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“The Fabulous THRIFT SHOP Challenge!!!!!!!” Pantone Fall 2016 ~ vs ~ TOO CHEAP BLONDES Color Block Sweater Dress

This soft wool Anthropologie dress look great alone or layer it under a cozy sweater over it.

It features most of the fall 2016 pantone colors!  $2 Score!

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Anthropologie:

  • Isabella Sinclair $148

Thrift Shop:

  • Dress   $2

Thrift or splurge … you decide!

We found this Dress at Family Thrift Center (OUTLET Store) for $2!

Do you use magazines, Instagram or Pinterest for inspiration?

Mexico thrift store style

After spending a few days in Mexico I had to share with you one of my favorite outfits that was 100% from thrift stores!  No, it did not happen in one trip, this was a collaboration of different thrift stores over the past 6 months.

  1. Goodwill,  hat $3.99
  2. Family Thrift Outlet,  blouse $2.00
  3. Cottage Thrift Shop, necklace $4.50  (check out our thrift shopping day we found amazing finds all over Houston)
  4. Goodwill,  woven clutch $3.99
  5. Family Thrift Outlet,  Jack Rogers sandals $2.00
  6. Family Thrift Outlet, Lucky Jeans $2.00

TOTAL:  $18.48

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Thrift or splurge … you decide!

The denim hoodie is a cool, easy to add casual sportswear piece to create a tomboy edge to your look.

Thrift Shop:

  • Denim Hoodie                       $2.00
  • TOTAL:                               $2.00

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If you have any ideas for a “Thrift or Splurge” please leave a comment here or send an email, attach a link to the article,

at:  JenandPippa / @ / yahoo / dot / com

($2 items were found at Family Thrift OUTLET Stores, click HERE for locations)

More Thrift or Splurge posts:

Pink Peonies Outfit

White Puffer Vest

Lace Boho Top

 

 

 

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Thrift or splurge … you decide!

Vests are a simple way to add some style to any outfit and still be warm.  They can be worn with anything from t-shirts to plaid shirts, riding boots to converse or trainers.  Add a scarf for an extra layer.

Thrift Shop:

  • JCREW puffer vest              $2.00
  • TOTAL:                              $2.00

 

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If you have any ideas for a “Thrift or Splurge” please leave a comment here or send an email, attach a link to the article,

at:  JenandPippa / @ / yahoo / dot / com

($2 items were found at Family Thrift OUTLET Stores, click HERE for locations)

More Thrift or Splurge posts:

Pink Peonies Outfit

White Puffer Vest

Lace Boho Top

 

weekend wear thrift outfit

“The THRIFT SHOP Challenge” Comfy $596.50

Weekend Outfit ~ vs ~ TOO CHEAP BLONDES $8.00

Create a comfy cozy weekend casual look for pennies on the dollar by shopping at thrift stores!  Choose one or two things you love and feel really excited to wear, build your outfit from there.

  • J.CREW plaid shirt   (retail $69.50)  thrift $2.00
  • BLARNEY hand knit sweater  (retail $299)   thrift $2.00
  • “7 for all mankind”  dark dusk indigo jeans    (retail $158)    thrift $2.00
  • CHOOKA rubber rain boots  (retail $70)   thrift $2.00

(Total Retail $596.50)    thrift store $8.00

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Shop for basic pieces that are versatile enough to wear with several different outfits.  Of course a fabulous pair of denim jeans, such as these $158 “7 for all mankind” jeans, are perfect year round!

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Do not skip over the men’s department, that is where we found this J.CREW plaid shirt.

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Here are a few more options of how you can wear a plaid shirt!

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A fisherman’s sweater looks so comfortable and warm for the winter.  I am not sure if you can justify a $299 purchase on something you will only wear a few times each year … this is exactly why we LOVE shopping at thrift stores!  You can try that occasional look for pennies on the dollar.

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Start with determining your style!  Sometimes that is hard to do but if you go through Pinterest you can create look books, pin pictures of what you like to your own personal style board.

A few things to keep in mind:

  • What colors look best on you?
  • What shapes flatter your body?
  • What fits your lifestyle?

Follow us on Pinterest HERE.

We found all these clothes for only $2 at Family Thrift Center OUTLET stores, every Thursday each outlet opens a brand new store with all items priced at only $2 each!

(outlet stores are located in Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Fort Worth and Phoenix)

Read about a few of our past contest winners:

Contest Winner’s $40 Thrift Haul. Original Retail Over $2,000!

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

Creating a Plus Size Wardrobe on a Budget ~ Private Shopping Contest Winner!

Houston-Area Constable Wins Thrift Store Shopping Spree with Too Cheap Blondes!

A Day with the Winners of the Family Thrift Center Outlet “Sneak Preview Grand Opening”

Houston MD Anderson Cancer Patient is 1 year clean!  Lets celebrate and thrift!

 

 

 

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How would you like a chance to win a Private Thrift Shopping Trip with Jen and Pippa?

We would love for one of our special readers to join us on a private shopping trip!   We will be teaming up with Family Thrift Center Outlet stores to bring you a private Shopping Contest of all new inventory!  We will be picking the winner Sunday night, January 31st and you must be available Wednesday, Feb 3rd, in Houston.

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We are so excited to offer you this opportunity to shop with us at a Family Thrift Outlet Store, where everything is priced at only $2, with NO CROWDS!

12 items for a total of $24!

12 items for a total of $24!

In order to enter the contest, you will need to write a short paragraph letting us know why you would like to win.  We will choose one deserving winner (you can bring a friend) for a special shopping day with us at a Family Thrift Center Outlet store after hours.

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How to Enter:  Fill out the form below.  Please do not leave a blog comment.  Entries will only be received via the contest form in this post.

When:   Wednesday, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., February 3rd, 2016

Where:  A Family Thrift Outlet store located in Houston, TX (we’ll let you know the details once you’re chosen).

Contest rules:

1. One submission per person.

2. Must be willing to meet at a Family Thrift Center Outlet store location in Houston of Too Cheap Blondes’ choosing.  You are responsible for your own transportation.

3. Must agree to having your picture and story made available on Too Cheap Blondes’ website, social media and any form of media that may arise.

4. Winner receives a donated wardrobe of clothing (no more than 20 pieces) from a Family Thrift Center Outlet store.  No substitutions or cash value.

Here are a few past articles of shopping with our contest winners!

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Imagine driving all over Houston, spending hours going to all of your favorite boutique stores .. OR shopping in one location for all of the fabulous post-Christmas Closeouts deals!  No, these are not thrift store prices but this is easy shopping, extreme discounted shopping with everything in one spot!  (plus almost guilt free shopping for helping a worthy cause!)  We both did some major shopping at the SALE Houston last year.  Shop to Cure Childhood Cancer!

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The SALE – Shop to Cure Childhood Cancer happening January 9th and 10th at Bayou City Event Center and organized by Houston Tri Delta, benefiting The University of Texas MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital.
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Tri Delta Houston has created “The Mother of All After Christmas Sales” with the likes of Tootsies, abientot, Elaine Turner, Saint Cloud, French Cuff, KB Kasuals, Presmer and many, many more coming together to bring all of their Fall and Holiday merchandise to one location to sell it at deep discounts.
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Tickets are $15 per person in advance ($20 at the door), with a special $100 “Bites and Bubbles” preview event Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to noon.
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It’s the perfect opportunity for Houston shoppers to get the ultimate deal on high-end fashion and home goods, while helping a worth cause.
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In addition to the Bubbles and Bites Brunch, Sunday at The SALE this year will be Super Sunday with give-aways all day long. The first 30 shoppers in line will get a pair of Kendra Scott earrings and they will be giving aways 50 door prizes through out the afternoon on Sunday.
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the SALE Hours:  (buy Tickets HERE)
  • Saturday, January 9, 2016
  • Bites and Bubbles Preview Event
  • 10:00 am-12:00 noon
  • $100 per person – includes early access shopping, mimosas, brunch bites and all day pass!
  • Open to the public:
  • 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm
  • $15 per person in advance/$20 at the door
  • Sunday, January 10, 2016  (first 30 shoppers through the door get Free Kendra Scott earrings)
  • 12:00 noon – 4:00 pm
  • $15 per person in advance/$20 at the door

Event Details

Bayou City Event Center

9401 Knight Rd.

Houston, TX 77045

281-501-6720

Parking is abundant and free.

(Valet service available)

Promoting "the SALE" at FOX 26

Promoting “the SALE” at FOX 26

 

silver thrift store finds

While on a recent weekend getaway to San Antonio, TX, I stayed in a charming Bed & Breakfast in a historic area (O’Casey’s Bed and Breakfast, 225 W Craig Pl, San Antonio, TX 78212).  Of course being a CHEAP blonde, I booked a last minute special through Expedia.com.  It was decorated with beautiful antiques and the food was delicious!

O'Casey's Bed and Breakfast, 225 W Craig Pl, San Antonio, TX 78212

O’Casey’s Bed and Breakfast, 225 W Craig Pl, San Antonio, TX 78212

Sitting at the breakfast table one morning there was a group of women who had flown in from all over the U.S. to have a girls shopping trip together.  They sat there and told me how they had been to 10 different resale shops the day before .. of course I had to ask for pictures of what they found and prices.  Ok, I did not reveal that they were talking to one of  the cheapest blondes in the U.S.!   It got me to thinking that all shopping, whether it be retail, thrifting, antiquing or resale comes down to marketing/display.  I even asked them if they considered stopping at a thrift store and they all said “no, that is not any fun!”.   I honestly had to head straight to a San Antonio Goodwill Thrift Store to see if I could find similar items for lower prices.

Lets admit upfront that there isn’t all of the “shabby chic vintage charm” while shopping in a thrift store, you have to look past the white walls, laminate floors, metal displays and screaming kids to find the treasures.  Yes, you have to dig to find the good stuff.   I have been on a “vintage” silver plate kick lately and I was thrilled with their selection.

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My favorite find of the day were these extremely tarnished silver plate trivets for only $5.99.  I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them but I knew that I could not leave them there.

 

Here are a few of the items I HAD to buy!

Here are a few of the items I HAD to buy!

$5.99 each at Goodwill San Antonio!

$5.99 each at Goodwill San Antonio!   Lots of silver polish and elbow grease!

Aisles and aisles of shopping!

Aisles and aisles of shopping!

My basket was full ...

My basket was full …

 

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FYI … they constantly kept bringing out new inventory and I could have stayed in the store for hours!

(The review is for: Goodwill, DeZavala, 12332 Interstate 10 Frontage Rd, San Antonio, TX 78230)

Here are a few of the store reviews we have done 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!

Goodwill DeZavala Store

 

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Every so often we do a “Thrift Shopping Contest with Jen & Pippa” here in Houston.  Of course, our readers from all over the U.S. feel super left out and we keep hearing, “We wish we could shop with you!”  So, we came up with this great idea of doing a virtual shopping contest.  Great in theory, but there were a few challenges.  First, it is hard to shop for someone when you have never met them and that is why we asked our winner from Chicago to create a “Pinterest Look Book” so we would have clear direction as to what her tastes were.  Second, our winner was plus size, and the options for plus sized, stylish clothing are somewhat limited.  After working on this project for many weeks, and receiving positive feedback from our winner, we can definitely see that this proves that shopping with inspiration and a clear sense of your fashion needs is an effective way to shop!

BTW, we shopped at the Family Thrift OUTLET stores and we found everything for only $2.00 each!

Our winner’s inspiration Pinterest photo is on the left side in each of these pictures and our thrift store best match is next to it.

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Keeping with the winner’s preference of longer blouses, leggings and boots, we found all of these basic tops to increase her wardrobe!

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A note from our winner, Janine P.:

“As the “Thrift Shopping Contest with Jen and Pippa” winner I was extremely excited from the beginning. I also knew there would be some challenges which these ladies overcame with great fashion….no pun intended. It was not just about being a plus size but really having “folks” shop for you that have never met you before. I would suggest for anyone to have a “look book” of all the possible items you want to find in the thrift store.

I am getting my contest winnings ready to go to the dry cleaners. After this experience with Jen and Pippa I am going to create a separate Pinterest board of all the items I am still looking for in the thrift stores. As I have decided it might take some time but it is worth the time. I believe it is not about the quantity you acquire while thrift shopping, however, the quality pieces.

Thank you Jen and Pippa your efforts were steller and I hope to meet you someday, the next time I am in Houston. Soon…if the ladies will let me…I will be sending in some photos of me wearing the wonderful items they picked from the heart.

Take care and happy shopping everyone.

Janine P-Chicago, Illinois”

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A big thank you to Family Thrift Stores for working with us on this project!

There are Family Thrift OUTLET stores in both Houston and Phoenix.

 

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Read about a few of our past contest winners:

Contest Winner’s $40 Thrift Haul. Original Retail Over $2,000!

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

Creating a Plus Size Wardrobe on a Budget ~ Private Shopping Contest Winner!

Houston-Area Constable Wins Thrift Store Shopping Spree with Too Cheap Blondes!

A Day with the Winners of the Family Thrift Center Outlet “Sneak Preview Grand Opening”

Houston MD Anderson Cancer Patient is 1 year clean!  Lets celebrate and thrift!

Kate Spade, Jack Rogers, Chloe, Ivanka Trump, Christian Lacroix, Minnetonkas, All Saints, Chacos and more . . . all priced at ONLY $2.00 each at a Family Thrift Center Outlet Store!  (located all over Texas and in Phoenix)

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$2.00 each

Kate Spade “Party” ballet flats $395.00

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Jack Rogers sandals retail $118.00

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Ivanka Trump “Abello” flat for $135.00

thrift store shop blog cheapChacos “Yampa” for the serious adventurer, retails $105.00.

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Minnetonka moccasins

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Nine West leather riding boots  $178.95

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We can’t leave out these amazing Christian Lacroix heels we found a few weeks ago that retailed for more than $500.00.

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One of our fans recently shared with us her amazing shoes finds . . . Chloe flats and All Saints booties for only $1.75 each!  Check out her blog HERE.

The most impressive part of her finds is the fact that she found all of these on a Friday . . . there are close to 1,000 shoppers on a Thursday from, 7 a.m. – 9 p.m., who have all passed over these fabulous finds at only $2.00 each.    Once again this proves to all thrifters that it is up to YOU to find the deals, they are there!

Chloe flats retail $495.00

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All Saints booties retail $360.00

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Here is a price list for the Family Thrift OUTLET Stores:

Amazing prices every week at Family Thrift Outlet Stores!

Amazing prices every week at Family Thrift Outlet Stores!

Tips on Sanitizing your Thrifted Shoes:

  • Spray the inside the shoes with antibacterial spray, such as Lysol or Clorox
  • Wipe the outside down with a cleansing wipe
  • Use liquid shoe polish for an amazing quick fix.
  • Place the shoes into an airtight plastic bag and leave in the freezer overnight to kill fungus and eliminate odor.