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/

 

 

 

Private Shopping Contest with Jen & Pippa at a Family Thrift Center Outlet Store

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This past week Michelle Merhar, traffic reporter with FOX 26, accepted a challenge to wear a $2 thrift store dress every day on air, WOW!  She received an overwhelmingly positive response from everyone!   We know a lot of you expressed interest in joining us for a shopping trip so we decided to team up with Family Thrift Center Outlet stores to bring you a $2 Shopping Contest!

 

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

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!

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, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.May 6th, 2015

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

The Rules

All submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. on May 3rd, 2015.

We will choose and notify a lucky winner via e-mail on May 4th, 2015.  Winner will have 24 hours to respond to winning notification.  Failure to respond will result in a forfeiture and a new winner will be 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.

This contest has ended.

Good luck!

Jen and Pippa

Read about our last few contest winners:

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

Extreme Weight Loss Requires a Thrifted New Wardrobe

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

 

 

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Michelle Merhar, FOX 26 Morning Anchor and Traffic Reporter, said she “Can’t wait to reveal all the $2 finds next week on FOX 26 Houston . . . one new (to me) $2 dress every day next week . . . thanks to Jen and Pippa with Too Cheap Blondes!”

Here is a clip of our shopping challenge: HERE

We had such a fun afternoon thrift shopping with Michelle.  She gave us a challenge to find her a $2 dress, that she could wear every day on the air this week, April 27 – May 1st.   You will be amazed to see what $2 x 5 days = $10 can buy!   We shopped at the Family Thrift OUTLET store, click HERE for all of their locations.
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Here a couple of gorgeous dresses that we found for her a few months ago.
“Love my $2 dress from my girls with @toocheapblondes . . . Happy #thrifting #savemoney #fashion
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“Another thrifty gem from @toocheapblondes . . . this time it’s a J. Crew dress that was $2. What’s your best thrifty find?!  Best part: it has POCKETS!!! SCORE!”
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She 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” 
  • Love it!!!! I love shopping and always on a budget!!! Way to go Michelle!!!!!!” 
  • Not many in the TV industry would broadcast that they thrifty 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!
  • Ohhh, yeah! I love it! Makes me feel smart when I get a bargain! I save money and get what I want! Whattttt!! It’s a win win!!!! I like you! You’re awesome! Can’t say that about most people. But. You. You are good in my book!!!!
  • Your amazing! Love to thrift shop too…and I am addicted…I see u and Rita every morning just to see what yall.wearing…always beautiful!

This leather duster was only $2.00 at the Family Thrift Outlet Store!

Last Minute Costume Ideas for Halloween

Are you one of those that have still not put together a costume for Halloween?   Today we are showing you regular clothing we have found in a thrift store for CHEAP, to create a costume.   We find Pinterest to be our biggest source of inspiration (follow us HERE)!

This morning we were on Fox 26 News, sharing a few ideas.  Here is the link:

http://www.myfoxhouston.com/clip/10792357/halloween-costume-ideas

Jose Grinan and Melissa Wilson from FOX26 morning news

Jose Grinan and Melissa Wilson from Fox 26 Morning News.

An easy way to recreate Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” jacket with duct tape.

Create a similar jacket to the one Michael Jackson wore in "Thriller" video with duct tape

Create a similar jacket to the one Michael Jackson wore in “Thriller” video with duct tape

Here are some more inexpensive ideas for costumes!

We found this gold 70's dress at Family Thrift Outlet Store for $2.00

We found this gold 70’s dress at a Family Thrift Outlet store for $2.00.

This leather duster was only $2.00 at the Family Thrift Outlet Store!

This leather duster was only $2.00 at a Family Thrift Outlet store!

Queen Ravenna, from Snow White and the Huntsman.  This vintage velvet dress was only $2.00 at the Family Thrift Outlet Store.

Queen Ravenna, from Snow White and the Huntsman. This vintage velvet dress was only $2.00 at the Family Thrift Outlet Store.

Lace blouse for $2.00 at Family Thrift Outlet and frilly vest for $4.99 at Goodwill

Eyelet blouse for $2.00 at Family Thrift Outlet and frilly vest for $4.99 at Goodwill

"Too Cheap Blondes" on FOX26 News

“Too Cheap Blondes” on Fox 26 Morning News.

Track suit for $4.00 at Family Thrift Outlet Store

Track suit for $4.00 at Family Thrift Outlet store.

A perfect cruise director suit, found for $4.00 at Family Thrift Outlet Store

A perfect cruise director suit, found for $4.00 at Family Thrift Outlet store.

Red dress with white polka dots?   Minnie Mouse of course!  $2.00 at Family Thrift Outlet Store

Red dress with white polka dots? Minnie Mouse of course! $2.00 at Family Thrift Outlet Store

What are you going to be for Halloween?

Did you purchase any part of your costume from a thrift store?

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Happy Thrifting …from Jen & Pippa

 

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Live on FOX 26

Join us Thursday morning, October 30th, on FOX 26 during the 8 a.m. hour, as we show you how to use regular clothing, found at Goodwill and Family Thrift Center Outlet, for your Halloween costume.

Who do you think Jen is going to be with this fabulous leather trench coat (found at the Family Thrift Center Outlet for $2.00)?

Leather trench jacket found for $2.00 at Family Thrift Outlet Store

Leather trench jacket found for $2.00 at Family Thrift Outlet store.

Pippa, wearing a super awesome 80’s jacket, was attempting to be part of the “Fashion Police” and her sister-in-law, was Elizabeth Taylor.   They are both wearing clothing that was found in a thrift store.

Elizabeth Taylor and "Fashion Police"
Elizabeth Taylor and “Fashion Police.”

Have you found your Halloween costume yet?

What are you planning on wearing?

Did you shop at a thrift store for your costume?

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Follow us on Facebook, we post new finds every day!

 

Behind the Scenes ~ 3 Minutes Until We are “Live” @ FOX 26

We were scheduled to do a live segment at 9 a.m. for a FOX 26 news segment, “Designer Styles to Real Life.”

The purpose was to show you how to take these three trends we saw at New York Fashion Week 2014, find them in a thrift store, and give you ideas on how to wear them.

nyfw 2014 thrift store

Jen sent me a text the night before, “We’re going to need at least 30-45 minutes to fit the girls (our models) and make them look good.”

No problem, I live 45 minutes away so I thought I would double the time needed for the morning drive.

Unfortunately, that morning a semi-truck caught on fire near the news station, completely shutting down a major freeway in Houston and clogging almost every other adjoining freeway or avenue around it.   Jen lives close by so she got there in just a few minutes.   She kept calling, “Where are you?  We are on in just a few minutes!”   Realizing I would be hours late if I continued on the grid-locked road I was on, I told her where I was and using her phone, she talked me through an alternate route (thank God for modern technology!).   When we arrived, it was 9:25, eight minutes past our initially scheduled time slot!

The models and I run into the station, go through security, and are sprinting to our dressing room just as we hear,

“3 MINUTES UNTIL WE ARE LIVE!”

Now I am not sure if I am conveying the adrenaline, or fear, or nerves, or I don’t know what that was racing through my body!   Look at how our models were dressed and, remember, had not even tried on the clothes!

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Jen and I look at each other with sheer panic…is this going to come together?   Maddy tried on the first outfit, a velvet jumpsuit and it was hideous!!!!  Eeek, no way!   Cassie tried on the vintage peplum dress she would end up wearing and it wasn’t even close to zipping up the back, forcing us to use rubber bands and clips to hold her together!   Then we put the second outfit on Maddy, yeah, it worked!  (Sorry there was no time to take pics of Maddy’s first ugly outfit nor the back of Cassie’s dress…funny stuff!)

LETS GOOOOOO…RUN, RUN, RUN…down the hall we went carrying the mannequin!

We race into the studio, “here is your place stand here, lets microphone you up, no time to talk to the host!”  Its, “3, 2, 1 .. New York Fashion Week just came to a close…”

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My "blonde moment" ... quite appropriate being our blog is "Too Cheap Blondes"

My “blonde moment” … quite appropriate being our blog is “Too Cheap Blondes”

My “blonde moment,” I was TRYING to say “everything old is new again.”

We are still trying to figure out how the girls went from this…to this in under three minutes!!!!!!!!!!

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We felt like rock stars for pulling the live segment off, well other than my stumble on my words!

Oh wait!  We finally took a breath and for the first time looked at what we were wearing…ha ha…it looked like we planned for our outfits to match!  Normally, Jen and I will text each other what we are going to wear on air, so we don’t clash.  For some reason, we didn’t that day.

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That’s a wrap!  Next we needed to just catch our breath…

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Happy Birthday Maddy!  Thank you for taking time our of your special day :)

Happy Birthday Maddy! Thank you for taking time out of your special day 🙂

Once we were done filming, we thought, “Hey ,we have a little bit of time, want to go thrifting?”   OF COURSE!!!!    We couldn’t go dressed like we were (heels, long-sleeve silk shirts) so both Jen and I rummaged through our cars to find more comfortable clothes.   Jen had a t-shirt and flip flops, I had these weird ugly booties…well, it was either those or my running shoes!   We went from glamorous in the studio to thrifting, in minutes!

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“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?

 

 

 

 

Donae, The Vintage Contessa, Kym King w/ Houston Goodwill Public Relations, Designer David Peck and Jen Meneely with Too Cheap Blondes

Donae, The Vintage Contessa, Kym King w/ Houston Goodwill Public Relations, Designer David Peck and Jen Meneely with Too Cheap Blondes

@ Tootsies with the Vintage Contessa (www.vintagecontessa.com)

@ Tootsies with the Vintage Contessa (www.vintagecontessa.com)

Cheap Blondes Overview … Houston Fashion Week, David Peck, Teacher Make-over, Stretch Your Dollar, FOX26 and more …

I know, I know, we keep hearing “where are you and what is going on?”

Here is a brief overview:

  • Jen rocked the red carpet for Houston Fashion Week, showing everyone that thrifting can look fabulous for pennies on the dollar!
  • Decorating with thrift store finds and items you already have in your home / Rita Garcia / FOX26
  • We filmed with Patricia Lopez / Stretch your Dollar doing a teacher make-over, we can’t wait to see that segment, it will air in January some time.
  • Family Thrift Outlet Stores, Wednesday .25 day with Patricia Lopez / Stretch your Dollar.
  • Christmas sweater segment, quite silly and fun … with Rita Garcia / FOX26
  • Next Jen graciously hosted a private luncheon and Fashion show by David Peck, at Tootsies!
  • On top of it all Jen sold her house and moved … a major life event but she has been right there for numerous filmings the past few weeks.

We just want to let all of our readers know that we are so thankful that you take time out of your busy schedules to read about our thrifting finds.  Thank you and if you see us in a thrift store please say hello!

 

David Peck private luncheon and fashion show!

David Peck private luncheon and fashion show!

The clothing and models were amazing!

The clothing and models were amazing!

Houston Fashion Week ... Jen Meneely with Donae, The Vintage Contessa

Houston Fashion Week … Jen Meneely with Donae, The Vintage Contessa

 

Rita Garcia (FOX26 News) with the designer David Peck

Rita Garcia (FOX26 News) with the designer David Peck

 
David Peck, the Houston based designer, describing his fashions
Thrifted décor with Rita Garcia, FOX26 News

Thrifted décor with Rita Garcia, FOX26 News

Teacher make-over, will be aired in January, with Patricia Lopez, Stretch your Dollar

Teacher make-over, will be aired in January, with Patricia Lopez, Stretch your Dollar

Too Cheap Blondes working on a teacher make-over segment with Patricia Lopez, Stretch your Dollar

Too Cheap Blondes working on a teacher make-over segment with Patricia Lopez, Stretch your Dollar

Filming Christmas Sweater segment with Rita Garcia, FOX 26

Filming Christmas Sweater segment with Rita Garcia, FOX 26

Another segment with FOX26, Rita Garcia

Another segment with FOX26, Rita Garcia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shopping for holiday attire @ The Cottage Thrift Shop. Check our Rita Garcia / FOX26 News beaded vintage dress ... Ahhh Mazing!

Shopping for holiday attire @ The Cottage Thrift Shop.
Check our Rita Garcia / FOX26 News beaded vintage dress … Ahhh Mazing!

 

Be sure and see our “Shopping for Holiday Attire in a Thrift Store” on FOX26 News, Thursday, November 14th @ 8am

We think you will be quite shocked with what we found.  Many of these high end name designer dresses still had original tags!

Our best piece of advice is to shop early to get the best selection.

Tune in tomorrow and if you don’t get a chance to see it, we will post a link.

Jen & Pippa