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/

 

 

 

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Imagine being under the scrutiny of thousands of people every single day.  In today’s age of social media, you’re not only being seen by your local market, but by the entire world via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.  Just click on a TV news reporter’s social media page and check out the comments, a good portion of those comments are directed at the personality’s appearance . . . be it good or bad!

Lucky for these beautiful ladies, they live in Houston with the Too Cheap Blondes, the Queens of Thrift!  Check out some of our favorite ladies rocking their thrift store looks we found for them.

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These women 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 these ladies need to wear 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 shop thrift stores several times a week and we leave behind some amazing finds.  We started asking our TV friends what size they were and if they were interested in being styled by the Too Cheap Blondes . . . most of the time, the answer was YES!   Every once in a while we find something that meets all of their criteria and ours – which includes never paying more than 10% of the retail price.

We are impressed with the comments that viewers leave for these women when they post their “thrifty” finds on social media!

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

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!!!!!!

Keeping it real. You’re the best.

“Wow you are an Amazing woman you truly understand the values of life. Good job for being an outstanding public figure!

Thank you ladies for helping us continue to spread the word about the amazing world of thrifting!

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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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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$2 @ Family Thrift Store Outlet

$2 @ Family Thrift Store Outlet

Halloween at Houston Thrift Store Outlet…CHEAP Costumes!

There are so many options for costumes at a thrift store and shopping at the Family Thrift Outlet Store is even better when everything starts at only $2!!!!!!!!!!!!

$2 @ Family Thrift Store Outlet

$2 @ Family Thrift Store Outlet

$2 @ Family Thrift Store Outlet

$2 @ Family Thrift Store Outlet

$2 @ Family Thrift Store Outlet

$2 @ Family Thrift Store Outlet

$2 @ Family Thrift Store Outlet

$2 @ Family Thrift Store Outlet

$2 @ Family Thrift Store Outlet ... this is a very high-end Dolce & Gabbana Dirndl Vest

$2 @ Family Thrift Store Outlet … this is a very high-end Dolce & Gabbana Dirndl Vest

$2 @ Family Thrift Store Outlet

$2 @ Family Thrift Store Outlet

$2 @ Family Thrift Store Outlet

$2 @ Family Thrift Store Outlet

Click here to see a map of Family Thrift Center OUTLET locations.

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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.

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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?

 

 

 

 

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

 

Halloween Segment @ Womens Home Cottage Thrift Shop on FOX News

Be sure and watch this fun Halloween segment we filmed with Rita Garcia @ FOX26 news.

This will air on Friday, October 11th @ 8am.

"Too Cheap Blondes" with Rita Garcia from FOX26 News

“Too Cheap Blondes” with Rita Garcia from FOX26 News

Filming "Halloween" segment @ Womens Home Cottage Thrift Shop with "Too Cheap Blondes" / FOX26 News Rita Garcia

Filming “Halloween” segment @ Womens Home Cottage Thrift Shop with “Too Cheap Blondes” / FOX26 News Rita Garcia

 

We were at the Womens Home Cottage Thrift Shop, click HERE for a full store review.

 

The store is divided into 2 sections:

  • Boutique, Name Brands to the left
  • Regular Clothing Thrift Shop to the right

They gave me a SALE flyer and here are the current sales:  

  • Monday: 50% OFF on Regular Clothing
  • Tuesday:  50% OFF Housewares / Electronics / Jewelry
  • Wednesday:  No Sales
  • Thursday:    25% OFF All Boutique Inc / Purses / Regular Clothing
  • Friday & Saturday:     25% OFF  Regular Clothing / Boutique Clothing / Boutique Shoes / Housewares / Furnitur

 

For more than 50 years, The Women’s Home has helped women build whole lives. These women have struggled with addictions, mental illness, homelessness, past abuse and a lack of job skills or education. We offer them a home and an individualized WholeLife program based on six wellness areas: emotional, financial, physical, social, spiritual and vocational. There are two residential campuses. The treatment and transitional housing program offers up to 18 months of support. In addition, The Women’s Home owns and operates an 88-unit apartment community, Jane Cizik Garden Place. Both residential programs offer a solution to those who seek a safe, sober and drug-free community where they can recognize and reach their unique potential for success.

 

The Women’s Home serves women who have become homeless due to mental illness and/or substance abuse disorders, specifically women with co-occurring illnesses who require long-term treatment. We offer our residents a home and an individualized WholeLife program based on six wellness areas: emotional, financial, physical, social, spiritual and vocational. Our clinical, residential and vocational services support these wellness areas.

We have two unique facilities. Our residential treatment and transitional housing program has 57 beds and offers residents up to 18 months of support.

In addition, The Women’s Home owns and operates an 87-unit apartment complex, called Jane Cizik Garden Place, which offers permanent supportive housing and women-centered programming to individuals on a low income. Both residential programs offer a solution to those who seek a safe, sober and drug-free community where they can recognize and reach their unique potential for success.

 

A Total of $40.95 for ALL of These Clothes!

Just wait until you see our “Ladies Night Out” segment, airing @ 8AM hour, FOX26, on Thursday, September 26th (with possibly a re-run, same time on Friday)

Jen and Pippa show you how to have a new outfit for your night out on the town for about the same price as an appetizer!

Ladies Night Out!   All of these clothes for only $41.95!!!!!

Ladies Night Out! All of these clothes for only $41.95!!!!!

Also, this will be Natalie Bomke’s last day with FOX26 News … she is moving to FOX Chicago.

Thrift Store Shopping with Natalie Bomke with FOX News

Thrift Store Shopping with Natalie Bomke with FOX News

We are very happy for her!   This definitely won’t be the last we see of her and we look forward to working with her on a few projects in the near future!

We Love you Natalie and thank you for all the opportunities you have given us!