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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,

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

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During our trip to Phoenix to preview Family Thrift Store ($2 outlet), we partnered with them to help dress a group of young women from Neighborhood Ministries’ (“NM”) Education for Life (“EFL”) program.

Education For Life offers comprehensive education assistance to over 100 at-risk youth, making a long-term commitment to their growth and development. The goal of EFL is to see youth succeed by providing an educational and mentoring support system aimed to decrease deviant behavior such as truancy, drug abuse and gang activity and increase educational aspirations.  They support their youth every step of the way, providing mentors, tutoring, and even scholarship assistance.  As one of the members said, “NM was there for me and my family whenever we needed anything, help financially, food, clothes, whatever. NM was always there, keeping me busy and off the streets.”

Our first objective when working with the girls was to figure out what their fashion style was and assess their fashion needs by asking, “What is your typical day like?, Does it require professional or casual dress?, or Are you a stay-at-home mom who needs more practical, yet still stylish clothing?”   One of the girls was starting a job as a legal assistant so she needed a more professional wardrobe, another wanted a more mature look than her regular t-shirt and leggings, and most of the others needs a professional wardrobe for work.   We were able to show the girls that just because they may have a small budget for clothing, they can still look professional and put together for a fraction of the cost simply by knowing what their fashion needs are committing to a style.  Once the girls decided what their needs were, we were able to show them how to find good quality items, which means we showed them that even though the styles were trendy, it’s not always a wise investment to spend your budget on cheap quality clothing, even from a thrift store.  Thrift stores are full of high-quality garments if you know how to find them.  We taught them to look at labels and shop by fabrics rather than by brand.

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Our next strategy was to show the girls how to shop for basic pieces that can be worn multiple ways.  This blue blazer is a perfect example of a multi-use item, it can be worn both to the office or with jeans as shown.

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HERE is a list of our thrift shopping tips.

12 items for a total of $24!

12 items for a total of $24!

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Imagine creating a complete outfit from InStyle magazine’s “your LOOK” section for only $8 by shopping at a thrift store!

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This month InStyle Magazine featured oversize sweaters paired with dressy flats.  They suggest that with everyone’s hectic schedule – work, family, life – it makes getting dressed up a seem like a chore.  An easy solution is the comfortable, easy, yet luxe knit sweater and some dressy flats.  To complete your look, pair with a beaded skirt or cigarette pants.

To recreate the look, we started with a chunky knit wool/cashmere blend sweater by Zhen Pai (made in Italy), chose a dark wash skinny denim by Paige Premium Denim Jeans and a pointy toe dressy flat by BCBGeneration, and finished the look with a vintage snakeskin clutch.

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Thrift Shop:

  • Wool/Cashmere sweater    $ 2.00
  • Paige Premium Denim Jeans   $2.00
  • Vintage snakeskin clutch   $2.00
  • BCBGeneration pointy flats    $2.00
  • TOTAL:      $8.00

We purchased all of these basic wardrobe items over the past year, not at the same time, at Family Thrift Center OUTLET stores (where everything is priced at only $2.00 every Thursday)!

The Outlet stores are located in Texas & MissouriAlso in Phoenix, AZ.

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Kate Spade, Jack Rogers, Chloe, Ivanka Trump, Christian Lacroix, Minnetonkas, All Saints, Chacos and more . . . all priced at ONLY $2.00 each at a Family Thrift Center Outlet Store!  (located all over Texas and in Phoenix)

$2.00 each

$2.00 each

Kate Spade “Party” ballet flats $395.00

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Jack Rogers sandals retail $118.00

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Ivanka Trump “Abello” flat for $135.00

thrift store shop blog cheapChacos “Yampa” for the serious adventurer, retails $105.00.

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Minnetonka moccasins

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Nine West leather riding boots  $178.95

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We can’t leave out these amazing Christian Lacroix heels we found a few weeks ago that retailed for more than $500.00.

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One of our fans recently shared with us her amazing shoes finds . . . Chloe flats and All Saints booties for only $1.75 each!  Check out her blog HERE.

The most impressive part of her finds is the fact that she found all of these on a Friday . . . there are close to 1,000 shoppers on a Thursday from, 7 a.m. – 9 p.m., who have all passed over these fabulous finds at only $2.00 each.    Once again this proves to all thrifters that it is up to YOU to find the deals, they are there!

Chloe flats retail $495.00

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All Saints booties retail $360.00

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Here is a price list for the Family Thrift OUTLET Stores:

Amazing prices every week at Family Thrift Outlet Stores!

Amazing prices every week at Family Thrift Outlet Stores!

Tips on Sanitizing your Thrifted Shoes:

  • Spray the inside the shoes with antibacterial spray, such as Lysol or Clorox
  • Wipe the outside down with a cleansing wipe
  • Use liquid shoe polish for an amazing quick fix.
  • Place the shoes into an airtight plastic bag and leave in the freezer overnight to kill fungus and eliminate odor.



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Who in their right mind would hop on a plane and travel over 1,000 miles to go thrift shopping?  Well, the Too Cheap Blondes, that’s who!  We recently traveled from Houston, Texas to Phoenix, Arizona to check out the Family Thrift Store Outlet, where, like their Houston counterpart, opens each Thursday with over 30,000 new items all starting at just $2.00 each!   The Phoenix store has one major thing that’s different from Houston though . . . and it’s huge.  The Phoenix Family Thrift Store Outlet sells housewares as well as clothing starting at just $2.00!  Friends, we’re talking furniture, coffee makers, fans, bicycles, toys, dishes, etc. . . and several items we saw were still brand new in the box.  It takes a special kind of thrift store to get the Queens of Thrift flustered and let me tell you, we were absolutely beside ourselves!

These pictures represent only a fraction of the amazing treasures this store holds, from couture fashion to fabulous household items, the Phoenix Family Thrift Store Outlet really does have it all.  I’m thinking next time we need to road trip there with a U-Haul in tow!


















Authentic Kate Spade $2.00

Authentic Kate Spade $2.00

Missoni $2.00

Missoni $2.00

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Jill Sanders, New with Tag, dress for $2.00  (retails around $800)

Vintage clothing for $2.00

Vintage clothing for $2.00

Leather boots for $2.00

Leather boots for $2.00

Anthropologie and ST JOHN are a few of the name brands we found for only $2.00

Anthropologie and ST JOHN are a few of the name brands we found for only $2.00

Now, just a caveat, about Family Thrift Store Outlet:

  • Some people say, “I never find anything!”  We go through hundreds, if not thousands, of items every time we go shopping in order to find one or two designer pieces of clothing.  Do not get frustrated when you walk into a thrift store and don’t find that “amazing deal” within a few minutes.  Sometimes we will come across a gorgeous piece of clothing within minutes, but it usually takes a good amount of time to find that treasure!   Never give up!  If you’re patient and dedicated, I promise that you will find a treasure!
  • There are no dressing rooms or mirrors.  Wear something comfortable so you can try a jacket or blouse over what you are wearing.
  • Finally, be prepared to shop with some highly competitive shoppers.  There are regulars who treat thrift shopping like a sport.
  • Organized by categories (men’s, women’s, children’s) not by colors, styles or sizes.   The savings are passed along to you, but it is up to you to dig for your treasure

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Prices are as follows:

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4335 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale, AZ

A great resource for thrift shopping is  The next time you want to find a new thrift store in your area, or anywhere else, just enter the zip code on  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!

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Phoenix . . . $2 Family Thrift OUTLET store!  Too Cheap Blondes Meet-Up October 15th!


On October 15th, we will be in Phoenix, Arizona at our FAVORITE $2 outlet store, Family Thrift Outlet! Better than NORDSTROM Last Chance or SAKS Off 5th . . . the name brands we can find for $2 will blow your mind! Comment if you can meet us that day, we are working on a special shopping event!

We will be at the store from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Please message us on Facebook or on the blog if you will be meeting us . . . we will have a special rack tucked away just for you!!!!!!!!!!!!  Come find us in the store, either say hello to “Too Cheap Blondes” or “Jen or Pippa” (don’t worry about figuring out who’s who, we answer to either name . . . LOL).

Date:   Thursday,  October 15th, 9 a.m – 2 p.m.

Location:  Family Thrift Outlet, 4335 W. Glendale Ave, Glendale, AZ  (Phoenix area)


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

We post on our FACEBOOK page everyday HERE.

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

Our videos are on YouTube, HERE

A list of our Favorite Houston Thrift Stores, HERE

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

Houston is getting a By-The-Pound Thrift Store!

Private shop Houston’s new By-The-Pound store BEFORE the Grand Opening! 

Are you available Wednesday,  September 23, 2015?

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


1. Must bring print out of this blog post for admission (no exceptions)!  The door will be locked and we will be looking for your printed piece of paper to get in!

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

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

STORE DETAILS (Grand Opening September 25th):

Location: 127 Little York Rd, Houston, TX 77076

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


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

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


***** Please Note .. this is a picture of the OUTLET Store, the By-the-Pound is to the right of this store ****

Family Thrift Outlet Store 127 Little York Houston, TX 77076

Family Thrift Outlet Store
127 Little York
Houston, TX 77076

More details about Houston’s ONLY Bulk, By-the-Pound Store!  HERE


$420 Snake Skin Beirn Purse found for $2

I know that you are probably reading this thinking “wow, you Too Cheap Blondes are always so lucky”.  As we have admitted to you before, we do not always follow all of our TOP THRIFT STORE SHOPPING ADVICE! of going through every single item or hanger.

This is one of the two long rows of purses.

This is one of the two long rows of purses.

As Jen and I, started down this long row of purses for some reason I passed by the major score item of the day!  (I wasn’t following our own advice of thoroughly looking through every single item).  A few minutes later Jen walked up to me with a snake skin purse, which honestly we had NEVER heard of the brand “Beirn” but we could tell by the quality of the purse it was something nice.  So she quickly typed it in her phone, lo and behold it retailed for $420!

$420 Beirn found for $2 at Family Thrift Store OUTLET

$420 Beirn found for $2 at Family Thrift Store OUTLET

Snakeskin Beirn purse for $2

$420 Snakeskin Beirn purse for $2



Some people exude a joy for living!   Suzanne is one of our long time readers and when she told us that she was celebrating 1 year cancer free at MD Anderson in Houston and asked to shop with us we could not resist!  goodwill houston thrift store shopping md anderson cancer survivor

We started out at Family Thrift OUTLET Store (Hillcroft)  seriously you can not thrift store shop in Houston and miss these gems.  (here is our list of our favorite thrift stores)

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Next we headed to Goodwill (Riveroaks) another one of our favorite Houston thrift store locations!

“I shop on alot and one day while on fb, your link/profile page came up and I immediately was curious (such a cute, unique name: too cheap blondes) so I clicked on your page and fell in love with yall and what yall do. I was thrilled, even more so to be led to your blog, where I was educated on tips, locations, and benefits to shopping thrift stores and goodwill. I have been following you for quite awhile and love to check out your post and videos. When I realized that I had to travel to Houston to visit MD Andersons, for my first follow-up visit, my desire was to hopefully visit one of your favorite stores. I would have never imagined being blessed to actually meet yall, but w as blessed even beyond my desire or imagination when you volunteered to pick me up and take me shopping with you. I was estatic and I will never forget your kindness and hospitality in making a dream come true. I know some people may think that it’s a silly dream, but not to me, because, for some reason, I’m passionate about treasure hunting in thrift stores. Boy, was I ever so pleased with the 2 stores that you carried me to. I’m actually still blown away with the concept of the Family Thrift outlets. I just wish Mississippi had these stores to bless all the folks here that have need of goods but are on very limited income. Thanks for giving me tips as we shopped and making me feel special. I am humbled by your generosity. I also love that you stress to “pass it on” by donating items that I no longer use or need. I would feel like I was in a dream if I could ever do what yall do, and I am so thankful for the opportunity that you two lovely, giving, classy ladies blessed with. Please keep up the good work and just know that yall are making a difference in people’s lives by educating the public on the benefits of shopping goodwill and thrift stores. Gosh, I had a blast and yall made my medical trip all worth it. I just love yall and look forward to every fb post, video and blog post. Too Cheap Blondes Are My New Favorite “go-to” site. Again, I’m humbled and so happy that your precious daughters enjoyed our time together….to God be ALL the glory. HE is good, Faithful and loving. Suzanne”
“Just got the great news from my lymphoma doctor that I’m still cancer free. ALL PRAISE, HONOR & GLORY to JESUS. ‪#‎sograteful

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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!