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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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($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

 

Jen and I had a hard time answering this question:  “What was your favorite find of the week?”

This week we had a reporter and photographer from the Houston Chronicle follow us (we will let you know when the story will go to print).  They were curious about how the “Cheap Blondes” work?  Do we shop together?  Are we competitive with each other?  Why do we have our blog?

Jen found a great leather tote purse by PURE COLLECTION for $2.00 at Family Thrift Outlet, we did not recognize the name but the leather felt amazing and we liked everything about it.  The photographer asked what it was worth (we had no idea), so we did some research on Google and WOW….it retailed for about $375!

After doing some research on this purse we realized this $2.00 find was worth about $375!

After doing some research on this purse we realized this $2.00 find was worth about $375!

pure collection purse pippa

As we were leaving the store and walking down the aisle doing a last minute “check,” I thought this coat felt so soft…yes, cashmere feels amazing!  Oh my, I think my heart skipped a beat when I realized it was a Cole Haan cashmere coat!  This jacket retailed for $539, Jen and I found it for $2.00 at the Family Thrift OUTLET Store!

Cashmere COLE HAAN jacket for $2.00 at Family Thrift Outlet Store!

Cashmere COLE HAAN jacket for $2.00 at Family Thrift Outlet Store!

We also did a “Houston Check this Out” segment with Goodwill this week and we came across these AMAZING Carvela “Anita” shoes!  Unfortunately, neither one of us have size 6 feet! One of our models was able to score these amazing shoes for only $24.99 (they retailed for $500+).

"Anita" Carvela shoes for only $24.99 @ Houston Goodwill Store

“Anita” Carvela shoes for only $24.99 @ Houston Goodwill Store

 

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We are both enjoying time with our families over the holidays but we wanted to say hello and share a few new things with you.

Check out the new format on our blog, we hope you like it!

If you do not follow us on Facebook you are missing out on new things we post almost daily, so here is a recap of the past few weeks and what we put on Facebook.   Like us on Facebook, HERE.

Happy Holidays from Jen and Pippa!

Happy Holidays from Jen and Pippa!

ABC13 Stretch Your Dollar "Ugly Christmas Sweaters. This little cutie makes anything look adorable ... she stole the show!

ABC13 Stretch Your Dollar “Ugly Christmas Sweaters. This little cutie makes anything look adorable … she stole the show!

The cheapest housewives in Houston are looking good tonight!

The cheapest housewives in Houston are looking good tonight!

 

 

Yes, Jen WON the online National Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest, www.TheThriftShopper.com

Yes, Jen WON the online National Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest, www.TheThriftShopper.com

 Pippa and I had a girls night out tonight, so of course we went thrifting! We went to the River Oaks Goodwill where we not only were fortunate enough to meet a couple of you guys, but we also met a lovely woman who was looking for a last-minute outfit for her company Christmas party tonight. We thought she did such a great job putting her outfit together - we're talking head to toe! We think she looked absolutely fabulous! Thanks so much for letting us share your picture! BTW, her entire outfit (dress, belt and shoes) was only $26!


Pippa and I had a girls night out tonight, so of course we went thrifting! We went to the River Oaks Goodwill where we not only were fortunate enough to meet a couple of you guys, but we also met a lovely woman who was looking for a last-minute outfit for her company Christmas party tonight. We thought she did such a great job putting her outfit together – we’re talking head to toe! We think she looked absolutely fabulous! Thanks so much for letting us share your picture! BTW, her entire outfit (dress, belt and shoes) was only $26!

 

Today was our "thrift gift" day. Each year I do a "thrift gift" for the kids, it is a bag full of all kinds of clothes for them, some silly, some cute .... it is so much fun! All of us girls are wearing something from Family Thrift Outlet Store ($2).

Today was our “thrift gift” day. Each year I do a “thrift gift” for the kids, it is a bag full of all kinds of clothes for them, some silly, some cute …. it is so much fun! All of us girls are wearing something from Family Thrift Outlet Store ($2).

Filming with ABC13

Filming with ABC13

The mannequin is rocking an ugly Christmas sweater! My neighbors might think I am a little crazy

The mannequin is rocking an ugly Christmas sweater! My neighbors might think I am a little crazy

Walking through Nordstrom, this morning, doing last minute Christmas shopping, I saw this Burberry coat for $595. Jen and I found this Burberry coat for $2, at Family Thrift Outlet, a few weeks ago.

Walking through Nordstrom, this morning, doing last minute Christmas shopping, I saw this Burberry coat for $595. Jen and I found this Burberry coat for $2, at Family Thrift Outlet, a few weeks ago.

NORTHFACE down puffer coat $220 online vs. $2 thrift store

NORTHFACE down puffer coat $220 online vs. $2 thrift store

 

VICTOR COSTA gold knit cardigan with real mink cuffs for $2 @ Family Thrift Outlet (Hillcroft location)

VICTOR COSTA gold knit cardigan with real mink cuffs for $2 @ Family Thrift Outlet (Hillcroft location)

 Find of the Day! TORY BURCH "Hanne" silk pique dress for $2.00 @ Family Thrift Oulet (Hillcroft location)


Find of the Day! TORY BURCH “Hanne” silk pique dress for $2.00 @ Family Thrift Oulet (Hillcroft location)

 It was a pleasure to take one of our readers shopping today! Amy found a great sweater from Anthropologie at Goodwill River Oaks for $5.99. Our next stop was the Catholic Charity Guild where we left empty-handed. Our final store was Buffalo Exchange. Amy bought a super cute Laundry by Shelli Segal dress for $26.50. The turquoise dress she's holding is a Herve Leger bandage dress that retails for over $1,000! Buffalo was asking only $47! We both passed on it, but what a steal!


It was a pleasure to take one of our readers shopping today! Amy found a great sweater from Anthropologie at Goodwill River Oaks for $5.99. Our next stop was the Catholic Charity Guild where we left empty-handed. Our final store was Buffalo Exchange. Amy bought a super cute Laundry by Shelli Segal dress for $26.50. The turquoise dress she’s holding is a Herve Leger bandage dress that retails for over $1,000! Buffalo was asking only $47! We both passed on it, but what a steal!

Ralph Lauren POLO men's plaid toggle coat, $2 at Family Thrift Outlet on Alameda

Ralph Lauren POLO men’s plaid toggle coat, $2 at Family Thrift Outlet on Alameda

Love my find of the day! 1960 Goebel (maker of Hummel figurines) Holy Family set in a gorgeous matte white...for $5.99! #toocheapblondes #fotd #goebel #christmas #GoodwillHouston #goodwill #thrifting #thriftfind

Love my find of the day! 1960 Goebel (maker of Hummel figurines) Holy Family set in a gorgeous matte white…for $5.99!
#toocheapblondes #fotd #goebel #christmas #GoodwillHouston #goodwill #thrifting #thriftfind

 

Taking pictures of ugly Christmas sweaters for an upcoming blog post, you can't help but have fun when wearing these!

Taking pictures of ugly Christmas sweaters for an upcoming blog post, you can’t help but have fun when wearing these!

We found matching jackets while thrifting today .... Ha ha

We found matching jackets while thrifting today …. Ha ha

 

Today we are linking up with Get Pin-spired!

 

Banana Republic plaid jacket (almost identical to the Burberry plaid skirt Jen found)

Too Cheap Tuesdays … $2 Citizens of Humanity, Equestrian Jacket, Down Puffer, Top Shop, ST JOHN

Family Thrift Center Outlet locations are where savvy shoppers come to save.  Each Thursday, new inventory comes in and every item is priced at just $2.00.  On Fridays, prices drop a quarter to $1.75 an item.  Then, each day after that, the price drops another 25 cents until Tuesdays, when prices drop to just 50 cents an item.  Prices drop another 25 cents on Wednesdays, when every item in the Outlet store costs only 25 cents!  With shopping this guilt free, you can’t lose!  Family Thrift Center Outlets sell men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, along with shoes, purses and accessories.  Store hours differ per location (all of the outlets close early on Wednesdays).

Outlet Price Per Item
Thursdays $2.00 per item
Fridays $1.75 per item
Saturdays $1.50 per item
Sundays $1.25 per item
Mondays $1.00 per item
Tuesdays 50¢ per item
Wednesdays 25¢ per item
Down puffer coat for $2 at Family Thrift Outlet

Down puffer coat for $2 at Family Thrift Outlet

SSL Shires equestrian jacket for $2.00 at Family Thrift Outlet

SSL Shires equestrian jacket for $2.00 at Family Thrift Outlet

Banana Republic plaid jacket (almost identical to the Burberry plaid skirt Jen found)

Banana Republic plaid jacket (almost identical to the Burberry plaid skirt Jen found)

ST JOHN knit skirt for $2.00 ($395 @ Nordstroms!)

ST JOHN knit skirt for $2.00 ($395 @ Nordstroms!)

Citizens of Humanity jeans for $2.00 at Family Thrift Outlet

Citizens of Humanity jeans for $2.00 at Family Thrift Outlet

Top Shop jacket for $2.00 at Family Thrift Outlet

Top Shop jacket for $2.00 at Family Thrift Outlet

Vintage Lilli Ann coat for $2.00 ... the jacket is in pretty bad shape but the fox fur collar is worth saving!

Vintage Lilli Ann coat for $2.00 … the jacket is in pretty bad shape but the fox fur collar is worth saving!

Here are some of our favorite tips for shopping the Family Thrift Center Outlet stores.

  • “You don’t need to get there when they open on Thursdays.”  We usually arrive around 11 a.m., after the store has been open a few hours.  The store is really crowded until around noon, after that, it seems to calm down.   In our opinion, we prefer to go after the “morning rush.”  The employees are continually putting out new merchandise on Thursday and Friday, so you can find the “good stuff” for a couple of days before the stock starts running thin.
  • 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.  Jen and I spend hours going through every single hanger.  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.

 

“Too Cheap Tuesdays” – $2 for Coach, C. Wonder, Vintage and More!

This week we shopped at:

Family Thrift Center Outlet
131 West Little York Rd
Houston, Texas 77076

Family Thrift Center Outlet locations are where savvy shoppers come to save.  Each Thursday, new inventory comes in and every item is priced at just $2.00.  On Fridays, prices drop a quarter to $1.75 an item.  Then, each day after that, the price drops another 25 cents until Tuesdays, when prices drop to just 50 cents an item.  Prices drop another 25 cents on Wednesdays, when every item in the Outlet store costs only 25 cents!  With shopping this guilt free, you can’t lose!  Family Thrift Center Outlets sell men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, along with shoes, purses and accessories.  Store hours differ per location (all of the outlets close early on Wednesdays).

Let the fun begin!

Here is a 2-piece vintage sequin skirt/top set from Tootsies, a high-end specialty store in Houston.   This probably originally retailed for well over $1,000.  Worn together it is overwhelming, but if you look at this set as separates, it is quite spectacular!   The top, after some tailoring, will be a gorgeous tunic dress, similar to the Marchesa for $5,515.

tootsies set

marchesa thrift store

silver sequin thrift store skirt

c wonder sweater thrift

Authentic COACH purse, not in perfect condition, needs a good cleaning!

Authentic Coach purse, not in perfect condition, just needs a good cleaning!

Brooks Brothers sweater for $2.
Brooks Brothers sweater for $2.

 

vintage dress thrift store houston

When we share our “11 BEST Tips for Thrift Store Shopping”, you will see why we think the denim jacket and red blazer are perfect items when building a wardrobe.

  1. Don’t try to put together an outfit or you will get frustrated.  Look for individual pieces and then try to build an outfit.
  2. Focus on dresses, jackets and skirts…this is where you normally get the most value for your money.
denim jacket

Laurel brand (high-end) denim jacket for $2!

red velvet blazer

Here are some of our favorite tips for shopping the Family Thrift Center Outlet stores.

  • “You don’t need to get there when they open on Thursdays.”  We usually arrive around 11 a.m., after the store has been open a few hours.  The store is really crowded until around noon, after that, it seems to calm down.   In our opinion, we prefer to go after the “morning rush.”  The employees are continually putting out new merchandise on Thursday and Friday, so you can find the “good stuff” for a couple of days before the stock starts running thin.
  • 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.  Jen and I spend hours going through every single hanger.  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.

Any favorites from our finds?

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