thrift store class ring

Lost-and-Found!  Help us find the Owner ~ Sterling Silver Amber Stone 2012 Class Ring Found at a Thrift Store

We recently found this 2012 class ring at a Family Thrift Center.   We are not sure if this was in a purse or maybe the pocket of a clothing item but we discovered it at the bottom of our thrift bag.

Here are a few of the major things we will point out:

  • Crosby Cougars
  • 2012
  • Valarie
  • Amber Stone

There are a few other specific identifying marks that you must describe.  Please help us find the original owner!

Message us at: JenandPippa @ Yahoo.com

thrift store winner contest wardrobe capsule family thrift

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.

thrift store winner contest wardrobe capsule family thrift

thrift store style blog skinny jeans

Below, we show her how versatile her chosen pieces are and how putting together an outfit is super easy!

thrift store outfit collage

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!

Steinbach nutcrackers!

A Christmas Preview

Monday, November 9, 2015
4:00 to 7:00 PM
 Donation: $10.00 to Help Clothe a Child
(Everyone, including children, must have a ticket to enter)

This is a reminder to save the date of November 9th, from 4 P.M. – 7 P.M.

Donations are taken all year long for the Christmas Preview Show so you can only imagine the amount of items that will be available!   Yes, I think Thrift Store Holiday Nutcracker Market is a perfect description (I made that up btw) of this event, here you are not only saving money but your proceeds go to charity, helping children in Montgomery County.

We will be showing you more pictures at the end of this week.  The lovely ladies of the League have graciously allowed us to come in advance, to share with you a sneak peek of some of our favorite items that will be for sale.

Here are the sale details:

  • WHEN:    Monday, Nov. 9, 2015
  • WHERE:  Assistance League of Montgomery County, 126 North San Jacinto Street Conroe, Texas 77301
  • TIME:   4-7pm
  • TICKETS:  $10 Donation, all proceeds of ticket sales go to Operation School Bell
  • Tax Free Shopping!
  • REMINDER:  Assistance League was voted “Best Place to Buy Clothing in Conroe 2012 & 2013″

(Tuesday morning you will be able to shop the Christmas items without paying an admission fee.)

Here are some of our past Christmas Decorating/Ideas articles:

thrift store shop fashion show cheap

Yesterday, we shared with you all the behind the scenes drama that went into the fashion show for Mary Queen Catholic Church and today you get to see the fun stuff . . . the clothes!    All of the clothes came from either Family Thrift OUTLET for $2 or a Houston Goodwill store.  The most expensive thing in this fashion show was $9.99!

Ann Taylor dress $2, Goodwill cut-out belt $4.99

Ann Taylor dress $2, Italian cut-out belt from Goodwill $4.99

 

Her blazer $2, tank $2, pants $2 and Saks Fifth Avenue straw bag $2

Blazer $2, tank $2, pants $2 and Saks Fifth Avenue straw bag $2

Taylor dress $2 and straw clutch $2

Taylor dress $2 and straw clutch $2

 

GAP dress $2, straw clutch $2

Gap dress $2, straw clutch $2

 

Another fabulous dress for only $2!

Another fabulous dress for only $2!

Ann Taylor dress for $2

Ann Taylor dress for $2

Crisp white blouse $2 and brand new with tag "Rock & Republic" skinny jeans for $2

Crisp white Beauty Mark blouse $2 and brand new with tag “Rock & Republic” skinny jeans for $2

 

A true vintage dress for $9.99

A true vintage dress for $9.99

Silk Ann Taylor blouse $2, Kut from the Kloth $2, clutch $2

Silk Ann Taylor blouse $2, Kut from the Kloth $2, clutch $2

We incorporated our thrift store tips throughout the fashion show.  We taught the women how we approach a thrift store and the techniques we have acquired to find quality items.

Our final scene, was of course, formal wear since you can’t end a show without a bang.  I think it’s safe to say everyone was blown away by the amazing formal gowns that we brought out!  All of these gowns, with the exception of one, which cost $9.99, were only $2 from the Family Thrift Outlet stores!

Neiman Marcus ball gown for $2

Neiman Marcus ball gown for $2

David Meister gown for $9.99

David Meister gown for $9.99, embellished clutch for $7.99

 

The beautiful models for our evening wear segment!

The beautiful models for our evening wear segment!

 

A custom made gown for $2

A custom made gown for $2

We concluded the talk with tips on how to create a wardrobe from basic pieces.  We started with creating a color palette, then adding essentials that you can mix and match.

jen pippa thrift store shop blog

Whew, it was over, but all too soon!  We absolutely loved presenting to the women’s group and we think the style show turned out amazing given that we went in totally blind!  Now it’s time to prepare for our next upcoming one this weekend!

Click HERE to read part I

 

Houston Chronicle "Thrift-Store Experts"

“Too Cheap Blondes” were in the Houston Chronicle this past weekend, here is a link to the full article, please check it out!  (there is also a slide show online)

“Passion for fashion, shopping and helping others leads two women to become thrift-store experts … ”

http://www.chron.com/life/style/article/Passion-for-shopping-turns-duo-into-thrift-store-6051488.php#photo-7459063

Houston Chronicle "Thrift-Store Experts"

Houston Chronicle “Thrift-Store Experts”

 

Who wears Marchesa? Anne Hathaway, Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Lopez and Too Cheap Blondes! We found this gorgeous Marchesa gown at Goodwill for $39.99...a steal for this $1,000+ gown!

 

Facebook Posts You Might Have Missed

We realize that we all get busy with life and it is not easy to keep up with all the different avenues of social media, maybe you don’t even have a Facebook account.  So here are a few of our recent posts from the past couple of weeks.  Like us on Facebook, HERE.

Who wears Marchesa? Anne Hathaway, Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Lopez and Too Cheap Blondes! We found this gorgeous Marchesa gown at Goodwill for $39.99...a steal for this $1,000+ gown!

Who wears Marchesa? Anne Hathaway, Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Lopez and Too Cheap Blondes! We found this gorgeous Marchesa gown at Goodwill for $39.99…a steal for this $1,000+ gown!

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.

Find of the day! Kate Spade wool/leather "Quinn" bag for $2.00 at Family Thrift Outlet, retailed $298

Find of the day! Kate Spade wool/leather “Quinn” bag for $2.00 at Family Thrift Outlet, retailed $298

A while back Pippa and I showed you guys an outdated, oversized, sequin top and skirt set that we found at a Family Thrift Center Outlet store for $2.00 each. Together, the pieces were awful, but separate we thought they could be dynamite! I wore the skirt to a charity event tonight and was thrilled with the way it looked! What do you think? Not bad for $2.00!

A while back Pippa and I showed you guys an outdated, oversized, sequin top and skirt set that we found at a Family Thrift Center Outlet store for $2.00 each. Together, the pieces were awful, but separate we thought they could be dynamite! I wore the skirt to a charity event tonight and was thrilled with the way it looked! What do you think? Not bad for $2.00!

This reader found this Lafayette 148 tweed jacket for $2.00 at Family Thrift Outlet, we found similar for $598. We love to hear from you .. Send in your thrift store finds and we will try to find a similar item at retail prices.

This reader found this Lafayette 148 tweed jacket for $2.00 at Family Thrift Outlet, we found similar for $598. We love to hear from you .. Send in your thrift store finds and we will try to find a similar item at retail prices.

Thanks for being such an awesome model Sammy!

Thanks for being such an awesome model Sammy!

Barbara Walters crowned Amal Clooney "The Most Fascinating Person Of 2014" in an ABC News special that aired earlier this month.  We love the silk, fringed kimono top she is wearing! (we found a similar one at Family Thrift Outlet Store for $2)

Barbara Walters crowned Amal Clooney “The Most Fascinating Person Of 2014” in an ABC News special that aired earlier this month.
We love the silk, fringed kimono top she is wearing! (we found a similar one at Family Thrift Outlet Store for $2)

Anthropologie lace/embroidered tunic from Houston Goodwill Industries of Houston for $5.99

Anthropologie lace/embroidered tunic from Houston Goodwill Industries of Houston for $5.99

In case you missed this one – Jen and I found some super Awesome matching “New Kids on the Block” jackets and OF COURSE we both bought them!   We absolutely love thrifting, sharing our shopping adventures and finds with you.  Thank you for also sharing your finds with us, we love to hear from you!

New Kids on the Block!!!!! and Yes, we bought them!

New Kids on the Block!!!!! and Yes, we bought them!

 

 

 

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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!

 

Too Cheap Tuesdays in Pasadena … Longchamp, ZARA, Brooks Brothers & Black Label Ralph

A question that we hear all the time is “which outlet do you prefer to shop at?”  Honestly, we decide which store to shop at depending on where we are in Houston on a Thursday.   The stores are spread all throughout town (and all over Texas) so some of them are “geographically challenging” for us but we ALWAYS find a treasure, no matter what store we shop at.  Remember, it usually just takes time to look through everything.    Today we are showing you what we found at the Pasadena outlet store last year … and it was awesome so we will definitely stop by again when we are in the area!

Also, Houston is getting unusually cold weather the past few weeks and there are racks of coats for only $2!

Family Thrift Center Outlet
2157 Red Bluff Rd, Pasadena, TX 77506

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).

 

Longchamp tote bag

Longchamp tote bag

Ralph Lauren "black label" pants

Ralph Lauren “black label” pants

Brooks Brothers tweed jacket

Brooks Brothers tweed jacket

ZARA tweed dress and gold clutch purse

ZARA tweed dress and gold clutch purse

 

ST JOHN COLLECTION sweater

ST JOHN COLLECTION sweater

Real fur cuffs

Real fur cuffs

A red cape

A red cape

A cheap winter wrap coat for $2

A cheap winter wrap coat for $2

Winter coats are CHEAP at the outlet store!

Winter coats are CHEAP at the outlet store!

Vintage purse

Vintage purse

Silk cocktail dress!

Silk cocktail dress!

 

When we share our “11 BEST Tips for Thrift Store Shopping”, you will see why we think the tweed jacket and dress are perfect staples for 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.

 

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

 

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.

 

 

Being a mom it always seems we end up carrying a huge, everyday purse that is accommodating for all of the necessities required.   When you get to change out your purse to a smaller yet fashionable bag, it feels like you are getting all dressed up!

Looking through all current styles, we see there is a huge trend with the clutch purse.    The clutch purse is definitely a way to add a pop of color to your outfit so why not buy a few of them in bright colors or wild prints in a thrift store.   It is one of those fun accessories that we will not use a lot so why not save some money on this not so practical item.   All of the bags we found were priced at only $1.75 each.

Here are a few examples of our favorite bloggers modeling the clutch purse:

atlantic pacific clutch

pink peonies clutch

Here are some of the bags that we found yesterday at Family Thrift Outlet Store for only $1.75 each.

A pop of turquoise brightens up any outfit!

A pop of turquoise brightens up any outfit!

Leather, hand-tooled, unique clutch purse for $1.75

Leather, hand-tooled, unique clutch purse for $1.75

$1.75

$1.75

Crochet clutch for $1.75

Crochet clutch for $1.75

Vintage handbag $1.75 (you could cut the handles off to make a clutch)

Vintage handbag $1.75
(you could cut the handles off to make a clutch)

Vintage lady handbag for $1.75

Vintage lady handbag for $1.75

Oh yes ... for the cat lovers ... a beaded handbag for $1.75

Oh yes … for the cat lovers … a beaded handbag for $1.75

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