By now, it should be a well established fact around these parts that thrifting is a 100% legit form of therapy. #canigetanamen Lord knows I’ve needed a lot of it over the past several weeks. I am very blessed to have met some wonderful people here in Houston including my new friend Mary who not only wasn’t hesitant to meet me after my recent losses, she insisted on it!
Mary patiently shuttled me around Goodwill and little local thrift shops and it was like salve on my soul. Mary even packed me cookies for a snack!! #friendsforlife Allow me to share a little about the shops we visited and the scores I found and then at the end, I’ll share two ideas – one happening right now, and one coming up in 2018 as inspired by my epic thrift therapy session!
We started off at Goodwill and got to know about each other over the racks! Mary has 3 kids, like me, only hers are grown and accomplished. She is happily married and enjoying the urban life. She moved to Houston a couple of years ago from Friday Night Lights Texas and has learned to navigate the thrifting scene in this fourth largest city in the USA… and is willing to share her knowledge with the likes of me. I was pleased to discover that Mary and I have a similar thrifting style – we like to browse the whole store, we have a dynamic closet with lots of comings and goings of thrifted pieces, we remark on the interesting objects…
I saw plenty of nice labels at Goodwill – Rebecca Taylor, Anthropologie, AG and the perfect mustard flats…
I left with one item – a $5 sleeveless Cynthia Rowley blouse in a pattern that’s not too boho and not too boring.
Next we hit The Guild Shop – “Houston’s Best Resale Shop.”
Mary and I agreed that we could spend the whole day in this shop alone. It had everything from men’s and women’s clothing, to shoes, to jewelry, to a designer section, to vintage, to furniture and art, to housewares, a Christmas section and an outdoor area with outdoor furniture and decor. I can’t share all the shots I took because I took about a hundred and we still have two other shops to talk about! But let me assure you that The Guild Shop is a must for any thrifter in the area and I will be back, especially as I get more into home decor.
The Guild Shop has an interesting pricing system. Each item is priced for three different dates that get successively cheaper.
It’s absolutely brilliant if you ask me and definitely adds to the allure of this shop. They had some serious designer pieces including Chanel, Gucci, Equipment, J Brand, Theory, Vince, Ferragamo, Anthropologie and more. If you are willing to gamble on the date, you could score some amazing finds!! I ended up leaving with just one piece, bought for the highest price at $9.74 because I loved it so much!
The Guild Shop is a non-profit little thrift store that supports various community partners. Basically, shopping there is a good deed so you have to go! You’re welcome.
Next we headed to the Assistance League of Houston Thrift Shop.
Like the Guild Shop, the Assistance League Thrift Shop had a little of everything! I love seeing the fruits of the volunteer efforts…
Again, I saw great labels and unique pieces like a Willow Tree nativity set and…
They had a great section of books and home decor. The prices were already awesome and they have regular sales and clearance racks.
I tried on a lot of things but settled on just one piece because I am very reasonable at all times and only buy what I need…
The brand is Algo which is a Swiss label. If the website is in USD, then my $6 for this piece constitutes a hall-of-fame score! Even aside from the price, this top is like wearing a hug. NOW I get it about cashmere!!! I spotted thousand dollar suits for ten bucks, Ferragamo shoes and other designer labels. It’s a thrift hunter’s paradise!
As with The Guild Shop, proceeds from The Assistance League Thrift Shop support various philanthropic efforts. This is why I love “little” thrift and was so excited to move onto the next little thrift shop that Mary and I decided to forgo lunch margaritas. There you have it, I love thrift more than margaritas.
Mary and I had to prowl for parking here but it was worth it! The Cottage Shop was filled with amazing things for an amazing cause – it serves as a job training site and helps to fund The Women’s Home which supports women who are homeless, vulnerable or in crisis to regain their lives.
I was sorry that we had only a few minutes to browse this shop. I felt like Cinderella at 11:55pm!!
I even broke one of my cardinal rules of thrifting and bought a piece without trying it on.
The prices at The Cottage Shop are the best for regular rack items – for example, $7 dresses, $5 shoes, $4 tops, $3 skirts and pants – with vintage and specialty pieces individually priced. Ladies, with what I saw in a few short hours, I am more convinced than ever that thrift shopping is the way to go. It serves your pocketbook and the community! Speaking of the thrifting community, let me share some future plans! At The Assistance League Thrift Shop, I purchased a calendar in support of their fundraising: “The Finest Thrift & Consignment Stores Calendar.”
Mary and I looked at each other and immediately hatched a plan to thrift our way through 2018 using this calendar as our guide! Starting in January, I will set a thrifting date to visit that month’s featured secondhand shop and y’all are invited! Stay tuned!
The other special spirited event happening right now is the Second Annual Closet Minimalism Game!
Each day, I will post a #purgeprompt on Instagram and Facebook – a prompt to declutter something from your closet with the end goal of lightening your wardrobe by at least 30 items and honing your style! I definitely need it after all my, er, therapy! Here are a few more of my therapy items:
Er, you can expect a shoe #purgeprompt later today!!! 😀 All total, my thrifting therapy cost far less than a single hour of regular therapy. (I’m not knocking counseling by any means – I’ve had plenty of that too!) I have “new” pieces that remind me of my new friend and thrifting sister, Mary, as well as the kindness and acceptance that she embodies. I have a couple new projects to guide my course for the next little while. I feel so much better… I think this is healing, truly. Thank you Mary and thank you Houston thrift for being there for me when I needed you! xoxoxo