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How can you resist a great big over-sized, comfy, cozy sweater!  They are back this season … you can find them on celebrities, magazines and all over social media!

This is definitely a must have for 2016/2017 and fortunately quite easy to find in most thrift stores, maybe even check out the men’s section.

Thrift Shop:

  • #1   SORIAL / New York leather Tote                             $2.00
  • #2   J.CREW oversized sweater                                        $2.00
  • #3   American Eagle distressed jeans                              $2.00
  • TOTAL:                                                                    $6.00

We found everything at Family Thrift Center OUTLET Store, where everything is priced at only $2!

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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?

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

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While getting my hair done yesterday, reading through “Life & Style” magazine (keeping up with the latest Kardashian drama) I came across this article “Summer’s Hottest Bags”.  Just a few weeks ago I found this MAURIZIO TAIUTI floral hand painted leather tote, while thrifting, at first I thought it was a “waxed” canvas tote but looking at the tag “Genuine Leather, Made In Italy” … I had to google it and do a bit of research.  This bag originally retailed for $250 and we found it for only $2.00 at The Family Thrift OUTLET store in Houston.

“Life & Style” Magazine:

  • $55 – $110

Thrift Shop:

  • $2.00

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Michelle Merhar, of FOX26, recently took the "Week of Thrift Store Dress Challenge"

 

Michelle Merhar, of FOX26, recently took the "Week of Thrift Store Dress Challenge"

Michelle Merhar, of FOX26, recently took a one week “Thrift Store Dress Challenge”

This TV anchor, Michelle Merhar, of FOX 26’s morning show, issued a challenge to dress from a thrift store for $10 for an entire week!  Shopping at Family Thrift Center OUTLET stores, we were able to find each one of these dresses for only $2.

Amazing prices every week at Family Thrift Outlet Stores!

Amazing prices every week at Family Thrift Outlet Stores!

Being a TV anchor, you are required to look amazing every single day, and that’s not easy or inexpensive! People shouldn’t judge you by your appearance, but they do. Adding to the pressure, the dresses need to be the right colors to compliment their skin tone, not conflict with the green screen, and be pattern-free . . . finding a dress with all of these characteristics is not always an easy task.

We found her name brands such as J. Crew, BCBG and Laundry by Shelli Segal.

Click HERE to view the original challenge she gave us!

All of the dresses in the above photo are silk or cotton, or a blend, there’s not a synthetic fabric amongst them . . . and it shows in how the dresses drape on her. You can immediately tell these weren’t cheap dresses. Don’t ever confuse shopping at a thrift store with shopping cheap . . . you just are paying less for high quality clothes. Shopping thrift is shopping smart.

After her week of wearing thrift store dresses Michelle shared with us a few of her thoughts about this experience.

“I never really shopped thrift before this experiment, but now I will!!”

“I was shocked at how nice the quality was on the dresses. Seems like they were barely worn or really well cared for. Wearing those dresses was empowering – made me happy that I didn’t have to spend a lot to feel “put together” it was inspiring … Made me go home and see what I could “replace” and try to help someone else by donating what I’m not wearing. It was fun…like a treasure hunt.”

“Oh and don’t be surprised if you have to spend a little “fixing” it so it fits better or to have it cleaned correctly. It’s worth it”

Michelle received 100% supportive comments from viewers:

“That’s what makes you awesome! You are really down to earth. Just a breath of fresh air in these designer crazy days! Job well done! You look marvelous my dear”

“Not many in the TV industry would broadcast that they thrift shop. This is awesome. Your girls have good taste. Thanks for keeping it real and classy!!!“

“I imagine when you are in this type of industry (on tv) almost everyday you feel the pressure of having an extensive wardrobe. Being a smart shopper is a must!“

Fore more on TV girls being dressed by Too Cheap Blondes, check out the following blog posts:

“TV Anchor Girls Love Thrift Store Dresses”

“A Week of $2 Thrift Store Dresses for This FOX 26 Houston Anchor”

Here is a list of our Favorite Thrift Stores in Houston!

http://toocheapblondes.com/our-favorite-houston-thrift-stores/

 

 

 

ABC 13 (Patricia Lopez) Thrifty Thursdays with Too Cheap Blondes

Jen and I were super excited to recreate some of the looks that readers submitted to Patricia Lopez this past week for our inaugural installment of “Thrifty Thursdays with Too Cheap Blondes!”

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“I have a fun new feature to tell you about! We are partnering with Too Cheap Blondes to bring you Thrifty Thursdays! How it works … You send me photos of outfits you like, but maybe can’t afford. The thrifty fashionistas are going to recreate your outfits from the thrift store!”  –Patricial Lopez

Here is ABC 13 Patricia Lopez’s Facebook page where you can submit pictures of outfits that you want us to recreate from a thrift store!

Submit your photo's to ABC13 - Patricia Lopez

Submit your photo’s to ABC 13 – Patricia Lopez

Here is our first recreation:

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Irish knit sweater - $2 from Family Thrift Outlet White Citizens of Humanity denim - $7.99 from Goodwill Authentic Gucci purse - $29.99 from Goodwill New with tags Jessica Simpson ombre leather boots - $24.99 from Goodwill We completed the look with a long sleeve white t-shirt and leopard scarf that we already had in our closet. Total: $64.97

Irish knit sweater – $2 from Family Thrift Outlet
White Citizens of Humanity denim – $7.99 from Goodwill
Authentic Gucci purse – $29.99 from Goodwill
New with tags Jessica Simpson ombre leather boots – $24.99 from Goodwill
We completed the look with a long sleeve white t-shirt and leopard scarf that we already had in our closet.
Total: $64.97

 

  • Irish knit sweater – $2 from Family Thrift Outlet
  • White Citizens of Humanity denim – $7.99 from Goodwill
  • Authentic Gucci purse – $29.99 from Goodwill
  • New with tags Jessica Simpson ombre leather boots – $24.99 from Goodwill
With this outfit as our inspiration we couldn't quite find the exact scarf so being innovative we took 2 scarves, with similar colors, and twisted them together to create the same look. J. Crew jacket - $2 from Family Thrift Outlet Anne Fontaine tank - $2 from Family Thrift Outlet Scarves - $2.99 from Goodwill David Kahn jeans - $20 from Blue Bird Thrift Store Manuela Mendoza shoes - $9.99 from Goodwill Italian black leather purse - $2 from Family Thrift Outlet Total: $38.98

With this outfit as our inspiration, we couldn’t quite find the exact scarf.  Being innovative, we took 2 scarves, with similar colors, and twisted them together to create the same look.
J. Crew jacket – $2 from Family Thrift Outlet
Anne Fontaine tank – $2 from Family Thrift Outlet
Scarves – $2.99 from Goodwill
David Kahn jeans – $20 from Blue Bird Thrift Store
Manuela Mendoza shoes – $9.99 from Goodwill
Italian black leather purse – $2 from Family Thrift Outlet
Total: $38.98

With this outfit as our inspiration we couldn’t quite find the exact scarf so being innovative we took 2 scarves, with similar colors, and twisted them together to create the same look.

  • J. Crew jacket – $2 from Family Thrift Outlet
  • Anne Fontaine tank – $2 from Family Thrift Outlet
  • Scarves – $2.99 from Goodwill
  • David Kahn jeans – $20 from Blue Bird Thrift Store
  • Manuela Mendoza shoes – $9.99 from Goodwill
  • Italian black leather purse – $2 from Family Thrift Outlet

Total: $38.98

Anthropologie jacket - $9.99 from Goodwill Craig Taylor blouse - $2 from Family Thrift Outlet Gold tank - $2 from Family Thrift Outlet All Saints jeans - $7.99 from Goodwill Prada booties - $9.99 from Goodwill We added a necklace that was already in our closet to complete this look! Total: $31.97

Anthropologie jacket – $9.99 from Goodwill
Craig Taylor blouse – $2 from Family Thrift Outlet
Gold tank – $2 from Family Thrift Outlet
All Saints jeans – $7.99 from Goodwill
Prada booties – $9.99 from Goodwill
We added a necklace that was already in our closet to complete this look!
Total: $31.97

  • Anthropologie jacket – $9.99 from Goodwill
  • Craig Taylor blouse – $2 from Family Thrift Outlet
  • Gold tank – $2 from Family Thrift Outlet
  • All Saints jeans – $7.99 from Goodwill
  • Prada booties – $9.99 from Goodwill

We added a necklace that was already in our closet to complete this look!
Total: $31.97

Here is what might be the most shocking about what we have pictured, all of the items that we used we already had in our closet, all thrifted of course!    We are a broken record regarding our  “11 BEST Tips for Thrift Store Shopping”…they work!   Shop for basics, look for individual pieces, do NOT focus on putting together an outfit, thrifting takes time and do not pay for than 10% of retail price.  It’s unrealistic to think that you’re going to walk into a thrift store and find the perfect pieces for an outfit, all in your size, in one trip…it just rarely happens that way.  Work on building your wardrobe with basic pieces. rather than shop for outfits, we happened to have all of the individual pieces that each of these looks required already in our closets.  If you study the outfits, they’re all made up of basics (solid blazers, skinny jeans (white, black and blue), sparkly tank, basic white tees) with the exceptions of a few pieces (scarves and shoes).

Do you have a favorite outfit?  #1, #2 or #3?

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“The THRIFT SHOP Challenge” Ralph Lauren $1,396.50 ~ vs ~ TOO CHEAP BLONDES $4

Jen and I stopped by one of our favorite thrift stores last week, Family Thrift Store Outlet, on Little York.  When I saw the sleeve of this jacket I knew I had found a treasure … a Ralph Lauren 100% Camel Hair Blazer in PERFECT condition … for only $2!

I completed this look with a Brooks Brothers blouse (found a few weeks earlier at the Outlet stores for $2) that retails for $98.50.

  • Ralph Lauren Camel Blazer   (retail $1,298)  $2.00
  • Brooks Brothers Blouse     (retail $98.50)     $2.00

(retail $1,396.50)     $4.00

The retail price on these 2 items is more than twice the cost of my first car!

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What is camel hair?

Camel hair is a type of cloth made from pure camel hair or a blend of camel hair and another fiber. The outer protective fur (guard hair) is coarse and inflexible and can be woven into haircloth. Guard hair can be made soft and plush by blending it, especially with wool. The camel’s pure undercoat is very soft, gathered when camels molt, and is frequently used for coats.

Each camel can produce around five pounds of hair a year.  Fallen hair is normally gathered by hand.

More ideas on how to wear a camel hair blazer!

More ideas on how to wear a camel hair blazer!

 

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“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?!

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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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“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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“The Fabulous THRIFT SHOP Challenge!!!!!!!” “ST. JOHN” ~ vs ~ TOO CHEAP BLONDES Panther Style

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Trends are recycled over and over, a new color or different cut … longer, shorter, more or less texture.   We found this ST. JOHN COLLECTION sweater this summer at a thrift store for $1.75 and imagine our surprise when a very similar sweater was shown at Nordstroms and Saks Fifth Avenue this fall!    The biggest difference is the price tag …. $695 vs $1.75.

Yes, the current version is a different color and there is only one panther instead of three of them.   This shows that you can find something in a thrift store, remove the shoulder pads, add some skinny pants and you have a modern look.

THRIFT SHOP:

  • ST. JOHN sweater $1.75
  • TOTAL:      $1.75

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