weekend wear thrift outfit

“The THRIFT SHOP Challenge” Comfy $596.50

Weekend Outfit ~ vs ~ TOO CHEAP BLONDES $8.00

Create a comfy cozy weekend casual look for pennies on the dollar by shopping at thrift stores!  Choose one or two things you love and feel really excited to wear, build your outfit from there.

  • J.CREW plaid shirt   (retail $69.50)  thrift $2.00
  • BLARNEY hand knit sweater  (retail $299)   thrift $2.00
  • “7 for all mankind”  dark dusk indigo jeans    (retail $158)    thrift $2.00
  • CHOOKA rubber rain boots  (retail $70)   thrift $2.00

(Total Retail $596.50)    thrift store $8.00

weekend wear thrift outfit

Shop for basic pieces that are versatile enough to wear with several different outfits.  Of course a fabulous pair of denim jeans, such as these $158 “7 for all mankind” jeans, are perfect year round!

7 for mankind denim jeans

Do not skip over the men’s department, that is where we found this J.CREW plaid shirt.

shop thrift store jcrew

Here are a few more options of how you can wear a plaid shirt!

flannel shirt collage

A fisherman’s sweater looks so comfortable and warm for the winter.  I am not sure if you can justify a $299 purchase on something you will only wear a few times each year … this is exactly why we LOVE shopping at thrift stores!  You can try that occasional look for pennies on the dollar.

hand knit fisherman sweter thrift store shop

Start with determining your style!  Sometimes that is hard to do but if you go through Pinterest you can create look books, pin pictures of what you like to your own personal style board.

A few things to keep in mind:

  • What colors look best on you?
  • What shapes flatter your body?
  • What fits your lifestyle?

Follow us on Pinterest HERE.

We found all these clothes for only $2 at Family Thrift Center OUTLET stores, every Thursday each outlet opens a brand new store with all items priced at only $2 each!

(outlet stores are located in Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Fort Worth and Phoenix)

Read about a few of our past contest winners:

Contest Winner’s $40 Thrift Haul. Original Retail Over $2,000!

“Teacher Style Thrift Tips” Expand your Wardrobe on a Budget Overview

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!




houston thrift store contest winner

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!


During our trip to Phoenix to preview Family Thrift Store ($2 outlet), we partnered with them to help dress a group of young women from Neighborhood Ministries’ (“NM”) Education for Life (“EFL”) program.

Education For Life offers comprehensive education assistance to over 100 at-risk youth, making a long-term commitment to their growth and development. The goal of EFL is to see youth succeed by providing an educational and mentoring support system aimed to decrease deviant behavior such as truancy, drug abuse and gang activity and increase educational aspirations.  They support their youth every step of the way, providing mentors, tutoring, and even scholarship assistance.  As one of the members said, “NM was there for me and my family whenever we needed anything, help financially, food, clothes, whatever. NM was always there, keeping me busy and off the streets.”

Our first objective when working with the girls was to figure out what their fashion style was and assess their fashion needs by asking, “What is your typical day like?, Does it require professional or casual dress?, or Are you a stay-at-home mom who needs more practical, yet still stylish clothing?”   One of the girls was starting a job as a legal assistant so she needed a more professional wardrobe, another wanted a more mature look than her regular t-shirt and leggings, and most of the others needs a professional wardrobe for work.   We were able to show the girls that just because they may have a small budget for clothing, they can still look professional and put together for a fraction of the cost simply by knowing what their fashion needs are committing to a style.  Once the girls decided what their needs were, we were able to show them how to find good quality items, which means we showed them that even though the styles were trendy, it’s not always a wise investment to spend your budget on cheap quality clothing, even from a thrift store.  Thrift stores are full of high-quality garments if you know how to find them.  We taught them to look at labels and shop by fabrics rather than by brand.

phoenix family thrift store shop

phoenix neighborhood ministries

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shopping thrift store shop

neighborhood ministries phoenix

Our next strategy was to show the girls how to shop for basic pieces that can be worn multiple ways.  This blue blazer is a perfect example of a multi-use item, it can be worn both to the office or with jeans as shown.

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phoenix thrift store shopping

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HERE is a list of our thrift shopping tips.

12 items for a total of $24!

12 items for a total of $24!