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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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In honor of Earth Day this year, we’ve teamed up with Schoola.com to let our readers know that not only is thrifting good for your wallet, it’s also great for the environment as well!

Schoola is an online thrift store that sells used clothing. What makes Schoola different from other thrift stores is the fact that Schoola donates 40% (!!!) of the proceeds of sold clothing to either the school of the clothing donator’s choice, or either to the Malala Fund. Folks, that is huge! Most companies that give back to charities give a small portion of the proceeds of sales to their chosen charities, but Schoola gives a whopping 40% to benefit children’s education. Very impressive.

To find out more about Schoola’s process, you can click here:  https://www.schoola.com/how-it-works

Since we were unfamiliar with Schoola’s concept, they graciously sent us a box of clothing to check out, along with some of their huge bags that they send donators to send in their clothes in. It really couldn’t be easier to donate your gently used clothing, plus you’ll be benefiting either your school or the Malala Fund . . . win/win!

Here’s a peek at what Schoola sent to us to check out.

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We love receiving such carefully packaged items.  It felt like we were opening up a gift!

You can request two different types of donation bags from Schoola.  The first one is a bag that allows you to designate a school to receive the 40% donation.  Did we mention these bags are HUGE!  Also, the postage is already prepaid.  The only way donating could be any easier is if they actually came into your house and packed your stuff up for you!  To request a bag, go here:  https://www.schoola.com/stitch/requestbag

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The second type of bag you can request sends your donation proceeds to the Malala Fund.

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Now, on to the clothes!  All of the items we received were in great used condition, with several of the pieces actually being new with tags still attached.  We received items for our daughters, as well as for ourselves.

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Jen’s favorite piece with the gray and white striped Olivia Moon tank.  She paired it with white jeans and a jean jacket (which is always in style) since it was chilly outside.

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So, to recap, we were very impressed with Schoola and can recommend them 100% based on our experience.

We challenge our readers to help reduce, reuse and recycle this Earth Day by gathering your gently used, unwanted clothing and donating them in order to reduce waste in our landfills.  Please, if there’s any life left in your clothing, don’t ever throw it in the trash.  There are so many people who can use it.  Also, of course, we encourage you to shop second hand rather than buying retail.  Go out and find some treasures and save the Earth at the same time!

Happy shopping and Happy Earth Day!

 

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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!

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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!

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This week we found some amazing things from the Family Thrift Outlet locations in Houston. Watch our YouTube videos below to see some of the treasures that can be found for just $2.00 . . . including a brand new with $1,000 tags wedding gown!

Don’t forget to subscribe to our channel so you never miss a segment!

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Happy Birthday Jen!  When I asked her what she wanted to do for her birthday, I suggested putting together a fancy birthday lunch with friends, get a pedicure together or some type of girly thing, she said “Lets spend a perfect day full of thrift store shopping, hitting up as many stores as we possibly can in a day!”   A birthday shopping trip requires “Happy Birthday” crowns,  appropriate for the Queens of Thrift, right!

Each year we buy each other a thrifted gift and I think this year we set the bar pretty high!   A LANVIN jacket with $530 tags still attached!

A $530 LANVIN jacket found at Family Thrift Store, 4330 Fulton St, Houston, TX  77009

A $530 LANVIN jacket found at Family Thrift Store, 4330 Fulton St, Houston, TX 77009

$530 LANVIN jacket found at Family Thrift Store @ 4330 Fulton St, Houston, TX

$530 LANVIN jacket found at Family Thrift Store @ 4330 Fulton St, Houston, TX

Jen found this crystal crown and could definitely not pass it up!

Every queen needs a crown!

Every queen needs a crown!

Because we can’t wait a second of precious thrifting time, we hit up Arby’s drive through and got a sandwich to eat while on the go.

You can't waste any time on eating when we plan a day of thrift store shopping!

You can’t waste any time on eating when we plan a day of thrift store shopping!

A perfect day for some CHEAP Blondes!!!!

PS … Hello to all of the people who came up to us yesterday and asked us what we were doing … lol

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Family Thrift Store
4330 Fulton St
Houston, TX

We were lucky enough to get a super exclusive sneak peek at the items that are going to be available at The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Chic Boutique After Sale from April 15th – April 18th, 2015.  We have shown you everything from amazing high-end couture labels, to fabulous name brands sold in department stores.  There is something for everyone and we hope you enjoy this sale that benefits Houston-area community.  This event is projected to raise over half a million dollars, which will be put back into the community, via grant requests.

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Sneak Peek at The Salvation Army Chic Boutique After Sale

All kinds of sizes!

A wide variety of sizes will be available!

Prom is right around the corner and we found a great selection of gowns to choose from.

Here are some of the evening gowns that will be available.

Here are some of the evening gowns that will be available.

Here are a few of our favorite evening gowns/dresses.

Here are a few of our favorite evening gowns/dresses.

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Don’t miss this event!!  Come out and support The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary at their only fund raising event of the year!  Don’t forget to look for us there!

Read more about this sale:

Houston’s Best Kept Secret! From Chanel to Chico’s ~ Once a Year Sale! Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Chic Boutique

Sneak Peek ~ Chanel, Escada, Roberto Cavalli and More at Houston’s Hottest Sale!

Sneak Peek ~ Handbags, Shoes & Accessories at Houston’s Hottest Sale!

Sneak Peek ~ Prom Dresses, Trina Turk, Hale Bob, Tahari, Chico’s and More at Houston’s Hottest Sale!

Sneak Peek ~ Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, Christian Dior and More Couture at Salvation Army Chic Boutique Sale!

PREVIEW NIGHT “First Look” – requires a $20 donation to The Salvation Army at the door.

  • WHEN:
    • April 15th, 2015
  • WHERE:
    • 6010-C Washington Ave., Houston, TX
  • HOURS:
    • 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • ADMISSION:   $20 donation

FINAL DAYS – Free Admission

  • WHEN:
    • April 16th, 17th, and 18th
  • WHERE:
    • 6010-C Washington Ave., Houston, TX
  • HOURS:
    • 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • ADMISSION:  Free

**Just a note – the ladies of the Auxiliary are VERY busy preparing for this huge event.  Please do not call or contact them asking about prices or specific pieces that we have shown you.  They were so generous to allow us in to preview the sale and we certainly don’t want to create more work for them.  Your cooperation is greatly appreciated!  We promise you won’t be disappointed! 

We have to mention that this event is projected to raise over half a million dollars which will be put back into the Houston community, via grant requests.  What a perfect combination…shopping and giving back!

The location is in a shopping center in the round-about.  Here is a picture to help you find it!

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Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Chic Boutique
6010 C Washington, Houston, TX

 

 

With the Oscars happening tonight, glamorous gowns will be dominating the Internet as we examine who wore what.  In our opinion, nothing commands more attention than a red strapless gown…it screams Hollywood starlet!

We found this exquisite red gown by Victor Costa for Neiman Marcus this week while thrifting at a Family Thrift Center Outlet store for only $2.00!  We think this gown meets all the glamour requirements for the red carpet! 

  • Red…check
  • Stunning…check
  • High-end designer…check
  • Timeless…check
  • Train…check
  • Cheap…check (ooops, that is our requirement!)

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You can tell from all of these photos that a red gown is a favorite among celebrities!  CLICK HERE to see a photo gallery of Oscar Fashion, Trends and Iconic Images.

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Harpers Bazaar “100 Best Red Carpet Dresses”  CLICK HERE

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We can’t wait to see tonight’s fashions!

Are you interested in a private shopping event with Jen and Pippa?   CLICK HERE to enter.