Just in time for Rodeo Houston, Family Thrift Center will be releasing a huge selection of cowboy boots this Friday, February 26th!

Where:

Family Thrift Center, 7553 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX  77036

Time:

9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Date:

Friday, February 26th, 2016

Prices:

Start at $9.99 and up.

This week we shot a TV segment showcasing cowboy boots, with ABC 13’s “Stretch Your Dollar” in the lobby of the gorgeous historic Lancaster Hotel.  The setting couldn’t have been more perfect!  We filmed in front of their huge mural of a horse named Phantom, who was photographed standing inside of their lobby in 1927!   Make sure you check out The Lancaster’s special Rodeo Packages and make a weekend out of your rodeo visit.  For more information, click HERE.

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This beautiful fringe leather purse we found at Family Thrift Outlet, for only $2, had a stain on the front that we could not get off.  Perfect solution was to paint right over the fabric!

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abc 13 houston bulk family thrift store pound shop

 

There are so many reasons to shop a Bulk type of thrift store outlet!

Maybe you are shopping as an individual or a family but there are so many other reasons to shop a bulk, by-the-pound store:

  • yourself / family
  • crafters, fabric or projects (you can’t find fabric by the yard at these prices)
  • costumes / halloween
  • professional reseller’s
  • local charities
  • homeless shelters

Pamela, one of our shoppers, found amazing deals (many that we passed right over)  She was looking for high end fabrics to remake into pillows or crafts for her home.   She bought 23 items for just .24 each (including tax).

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We got to meet one of our fans!

We got to meet one of our fans!

This family purchased 64 items for only $9.42 (that is just .23 an item)

This family purchased 64 items for only $9.42 (that is just .23 an item)

 

One of the best finds of the day was this MILLY dress (retails close to $300)

This MILLY dress is the find of the day!

This MILLY dress is the find of the day!

From the comments we are getting, let us clarify any confusion you have about Family Thrift.

There are now “3 tiers” of thrifting at Family Thrift in Houston, yes this is our own personal thrift shop lingo we just created!

  • Regular Retail Family Thrift Center Stores
  • Outlet Thrift Stores (where everything starts at only $2 on Thursdays and then is marked down to just .25 on Wednesdays).
  • Bulk, By-the-Pound Thrift Store

Here is the link to all of their stores, please take the time to decipher the difference in the stores.  Family Thrift Center Store Locations HERE.

This store is not only a great resource for individual shoppers but also shelters, homeless and even professional resellers.

Common thrift store misconceptions include the items have bed bugs, fleas or etc… please just use a washing machine to clean your items!  When you go to a restaurant you use napkin linens others have wiped their mouths with, at a hotel you are sleeping on pillows, a mattress and sheets others have used .. wash or sanitize the items!

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These are probably some of the lowest thrift store prices you can find in Houston!

These are probably some of the lowest thrift store prices you can find in Houston!

houston family thrift clothing by the pound

 

Clothing by the pound is a major supplier of wholesale, recycled used clothing, garment and apparel to many so the bulk pricing can be as low as .15 a pound!

If you have any type of rude comment DO NOT post it here, keep it to yourself! 

If you haven’t bought your Halloween costume and are looking for materials, or perhaps you are just looking for a great place to get deals on name brand fashions, Too Cheap Blondes have found a pretty neat and affordable way to do both.

It’s called shopping by the pound, and you can do it at a new place off Little York Rd., near Airline in north Houston.

The Family Thrift Outlet Bulk Store works exactly as it sounds: you buy clothes, shoes and accessories by the pound from the copious bins throughout the store.

There are only a handful of these type of bulk thrift stores in the nation and this one is the first in Houston. Here you pay by the pound, starting at 50 cents a pound and as you buy more, the price drops to 15 cents a pound.

Where does the clothing come from? This is the clearance center for the outlet. This is like a third level.

Here’s how the prices break down:

  • 10-25 lbs. – 39 cents per lb.
  • 25-100 lbs. – 29 cents per lb.
  • 100+ lbs. – 15 cents per lb.

Before you shop, prepare by packing some hand sanitizer, as shoppers say sifting through clothes can be a little dirty. Give yourself lots of time to dig, an hour and a half may not be enough to find the best deals.

Also, wear form-fitting clothes. The store does not have a dressing room, so it will be easier for you to try clothes on with a little planning.

Shoppers say you need to be patient when shopping by the pound and always start from the back where you have a better chance of finding treasure than in the front bins, which are picked through first.

  • The Family Thrift Outlet Bulk Store is located at:
  • 127 Little York Rd.
  • Open from 9am to 6pm Fridays and Saturdays
  • Sundays from noon to 6pm.

A few other “By-the-Pound / Bulk” shopping experiences:

 

 

 

 

 

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We are so excited to be able to partner with Family Thrift Center and offer our fans a very special sneak preview shopping trip at the brand new, yet unopened, Family Thrift Center Clothing By The Pound store!  ABC-13’s Stretch Your Dollar program will be on site to film the event!  We hope to see you there!  Make sure you read the rules carefully below:

When: Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Time: 8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Where: 127 Little York Rd, Houston, TX  77076

RULES!!

1. Must bring print out of this blog post for admission (no exceptions)!

2. Must be willing to be filmed for a TV segment and interviewed.

3. Don’t forget to show us your finds!

Here is our experience at a couple of other “Clothing-By-The-Pound” thrift stores:

Austin, TX, Blue Hanger, Goodwill Outlet Store:  HERE

Charleston, SC,  Goodwill Outlet Store:  HERE

STORE DETAILS (Grand Opening September 25th):

Location: 127 Little York Rd, Houston, TX 77076

Hours:    Friday & Saturday, 9AM – 6PM, Sunday, 12Noon – 6PM

Prices:  

  • 0-10 pounds, $ .50
  • 10-25 pounds, $ .39
  • 25-100 pounds, $ .29
  • 100+ pounds, $ .15

 

 

We scored with the ugly sweaters ... but don't you think Jen wins the ugliest :)

Filming Stretch Your Dollar, Ugly Christmas Sweater Segment at Houston Family Thrift Store

We were recently asked to film an “Ugly Christmas Sweater” segment for Stretch your Dollar and FINDING the sweaters was harder than one might think!   Jen and I, rarely see them in most of the thrift stores, so we were pleasantly surprised to not just find a few but rows of holiday clothing at Family Thrift Center Store!   Click HERE to see the segment.

(this particular segment was filmed at: 18200-18230 Frontage Rd 249, Houston, TX 77070,   Willowbrook )

Filming a segment with ABC13 Stretch Your Dollar

Filming a segment with ABC13 Stretch Your Dollar

We scored with the ugly sweaters ... but don't you think Jen wins the ugliest :)

We scored with the ugly sweaters … but don’t you think Jen wins the ugliest sweater  🙂

We had so many Christmas sweaters to choose from!

We had so many Christmas sweaters to choose from!

Sammy modeled for us, looking adorable as always!

Sammy modeled for us, looking adorable as always!

One of our readers modeled for us

One of our readers modeled for us

One of our readers volunteered to model for us and also brought her adorable 3 year old daughter who stole the show!  Our youngest model ever was perfect and had all of us giggling with her “hand on the hip” pose.

Getting ready to pose

Getting ready to pose

She has a future career in modeling with her "hand on the hip" pose!

She has a future career in modeling with her “hand on the hip” pose!

Our youngest model ever stole the show!

Our youngest model ever stole the show!

Thank you to our models!

Thank you to our models!

We even got our models husband (and little one’s daddy) to model for us!

Thank you to our models!

Thank you to our models!

 

 18200-18230 Frontage Rd 249 Houston, TX 77070  (Willowbrook)


18200-18230 Frontage Rd 249
Houston, TX 77070
(Willowbrook)

There are Family Thrift Center Stores all over Houston (this is not the thrift outlet store), click HERE to see all of the locations.

 

You know we love to share with you where to find the best deals in Houston.  Understandably, we were quite excited when we were asked by ABC Channel 13’s Patricia Lopez to do a segment covering Houston’s oldest running rummage sale!  We hope you enjoy this unprecedented sneak peek of the River Oaks Garden Club’s annual Pink Elephant Sale.     When Jen and I stopped by the staging area yesterday, everyone was hard at work preparing for this sale.  The lovely ladies of the Club graciously allowed us to take pictures to show you, in advance, a sample of the items that will be for sale at the Pink Elephant Sale, located at the Bayou City Event Center, featuring 21,750 square feet of shopping!   We have so much to share with you we are breaking this up into two segments, housewares and clothing.

The “Stretch your Dollar” segment will air on Thursday, October 16, ABC Channel 13 at 5:45 a.m. and 4:55 p.m.

Here are the sale details before we get to the pictures!

  • The Pink Elephant Sale is Houston’s oldest and largest rummage sale!
  • Admission is only $1 (cash only).
  • No credit cards accepted – cash or check only.
  • WHEN:
    • Friday-Saturday, Oct 17-18, 2014.
  • WHERE:
    • Bayou City Event Center
      9401 Knight Road, 77054
  • HOURS:
    • Friday, October 17th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Saturday, October 18th from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Check out our post we did about last year’s Pink Elephant Sale HERE.

 

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This headboard was made from an iron gate ... really unique!

This headboard was made from an iron gate … really unique!

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History:

The forerunner of this fantastic sale was known as the River Oaks Green Market. It was started during WWII to make “bundles for Britain,” to sell produce from victory gardens, and to resell hard-to-find items. From these modest beginnings, the sale has grown into an annual event that draws customers from all over Houston and surrounding areas.

Proceeds from the Pink Elephant Sale benefit the Houston community through education, conservation, environmental programs, beautification projects, and scholarships.

For more information, contact:
The River Oaks Garden Club
713-523-2483  or website HERE

Here is a Sneak Peek of ROGC Pink Elephant Sale ~ Clothing

Any items that catch your eye?   Have you been to a rummage sale lately?

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        Be sure and follow us on Facebook HERE, we post new finds every day!

“Stretch Your Dollar” on ABC 13 and Behind the Scenes

Be sure and watch us on ABC13 “Stretch your Dollar”, Thursday morning at 5:45am and again at 4:55pm.    We are showing how you can achieve current fall fashion looks right from a thrift store.  Everything at the Family Thrift Outlet Store is priced at only $2 so this was a fun segment to shoot.  Here are a few more behind the scene pictures.

Fall fashion is full of bright colors!

Fall fashion is full of bright colors!

This jacket is right on trend!

This jacket is right on trend!

Jen is giving some good advice

Jen is giving some good advice

Pippa showing current trends from a magazine

Pippa showing current trends from a magazine

Last minute details

Last minute details

Having fun!

Having fun!

ST JOHN COUTURE sweater for $2 ... crazy!

ST JOHN COUTURE sweater for $2 … crazy!

Minnetonka boots for $2 a pair

Minnetonka boots for $2 a pair

 

Black ST JOHN COUTURE sweater for $2

Black ST JOHN COUTURE sweater for $2

abc style fashion blog blogger pippa

 

 

Be sure and follow us on facebook HERE, we post new finds every day!

 

 

Donae, The Vintage Contessa, Kym King w/ Houston Goodwill Public Relations, Designer David Peck and Jen Meneely with Too Cheap Blondes

Donae, The Vintage Contessa, Kym King w/ Houston Goodwill Public Relations, Designer David Peck and Jen Meneely with Too Cheap Blondes

@ Tootsies with the Vintage Contessa (www.vintagecontessa.com)

@ Tootsies with the Vintage Contessa (www.vintagecontessa.com)

Cheap Blondes Overview … Houston Fashion Week, David Peck, Teacher Make-over, Stretch Your Dollar, FOX26 and more …

I know, I know, we keep hearing “where are you and what is going on?”

Here is a brief overview:

  • Jen rocked the red carpet for Houston Fashion Week, showing everyone that thrifting can look fabulous for pennies on the dollar!
  • Decorating with thrift store finds and items you already have in your home / Rita Garcia / FOX26
  • We filmed with Patricia Lopez / Stretch your Dollar doing a teacher make-over, we can’t wait to see that segment, it will air in January some time.
  • Family Thrift Outlet Stores, Wednesday .25 day with Patricia Lopez / Stretch your Dollar.
  • Christmas sweater segment, quite silly and fun … with Rita Garcia / FOX26
  • Next Jen graciously hosted a private luncheon and Fashion show by David Peck, at Tootsies!
  • On top of it all Jen sold her house and moved … a major life event but she has been right there for numerous filmings the past few weeks.

We just want to let all of our readers know that we are so thankful that you take time out of your busy schedules to read about our thrifting finds.  Thank you and if you see us in a thrift store please say hello!

 

David Peck private luncheon and fashion show!

David Peck private luncheon and fashion show!

The clothing and models were amazing!

The clothing and models were amazing!

Houston Fashion Week ... Jen Meneely with Donae, The Vintage Contessa

Houston Fashion Week … Jen Meneely with Donae, The Vintage Contessa

 

Rita Garcia (FOX26 News) with the designer David Peck

Rita Garcia (FOX26 News) with the designer David Peck

 
David Peck, the Houston based designer, describing his fashions
Thrifted décor with Rita Garcia, FOX26 News

Thrifted décor with Rita Garcia, FOX26 News

Teacher make-over, will be aired in January, with Patricia Lopez, Stretch your Dollar

Teacher make-over, will be aired in January, with Patricia Lopez, Stretch your Dollar

Too Cheap Blondes working on a teacher make-over segment with Patricia Lopez, Stretch your Dollar

Too Cheap Blondes working on a teacher make-over segment with Patricia Lopez, Stretch your Dollar

Filming Christmas Sweater segment with Rita Garcia, FOX 26

Filming Christmas Sweater segment with Rita Garcia, FOX 26

Another segment with FOX26, Rita Garcia

Another segment with FOX26, Rita Garcia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yesterday we were on ABC “Stretch your Dollar” and reading through all the comments,

we wanted to clarify a few things.

#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).

(here is a link for a list of both the regular and the outlet store locations: HERE)

#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!

  • Thursday:   $1.75
  • Friday:  $ 1.50
  • Saturday:   $1.25
  • Sunday:    $1.00
  • Monday:   $ .75
  • Tuesday:  $ .50
  • Wednesday:   $ .25

Now that we have those details out of the way, here are a few of the treasures that we found yesterday for $1.75!

Zara tweed dress $1.75,  Gold Clutch $1.75 = $3.50 for this outfit!!!

Zara tweed dress $1.75, Gold Clutch $1.75 = $3.50 for this outfit!!!

 

STUNNING ~ Black cape for $1.75

STUNNING ~ Black cape for $1.75

Ann Taylor velvet jacket for $1.75

Ann Taylor velvet jacket for $1.75

Boho style crochet purse for $1.75

Boho style crochet purse for $1.75

Red Sakowitz cape for $1.75 .... I wore it to my son's football game, school colors!

Red Sakowitz cape for $1.75 …. I wore it to my son’s football game, school colors!

Pendleton plaid jacket for $1.75

Pendleton plaid jacket for $1.75

Ahhhh ... Loving this polka dot trench coat for $1.75!

Ahhhh … Loving this polka dot trench coat for $1.75!

 

 

Family Thrift Outlet Store Thursday  $1.75 Friday   $1.50 Saturday   $1.25 Sunday     $1.00 Monday     $ .75 Tuesday   $ .50 Wednesday  $  .25

Family Thrift Outlet Store
Thursday $1.75
Friday $1.50
Saturday $1.25
Sunday $1.00
Monday $ .75
Tuesday $ .50
Wednesday $ .25

 

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Remember to Always Donate and Pay it Forward!

(all of these purchases benefitted our local community!)

Jen and Pippa are virtual volunteers working to promote non-profit thrift stores in the Houston area.

Jen Meneely www.shopjenscloset.com

Pippa Williams www.shopwithpippa.com

 

 

 

 

 

The rain was coming in sideways and hitting our face with sharp points.  Houston got more than 5 inches of rain that day, there was lightening, thunder, high water, road closures, power outages and playing havoc on the Houston area.  Here we are at the ungodly time of  6:30am, all ready with hair and make-up for our ABC, Stretch your Dollar, TV shoot, at the Family Thrift Outlet.

Jen and Pippa are dedicated thrift store shoppers!

Here is the line to get into Family Thrift Outlet Store @ 6:30am (opens at 7am on Thursdays)

Here is the line to get into Family Thrift Outlet Store @ 6:30am (opens at 7am on Thursdays)

 

I was thinking “most people do this once a year on Black Friday, NOT Jen and I  … we are out here braving the elements to be at a Thrift Store for the 7am opening.”   Regardless of our preparing to be ready for TV , the weather didn’t cooperate with our hair, as you will see, just a warning!

 

The doors open @ 7am on Thursday mornings .... LET THE SHOPPING BEGIN!

The doors open @ 7am on Thursday mornings …. LET THE SHOPPING BEGIN!

On your mark get set go!    Well, I think these prices will help explain why there is a line out the door every Thursday morning.

  • Thursday:   $1.75
  • Friday:  $ 1.50
  • Saturday:   $1.25
  • Sunday:    $1.00
  • Monday:   $ .75
  • Tuesday:  $ .50
  • Wednesday:   $ .25
Filming for ABC "Stretch your Dollar" @ Houston Thrift Store Outlet

Filming for ABC “Stretch your Dollar” @ Houston Thrift Store Outlet

 

Stay tuned to see what Ahhhh~Mazing things we found!

  • Family Thrift Outlet
  • 12148 Gulf Freeway
  • Houston, TX

Tomorrow,  Thursday, Nov 7 @ 5:45am and 4:55pm / “ABC Stretch your Dollar” with Patricia Lopez.

Getting ready for our TV segment on Stretch your Dollar

Getting ready for our TV segment on Stretch your Dollar

Getting ready to film with ABC "Stretch your Dollar"

Getting ready to film with ABC “Stretch your Dollar”

 

 

If you miss it we will be posting a link to the segment, it will be pretty darn awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

You will LOVE all the stuff we found for $1.75 each!

You will LOVE all the stuff we found for $1.75 each!

Look at the carts @ Family Thrift Outlet!

Look at the carts @ Family Thrift Outlet!

Family thrift outlet is full of treasures!

Family thrift outlet is full of treasures!

 

Remember to Always Donate and Pay it Forward!

(all of these purchases benefitted our local community!)

Jen and Pippa are virtual volunteers working to promote non-profit thrift stores in the Houston area.

Jen Meneely www.shopjenscloset.com

Pippa Williams www.shopwithpippa.com