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It was a VERY tough decision, but we’ve chosen our winner for this week’s Family Thrift Center Outlet shopping trip … “jimandmichele2”.  We read each and every one of your entries and with each contest you made it so hard to choose!  Your stories were amazing,  many were about overcoming adversity, some in the middle of a crisis, a few health challenges, some of you entered for a friend, others wanted to learn about fashion and a lot of you wanted to just have a fun day of thrift store shopping with us.  We honestly wish that we could take you all but that isn’t possible.

Read about a few of our past contest winners:

Extreme Weight Loss Requires a Thrifted New Wardrobe

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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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!

Every so often we do a “Thrift Shopping Contest with Jen & Pippa” here in Houston.  Of course, our readers from all over the U.S. feel super left out and we keep hearing, “We wish we could shop with you!”  So, we came up with this great idea of doing a virtual shopping contest.  Great in theory, but there were a few challenges.  First, it is hard to shop for someone when you have never met them and that is why we asked our winner from Chicago to create a “Pinterest Look Book” so we would have clear direction as to what her tastes were.  Second, our winner was plus size, and the options for plus sized, stylish clothing are somewhat limited.  After working on this project for many weeks, and receiving positive feedback from our winner, we can definitely see that this proves that shopping with inspiration and a clear sense of your fashion needs is an effective way to shop!

BTW, we shopped at the Family Thrift OUTLET stores and we found everything for only $2.00 each!

Our winner’s inspiration Pinterest photo is on the left side in each of these pictures and our thrift store best match is next to it.

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Keeping with the winner’s preference of longer blouses, leggings and boots, we found all of these basic tops to increase her wardrobe!

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A note from our winner, Janine P.:

“As the “Thrift Shopping Contest with Jen and Pippa” winner I was extremely excited from the beginning. I also knew there would be some challenges which these ladies overcame with great fashion….no pun intended. It was not just about being a plus size but really having “folks” shop for you that have never met you before. I would suggest for anyone to have a “look book” of all the possible items you want to find in the thrift store.

I am getting my contest winnings ready to go to the dry cleaners. After this experience with Jen and Pippa I am going to create a separate Pinterest board of all the items I am still looking for in the thrift stores. As I have decided it might take some time but it is worth the time. I believe it is not about the quantity you acquire while thrift shopping, however, the quality pieces.

Thank you Jen and Pippa your efforts were steller and I hope to meet you someday, the next time I am in Houston. Soon…if the ladies will let me…I will be sending in some photos of me wearing the wonderful items they picked from the heart.

Take care and happy shopping everyone.

Janine P-Chicago, Illinois”

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A big thank you to Family Thrift Stores for working with us on this project!

There are Family Thrift OUTLET stores in both Houston and Phoenix.

 

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Read about a few of our past contest winners:

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

“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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We have chosen the winner of the U.S. Thrift Store Shopping Contest with Jen and Pippa , virtual Family Thrift Center Outlet shopping trip … Janine P, of the windy city of Chicago!

We read each and every one of your entries and you made it so hard to choose!  Your stories were amazing,  many were about overcoming adversity, some in the middle of a crisis, a few health challenges, some of you entered for a friend, others wanted to learn about fashion and a lot of you just wanted to have us thrift shop for you.   We will definitely be working on a story about helping people get out of the yoga pant rut, this was the number one dilemma we heard from you.

Congratulations Janine P!  We can’t wait to see your style board on Pinterest and start shopping for you!  We will keep you posted on this virtual shopping trip and stay tuned for the next contest.

 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!

 

Contest has ended.  Follow us on Facebook to find out when the next contest will be held!

 

houston thrift store contest winner

It was a VERY tough decision, but we’ve chosen our winners for this week’s Family Thrift Center Outlet shopping trip.  You read that right, winners!   We read each and every one of your entries and you made it so hard to choose!  Your stories were amazing,  many were about overcoming adversity, some in the middle of a crisis, a few health challenges, some of you entered for a friend, others wanted to learn about fashion and a lot of you wanted to just have a fun day of thrift store shopping with us.  We honestly wish that we could take you all but that isn’t possible.  We decided we couldn’t pick just one person so we chose two!  Shea H. will go shopping with us this Wednesday and we are still waiting for a response back for the winner of the next week!  Congratulations, you deserve it!

Read about a few of our past contest winners:

Extreme Weight Loss Requires a Thrifted New Wardrobe

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!

 

The winner of this month’s private shopping day with the Too Cheap Blondes at a Family Thrift Center Outlet store (where everything is priced at ONLY $2) was extra lucky!   We had chosen two other winners who were both unable to make it at the last minute.  After juggling some last minute babysitting duties, our next choice was able to make it out to meet us.

“After having two babies in less than a year and two knee surgeries after that, I gained a lot of weight.  I’ve lived in workout pants and tops because they were easy.  Now that I’ll be trying to go back to work and have lost 25 pounds, I need to find new clothing. I would prefer thrift items as I plan to continue to lose more. This would be an amazing opportunity,” our winner told us.

She was even so organized, our winner immediately emailed us her “fashion inspiration board” from Pinterest.  What a huge help this was for us to determine her style!  We wanted to find her clothes that she felt confident in, and that also showed off her figure.   We decided to look for wardrobe basics, the building blocks, that she could mix and match and that would give her the most bang for her buck.

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We let our winner know that there are no dressing rooms or mirrors.  We asked her to wear something comfortable so she could try a jacket or blouse over what she was wearing.  She showed up dressed perfectly in a tank top and pair of yoga pants.

She told us that she never wears dresses but when she tried on a few, she quickly changed her mind!

Thrift Store $2 Dress .. add a jean jacket or leggings to complete your look!

Thrift Store $2 dress . . . add a jean jacket or leggings to complete your look!

All she will need to add to this $2 ensemble is a scarf and boots!

All she will need to add to this $2 ensemble is a scarf and boots!

This shadow illusion dress looked fantastic on her!  You can wear it with heels in warmer weather or body shaping tights and boots in the winter!

This shadow illusion dress looked fantastic on her! You can wear it with heels in warmer weather or body shaping tights and boots in the winter!

Add a pop of color to wear over pants or a skirt

Add a pop of color to wear over pants or a skirt

A gray maxi skirt is a basic that you can wear with almost anything!!!!

A gray maxi skirt is a basic that you can wear with almost anything!!!!

A maxi pattern skirt is another easy mix-n-match item to add to your closet!

A maxi pattern skirt is another easy mix-n-match item to add to your closet!

These light weight small patterned blouses/jackets looked great on her!

These light weight small patterned blouses/jackets looked great on her!

As always, we shared our favorite tips for thrift store shopping with our winner today.  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!

Here is the link to Family Thrift Stores with all of their locations.

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Private Shopping Contest with Jen & Pippa at Family Thrift Center Outlet Store

Our last contest received such an overwhelming response from all of you that we have decided to team up again with Family Thrift Center Outlet stores to bring you another contest!

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How would you like a chance to win a Sneak Preview Trip with Jen and Pippa?

We are so excited to offer you this opportunity to shop at a Family Thrift Outlet Store, where everything is priced at only $2, with NO CROWDS and we will help you find all the fabulous deals!

We are super excited about a fun day of thrift store shopping with you!

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.April 8th, 2015

Where:  A Family Thrift Outlet, Houston, TX

 

The Rules

All submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. on April 4th, 2015.

We will choose and notify a lucky winner via e-mail on April 5th, 2015.  Winner will have 24 hours to respond to winning notification.  Failure to respond will result in a forfeiture and a new winner will be 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 (about 20 pieces) chosen by Too Cheap Blondes from a Family Thrift Center Outlet store.  No substitutions or cash value.

 

This contest has ended.  Stay tuned for the next one!

 

Good luck!

Jen and Pippa

Read about our last few contest winners:

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

Extreme Weight Loss Requires a Thrifted New Wardrobe

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

 

 

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It was a VERY tough decision, but we’ve chosen our winners for this week’s Family Thrift Center Outlet shopping trip.  You read that right, winners!  You guys all had such amazing stories that we decided we couldn’t pick just one person so we chose two!  Anne E. will go shopping with us this Wednesday and Lily L. we would like for you to go shopping with us next week!  Congratulations ladies, you deserve it!

Stay tuned for our next contest in April!  CLICK HERE to see photo’s from our last contest.

For those of you who do not follow us on Facebook, you missed this post that Jen shared about her shopping adventure on a Thursday, the day the Outlet store opens with all new merchandise and everything is priced at only $2.

“I popped in to the Family Thrift Outlet on Hillcroft today at 8:45 a.m, almost 2 hours after they opened. I know some of you think that if you’re not there first thing when they open then all of the good stuff will be gone. It’s just not true! Today I found Oscar de la Renta, J. Crew, Crewcuts, Top Shop, Vince Camuto, Brighton, Gap Kids, Anthropologie, Juicy Couture and Citizens of Humanity…all in good condition! Here are a few pictures of what the store looks like a couple of hours after opening…chaos. I assure you the store was spotless when it opened. I’m not sure what drives people to have so little respect for these particular stores. If you are prepared to hunt and deal with all walks of humanity, I promise you’ll find some treasures! Happy hunting! -Jen”

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