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Monday, 29 September 2014

THRIFTING MONTROSE #2: BLUE BIRD CIRCLE & THE COTTAGE SHOP

There are a few more thrift and charity shops around that I would like to present to you. One of them is called the best charity shop on various yelp reviews: Blue Bird Circle. Their profits benefit sick children, what better motive can you have?




BLUE BIRD CIRCLE RESALE SHOP
615 West Alabama St. 

open Mon - Sat, 10am - 4pm

This shop is one of the biggest and best maintained in the area. The clothes section is vast, but nothing really vintage can be found there. The furniture and housewares are unbeatable though. Sometimes you can find mid-century couches here, Tiki chairs from the 50s or the bamboo desk in the picture below. Only drawback: the prices are pretty high, it is hard to leave with a true bargain. On the other hand, you are unlikely to buy things you don't need only because they are just 1$. We got our couch from there though for a surprising 90$ and a lamp for 20$ I though was older, but then turned out to be made in China. Bluebird is always worth a trip because they always have something new and outstanding.








THE COTTAGE SHOP
811 Westheimer

Open Mon - Sat, 10am – 4pm

This one underwent a re-do recently and looks much better now. It main focus is on clothes and the last I visited they had better and more clothes (though nothing vintage). The shop benefits women in need and serves as a training centre. The home ware selection is small, but you can get lucky. I bought my favourite water glasses there and a leather wrapper for 2" (because I cannot find paper fitting in it).  They have a discount system, Tuesdays are all housewares 25% off. Se details here. When I was there I felt there was a sequin-theme going on, as many dresses that caught my eye had sequins on them. Clothes also rather tend to be on the more modern side, but you can be lucky with accessories here. And the prices are definitely the lowest compared to the other stores around. Totally worth a visit and conveniently located on Westheimer.




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