Teacher style thrift wardrobe contest



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.

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, July 20th, 2016 from 11am-1pm (in Houston, TX … you are responsible for your own transportation)

Where:  Family Thrift Outlet, Houston, TX

Read HERE about our fun teacher shopping trip with Jade!


Plus we will share our hands on Thrifting Tips:

  1. Don’t try to put together an outfit or you will get frustrated.  Look for individual pieces and then try to build an outfit.
  2. Focus on dresses, jackets and skirts…this is where you normally get the most value for your money.
  3. Skip lower end brands such as Target, Forever 21 and Walmart.
  4. Pay attention to fabrics…avoid synthetics.   Look for natural fibers such as silk, cotton and wool.
  5. You can usually find much better deals by “digging” rather than shopping from the boutique section of a thrift store.
  6. All thrift stores are not created equal.
  7. Look through Pinterest, magazines and fashion blogs to recreate trends.
  8. It doesn’t matter if you have 10 minutes or 2 hours, you can always find something you love!
  9. Pick an area of town and go to 3-4 thrift stores since they are often near each other.
  10. Hard Fast Rule:  NEVER pay more than 10% of retail price, we try to pay 5% or even less.
  11. Be open to finding anything!


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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We had a last minute cancellation with one of our recent contest winners and, looking through the entries, one story stood out.  Candyce was starting her career as an Academic Director and needed a mature, professional look.  We thought this was quite appropriate, considering it was in August, right before school was going to start and teacher style is our #1 request.

Candyce was so bubbly and enthusiastic about life, I knew the second I met her that she would be fun to shop with!   As we started shopping, she kept saying things weren’t her style UNTIL I started showing her similar outfits on Pinterest.  Then she started getting really excited about all of the possibilities!   She decided that she loves sun dresses, cardigans, leggings and longer, loose blouses.

Here is a picture of her talking about everything that we found and how we used these photo’s for inspiration!

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To top it off we found this pair of COACH blue flats in excellent condition, these retail for $150+.

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Candyce has her own blog and here she shares part of her story.  It was meant to be to shop with her!

“Ok so here’s how it all happened. About a month ago I was talking to one of my best friends Ramona about revamping and maturing my look. I stated that I need to start dressing like an almost 30 year old Academic Director. She told me that I have a unique style and that I should still embrace it but enhance it with matured pieces. So I said you’re right and I pray that I could get help from someone to find those pieces to complete my matured look. On my phone when you go to google search it will post random post from sites that you have visited before. So last Monday I saw a post from Too Cheap Blondes about a contest that they were having and to submit a small paragraph stating why you should win. I stated that I need help maturing my look and how much I respect and love what they do etc.. I wrote it down on my Tuesday to-do list and sent it off with a prayer Tuesday morning. A couple of hours later, I received a text from Pippa asking if I could meet her to shop with her. So after I stopped screaming with excitement I texted her back saying yes ma’am! I thought it was a joke at first LOL! So on Wednesday morning, still clueless that I won the contest, I woke up energized and excited to receive help shopping. God always supplies your needs and desires that He sees fit to bless you with when you are doing your part. He will bless you in abundance!

I am beyond grateful and thankful to Pippa, Michelle and Jennifer that gave their time to help me out and for others as well. You ladies really touched my heart ♡! It wasn’t until the very end that I realized that I won the contest, I thought that she was just going to give me some shopping pointers and help select outfits for me to purchase. Pippa selected dresses and other items that I would of never took the time to look at because it wasn’t my “normal” style. I thought about how God does the same thing with us when He designed and created us for our purpose. Many times we “look past” things that we think don’t fit our feelings and way of life and end up missing out on those hidden treasures that God created just for us. Pippa found a nice pair of Coach shoes that were my size and I would of never found them if it hadn’t been for her. The funny part about those shoes was I passed right by them and they were right in front of my face the whole time. ” 

To read her entire article on her blog click HERE.

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(Jen was out of town that week and wasn’t able to make it)

 Contest: Virtual Thrift Store Shopping with Jen and Pippa

How would you like a chance to win a Virtual Shopping Trip with Jen and Pippa, no matter where you live in the U.S.?

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We know a lot of you express interest in joining us for a shopping trip and many of you are outside of the Houston area so we are excited to offer to all of you a Shopping Contest.   Teaming up with Family Thrift OUTLET stores, we will private shop for you and mail it to you anywhere in the U.S.!  You will need to have a Pinterest board with “your style”, or have pictures you can send us, so we can find fashions exclusively for you.   We will be picking the winner Monday night, Aug 10th

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.

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.

Contest rules:

1. One submission per person.

2. Must live in the U.S.

3. Please follow us on one of these platforms:  Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram (thank you!)

4 Must be willing to create a Pinterest “your style” board or email us pictures of your style and give us your accurate size.

5 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.

6 Winner receives a donated wardrobe of clothing (no more than 20 pieces) from a Family Thrift Center Outlet store.  No substitutions or cash value.

Read about a few of our past contest winners:

Contest Winner’s $40 Thrift Haul. Original Retail Over $2,000!


Extreme Weight Loss Requires a Thrifted New Wardrobe

“Teacher Style Thrift Tips” Expand your Wardrobe on a Budget Overview

Creating a Plus Size Wardrobe on a Budget ~ Private Shopping Contest Winner!

Houston-Area Constable Wins Thrift Store Shopping Spree with Too Cheap Blondes!

A Day with the Winners of the Family Thrift Center Outlet “Sneak Preview Grand Opening”

Houston MD Anderson Cancer Patient is 1 year clean!  Lets celebrate and thrift!


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One of the winners of our recent Sneak Preview Grand Opening shopping contest admitted that she was a complete novice thrift store shopper.   She was quite elated about winning the contest and having us help her shop for several reasons, #1 she has lost 85 pounds this past year, and #2 she recently lost her job.  Needing a new, smaller size wardrobe, but also staying within a very tight budget, she was anxious to learn how to shop at a thrift store.

Here is her amazing before and after photo!

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We wanted to help her find clothes that she felt confident in, and that also showed off her new figure.   Knowing she was working with a limited income, we came up with a plan for some wardrobe basics, the building blocks, that she could mix and match and that would give her the most bang for her buck.

Our first tip was to decide what your style is and assess your environment.  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?

Wardrobe Basics that Everyone Needs

  • A great pair of jeans (both dark and white)
  • Crew-neck sweater
  • Cardigan sweater
  • Well-fitting blazer
  • Quality white tee shirt
  • Versatile dress in a solid color
  • White button-down blouse
  • Pencil skirt
  • Trench coat
Focus on your core wardrobe pieces, then build the rest of your wardrobe around that with fun, colorful, modern and less expensive items.
  • Find style inspiration with Pinterest or magazines
  • Come up with a color palette
  • Choose staple pieces that you can change throughout the season
  • Shop with a list of items that will help you expand your wardrobe
  • Look for quality pieces
  • Re-style your classic items
  • Add a statement piece of jewelry or a scarf to change it up
  • There are many options to save money while shopping: thrift stores, online trading sites, eBay, garage sales and closet exchanges are just a few

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”.

Remember, this whole process takes time so have fun!

Interested in signing up for our next shopping contest CLICK HERE