Teacher style thrift wardrobe contest

 

 

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.

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, July 20th, 2016 from 11am-1pm (in Houston, TX … you are responsible for your own transportation)

Where:  Family Thrift Outlet, Houston, TX

Read HERE about our fun teacher shopping trip with Jade!

 

Plus we will share our hands on Thrifting Tips:

  1. Don’t try to put together an outfit or you will get frustrated.  Look for individual pieces and then try to build an outfit.
  2. Focus on dresses, jackets and skirts…this is where you normally get the most value for your money.
  3. Skip lower end brands such as Target, Forever 21 and Walmart.
  4. Pay attention to fabrics…avoid synthetics.   Look for natural fibers such as silk, cotton and wool.
  5. You can usually find much better deals by “digging” rather than shopping from the boutique section of a thrift store.
  6. All thrift stores are not created equal.
  7. Look through Pinterest, magazines and fashion blogs to recreate trends.
  8. It doesn’t matter if you have 10 minutes or 2 hours, you can always find something you love!
  9. Pick an area of town and go to 3-4 thrift stores since they are often near each other.
  10. Hard Fast Rule:  NEVER pay more than 10% of retail price, we try to pay 5% or even less.
  11. Be open to finding anything!

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We were so thrilled to meet this month’s “Shop with Jen and Pippa” contest winner, Michele.  Michele’s contest entry really touched our hearts and we knew that we definitely couldn’t have chosen a more deserving winner once we met her and her husband, Jim.  Here’s Michele’s contest entry:

“I would love to win this contest is because it would mean so much simply to meet both of you. I’ve learned so much just reading your blog and learning all your tips for thrift shopping. It has done wonders to help us with our limited income. I’m a 51 year old happily married woman for 25 years. But in 2003 my husband, Jim, was diagnosed with cerebellar ataxia, a neurological brain disorder that makes the cerebellum deteriorate over time. My husband is 57 years old and can no longer work or drive and he uses a walker, too. I have essentially become his full time caregiver. I had returned to college at the University of Houston/Clear Lake and graduated with cum laude honors in 2010 in order to increase our income. But as Jim’s illness progressed, I knew he could not be left alone. And paying for a full time caregiver would have defeated the purpose of me working, as so much of my income would go towards his caregiver’s salary. So I care for him daily and we live on his Social Security disabilty. It’s not a lot of money, but we manage, but since I’ve discovered Family Thrift Outlet, it has helped us so much to find nice, nice clothes at such reasonable prices. I would absolutely love a chance to meet you both and to shop with you, too. I love so many of the videos you both make and the clothes you find. It would be an honor and a thrill to be able to meet you both and to shop with you. Thank you so much for the time you spend in teaching others about the “art of thrifting.” For those of us on very limited incomes, you have been a God send like you will never know. I really would love the chance to do this!! Thanks so much”

Michele and Jim with her "thrift haul!"

Michele and Jim with her “thrift haul!”

We met Michele at a Family Thrift Center Outlet store where everything in the entire store is just $2.00 on Thursdays and drops by .25 a day until the next Wednesday, when everything is just .25.  In order to get started, we talked with Michele to find out what her lifestyle is, how she perceives her “style”, and finally, what items did she consider her wardrobe to be lacking.  Michele told us, “I’m pretty casual for the most part.  I love, love, love skinny jeans.  I love to wear them with tops/sweaters/boho tops that are longer, usually with boots or some cute flats.”  Michele also sent us some photos of outfits that she was drawn to.

With a wealth of information and a good idea of Michele’s likes and wants, we got started!  Here are just a few of our favorite high-end, high-quality items she picked up for just $2.00 each (BTW, Family Thrift Center donates the wardrobe to our winners.  Thanks Family Thrift Center!):

  • Michael Kors bag (retailed $257)
  • Longchamp Le Pliage bag (retailed $145)
  • Calypso St. Barth blouse (retailed $149)
  • J. Crew toothpick jeans (retailed $115)

With just the first four items, we were well over a $500 retail value, plus she found so many more basic pieces that she can mix-n-match from brands such as J. Crew, Free People, David Kahn, Ann Taylor and more.

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Below, we show her how versatile her chosen pieces are and how putting together an outfit is super easy!

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Since there are no dressing rooms at the Family Thrift Center Outlets, we often wonder how our winners’ outfits actually worked out once they got home.  Luckily, Michele wrote back and let us know!  She says, “I had such an amazing time today thrift shopping with you both!  It was so much fun!  It was such a fun experience and I loved all the new clothes and two new bags, too!  I cannot wait to wear them all!  I tried them all on already and everything fit great, yeah!  Thanks so much again for everything!  Y’all are both so awesome!  Keep up the great work with your blog and videos! Take care and thanks again.”

Michele was such a delight to shop with . . . she definitely makes our volunteer “job” rewarding!
Don’t forget to follow our Facebook page so you never miss a contest.  You could be our next winner!

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It was a VERY tough decision, but we’ve chosen our winner for this week’s Family Thrift Center Outlet shopping trip … “jimandmichele2”.  We read each and every one of your entries and with each contest you made it so hard to choose!  Your stories were amazing,  many were about overcoming adversity, some in the middle of a crisis, a few health challenges, some of you entered for a friend, others wanted to learn about fashion and a lot of you wanted to just have a fun day of thrift store shopping with us.  We honestly wish that we could take you all but that isn’t possible.

Read about a few of our past contest winners:

Extreme Weight Loss Requires a Thrifted New Wardrobe

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!

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!

 

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We are so excited to be able to partner with Family Thrift Center and offer our fans a very special sneak preview shopping trip at the brand new, yet unopened, Family Thrift Center Clothing By The Pound store!  ABC-13’s Stretch Your Dollar program will be on site to film the event!  We hope to see you there!  Make sure you read the rules carefully below:

When: Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Time: 8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Where: 127 Little York Rd, Houston, TX  77076

RULES!!

1. Must bring print out of this blog post for admission (no exceptions)!

2. Must be willing to be filmed for a TV segment and interviewed.

3. Don’t forget to show us your finds!

Here is our experience at a couple of other “Clothing-By-The-Pound” thrift stores:

Austin, TX, Blue Hanger, Goodwill Outlet Store:  HERE

Charleston, SC,  Goodwill Outlet Store:  HERE

STORE DETAILS (Grand Opening September 25th):

Location: 127 Little York Rd, Houston, TX 77076

Hours:    Friday & Saturday, 9AM – 6PM, Sunday, 12Noon – 6PM

Prices:  

  • 0-10 pounds, $ .50
  • 10-25 pounds, $ .39
  • 25-100 pounds, $ .29
  • 100+ pounds, $ .15

 

 

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We have chosen the winner of the U.S. Thrift Store Shopping Contest with Jen and Pippa , virtual Family Thrift Center Outlet shopping trip … Janine P, of the windy city of Chicago!

We read each and every one of your entries and you made it so hard to choose!  Your stories were amazing,  many were about overcoming adversity, some in the middle of a crisis, a few health challenges, some of you entered for a friend, others wanted to learn about fashion and a lot of you just wanted to have us thrift shop for you.   We will definitely be working on a story about helping people get out of the yoga pant rut, this was the number one dilemma we heard from you.

Congratulations Janine P!  We can’t wait to see your style board on Pinterest and start shopping for you!  We will keep you posted on this virtual shopping trip and stay tuned for the next contest.

 Contest: Virtual Thrift Store Shopping with Jen and Pippa

How would you like a chance to win a Virtual Shopping Trip with Jen and Pippa, no matter where you live in the U.S.?

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We know a lot of you express interest in joining us for a shopping trip and many of you are outside of the Houston area so we are excited to offer to all of you a Shopping Contest.   Teaming up with Family Thrift OUTLET stores, we will private shop for you and mail it to you anywhere in the U.S.!  You will need to have a Pinterest board with “your style”, or have pictures you can send us, so we can find fashions exclusively for you.   We will be picking the winner Monday night, Aug 10th

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.

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.

Contest rules:

1. One submission per person.

2. Must live in the U.S.

3. Please follow us on one of these platforms:  Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram (thank you!)

4 Must be willing to create a Pinterest “your style” board or email us pictures of your style and give us your accurate size.

5 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.

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

Read about a few of our past contest winners:

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

 

Extreme Weight Loss Requires a Thrifted New Wardrobe

“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!

 

Contest has ended.  Follow us on Facebook to find out when the next contest will be held!

 

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One of our most frequent requests from our readers is asking for the opportunity to thrift shop with us.  We recently started teaming up with Family Thrift OUTLET stores to do private shopping contests.  This month, we chose our first male winner and he certainly found some amazing $2.00 deals!

  • Burberry sweater  (retailed $459)
  • Burberry plaid shirt (retailed $295)
  • Neiman Marcus leather jacket (retail prices start at $595)
Burberry sweater found for $2 at Houston Thrift Store

Burberry sweater found for $2 at Houston Thrift Store

Plaid Burberry shirt and leather Neiman Marcus jacket both found for $2 each at Houston Thrift OUTLET Store.

Plaid Burberry shirt and leather Neiman Marcus jacket both found for $2 each at a Houston Family Thrift OUTLET store.

With just the first three items we are well over $1,000, plus he found all of the following name brands:

  • J. Crew shirts and shorts
  • Nordstrom
  • Banana Republic
  • OBEY t-shirt
  • Under Armour
  • Nike
  • Columbia Sportswear
  • Tommy Hilfiger
Shea's thrift haul!

Shea’s thrift haul!

Family Thrift OUTLET stores sell all of their items on Thursday for just $2, then they are marked down each day until Wednesday, when everything is priced at only .25!   It truly is a treasure hunt each week, you never know what you are going to find.

Amazing prices every week at Family Thrift Outlet Stores!

Amazing prices every week at Family Thrift Outlet Stores!

You will love his enthusiasm and what he found in this YouTube video:

We post something new every day on Facebook so be sure and follow us!

Check out all of our thrift store finds on our YouTube channel.

 

 

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It was a VERY tough decision, but we’ve chosen our winners for this week’s Family Thrift Center Outlet shopping trip.  You read that right, winners!   We read each and every one of your entries and you made it so hard to choose!  Your stories were amazing,  many were about overcoming adversity, some in the middle of a crisis, a few health challenges, some of you entered for a friend, others wanted to learn about fashion and a lot of you wanted to just have a fun day of thrift store shopping with us.  We honestly wish that we could take you all but that isn’t possible.  We decided we couldn’t pick just one person so we chose two!  Shea H. will go shopping with us this Wednesday and we are still waiting for a response back for the winner of the next week!  Congratulations, you deserve it!

Read about a few of our past contest winners:

Extreme Weight Loss Requires a Thrifted New Wardrobe

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!