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Monday

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September 2014

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Jen and Pippa’s Top Finds of the Week ~ ST JOHN for $2

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Jen and Pippa’s Top Finds of the Week ~ ST JOHN for $2

We did not have much time to thrift this week, with filming 3 segments, but of course we found a few items in our spare time!

What an exquisite find with this vintage beaded handbag with needlework in the center.  In perfect condition.  $2.00

Vintage handbag for $2

Vintage handbag for $2

Exquisite!

Exquisite!

 

Next would be this ST JOHN COUTURE black sweater with leather epaulettes!   This retails for close to $1000 and believe it or not we found it for $2.00.

Black ST JOHN COUTURE sweater for $2

Black ST JOHN COUTURE sweater for $2

 

What a great deal on this ST JOHN COUTURE sweater for $2

What a great deal on this ST JOHN COUTURE sweater for $2

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Saturday

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Clutch Purses and Handbags ~ Cheap

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Being a mom it always seems we end up carrying a huge, everyday purse that is accommodating for all of the necessities required.   When you get to change out your purse to a smaller yet fashionable bag, it feels like you are getting all dressed up!

Looking through all current styles, we see there is a huge trend with the clutch purse.    The clutch purse is definitely a way to add a pop of color to your outfit so why not buy a few of them in bright colors or wild prints in a thrift store.   It is one of those fun accessories that we will not use a lot so why not save some money on this not so practical item.   All of the bags we found were priced at only $1.75 each.

Here are a few examples of our favorite bloggers modeling the clutch purse:

atlantic pacific clutch

pink peonies clutch

Here are some of the bags that we found yesterday at Family Thrift Outlet Store for only $1.75 each.

A pop of turquoise brightens up any outfit!

A pop of turquoise brightens up any outfit!

Leather, hand-tooled, unique clutch purse for $1.75

Leather, hand-tooled, unique clutch purse for $1.75

$1.75

$1.75

Crochet clutch for $1.75

Crochet clutch for $1.75

Vintage handbag $1.75 (you could cut the handles off to make a clutch)

Vintage handbag $1.75
(you could cut the handles off to make a clutch)

Vintage lady handbag for $1.75

Vintage lady handbag for $1.75

Oh yes ... for the cat lovers ... a beaded handbag for $1.75

Oh yes … for the cat lovers … a beaded handbag for $1.75

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Thursday

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9/11 Leather USA Bomber Jacket for $2 @ Family Thrift Outlet Store

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Leather USA Bomber Jacket for $2 @ Family Thrift Outlet Store

Today is full of memories for Americans as we remember 9/11.  We can all vividly account where we were and what we were doing with shock and horror as we watched the terrorist attacks unfold on live television.   Yesterday we filmed a segment at Family Thrift Outlet and our model was under 5 years old when it happened.  The high school students of today were in pre-school or kindergarten when the attacks happened and have little or no memory of that day.   She told us that her high school had “America” day today and encouraged the students to wear red, white and blue.  Of course this red, white and blue leather bomber jacket, found for $2, was perfect!!!!!!!

Leather Bomber jacket for $2 @ Family Thrift Outlet Store

Leather Bomber jacket for $2 @ Family Thrift Outlet Store

USA leather bomber jacket for $2

USA leather bomber jacket for $2

Wednesday

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Happy Birthday Girls!

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Happy Birthday Girls!

Our models, Maddy and Victoria … are 20 this week!   They have modeled with us from our very first television segment.   They are beautiful not only on the outside but also on the inside, full of joy and passion for life.   They are so much fun to shop with … really you can’t help but have a good time thrifting with them!  Plus they honestly do have a fantastic sense of style and come up with some amazing outfits.   So proud of the young women they are becoming!   Happy Birthday and thank you for being serious sometimes!

"Too Cheap Blondes" first television segment

“Too Cheap Blondes” first television segment

Filming "Homecoming Style found in a Thrift Store" with Stretch your Dollar

Filming “Homecoming Style found in a Thrift Store” with Stretch your Dollar

Victoria was thrilled to have found this pair of Barbie pajamas!

Victoria was thrilled to have found this pair of Barbie pajamas!

Maddy is feeling sporty!

Maddy is feeling sporty!

You find all kinds of fun things at Goodwill

You find all kinds of fun things at Goodwill

Sometimes glamorous!

Sometimes glamorous!

This dress only $9.99

This dress was only $9.99

Betsey Johnson dress for $9.99

Betsey Johnson dress for $9.99

More pajamas!

More pajamas!

Time for some serious shopping at Goodwill

Time for some serious shopping at Goodwill

Going to make cut off shorts with these "mom jeans"

Going to make cut off shorts with these “mom jeans”

Where do they find these things?

Where do they find these things?

 

 

 

Tuesday

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September 2014

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Our Weekly Planning Meeting always includes “What day do we get to Shop?”

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Our Weekly Planning Meeting always includes “What day do we get to Shop?”

We start each Monday morning with a planning meeting for the week.   Some weeks there is nothing but a leisurely day to shop, this week our schedule was quite different!   Here is what it looks like:

  • What blog posts to cover
  • Scouring online for NYFW 2014 what’s new for Spring
  • Creating a PDF shopping list for Spring 2015 … help you start working on your spring wardrobe now!

    "Spring 2015 Fashion Trends"

    “Spring 2015 Fashion Trends”

  • Filming with “Stretch your Dollar” ABC for Fall Fashion on a budget @ Family Thrift Outlet, where everything is priced at only $2.  Schedule with the store, camera man, come up with outline and find models.
  • Filming at FOX News “NYFW” Trends to find in a Thrift Store.  Research a whole bunch of looks to choose from so we have options, with only a few days to pull clothes for this segment … you never know what you will find with just one trip to a thrift store.
  • Planning a fun clothing exchange party that will be televised.  More details on this one soon!
  • Working on our thrifted version of  “Southern Living” fall fashion issue, recreating  “One Jacket Four Ways”, worn on 5 different generations.  Set up photo sessions with models.southern living magazine fall fashion
  • Sept 13,  watch Goodwill  “Check this Out Houston” segment “Fall Fashions from Fashion Magazines” will air on ABC @ 10am, this Saturday.fall fashion trends blog
  • Bold colors for fall

    Bold colors for fall

    goodwill segment

     

The High Light of Our Week

Our conversation always ends with “what day do you have free this week to shop?”.  Now for us “shopping” means a thrift store.

We spend hours in one store and we go through every single row.  I know, I know, some people might not understand how we enjoy this, but it is one of the best days of the week for us!

Here are some of the stand-outs!

Designer:

Galliano denim jeans for $7.99

Galliano denim jeans for $7.99

 

Adolfo skirt for $6.99, same brand as the jacket seen on Princess Letizia

Adolfo skirt for $6.99, same brand as the jacket seen on Princess Letizia

Costumes:

Hooded cape $9.99 (yes, I cropped out the tennis shoes!)

Hooded cape $9.99
(yes, I cropped out the tennis shoes!)

Household:

This trio of beautiful vases!

This trio of beautiful vases!

Vintage:

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Goodwill Thrift store felt hat for $4.99.  We decided this was a no.

Goodwill Thrift store felt hat for $4.99. We decided this was a no.

 

Be sure and check out our post we did about "Tips on how to wear a floppy felt hat"

Be sure and check out our post we did about “Tips on how to wear a floppy felt hat”

TIPS on how to Wear a Floppy Felt Hat … HERE

As always … have FUN thrifting!   Jen and Pippa

"LISTEN HONEY ~ IF YOU HURRY THROUGH LIFE YOU'LL GET THROUGH IT FASTER" .... ha ha ha

“LISTEN HONEY ~ IF YOU HURRY THROUGH LIFE YOU’LL GET THROUGH IT FASTER” …. ha ha ha

 

Monday

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Vintage and Felt Hats found at Houston Goodwill for under $5

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Vintage and Felt Hats found at Houston Goodwill for under $5

If you look through fashion magazines, online or at television you will see felt hats are everywhere!

You can’t get more classic 1970′s than a floppy felt hat.

How incredibly beautiful is Faye Dunaway  in this photo!

tips floppy felt hat

We found several of these vintage Georgi felt hats at Houston Goodwill Store (on 290) for only $4.99!

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A felt hat makes any outfit so stylish!

A felt hat makes any outfit so stylish!

 

Here are a few tips on how to wear a floppy felt hat:

  • Get the right fit
  • Don’t match it too perfectly, think brown or navy with black
  • Skinny jeans, boots and a large scarf
  • Jumpsuit, channel the 1970′s
  • Flared jeans with a blouse and blazer
  • Maxi dress or skirt

Vintage Esther Wolf Hat

As we were checking out there was a customer in front of us who was purchasing this STUNNING vintage Esther Wolf hat!   She graciously let us take a picture for you.  Esther Wolf is a vintage designer from the 1960′s.

Esther Wolf  vintage hat @ Houston Goodwill for $4.99

Esther Wolf vintage hat @ Houston Goodwill for $4.99

 

vintage goodwill hat

Linking up with:

DC in Style- Monday Bloom 

Fashionably Employed- Sophisticated Style

Still Being Molly- YOLO Mondays

Watch Out For the Woestmans- Watch What I’m Wearing

 

 

Friday

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September 2014

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“Teacher Style Thrift Tips” Expand your Wardrobe on a Budget Overview

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This week we brought you “Teacher Style Thrift Tips”

This series seemed appropriate not only for this time of year, with school starting, but also because it is the top question we get from readers of our blog and television viewers.

teacher style thrift tips

Here is a quick overview:

  • Find style inspiration with Pinterest or Magazines
  • Come up with a color palette
  • Choose staple pieces that you can change throughout the season
  • Shop with a list of items that will help you expand your wardrobe
  • Look for quality pieces
  • Re-style your classic items
  • Add a statement piece of jewelry or a scarf to change it up
  • There are many options to shop: thrift stores, online trading sites, ebay, garage sales and closet exchanges

Remember, this whole process takes time so have fun!

A big congratulations to this teacher, she got “Teacher of the Year” Award at her school!

Teacher Outfit for $7

Teacher Outfit for $7

This darling teacher shared with us that her husband had been laid off for over a year and finances were really tight.  She  was supporting a household of 4 on a teacher salary so it didn’t leave much for her to “update” her wardrobe.   We were so happy to get this update from her:  “I know what you’re saying about the job situation and how that would resonate with others.  He was unemployed for over a year but we were very lucky because he recently started working.  So even though my hobby of shopping at thrift stores turned into a necessity for a while, it still makes better sense to find some great items at a fraction of the cost, no matter what financial situation you’re in. Why pay more if you don’t have to?”  

teacher style blazer

We found some basic pieces for this teacher that every wardrobe can use:

  • Black blazer  ($1.75)
  • Red blazer   ($1.75)
  • Chambray Shirt   ($1.75)
  • Polka dot blouse   ($1.75)
  • Cardigan  ($1.75)

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Here are a few more pieces that we found for her, all priced at $1.75!

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cowl neck sweater

Oversized sweaters!

Oversized sweaters!

How to wear oversized sweaters ... found on Pinterest!

How to wear oversized sweaters … found on Pinterest!

 

cute teacher style

 

teacher outfit pinterest

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Thursday

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Plaid Shirt and a (EASY) DIY Infinity Scarf!!!!!!!

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Plaid Shirt and a DIY Infinity Scarf!!!!!!!

A plaid or gingham check shirt is so versatile!   You can wear this piece …  with jeans, slacks or a pencil skirt, wear it alone or layer a cardigan, denim jacket or blazer … then add a statement necklace or infinity scarf for a different look.   Too Cheap Blondes worked with this Houston teacher to add some pieces to help her expand her wardrobe.  We started with this check blouse for only $1.75!

$1.75 for this check shirt!

$1.75 for this check shirt!

Here are a few other ways to style a check blouse.

Gingham check blouse styled several different ways.

Gingham check blouse styled several different ways.

More ways to wear a plaid shirt

More ways to wear a plaid shirt

 

One of our favorite Pinterest “inspiration” photos included an infinity scarf.

 

LOVE this look!

LOVE this look!

What if we showed you how to make a super, super easy 30 second DIY infinity scarf from a T-Shirt (my hubby is going to lose a shirt for sure!)  or change your regular scarf into an infinity scarf … WITHOUT sewing :)

 

A super easy 30 Second DIY infinity scarf!!!!!!!!!

A super easy 30 Second DIY infinity scarf!!!!!!!!!

http://www.lifeofcharmings.com/2011/09/makey-thursdays-watermark-t-shirt-dying.html?m=1

How to change your regular scarf into an infinity scarf!

How to change your regular scarf into an infinity scarf!

http://www.twotwentyone.net/2013/04/how-to-turn-a-regular-scarf-into-an-infinity-scarf/

 

An infinity scarf adds so much color and dimension to an outfit!

How to wear an infinity scarf

How to wear an infinity scarf

 

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Wednesday

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September 2014

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THE BLACK BLAZER!!!!!!!!!! Only $1.75 for a Must Have item!

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A traditional favorite, the black blazer, is the item that can pull an entire look together.  First and foremost it is slimming!   It can look formal and elegant yet it can also be casual.  It can be combined with any color.  You can wear your black blazer with a skirt, shorts, jeans, pants or dress.  Can you get more versatile than this!

A must have item for every closet is a black blazer!   We found this for $1.75 at Family Thrift Outlet

A must have item for every closet is a black blazer! We found this for $1.75 at Family Thrift Outlet

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black blazer thrift store cer

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It looks amazing with anything and everything:

  • Jeans
  • White jeans
  • Colored skinny jeans
  • Pencil skirts
  • Slacks
  • Full skirts
  • Lace shorts
  • Sheath dress
  • Printed dress
  • White blouse for a crisp look
  • T-shirts
  • sooooo many options!!!!!!!!!!

 

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 I’m linking up today with:
  The Pleated Poppy for WIWW  and Because Shanna Said So.

 

 

 

 

Tuesday

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September 2014

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Polka Dots and Cardigans ~ How to put the BASICS to Work!

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Polka Dots and Cardigans ~ How to put the BASICS to Work!

Do polka dots make you a little giddy?   For some reason they make me smile!

  Adding this black & white polka dot blouse with a kelly green cardigan, made this outfit seem like a match made in heaven!

This blouse is a perfect item to add to the “neutrals”.   (check out our tips about choosing a color palette HERE)

  • Polka dot blouse ($1.75)
  • Kelly green cardigan ($1.75)

Too Cheap Blondes went to work to help this Houston teacher come up with some basic pieces she could incorporate into her existing wardrobe.   We found so many ideas on Pinterest on how to style these items and how to add them to a few of the other pieces we purchased for her.

Polka dot blouse $1.75 Cardigan $1.75 TOTAL = $3.50!!!!!!!!

Polka dot blouse $1.75
Cardigan $1.75
TOTAL = $3.50!!!!!!!!

So many options for polka dots and cardigans!

So many options for polka dots and cardigans!

polka dots pinterest blouse

green cardigan pinterest

More ways to wear polka dots and a cardigan!

More ways to wear polka dots and a cardigan!

We also found her 2 different blazers ... this polka dot blouse is an awesome staple!

We also found her 2 different blazers … this polka dot blouse is an awesome staple!

 

Fashion inspiration on Pinterest!  (see our boards HERE)

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