over50feeling40: San Antonio's Queen of Consignment at Too Good To Be Threw!
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Nov 17, 2013

San Antonio's Queen of Consignment at Too Good To Be Threw!

Hopefully, you all had a fabulous weekend! Let's start a new week by meeting a very special lady of a certain age.

If you are headed to San Antonio and want to take in some amazing consignment shopping, you only need to remember one street, Blanco Road.  For several miles from one end of this byway to another, shoppers discover three locations for TOO GOOD TO BE THREW fashion and furniture consignment boutiques.

To say that sixty two year old, Linda Reams is one of our city’s best success stories is an understatement.  She is also a beacon for pursuing a passion and making it work.  In the late 1960s, Linda was a typical Kelly-girl and she found each desk job to be as dry as the next.  She was one of five siblings in a family struggling to make it, but with a mother determined to overcome.  There was no reason for her children to look shabby with resale treasures waiting to be discovered.

“We went on a shopping trip to Houston to a large resale store,” said Linda.  “And my heart began to beat rapidly!  My mother loved to shop and see how successful she could be with just a little.  Even today, at 83, my mother can out shop my sister and I.  She loves to come into the store and become stylist for any of the shoppers….and she is good at it.”

In 1979, Linda opened the first TOO GOOD TO BE THREW and she says its success was due to timing…they were the first in a city ready for resale.  Yet, she quietly and humbly attributes the continued success to “treating people right.”   She listened when customers asked for children’s resale, then men’s, and finally stunning furniture.

 Her desire is for each customer to feel as though they went through a high-end shopping experience in their spirits, but not their budgets…just joy here…no guilt.
When I asked to share the most fabulous piece they had seen come through the store, Kassie, one of Linda’s employees was quick to mention a Marge Carson sofa which originally was purchased for $18,000 and they sold for $8,000!!

Linda is having so much fun, she doesn’t see herself ever retiring.  “It is not in my thinking,” she said. She is such an example of what can be accomplished with determination, diligence, and passion.

So, what did I buy while I was there?? It was a tough decision, but I fell in love with this Chico's animal print jacket...I think it was meant for me!

Now, go visit VISIBLE MONDAY!! plus MONDAY MINGLE!! plusSan Antonio Weekly Link Up! plus the VERIZON VOICES FASHIONISTA STYLE BLOG HOP!! and have a good one!

Gift Card Provided by Too Good To Be Threw


  1. Pam you look fabulous in this ensemble! Every time I see you ... your style just keeps getting better! Kudos!!

  2. Linda's story is wonderful to read! And you look so sharp in your animal print jacket. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday!

  3. Love your leopard jacket Pam! Hope all is well with you. Enjoy your week! xoxo

  4. Excellent choice! And what a fabulous store with something for everyone!

  5. You are looking pretty in this cute top, good find. I love those shoes with the strap!

    blue hue wonderland

  6. This jacket is amazing and you look wonderful! I finally found an animal print jacket for myself and was so happy. This one you're wearing is gorgeous with the detailing.

  7. Good Evening, Pam!
    You look lovely in your leopard jacket. I am a Chico's girl from way back. I have a question.
    We moved to Houston about a year ago and I cannot find a "good" resale shop. I thought in a city this big there would be at least one. Most are junk stores. I have beautiful china and figurines that I would love to resale. We downsized when we moved here and I just don't have room anymore to store them. Do you know of any? Or anyone else know of one? I love your blog and look forward to having my coffee with you in the mornings.
    Judith Presgrove

    1. Judith,
      I know exactly who to ask and who will have the answers. Please email me at over50feeling40@gmail.com and then I will respond to you by email. Thanks!

  8. Again I am amazed by the great consignment stores you have in the States. The presentation looks fantastic. I can only think of dark, stuffed clothes rails here - certainly not a shopping experience...!
    No wonder you fell in love with this chic leo jacket, Pam! It looks great with your black outfit.

    Have a wonderful week,
    Annette | Lady of Style

    1. Annette,
      this store looks like a gem amongst those that you describe, and they are also the norm in my neck of the woods. No way would I consignment shop where I live, but I might have to make a San Antonio detour next time I visit family north of Austin. Great jacket, Pam!

  9. It is actually a dream me and my sister have to own a consignment store one day when we both hopefully would live in the same city.. right now she's in England and me in Dubai, we just have to put the dream to rest.. but once a year I have my small 'consignment' aka yard sale to look forward to ;) You look great (as always) Pam in this fabulous animal print trend!


  10. Stopping by from Monday Mingle! You look great in your outfit - anything leopard/animal print is a plus in my book! :-) Glad I ran into your blog. I am a huge thrifter and consignment shop junkie. Great finds! I love the me department and antique chair photo!


  11. Why yes! That jacket was meant for you. How great that you could pick that up so cheaply and such a great store.

  12. Nothing beats second hand stores' treasures!
    You chose righ, that jacket is stunning on you


  13. A truly lovely success story. The jacket is wonderful on you.

  14. I'm always looking for new resale boutiques. I'll have to go check this one out!

  15. How I wish San Antonio were closer to Sicily! I would go to this boutique immediately!

  16. Places like this let your imagination run free. How fantastic.
    You did very well, and loo FANTASTIC in that jacket.

  17. What an inspiring story, and such a difference the personal touch (and listening) always makes. Love the leopard!

  18. I love that jacket on you! It really looks fun and very stylish. The store and her story are great. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Meow, Pam! I love it. Wish I lived closer, it looks like a wonderful store!


  20. Nice looking shop that looks like a step up from your usual thrift.

  21. Ahhh Pam-I think that animal print jacket is just perfect on you. Looking fab!
    What a great story of a successful business owner. Thanks for sharing.
    xx, Heather

  22. Pam you look so great!! I love consignment shops like this! Bravo to Linda!

    The Arts by Karena

  23. Looks like such a fun place to shop and the name is adorable

  24. Very impressive entrepreneur friend you have. You look darling, too.

  25. You look fabulous! I love finding items at second hand stores. It always feels like a steal!

  26. I loved learning more about the woman behind Too Good To Be Threw. What an inspiration!

    Thanks for including a link to my Weekly Link Up, Pamela!

  27. Pam,

    you are amazing.
    that jacket looks WONDERFUL on you. Rawr!
    You truly are an inspiration.
    I want to get that marvelous chair with a portrait at that consignment store for my future mansion when i get it!
    i love treasure hunting at consignment stores.

    God bless you,


  28. The store looks lovely and the woman behind it sounds just as lovely. LOVE the Chico leopard jacket, you look awesome in it :)


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