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The Halloween Mannequin ALWAYS dresses from a Thrift Store!

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The Halloween Mannequin ALWAYS dresses from a Thrift Store!

Every year (I) Pippa have bought costumes for my mannequin and posted on my blog www.ShopwithPippa.com.  This year, Jen and I, are consolidating our blogs all to www.TooCheapBlondes.com, so let met share with your all of my thrifted finds the past few years.

A few tips about Halloween, it should be:

  • Fun
  • Creative
  • Not expensive

The best part about my mannequin is how many random people drive by, discretely roll down their window, and take a picture!   The UPS truck, the garbage and recycle truck all had to stop today.   Maybe it is because I have an AMAZING yard (thank you COLORFUL ENVIRONMENTS).

$2.00 Family Thrift Outlet

$2.00 Family Thrift Outlet

A pair of scissors was all we needed to make this costume a little bit cuter :)

A pair of scissors was all we needed to make this costume a little bit cuter :)

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Another $2 Family Thrift Costume!

Another $2 Family Thrift Costume!

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Happy Halloween from the Cheap Blondes!

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Update ~We are the Official Bloggers for Goodwill San Antonio!

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Jen and I, bloggers for “Too Cheap Blondes”, are excited to announce that we are now the official bloggers for  Goodwill San Antonio!   I was one of the official bloggers, with my first blog, www.ShopwithPippa.com.  Now that Jen and I are partners, we decided that we would like to put a joint effort together, towards promoting this amazing cause, Goodwill San Antonio.  Supporting people through the power of work!

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Goodwill San Antonio, helps change lives through the power of work for over 50,000 people a year.  Funding the mission thru the sales of donated goods in our stores and also from contracts with the government for services.  Nearly 90 cents of every dollar goes straight to serving people in need!

We are all about finding fashion and saving money, take a look at their fantastic prices!

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Here is an example of some of the clothing you can find.  Denim on denim is such a hot look this season!  This Anthropologie jacket from “Daughters of the Liberation” , found at the almost unheard of price of $5.99!

"Daughters of the Liberation" jacket for $5.99 @ Goodwill San Antonio

“Daughters of the Liberation” jacket for $5.99 @ Goodwill San Antonio

anthropologie cheap

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modeling fun Goodwill

Here are a few of the store reviews I did for Goodwill San Antonio:

Goodwill, 13311 San Pedro (281 & Bitters)

Goodwill, 3401 Fredericksburg

Goodwill, 727 NW Loop 410

Goodwill, Loop 1604 and Bulverde Road

San Antonio Readers

Work It Fashion Show

KENS5 Fashion Show News Segment

Over 50 Feeling 40

Goodwill Summer Fashion Show .. LIVE!

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Thank you for choosing us to help support Goodwill San Antonio!     Jen and Pippa

Thursday

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Last Minute Costume Ideas for Halloween

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Last Minute Costume Ideas for Halloween

Are you one of those have still not put together a costume for Halloween?   Today we are showing you regular clothing, we have found in a thrift store for CHEAP, to create a costume.   We find Pinterest to be our biggest source of inspiration!  (follow us HERE)

This morning we were on FOX26 News, sharing a few ideas, here is the link:

http://www.myfoxhouston.com/clip/10792357/halloween-costume-ideas

Jose Grinan and Melissa Wilson from FOX26 morning news

Jose Grinan and Melissa Wilson from FOX26 morning news

An easy way to recreate Michael Jacksons “Thriller” jacket with duct tape.

Create a similar jacket to the one Michael Jackson wore in "Thriller" video with duct tape

Create a similar jacket to the one Michael Jackson wore in “Thriller” video with duct tape

Here are some more inexpensive ideas for costumes!

We found this gold 70's dress at Family Thrift Outlet Store for $2.00

We found this gold 70’s dress at Family Thrift Outlet Store for $2.00

This leather duster was only $2.00 at the Family Thrift Outlet Store!

This leather duster was only $2.00 at the Family Thrift Outlet Store!

Queen Ravenna, from Snow White and the Huntsman.  This vintage velvet dress was only $2.00 at the Family Thrift Outlet Store.

Queen Ravenna, from Snow White and the Huntsman. This vintage velvet dress was only $2.00 at the Family Thrift Outlet Store.

Lace blouse for $2.00 at Family Thrift Outlet and frilly vest for $4.99 at Goodwill

Lace blouse for $2.00 at Family Thrift Outlet and frilly vest for $4.99 at Goodwill

"Too Cheap Blondes" on FOX26 News

“Too Cheap Blondes” on FOX26 News

Track suit for $4.00 at Family Thrift Outlet Store

Track suit for $4.00 at Family Thrift Outlet Store

A perfect cruise director suit, found for $4.00 at Family Thrift Outlet Store

A perfect cruise director suit, found for $4.00 at Family Thrift Outlet Store

Red dress with white polka dots?   Minnie Mouse of course!  $2.00 at Family Thrift Outlet Store

Red dress with white polka dots? Minnie Mouse of course! $2.00 at Family Thrift Outlet Store

What are you going to be for Halloween?

Did you purchase any part of your costume from a thrift store?

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Happy Thrifting …from Jen & Pippa

 

Wednesday

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Live on FOX 26 ~ Shopping at a Thrift Store for Halloween

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Live on FOX 26

Join us Thursday morning, October 30th, on FOX 26 during the 8 a.m. hour, as we show you how to use regular clothing, found at Goodwill and Family Thrift Center Outlet, for your Halloween costume.

Who do you think Jen is going to be with this fabulous leather trench coat (found at the Family Thrift Center Outlet for $2.00)?

Leather trench jacket found for $2.00 at Family Thrift Outlet Store

Leather trench jacket found for $2.00 at Family Thrift Outlet store.

Pippa, wearing a super awesome 80’s jacket, was attempting to be part of the “Fashion Police” and her sister-in-law, was Elizabeth Taylor.   They are both wearing clothing that was found in a thrift store.

Elizabeth Taylor and "Fashion Police"
Elizabeth Taylor and “Fashion Police.”

Have you found your Halloween costume yet?

What are you planning on wearing?

Did you shop at a thrift store for your costume?

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Wednesday

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Houston Family Thrift Center Outlet Finds, Part 2

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Yesterday we featured our new weekly segment, “Too Cheap Tuesdays,” sharing our weekly shopping adventure.   There were so many great deals we had to break it up into two parts (here is part 1).  We found all of this at the Family Thrift Center Outlet, 6724 Hillcroft St., Houston, Texas.

Each Thursday, new inventory comes in and every item is priced at just $2.00.   With prices that low, it is almost guilt-free shopping!

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

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sequin skirtvintage pendleton 49er

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This silk butterfly outfit is a overwhelming when worn together but pieced out into separates it is quite cute!

butterfly top

butterfly skirt

 

JCREW jacket thrift store style

 

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Tuesday

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“Too Cheap Tuesdays” at Houston Family Thrift Center Outlet

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Jen and I LOVE shopping at the Family Thrift Center Outlet stores…Two Dollars…”Too Cheap!”  Join us on our weekly shopping adventure, “Too Cheap Tuesdays.”  This past week we were at 6724 Hillcroft St., Houston, Texas.    We found so much we had to break this up into 2 parts, the link for part II is at the bottom of the page.

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.  See below for a daily price breakdown.  Store hours differ per location.

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

denim jacket thrift store style

brooks brothers thrift store style

Victor Costa Houndstooth Skirt for $2.00

Victor Costa Houndstooth Skirt for $2.00

A few more ideas on how to wear houndstooth this season:

More ideas on how to wear a houndstooth skirt

More ideas on how to wear a houndstooth skirt

JCREW strapless thrift dress

Kids jackets

Kids jackets

banana republic thrift store style

juicy couture

 

Halloween costumes for $2.00 each

Halloween costumes for $2.00 each

Ralph Lauren plaid cashmere/wool shirt with leather elbow pads.

Ralph Lauren plaid cashmere/wool shirt with leather elbow pads.

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.

Enthusiastic thrift store shoppers get there early!

Enthusiastic thrift store shoppers get there early

( Here is the link for Part II )

Happy hunting!

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Tuesday

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What Was Your Favorite Find of the Week?

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What Was Your Favorite Find of the Week?

Pippa and I have what we call our Monday-morning Brain Storming Session.  We call each other, discuss what we have going on that week, talk about any new fashion trends we’ve noticed, peruse through Pinterest, adding things to our shared boards, and then go to work shopping the thrift stores trying to make our ideas and inspirations come to life.  This week we are working on the following:

  • Wardrobe Contest that will begin this week, gifting a deserving woman in the Houston area (details to follow) with a thrifted wardrobe, styled by us!
  • “Too Cheap Tuesdays” begins with Family Thrift Outlet Stores.   (Here is a link to that article)
  • Halloween Costumes from everyday clothes in a thrift store, Thursday, with Rita Garcia, FOX 26 News.
  • “Thursday Thrift Challenge” begins Thursday, with ABC Patricia Lopez, “Stretch Your Dollar” (details to follow).
  • “Preparing for Holiday Parties,” Saturday, with Courtney Zavala, KPRC Channel 2,  “Morning Show.”

We always end our conversation with the question, “What was your favorite find of the week?”

Pippa found both this suede A-Line skirt, fully lined, by Ann Taylor for $2 at the Family Thrift Outlet (6724 Hillcroft St) and a black DKNY silk tie front blouse for $2, and paired them with a Burberry scarf (gift) and Tory Burch Boots (Nordstrom Sale).   Pippa wore this outfit from 6 A.M. until 11 P.M., traveling by plane all day, and then dining in the evening at a 5-star restaurant.  This outfit was not only stylish, but warm and comfortable!

ann taylor suede thrift skirt

Here are some more ideas from Pinterest (follow us HERE) on how to wear a suede skirt:

suede skirt thrift store

Jen found this vintage purple and gold dress for $2.00  (6724 Hillcroft St.).  Vintage clothing is usually much higher quality than today’s ready-to-wear clothing and is so well constructed, it can many times be comparable to our current couture clothing.  Using Oscar de la Renta 2014 Runway show as an inspiration, Jen is going to do a make-over to convert this dress into a skirt.  Jen loved this dress because of the vibrant colors and attention to detail.  Once she converts it to a ball skirt, it’s going to be fabulous paired with a t-shirt, turtle neck or button-up blouse.

vintage dress

vintage oscar de la renta purple

We post our shopping trips each week, here are the links to both the retail and the outlet Family Thrift Center shopping trips last week:

Retail Family Thrift Center HERE

Family Thrift Center Outlet HERE

What did you find this week?   Please share, we would love to hear from you!

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Monday

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ROGC Pink Elephant Sale Sets New Records this Year!

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The River Oaks Garden Club’s Pink Elephant sale this year broke all previous sales and attendance records!!  Attendance at the event was nearly double from last year!  The sale’s revenue was also way up over previous years’!!  We received an e-mail from the River Oaks Garden Club telling us that they had people in line starting at 9 p.m. the night before the sale!  Folks, this is a rummage sale, not the release of a new iPhone!  Outstanding!!!  We heard that it took about 45 minutes to get the 9 a.m. line of people inside the door, and then the line didn’t slow down until sometime in the afternoon.   The sale had steady attendance throughout Friday and Saturday.

Here’s out favorite part of the story, when the ladies of the Garden Club asked people how they heard about the sale, many said they had been coming for years, but the vast majority said Channel 13, Facebook, or the Internet.  According to the ladies, all of those are directly attributable to Too Cheap Blondes.
We are so floored and thrilled that the sale did so well, especially since all of the proceeds go directly back into the Houston community.  We are so proud to have helped the Club get the word out about their sale and couldn’t be more pleased with the phenomenal results.
This is why we blog about thrifting…stories like this!  We love it when the opportunity to give back arises and look forward to working with the Garden Club next year as well.
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How to Implement Leopard Into Your Wardrobe

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Leopard is one those prints that can be bold and way out there, but if you start out slowly, your confidence in wearing this print will also grow!  Shopping at a thrift store is an inexpensive way to add this print to your wardrobe.

Here are a few of our tips on how to wear leopard:

  • Begin with accessories.
  • Wear leopard print with muted colors.
  • Think of leopard as a neutral.
  • If you are more daring…try stripes and leopard.

Begin with accessories.  Most people don’t just start out wearing a leopard dress or coat, they have to work up to that.  Accessories are an easy way to get your foot in the door, try a scarf, bag, belt or shoes.

How to wear a leopard scarf

How to wear a leopard scarf.

(One of our favorite fashion bloggers www.PinterestToldMeTo.com gives practical advice on how to add leopard.)

Leopard & Stripes

Leopard & Stripes

Jessica Simpson Leopard Clutch $2 @ Family Thrift Outlet on Hillcroft

Jessica Simpson Leopard Clutch $2 @ Family Thrift Outlet on Hillcroft

 

Next step is adding a leopard skirt, blouse or if you are really daring, a jacket!

Leopard skirt found at Family Thrift Outlet on Hillcroft for $2

Leopard skirt found at Family Thrift Outlet on Hillcroft for $2

Here are some more ways you can style a leopard pencil skirt:

More ideas on how to style a leopard pencil skirt

More ideas on how to style a leopard pencil skirt

 

Leopard JCREW blouse for $2 @ Family Thrift Outlet on Hillcroft

Leopard J. Crew blouse for $2 @ Family Thrift Outlet on Hillcroft

For the BOLD ... a leopard coat!

For the BOLD.. a leopard coat!

Fashion and leopard seem to go hand-in-hand!

Fav fashion blogger Pink Peonies closet and Pippa's vintage & unique handbag collection on her leopard stairs

Fav fashion blogger Pink Peonies closet and Pippa’s stairs

Do you wear leopard?   Have you found any leopard prints in a thrift store?

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A Quick Stop at Family Thrift Center Retail Store – (Part 2…J Brand, St. John & More)

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A Quick Stop at Family Thrift Center Retail Store at 920 North Durham Drive – Part 2

Last week our segment with “Stretch Your Dollar” got pushed back an hour.  With only that small amount of time, we decided to stop in to FTC, find some designer items, take pictures, and LEAVE them all for you!

We shopped the Family Thrift Center retail store at 920 North Durham Drive.  We found so much stuff, we had to break this up into two parts!  Here is the Part 1 if you missed it.

 

J BRAND denim jeans $9.59

J Brand denim jeans for $9.59.

 

Anthropologie Maeve skirt was $6.56, marked down to $3.33

Anthropologie Maeve skirt was $6.56, marked down to $3.33.

Chico's sweater $12.51

Chico’s sweater for $12.51.

Tadashi gown $12.51 ... a lovely dress but would also work so well for a halloween costume!

Tadashi gown for $12.51…a lovely dress but would also work so well for a Halloween costume!

Ellie Kai silk tunic for $12.51

Ellie Kai silk tunic for $12.51.

Free People dress for $9.59

Free People dress for $9.59.

La Seine sweater $12.57

La Seine sweater for $12.57.

ST JOHN COLLECTION suit $12.51

St. John Collection suit for $12.51.

ST JOHN vintage rare knit $5.45

Vintage St. John chevron knit set for $5.45.  This was outdated when kept together but fabulous when turned into separates!

Ralph Lauren plaid maxi $12.51

Ralph Lauren plaid maxi skirt for $12.51.

Aztec sweater $5.45

Aztec sweater for $5.45.

Harley Davidson leather vest

Harley Davidson leather vest.

Any favorites here?   Have you shopped at a Family Thrift Retail Store?

Here is a link to all of their locations.