The holidays are the time of the year when you reconnect with family and friends.  I love getting Christmas cards and seeing how kids change so much each year.  This year, when I opened up an annual Christmas card from an old friend, I immediately noticed from their family picture that they doubled in size with more kids and it was not a multiple birth situation.  Of course, I had to call and ask what happened.  They shared with me how they have opened up their hearts and home to children in the foster care system.  I immediately thought of how Jen and I can help them with our “thrifting talents.”  We tasked ourselves with finding name brand clothing that was in perfect condition, with no stains, tears or obvious wear to donate to this deserving family.  What better place to look for these items than the Family Thrift Outlet Stores, where everything is priced at only $2!   Click HERE for a map of their locations, all over Texas and St Louis, MO.

Kids grow really fast. Sometimes it seems like they wear an item one time before it’s already too small.  One of the best ways to spend less on clothes for children is to buy secondhand. Kids aren’t likely to notice when things are gently used, and chances are that you are purchasing an items that has also only been worn one time.

A few of the name brands that we found include:

  • North Face
  • Nike
  • Carters
  • Patagonia
  • Lands End
  • Calvin Klein

(we found these at the Hillcroft store)

Save money on children's clothing at Family Thrift Stores.

Save money on children’s clothing at Family Thrift Outlet Stores ($2 each).

Look for higher end name brands and fabrics, they wear better.  Click HERE for more of our Thrift Tips.

When I asked my friends how they had come to the decision to open their home, they had an answer that I just had to share with all of you!

“We are beyond blessed by you thinking of us and our kids and so thankful! God really nudged our hearts about 3 or 4 years ago for orphans in our community. James describes true religion as caring for widows and orphans and we knew that answering the call to say “yes” to orphans and foster kids in our community was God’s will and the best way to live out our faith as a family. Every child deserves to feel the love of a Mom and Dad and family and so many kids are in foster care not by any fault of their own! Our hearts have been broken, and forever changed when we said “yes” to the call of God to step up and help kids in our community! It’s been a yes that has not been “convenient” or easy, but has brought such joy and blessing and eternal rewards! We are so thankful and blessed beyond measure to answer the call!”

“The THRIFT SHOP Challenge” Pinterest ~ vs ~ TOO CHEAP BLONDES with Mirror Mirror

It is so much fun to film thrifting segments with Rebecca Spera, the host of “Mirror Mirror.”   She is always bubbly, everything looks amazing on her, and yes, she is just as fun in real life as she is on her show!   Her true passion is shopping for bargains – no wonder she loves thrift store shopping!    Rebecca also focuses on women’s self-esteem and offers advice on ways to develop self confidence.   This goes hand-in-hand with our message, “there is no shame in thrift store shopping!”

Oh wait, I have to give you one more reason why we think Rebecca is a fashion expert…she recently interviewed one of America’s style icons, Sarah Jessica Parker, how amazing is that?!

sarah jessica parker thrift

For this challenge we were going for a “menswear-inspired” look.   What do you think?

mirror mirror thrift styleWhen we film, we always try to use current, inspirational photos.  We use magazine photos to prove that you can find today’s fashion in a thrift store.    We were really trying to go for this look from Neiman Marcus but it wasn’t all coming together that day, so we improvised.

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Here are a few more ideas on how to wear a camel blazer or jacket.

(After seeing how versatile this is, we will definitely be watching for something similar to add to our closet!)

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Mirror / Mirror:Get Fashion Magazine Looks At Thrift Store Prices

Mirror/Mirror: Fall Fashion for Every Budget

Mirror/Mirror:  Girl’s Guide to Thrift Store Shopping

Mirror / Mirror:  How to Find Great Fashion at the Thrift Store

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“The THRIFT SHOP Challenge” Pinterest ~ vs ~ TOO CHEAP BLONDES Cashmere Maxi Skirt

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This stunning cashmere maxi skirt was only $6.99 at the Town & Country Goodwill store.   As we find comparison photos for these “Thrift Challenge” segments we usually end up kicking ourselves when we didn’t purchase the items.  Can you believe we didn’t buy this skirt?   Plus, beige is a neutral color that can be worn with anything!

Here is another way you can style this awesome skirt!

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thrift fashion blog

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“The Fabulous THRIFT SHOP Challenge!” Lilly Pulitzer Skirt~ vs ~ TOO CHEAP BLONDES

lilly pulitzer thrift

Lilly Pulitzer is known for its bright, colorful and floral prints!   We can definitely spot this brand within seconds when we see it in a thrift store.    We found this “Lilly” skirt at Goodwill (in The Heights) for $6.99, and we paired it with a “Banana Republic” sleeveless blouse, priced at $4.99.    TOTAL PRICE:  $11.98

 

 

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“The Fabulous THRIFT SHOP Challenge!” Red Chanel Style Jacket ~ vs ~ TOO CHEAP BLONDES

A Chanel tweed jacket is a classic piece of clothing!  Seen on celebrities such as Kate Moss, Olivia Palermo and Sarah Jessica Parker.  We were not quite sure about this brand we found but you could tell from the fabric, construction, details and styling that this jacket was absolutely on the couture end of the spectrum!

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If I may be totally honest, let me tell you that as we put together our “Thrift Store Challenges” both Jen and I look at these pictures in amazement and we are KICKING ourselves at all of these super fabulous items we are leaving behind in the thrift stores!   Wow, these are right on trend but we keep telling ourselves  “Hey, you can only buy so much”.  Hmmmmm …how cheap can we be that we are talking ourselves out of INCREDIBLE items that are only $2.   We really fit into the name of “The Cheapest Housewives in Houston”.

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“The Fabulous THRIFT SHOP Challenge”  “InStyle” MAGAZINE ~ vs ~ TOO CHEAP BLONDES Puffer Parka

This puffer parka coat we found for $2 in a thrift store looks quite “80’s” but wait …

LOOK at InStyle Magazine, September 2014 …it is perfectly on trend!

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Walking into a thrift store with a current fashion magazine is honestly one of the best shopping days you will ever have!   It reminds me of being a teen-ager going on a scavenger hunt door-to-door … you never knew what you were going to find.  Ok, I know its not going to a beautiful store where everything is laid out perfectly, all coordinated by size and color but having a magazine will help give you guidance when looking for items … plus it is sooo much FUN to find a treasure for pennies on the dollar!

Wow … who knew these long, puffer jackets were so in style!  HUGE regrets that we left that jacket behind, we live in Houston so it is hard to think that we would ever be that cold.   Plus we have to live up to our name “Too Cheap Blondes”, seriously, we couldn’t spend $2 for that one cold day!

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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

thrift fashion blog Be sure and follow us on facebook HERE, we post new finds all the time!

 

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?

 

 

 

“Teacher Style Tips on a Budget” FOX26 Houston News

One of the top requests that we receive from our readers is how to help teachers stretch their wardrobes.

Teachers are expected to dress professional every day but most are on a limited budget, plus they want to dress comfortable.  We would love to share some of our thrifting / budget friendly advice with you!

Jen and I give some of our tips tomorrow morning on FOX26 News with Rita Garcia on how to do this.

(Thursday, 7AM hour, August 28th)

Breaking news is coming in right before our shoot ...

Breaking news is coming in right before our shoot …

Setting up for our "Teacher Style Tips on a Budget" ... the Glamorous life of fashion bloggers :)

Setting up for our “Teacher Style Tips on a Budget” … the Glamorous life of fashion bloggers 🙂

Lights, camera, action ... getting ready for FOX26 Houston segment

Lights, camera, action … getting ready for FOX26 Houston segment

 

"Too Cheap Blondes" filming with Rita Garcia @ FOX26 News

“Too Cheap Blondes” filming with Rita Garcia @ FOX26 News

 Be sure to check in all week as we feature “Teacher” fashion advice.   (Really, this applies to everyone :))  

  • FOX news segment
  • Guest blogger / teacher Pam Lutrell (Over 50 Feeling 40)
  • Several shopping trips we have done with local Houston teachers
  • How to purchase fabulous statement necklaces online for under $10
  • 10 items to helps stretch your wardrobe!
Add to colors to neutrals to "Strech your Wardrobe"

Add only 2-3 colors to neutrals (black/white or beige/brown)  to “Strech your Wardrobe”

 

Accessories are a great way to stretch your wardrobe!   Check out our blog www.TooCheapBlondes.com to find out how we purchase Fabulous statement necklaces for under $10!

Accessories are a great way to stretch your wardrobe! Check out our blog www.TooCheapBlondes.com to find out how we purchase Fabulous statement necklaces for under $10!

 

We would love to hear from you …. do you have any advice or tips to add?

 

 

 

Houston ReNew ReDux Fashion Show “Gray Expecations” Scene V ~ 2013

Scene V, named Gray Expectations, featured name brands such as Kate Spade, Proenza Schouler, Max Mara, Cache and Nicole Miller

ReNew ReDux Houston fashion show, includes a pop-up shop, featuring amazing “thrifted” designer clothing.

Here is a one shoulder Halston gown, that will be for sale at the show, that we thought was quite spectacular!

halston dress thrift store shop

 

 

Tory Burch dress, New with Tags.

Tory Burch dress, New with Tags.

 

The show will be on August 20th, click here to purchase your tickets!

 

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ReNew Redux Fashion Show 2013 (stay tuned as we add the scenes)

Scene I, Classic ReDux

Scene II, Color Therapy

Scene III, Autumn Sonata

Scene IV, Fine Print

Scene V, Gray Expectations

Scene VI, Noveau Romantics

Scene VII, Midnight Special

Scene VIII Color of the Night

Houstons Highly Anticipated Fashion Show!