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/

 

 

 

We recently were asked to put on a fashion show and speak at a women’s volunteer appreciation luncheon for Mary Queen Catholic Church in Friendswood, Texas.

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The coordinator gave us a list for our models, which included their size, height, age and personality.  We then proceeded to shop for a few weeks to come up with several options for each woman for each of our four scenes.  Keep in mind we never met these ladies until an hour before the show!  We asked the models to show up the day of the show with their hair and make-up done, and also to wear neutral shoes.

Here’s a secret, this was our first time putting on a speaking presentation and a fashion show without anyone elses’s involvement.  To say we were nervous would be a huge understatement!

We were lucky enough to find a lovely photographer who donated her services to photograph the event for us.  Thanks you so much Lisa!

Both Jen and I know that our neighbors must think we are a little crazy on the days we either film a segment or do a fashion show when we carry about eight huge garment bags out of our home to load into the car along with multiple clothing racks…we sometimes throw in a few mannequins for an extra bonus!   Once we arrived at the country club where the event was to take place, we proceeded to arrange all the clothes in each scene and label our selections for each model.  So far, so good.

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As the models arrived Jen would help fit them with the clothes, fortunately we brought extra’s because some things did not fit and others just did not look right.   I sat on the floor and steamed the clothes . . . a very glamorous job.

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We had about 2 and 1/2 hours to do all this before the show started!  Remember, this is the first time we’ve ever seen our models!!

Tomorrow we will share with you how the thrift store fashion show turned out . . . prepare to be impressed!!!

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Click HERE to see how the fashion show turned out!

 

What is your answer? … I got it at a thrift store.

Jen and I recently went to a sold out fashion show in Houston.  Of course, at these types of events everyone is dressed to impress!   This stunning woman walked by in a long white dress and I complimented her on her fabulous dress!   She immediately replied, “I got it at a thrift store, I LOVE shopping at thrift stores!  It was only $20.”

I completely admired her confidence in not only wearing a dress from a thrift store, but also her openness about where she shopped.

I told her about our blog and asked her if I could take her picture, which she agreed…

 isn’t she just absolutely beautiful?

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I am curious.  If someone asks you where you bought “that dress” are you one of those people who say it under your breath, hope no one asks, or do you rock the fact that you thrift?

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 ReNew ReDux Houston Fashion Show Scene III “Autumn Sonata”  2013

“Autumn Sonata” Scene III featured name brands such as Hermes, Burberry, Escada, Dolce & Gabbana, Lela Rose, Chloe and Cynthia Steffe.

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Held for the second time in the stunning Grand Foyer at the Wortham Center, it is sure to be an event to remember.
Complimentary drinks and bites provided for all!
Tickets are selling quickly, so purchase one for you and a friend today by going here.
All proceeds from reNew and reDux assist The Women’s Home in continuing to provide a WholeLife model of care to women in crisis. reNew and reDux is an amazing experience, and gives back to an amazing cause.
The Wortham said this show is the “opening event of the season” here in Houston!
Be ready to shop, shop, shop at the wildly popular Pop-Up Boutique.
Pop-up Shop!

Pop-up Shop!

 

ReNew Redux Fashion Show 2013 (stay tuned as we add the scenes)

Scene I, Classic ReDux

Scene II, Color Therapy

Scene III, Autumn Sonata

Scene IV, Fine Print

Scene V, Gray Expectations

Scene VI, Noveau Romantics

Scene VII, Midnight Special

Scene VIII Color of the Night

Houstons Highly Anticipated Fashion Show!

 ReNew ReDux Houston Fashion Show Scene II “Color Therapy”  2013

“Color Therapy” Scene II featured name brands such as Kate Spade, Milly, Dianne Von Furstenburg, Juicy Couture and Alice + Olivia

The Wortham Center provides a dramatic backdrop for a fashion show!

The Wortham Center provides a dramatic backdrop for a fashion show!

 

Color Therapy, Scene II

Color Therapy, Scene II

ReNew ReDux Fashion Show 2013

ReNew ReDux Fashion Show 2013

Name brands such as Kate Spade, Alice + Olivia and Juicy Couture

Name brands such as Kate Spade, DVF, Milly, Alice + Olivia and Juicy Couture

 

Held for the second time in the stunning Grand Foyer at the Wortham Center, it is sure to be an event to remember.
Complimentary drinks and bites provided for all!
Tickets are selling quickly, so purchase one for you and a friend today by going here.
All proceeds from reNew and reDux assist The Women’s Home in continuing to provide a WholeLife model of care to women in crisis. reNew and reDux is an amazing experience, and gives back to an amazing cause.
The Wortham said this show is the “opening event of the season” here in Houston!
Be ready to shop, shop, shop at the wildly popular Pop-Up Boutique.
Pop-up shop at Women's Home Fashion Show

Pop-up shop at Women’s Home Fashion Show

We got to preview and there will be more high-end designer items for sale than ever before.   Here are a few items that will be for sale:
Tory Burch Dress and Tunic

Tory Burch Dress and Tunic

Stunning chiffon maxi skirt in "Radiant Orchid" ... the color of 2014!

Stunning chiffon maxi skirt in “Radiant Orchid” … the color of 2014!

Handbags, shoes and amazing vintage hats!

Handbags, shoes and amazing vintage hats!

 

ReNew Redux Fashion Show 2013 (stay tuned as we add the scenes)

Scene I, Classic ReDux

Scene II, Color Therapy

Scene III, Autumn Sonata

Scene IV, Fine Print

Scene V, Gray Expectations

Scene VI, Noveau Romantics

Scene VII, Midnight Special

Scene VIII Color of the Night

Houstons Highly Anticipated Fashion Show!

 

 

 

 

Houston’s Highly Anticipated ReNew ReDux Fashion Show August 20, 2014
(all clothing that has been thrifted / upcycled)
We were definitely excited about reNew and reDux Fashion Show 2013, but this year we can’t wait!
Held for the second time in the stunning Grand Foyer at the Wortham Center, it is sure to be an event to remember.
Wortham Center Women's Home Fashion Show 2013

Wortham Center Women’s Home Fashion Show 2013

Be ready to shop, shop, shop at the wildly popular Pop-Up Boutique.
We got to preview and there will be more high-end designer items for sale than ever before.
Pop-up shop at Women's Home Fashion Show

Pop-up shop at Women’s Home Fashion Show

 

Tory Burch Reva Flats

Tory Burch Reva Flats

 

Kate Spade Dress

Kate Spade Dress

Missoni sweater

Missoni sweater

 

Christian Lacroix

Christian Lacroix

New with Tags .. TRINA TURK strapless dress

New with Tags .. TRINA TURK strapless dress

Cute strapless jumpsuit from a Greek designer!

Cute strapless jumpsuit from a Greek designer!

 

 Complimentary drinks and bites provided for all!
Tickets are selling quickly, so purchase one for you and a friend today by going here. As always, all proceeds from reNew and reDux assist The Women’s Home in continuing to provide a WholeLife model of care to women in crisis. reNew and reDux is an amazing experience, and gives back to an amazing cause.
The Wortham said this show is the “opening event of the season” – let’s kick it off with one to remember!

 Sneak Peak Preview for Cottage Shop ReNew ReDux Houston Fashion Show!!!!!!!!!!

ReNew ReDux Fashion Show, August 20th, 6pm @ Wortham Center in Houston.  Get your tickets HERE 

This show is to help the Women’s Home continue to assist women in crisis.

There will be a pop-up boutique and a fashion show that is Amazing!

Imagine being able to shop high end and couture labels at a fraction of the original cost!

(plus making a HUGE difference in the lives of so many Houston Women!)

Jen and I can’t wait for this huge Houston fashion event, Don’t Miss It!

Here is a preview of a few items that will be sold at Renux and Redux Fashion Show:

Tory Burch Jacket

Tory Burch Jacket

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Christian Louboutin Heels

Christian Louboutin Heels

Chloe Jacket

Chloe Jacket

 

Here is a peak of one of the Scenes from the show.

Here is a peak of one of the Scenes from the show.

 

GUCCI dress

GUCCI dress

More posts about our sneak peek:

http://toocheapblondes.com/thriftfinds/houstons-highly-anticipated-fashion-show-august-20-2014/

Name brands (many Brand New with Tags!) such as:

  • Tory Burch
  • Kate Spade
  • Chanel
  • Chloe
  • Christian Louboutin
  • Lela Rose
  • Prada
  • Oscar de La Renta
  • ST JOHN
  • Escada
  • Alice + Olivia
  • Christian Lacroix

Be sure and check out our Facebook page (TooCheapBlondes) as we post new pictures everyday between now and the BIG event!

 Houston Chronicle 2013.

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Here is Scene I from 2013