Wednesday, November 20, 2013

$5 Thrifted Soup Tureen to Fabulous Planter!

I know you usually expect to see thrifted fashion from me, but I'm an equal opportunity thrifter so today I'm going to show you an awesome planter I found!  I picked up this gorgeous pedestal soup tureen from Goodwill the other day for $5.  I first passed this gem up because it was missing its ladle and lid.  After making another pass though, it hit me.  This would make a great planter for my succulents!

So, $5 later and 5 minutes of replanting time and I have this gorgeous centerpiece for my patio table.

Just another reason to think outside the box when you're thrifting!

Monday, September 16, 2013

True Treasure Hunting at Goodwill Today!

I ran across an awesome score at Goodwill today!  I found this amazing, hand-colored print from a steel engraving, circa 1845!  The print itself is in fabulous condition although it needs new matting and glass.  For $7, I think it qualifies as a major score!

By the way, this is the EXACT style my house is decorated in so it's going to look fabulous once I get it repaired!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

“The Fabulous THRIFT SHOP Challenge!!!!!!!” ”O” MAGAZINE ~ vs ~ TOO CHEAP BLONDES Maxi Skirt

"O" Magazine Thrift Shop Challenge ~ Maxi Skirt is $895.00 Retail vs $6.99 Thrift Store Style
“O” Magazine Thrift Shop Challenge ~ Maxi Skirt is $895.00 Retail vs $6.99 Thrift Store Style

Once again, Jen and I are pushing ourselves to recreate looks from “O” MAGAZINE at a local Goodwill store.  We printed up several looks and set out for one of our hardest challenges yet!

We found this MAXI SKIRT for only $6.99 (plus at this price you can afford to throw in the chartreuse blouse priced at only $4.99)!

From "O" Magazine:
  • Wearing a maxi for day is a very fashion-forward look. But the skirt needs to be long enough—it should be no shorter than half an inch from  the bottom of your shoe. How to Wear It: Choose a style that is  streamlined but has some movement, and pair it with knits and booties or  menswear-inspired flats. If You’re Short: It may seem  counterintuitive, but a long skirt can make you look taller. Make sure the hem  of your top doesn’t hit much lower than your natural waistline. If You’re  Tall: Experiment with layered tops, like a sweater and vest or loose,  diaphanous tees. What to Avoid: Pointy stilettos, knee-high boots, or  anything too dressy. “Rugged shoe styles are fresher,”. Sweater, Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent, $325. Blouse,  Marciano, $168. Skirt, Moschino, $895. Belt, Longchamp.
Read more:

Remember to Always Donate and Pay it Forward! 

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

Jen Meneely

Pippa Williams

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

"The Fabulous THRIFT SHOP Challenge!!!!!" "O" Magazine ~vs~ Too Cheap Blondes Chambray and Lace

Jen and I have decided to do our own personal challenge, recreate an outfit all from a thrift store!

Maybe that sounds easier than it is, but we only went to one store!

Today we printed up several looks from “O Magazine” and went into a thrift store to style a similar look.  This DEFINITELY pushed both of us out of our comfort zone … we thought outside of the box and didn’t quite hit the mark on a few looks but we will show you the ones that we are quite proud of!

O Magazine ~ Turn lace into a daytime look!   $258 Retail vs $12.98 Thrift Store Style 
O Magazine ~ Turn lace into a daytime look!
$258 Retail vs $12.98 Thrift Store Style

Pencil Skirt

Even in a va-va-voom shade, this pencil skirt is more casual than cocktail  party: Flats, a scarf, and a rolled denim shirt complete the weekend look.
(Shirt, Talula for  Artizia, $70. Skirt, Joie, $188)

Read more:

At a local Goodwill Store we found a boys XL chambray shirt for $3.99 and a red lace skirt for $6.99!   At these prices we can be generous and throw in the scarf $1.99 and belt $2.99 for a complete look priced at only $17.96!

Remember to Always Donate and Pay it Forward!

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

Jen Meneely

Pippa Williams

Sunday, August 25, 2013

The Women's Home reNew and reDux Fashion Show

Pippa and I were so excited to attend The Women's Home's reNew and reDux Fashion Show on August 21st.  I've wanted to attend this event for the last couple of years and for one reason or another have been unable to.  I'm so glad I made it this year!

Envision this, a New York Fashion Week-quality runway show featuring the latest fashion trends.  After the gorgeous models finish walking the catwalk, their couture outfits hit a clothing rack that is then rolled out into the audience.  Next, it's first come, first served to grab the coveted pieces, most ranging from $30 to $150.  Hold the presses...Chanel, Prada, and St. John (many with tags still attached) for less than $150?  You read that right.  This isn't your average fashion show, it's like walking into your favorite thrift shop, fully stocked with gorgeous, high-end items, and having a catwalk right in the middle of the store!  I think that I may have cried a little I was so happy.

I can't express how much it warms my heart to see women in their high-end cocktail dresses and Christian Louboutin's thrifting!

What a fun evening that in the end raised money for a great cause, supporting the operations of The Women's Home.  The bonus, Pippa and I scored some beautiful pieces such as the Tory Burch tunic and brand new Oscar de la Renta dress below!

photo from

I can't wait until next year! 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Goodwill Houston Gift Card Giveaway!!

Exciting news!, a joint blog between Shop Jens Closet and Shop With Pippa, is proud to announce our first giveaway!  We can't think of a better prize than a $50 Goodwill Industries of Houston gift card (good for Houston-area stores only)!

In order to enter, follow these simple steps:

1.  Go to Facebook and "like" Goodwill Industries of Houston's Facebook page.  Click here.

2.  Come back here and enter your name and contact information into the drawing by clicking here.

That's it!  Contest ends August 12th at midnight. 

Skeptical about what you can buy for $50 at Goodwill?  Check out some of our favorite finds!

Brand new Ash boots for $9.99!
Four brand new Billy Reid men's shirts for $5.99 each!
Mary Ching evening gown, $9.99!

  Good luck!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Why I Shop Thrift...and Yes, Occassionally Sell Some Items.

While the majority of the feedback that I've received due to my recent television appearances has been positive, there are a few people who have expressed concern about what I do.  Specifically, people ask why I shop thrift stores if I can afford not to.  They also ask why I take all of the "good stuff" from people that really need it.  Let me address each point.

First of all, I grew up poor.  Destitute.  I spent my entire childhood shopping thrift out of need, so I know how it feels to have thrift shops as your only clothing option.  While I now can afford to shop retail, old habits are hard to break.  I simply don't like overpaying for things.

Second, while I never felt embarrassed to shop thrift even when it was hard to make ends meet, I know that others wouldn't be caught dead in a thrift store.  Maybe I'm crazy, but I'd like to think that my TV appearances are helping remove the stigma.  I'm actually proud of this.

Third, I specialize in vintage clothing.  Last I looked, you can't find a vintage blouse at Macy's.

Fourth and most important, the money I spend at thrift stores is helping people.  If people like me don't shop thrift for "moral reasons", Goodwill's revenues decline.  It's that simple.  In fact, check out their mission statement.  
  • MISSION STATEMENT: To help change lives through the power of work. Goodwill provides career training and placement assistance for employment.  We support our programs through profits generated through the sale of donated goods.  Nearly 90 cents of every shopping dollar we receive help fund educational programs and services that assist people in finding better jobs and building careers.
Note that their primary goal is to generate funds to help people train for and obtain employment...not to provide clothes to those that can't afford to pay retail prices.

Finally, let me address whether or not I take all of the "good stuff".  There are thousands of thrift stores in the U.S.  On average, I sell 3 to 5 items per month.  I really don't think I'm emptying the shelves.  Finally, I don't think I'm buying items that are in high demand from the disadvantaged.   I certainly didn't shop for vintage clothing when I was looking for a job and couldn't rub two dimes together.
I do admit that a minute percentage of people will suffer as a result of my actions.  They won't get that Hermes scarf or Chanel skirt because I found it first.  On balance, however, I sleep well at night knowing that my actions are contributing to charitable efforts and convincing the up and coming that there is no shame in shopping thrift.