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Jen and Pippa @  www.TooCheapBlondes.com

Jen and Pippa @
www.TooCheapBlondes.com

As you can probably see, there has been no activity over on this blog since last year.  It’s not that I haven’t been busy blogging, it’s just that I’ve been completely focused on Too Cheap Blondes, a joint effort between myself and my blogging partner, Jen.

So, without further ado, please hop on over to www.TooCheapBlondes.com for more great thrift shopping tips and finds!

Thanks!

Pippa

Halloween Costumes and Vintage at Conroe Assistance League

Halloween Costumes and Vintage at Conroe Assistance League

Halloween clothing is now available at Assistance League.  One of my favorite things about this store is that they save items all year long for the appropriate season, Halloween, Christmas, Easter, 4th of July, etc.   I found some awesome vintage clothing, authentic 70’s and pageant inspired clothing … perfect for a DIY costume.

Vintage coat and authentic naval uniform.

Vintage coat and authentic naval uniform.

 

authentic navy uniform

authentic navy uniform

Evening gowns

Evening gowns

 

Vintage hat

Vintage hat

Vintage dresses

Vintage dresses

Vintage pillbox hat

Vintage pillbox hat

These would make an awesome costume

These would make an awesome costume

Beaded vintage hat

Beaded vintage hat

Kids costumes

Kids costumes

Another vintage hat

Another vintage hat

Halloween clothing

Halloween clothing

Vintage velvet hat

Vintage velvet hat

 

You can be so creative with DIY costumes, here are some ideas …

celebrity halloween costume

thrift store halloween

halloween blog thrift store

thrift store shop halloween

halloween costume thrift store

duck dynasty thrift store

big bang halloween

creative halloween blog

Be sure and check out Assistance League Facebook page HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turn this 80’s dress into a current style ~ 30 second fashion make-over

Turn this 80’s dress into a current style ~ 30 second DIY fashion make-over project

I found this Banana Republic dress at a Goodwill store in San Antonio the other day for $5.99.   The geometric pattern certainly caught my eye, you can find this pattern all over the runway and magazines.   The only problem was it looked very “80’s” with the 3 layers of ruffles and hitting right at the knees.

 

Banana Republic dress for $5.99 @ San Antonio Goodwill Thrift Store

Banana Republic dress for $5.99 @ San Antonio Goodwill Thrift Store

 

After carefully inspecting this dress, we decided we could just cut off the bottom layer, from the inside lining.   Our DIY project was done in 30 seconds!

30 seconds to cut off the bottom layer

30 seconds to cut off the bottom layer

Quick and Easy dress make-over

Quick and Easy dress make-over

 

What a darling summer dress!   Sam has a summer wedding to attend in Cancun so she was thrilled with the outcome!

Darling strapless dress from Banana Republic, $5.99 @ San Antonio Goodwill

 

Bright geometric print dress

Bright geometric print dress

 

 

Be sure and check-in tomorrow ….  I have another fashion makeover to share with you.

30 second fashion make-overs from Goodwill

30 second fashion make-overs from Goodwill

 

Check out our other quick fashion make-over using a silk skirt from Goodwill for $2.99.  HERE 

Quick fashion make-overs with both of these dresses found at Goodwill

Quick fashion make-overs with both of these dresses found at Goodwill

On June 28, I am part of a group staging a fashion show at the GOODWILL location at Bulverde Road and
Highway 1604!!  The show will feature 20 summertime styles and all will be sold on a special rack right after the show.

This will be so much fun, I hope you will come and join us on the 28th!  More information to follow!

Here are a few of my reviews of the San Antonio Goodwill stores:

Goodwill, Loop 1604 and Bulverde Road

Goodwill, 13311 San Pedro (281 & Bitters)

Goodwill, 3401 Fredericksburg

Goodwill, 727 NW Loop 410

Goodwill, 12322 West I-10

goodwill official blogger

Shopping Thrift Stores: Should I get that item?

 

Shopping Thrift Stores:   Should I get that item? 

How many times have you found a fabulous item at a thrift store that you just aren’t sure what to do with or if you will wear it or what to wear it with?

or even a small stain (I will share my secret that works 9 out of 10 times!)

“How to style a fabulous thrift store find?” …

I found this curtain panel for $2.99 and I wasn’t sure what it would look like as a table cloth.  I typed in “blue white tablecloth” in Pinterest and found this … I LOVE IT!

This curtain panel was $2.99 and I use it as a table cloth!

This curtain panel was $2.99 and I use it as a table cloth!

Here is a “boho” style blouse for $3.99.   Its not really my style, I thought my daughter might like it so I typed in “boho top”.

Boho linen blouse for $3.99 @ Goodwill

Boho linen blouse for $3.99 @ Goodwill

 

I found this huge bulletin board for $4.99, I have paid $40 for this size @ Office Depot.   After looking through Pinterest, I decided it was a good make-over project!

Bulletin board for $4.99 ... perfect for a make-over!

Bulletin board for $4.99 … perfect for a make-over!

 

This dress is a perfect example of trying a “trend” for pennies on the dollar!   Radiant orchid is the color of the year and for $5.99 I can be right on trend!

Color of the year ... Radiant Orchid!   Dress for $5.99

Color of the year … Radiant Orchid! Dress for $5.99

If you want to get more ideas about thrifting on Pinterest click HERE to follow me and HERE / Goodwill San Antonio for lots of inspiration!

Oh yes ….. now for my secret formula to remove stains 9 times out of 10.

I pick up awesome clothes at thrift stores and I am not afraid of a stain (which is usually why the item was donated).   I put Dawn on overnight and it is amazing!

Folex is another miracle worker!

These work for me 9 times out of 10!

These work for me 9 times out of 10!

 

I love shopping at San Antonio Goodwill stores because they have fantastic prices (and clean and organized!).

Fantastic prices!

Fantastic prices!

Clean and organized

Clean and organized

Be sure and check out my  San Antonio Goodwill Store Reviews:

Goodwill, 13311 San Pedro (281 & Bitters)

Goodwill, 3401 Fredericksburg

Goodwill, 727 NW Loop 410

Goodwill, Loop 1604 and Bulverde Road

Just remember all Goodwill does for the community.  Every 14 seconds someone gets a job because of work done by Goodwill.

pippa goodwill official blog

 

Shop “As Seen on TV by Too Cheap Blondes”

 

Shop “As Seen on TV by Too Cheap Blondes”

We have done all the work, picking out some fabulous pieces, just look for our sign.

This Saturday, February 22, 2014:

Goodwill in the Heights, 215 W. 20th, Houston TX 77008

Using Pinterest as inspiration …..

cute summer outfit by Banana Republic and Lilly Pulitzer

cute summer outfit by Banana Republic and Lilly Pulitzer

JCREW inspiration for this navy polka dot and orange outfit

JCREW inspiration for this navy polka dot and orange outfit

Boden cardigan

Boden cardigan

Sequin blazer and a Robert Rodriquez blouse!

Sequin blazer and a Robert Rodriquez blouse!

 

ps … these are not the “boutique” items, these are the regular priced clothing

 

 

 

I love my husband … but

 

I love my husband … but

I need to start this article with that statement in case you get the wrong impression with everything else I am going to say.

There are so many super awesome fashion blogs out there that brag about their husbands being their photographer.

(you know where this is going …)

Unfortunately, I have erased all of the pictures of my feet.  Yes, my feet …. I wish I would have kept all of these pictures so I could prove that I am not making this up!   I had so many bad pictures to share with you it hard to pick one.

On vacation, in Charleston, SC, we happened to find this amazing backdrop on some random street.  WOW … it matches my necklace, my purse … this is just going to be perfect.   This is going to be my moment, maybe this picture will look like it could be on Atlantic-Pacific or Pink Peonies blogs.

ugggghhh!

pippa blog

really … PLEASE … NO I don’t want the fence to show.

pippa style

I don’t want it shot from beneath me, it makes my face look huge.

pippa outfit

oh my goodness I wish a stranger would walk by to take this damn picture!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We are now into this with about 50 photo’s and not ONE is worthy of putting on the blog.   NOT ONE SINGLE PICTURE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

pippa cashmere sweater

 

pippa necklace

Want to see my mad face …

pippa mad

Plus we need to take this FAST, I am sitting on the doorstep of a brownstone that someone lives in.

Never mind ….   Lets just go!

Now we are at the park …

charleston, sc

please just take the picture.

pippa beach

OK, now … the wind died down.

 pippas blog

Now.

pippa

Now I am just tired, I didn’t realize this would be so difficult!

I will tell you about my outfit was because I CAN NOT show you with a decent picture.

THRIFT STORE FINDS:

  • Michael Kors Down Jacket:  $  1.00
  • Cashmere Sweater:     $5.99
  • Pleather Skirt:     $6.99
  • TOTAL:    $13.98

This is one of my favorite cold weather outfits … it is soooo warm!

I will probably no longer be in pictures.  I am the official photographer, he is not.

Did I mention that I love my husband!

He is not a great photographer but he is my biggest fan!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Post on Too Cheap Blondes … Lacoste $165 sweater for $1.75

 

New Post on Too Cheap Blondes … Lacoste $165 sweater for $1.75

Yes, of course, this Lacoste sweater was found at a thrift store!   Please head on over to http://toocheapblondes.com/thriftfinds/thrift-shopping-for-school-lacoste-sweater-1-75/ to get all the details.

Houston Thrift Store shopping with Too Cheap Blondes

Houston Thrift Store shopping with Too Cheap Blondes

#1  This is the OUTLET store, this is not a regular Family Thrift Store.    This is the clearance store for items that did not sell in the Family Thrift Store(s).

#2 Another tip is that if you go to the OUTLET store, disregard the prices on the items. Regardless of what the price tag says, everything in the store is the price of the day ($1.75, $1.50, etc.).   The price tags may be confusing your first time there…just ignore them!

#3 NO Dressing rooms or mirrors.

(HERE is a link for a list of both the regular and the outlet store locations: HERE)

Family Thrift Outlet Stores:

  • Thursday $1.75
  • Friday $1.50
  • Saturday $1.25
  • Sunday $1.00
  • Monday $ .75
  • Tuesday $ .50
  • Wednesday $ .25

 

A month in Review: Houston Fashion Week, FOX26 News, ABC Stretch your Dollar, and More

 

A month in Review:  Houston Fashion Week, FOX26 News, ABC Stretch your Dollar, and More

Thrift Teacher make-over with ABC Stretch your Dollar / Patricia Lopez

Thrift Teacher make-over with ABC Stretch your Dollar / Patricia Lopez

Too Cheap Blondes have had a busy month!

I am working on consolidating all my posts to www.TooCheapBlondes.com, so please click on over to that link to read all about our past month (and lots of pictures).

Here is a brief overview:

  • Jen rocked the red carpet for Houston Fashion Week, showing everyone that thrifting can look fabulous for pennies on the dollar!
  • Decorating with thrift store finds and items you already have in your home / Rita Garcia / FOX26
  • We filmed with Patricia Lopez / Stretch your Dollar doing a teacher make-over, we can’t wait to see that segment, it will air in January some time.
  • Family Thrift Outlet Stores, Wednesday .25 day with Patricia Lopez / Stretch your Dollar.
  • Christmas sweater segment, quite silly and fun … with Rita Garcia / FOX26
  • Next Jen graciously hosted a private luncheon and Fashion show by David Peck, at Tootsies!
  • On top of it all Jen sold her house and moved … a major life event but she has been right there for numerous filmings the past few weeks.

We just want to let all of our readers know that we are so thankful that you take time out of your busy schedules to read about our thrifting finds.  Thank you and if you see us in a thrift store please say hello!

http://toocheapblondes.com/thriftfinds/a-month-in-review-with-too-cheap-blondes-houston-fashion-week-david-peck-teacher-make-over-stretch-your-dollar-fox26-and-more/

 

Pippa

Houston FOX26 News, Thursday, Nov 14th / 8am … “Shopping for Holiday Attire in a Thrift Store”

FOX26 News, Thursday, November 14th @ 8am …“Shopping for Holiday Attire in a Thrift Store”

FOX26 Houston News segment with Rita Garcia ... shopping for Holiday Attire!

FOX26 Houston News segment with Rita Garcia … shopping for Holiday Attire!

Rita Garcia wore an incredible vintage beaded dress!  The dresses were high end designers, a few with original tags!

Our best piece of advice is to shop early to get the best selection.

Tune in tomorrow and if you don’t get a chance to see it, we will post a link.

Jen & Pippa

Jen and Pippa find Burberry, JCREW, Chico’s and Eddie Bauer for only $1.75 each per item???

 

Burberry, JCREW, Kim Kardashian Cape, Eddie Bauer, Chico’s, all for $1.75 each @ Family Thrift Outlet

We always have to share our finds, I will admit I don’t know why we didn’t buy ALL of these items.  It would have been a total of $8.75 to buy all 5 of these things!

 

JCREW velvet jacket, retails for $178 ... $1.75 @ Family Thrift Outlet

JCREW velvet jacket, retails for $178 … $1.75 @ Family Thrift Outlet

Burberry for $1.75

Burberry for $1.75

Houndstooth cape for $1.75

Houndstooth cape for $1.75

Chico's Jacket for $1.75

Chico’s Jacket for $1.75

Eddie Bauer Jacket retails $109.99 ... $1.75 @ Family Thrift Outlet

Eddie Bauer Jacket retails $109.99 … $1.75 @ Family Thrift Outlet

 

 

Jen and I shopped at FAMILY THRIFT OUTLET store (in Houston).

  • Thursday:   $1.75
  • Friday:  $ 1.50
  • Saturday:   $1.25
  • Sunday:    $1.00
  • Monday:   $ .75
  • Tuesday:  $ .50
  • Wednesday:   $ .25