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

mexico sunset

 

We received the following e-mail from one of our fans: 

“I work in a middle school.  My birthday is in July and I am wanting to start a new wardrobe.  It is a present to myself.  Can you help me spend $100 to build a new wardrobe?  I am not a fashionsta and desperately need help with this.  I have cute shoes but not outfits to go with them.  I am not into designer names, just because I don’t know who they are.  I created a “My Style” board on Pinterest and it is what I try to go for but seem to fail when I actually go shopping.  I succeed on a hit and miss basis.  I welcome the change.  I have had the same clothes for several years now.  I am overdue.  I love seeing your “finds”.  Please help me!”
We were more than happy to take this lovely woman shopping for her birthday.

 

A few of our tips:

  • Start with the basics, such as skinny leg white and dark denim jeans.  These were the foundation to her EASY wardrobe makeover, knowing that her day needs to be professional, yet casual.
    With these staples, she can wear them with tanks and flip flops in the summer and sweaters and boots in the winter.
  • Look for tops that can be worn as a tank in warmer weather and layered under a sweater or jacket when it gets cold.

We also found a few dresses, a sweater and a jacket, giving her a quick wardrobe makeover for well under $100 . . . $30 to be exact, shopping at the Family Thrift Outlet where everything is priced at only $2 each.

Her wardrobe came to fruition in a little over an hour.  We gave her a mini styling session and showed her how everything coordinated together.

She sent us the sweetest message!  I want to thank you both again for taking the time out to help me. I have a better idea now of how to mix and match outfits. I’ll also be doing a lot of thrift shopping this summer.  Watching you to go through the racks to try to pair things up showed me I can shop without spending all day in the store.  I now have a better idea of how to shop to build a wardrobe rather than just buy pieces of clothing. There is a difference.”

Happy Birthday!!!!!

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Thrifting Trash to Treasure ~ Tory Burch Reva Shoes

We recently found this pair of snakeskin Tory Burch Reva flats for only $2 at a Family Thrift OUTLET Store, they originally retailed for $225.   The soles and insoles were in great condition, the snakeskin looked worn out and dry.   For a $2 investment it was worth our time to see if we could salvage them with some over the counter shoe products.   We didn’t have much “skin in the game” … lol

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The snakeskin leather was dried out but after applying “KIWI” Color Shine / Brown it brought a lustrous, sheen.  Use a Sharpie to fill in all of the spots the shoe shine doesn’t cover.   They turned out quite fabulous!

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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

 

 

 

thrift or splurge puffer vest

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

 

thrift or splurge

Thrift or splurge … you decide!

Here is some outfit inspiration from one of our favorite bloggers Rachel Parcell of Pink Peonies.

Thrift Shop:

  • JCREW blouse                     $2.00
  • Ebay bubble necklace          $7.99
  • Tory Burch Clutch                $2.00
  • Seven skinny jeans              $2.00
  • TOTAL:                              $13.99

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)

Linked up with Pleated Poppy Blog and Style Elixer.

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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!

This couple’s Katy Perry and Riff Raff costume (from the 2014 VMA’s) was hands-down the most creative at Jen’s Halloween party last year!  They put the entire ensemble together from denim pieces they found in thrift stores.

This entire DIY look was created by shopping at thrift stores!

This entire DIY look was created by shopping at thrift stores!

The real Riff Raff and Katy Perry at the 2014 VMAs.

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Most thrift stores have a large selection of denim that is great for costumes!  San Antonio Goodwill Stores sell jeans for only $4.99 each!

We found rows and rows of denim at San Antonio Goodwill store are only $4.99 each!

We found rows and rows of denim at a San Antonio Goodwill store for only $4.99 each!

 

This costume was definitely a job for the “Bedazzler,” which you can find at any Michaels Craft Store.

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Tips for putting together the Best DIY Halloween Costume from the thrift store:

  • Don’t pay over of 10% of retail (we didn’t spend over $10 on any of our clothing!).

  • Look for higher end luxurious fabrics such as silk, velvets, and brocades.

  • Shop with several themes in mind.

  • Find a dress or article of clothing you really like, do a search on your phone for costume ideas.

  • Think outside the box …

Click on the articles below for more DIY halloween costume ideas we have put together from thrift stores:

Downton Abbey / 20’s

Disney Snow White, Belle, Sleeping Beauty, Aladdin, King and Queen

Beyoncé (Foxy Cleopatra), The Matrix, Michael Jackson (Thriller) and More!

Duck Dynasty

A great resource for thrift shopping is thethriftshopper.com.  The next time you want to find a new thrift store in your area, or anywhere else, just enter the zip code on thethriftshopper.com.  The site lists all of the stores in that area, complete with their hours, location, how to sign up for their mailing lists, and even reviews from other shoppers.

For more tips and tricks, check out our “11 Thrift Store Tips”.

Follow us on Pinterest to see our latest thrift store shopping finds!

Our videos are on YouTube, HERE

We post on our FACEBOOK page everyday HERE.

HERE are a few of our Favorite Houston thrift stores!

Remember, this whole process takes time so have fun … Happy Thrifting from Jen and Pippa!

 

Cheap Disney Halloween Costume Thrift Store Shop

 

 

Ditch those ready made cheap costumes and go for a high quality getup.  My family went for a “Disney” theme and this photo will be our Christmas card this year.    (Quy Tran Photography)
When shopping at a thrift store, go in with a few costume ideas already in mind.  As we share with you all year, thrift stores are a new store every single day so be open to new suggestions.

If your goal is to win the costume contest than your best bet is to do a DIY costume!

We think shopping at a thrift store is definitely a cheaper way to get an amazing Halloween costume!  You might want to stop by several thrift stores within a close region, check out www.ThriftShopper.com.

 

$2.00 Family Thrift Store Outlet Dress

$2.00 Family Thrift Store Outlet Dress … this was a professional dancing dress

 

$9.99 Goodwill dress

$9.99 Goodwill dress.  Probably a really bad bridesmaid dress from a wedding in the 80’s

 

$2.00 Family Thrift Store dress

$2.00 Family Thrift Store dress.  A yellow prom dress is befitting.

 

$2.00 vest $2.00 drawstring pants

$2.00 vest
$2.00 drawstring pants …

this costume is a pair of silky draw-string pants, we used rubber bands to “blouse” them up around the calves, the vest is the inside liner of a jacket.

king queen disney halloween cheap thrift store shop costume

My husband was a Disney king, we added a crown from Party City, and the sash from “Belle’s” yellow dress.   I was an evil Disney queen, I am wearing a $2.00 dress from Family Thrift Store Outlet dress, I bought a crown from Party City and I hot glued mardi gras beads to it.

 

Tips for putting together the Best DIY Halloween Costume from the thrift store:

  • Don’t pay over of 10% of retail (we didn’t spend over $10 on any of our clothing!).

  • Look for higher end luxurious fabrics such as silk, velvets, and brocades.

  • Shop with several themes in mind.

  • Find a dress or article of clothing you really like, do a search on your phone for costume ideas.

  • Think outside the box …

A great resource for thrift shopping is thethriftshopper.com.  The next time you want to find a new thrift store in your area, or anywhere else, just enter the zip code on thethriftshopper.com.  The site lists all of the stores in that area, complete with their hours, location, how to sign up for their mailing lists, and even reviews from other shoppers.

For more tips and tricks, check out our “11 Thrift Store Tips”.

Follow us on Pinterest to see our latest thrift store shopping finds!

Our videos are on YouTube, HERE

We post on our FACEBOOK page everyday HERE.

Remember, this whole process takes time so have fun … Happy Thrifting from Jen and Pippa!