CUTE Teen Style ~ Back to School outfit found @ San Antonio Goodwill

 

CUTE Teen Style ~ Back to School outfit found @ San Antonio Goodwill

This time of year is expensive if you have children in school!  School supplies, new shoes, new clothes, backpack, doctor visits, medical exams for sports, money in the lunch account, extra school supplies for the classroom, lab fees, book fees, and everything else.  Looking for ways to save here and there, shopping at Goodwill sure does help the budget!

We found a GAP cotton crew sweater and HOLLISTER skirt … both in perfect condition!

Drum roll please …. this entire outfit for under $10!

 

Back to School outfit found for under $10

Back to School outfit found for under $10

 

shhhh ... do not tell her that I actually got a picture of her smiling :)

shhhh … do not tell her that I actually got a picture of her smiling 🙂

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So Preppy so Pink! Polo and JCREW ~ Thrift Store Style

 

So Preppy so Pink! Polo and JCREW ~ Thrift Store Style

Now maybe it is my age but I grew up being enthralled with “preppy”.  My grandma would get the Lillian Vernon catalog and that was my Preppy Bible!  Remember we did not have the internet, the TV shows were more like “Bewitched” or “I Dream of Jeannie”.   One of the hottest movies was “The Breakfast Club” and James Spader was ALL THAT!

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Unfortunately it wasn’t in my budget and you couldn’t really find these items in a thrift store … if I would have only known about “recreating” an outfit from a magazine or catalog.

I was so excited when I found this pair of JCREW chino shorts for my daughter @ San Antonio Goodwill for only $2.99 (retail $45) and to complete the outfit, I found this pink, sleeveless POLO shirt for $3.99.  (retails $89.50) … let me say that I almost fell over when she said “Yes, I will wear pink!”.  A grand total of $6.98 from GOODWILL .. how awesome is that!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Hold on ... she even had her nails done in PINK!!!!!!!!

Hold on … she even had her nails done in PINK!!!!!!!!

I KNOW I am dreaming when my daughter decides to wear PINK after 3rd grade.

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I can’t even tell you how happy I was she wore a pink shirt. and it is a complete DREAM that she would ever wear a Lilly Pulitzer dress, but I can dream … it is my blog right!

lilly pulitzer thrift store dress

 

 

 

Summer Cruising with the Family! Part I

 

Summer Cruising with the Family!
We started our summer with a family cruise, what a great way to reconnect with all the kids … the 2 older girls just finished their first year of college and life sure gets busy with 4 teenagers!
All four of my children have been so supportive of thrifting and helping with modeling for many of the 30 television segments that Jen and I “Too Cheap Blondes” have done this past year on ABC, Stretch your Dollar, Houston Check this out!, FOX,  Livewell Network Mirror/Mirror and Deals.
Most of the clothes they wore during our vacation, they picked out at a thrift store and it sure does help the budget!
I have met people who are ashamed about thrift store shopping, I am so proud that the kids have learned not only the value of a dollar, creating their own style and by supporting Goodwill they are helping to create jobs in our local community.
Starting the summer out right!

Starting the summer out right!   (I am wearing an ivory lace INC tank $4.99 and Chico’s white pants $6.99)

Rocking Hawaiian Shirts from Goodwill ... $5.99

Rocking Hawaiian Shirts from Goodwill … $5.99

Thrifted Hawaiian Shirts for $5.99 @ Goodwill

Thrifted Hawaiian Shirts for $5.99 @ Goodwill

Everyone in their Hawaiian shirts that we purchased at Goodwill for $5.99.
It wasn’t planned that they all would be wearing thrifted clothes.
You can see they are always having so much fun together.

 

Everything but Max's shorts and Abby's long navy dress are from a thrift store!

Hawaiian Shirt $5.99, Denim Vest $4.99, Striped Romper $9.99, Banana Republic ivory top $4.99, JCREW chino shorts $5.99

All the clothes except the long navy dress and Max’s shorts were purchased at Goodwill.
You can see from the pictures that it was very, very, very windy.   Hair was flying everywhere!
Windy

Windy!   Denim Vest $4.99, Striped Romper $9.99, Hawaiian Shirt $5.99

 

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Shop Goodwill  (striped romper $9.99, denim vest $4.99, Banana Republic ivory top $4.99, JCREW shorts  $5.99)

 

Cute picture!

Cute picture!  Banana Republic Shirt $4.99, JCREW chino shorts $5.99

 

All of the clothes in this picture are thrifted (JCREW & Banana Republic)

All of the clothes in this picture are thrifted (Denim Vest, Striped Romper, JCREW shorts.Banana Republic Top)

I am rarely in the pictures, I am always the photographer.  Dress $9.99, Sweater $5.99

I am rarely in the pictures, I am always the photographer. Dress $9.99, Sweater $5.99

 

Click HERE to see Family Cruising Part II

A quick make-over on a $2.99 skirt from Goodwill

A quick make-over on a $2.99 skirt from Goodwill

Everyone loves a fashion make-over!  Creating a new style, with something old.

I loved this silk skirt, it is probably the most luxurious feeling fabric I have ever felt.

 

$2.99 silk skirt from Goodwill

$2.99 silk skirt from Goodwill

 

 

The skirt was only $2.99 at Goodwill but my daughter isn’t a fan of longer style skirts so we came up with a quick make-over!

Silk skirt make-over

Silk skirt make-over

 

Pull the skirt up to be worn as a strapless dress, add a lace vest and belt for a new look!

Pull the skirt up to be strapless dress, add a vest and belt for a new look!

Pull the skirt up to be strapless dress, add a vest and belt for a new look!

 

Add an interesting vest for more details

Add an interesting vest for more details

Before and after with a $2.99 silk skirt from Goodwill

Before and after with a $2.99 silk skirt from Goodwill

 

Cute skirt makeover!

Cute skirt makeover!

 

 

 

Check out our 30 second make-over on  an 80’s dress, found at Goodwill San Antonio for $5.99, 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

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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.

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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/

 

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The Woodlands Waterway Village Retirement Living and Conroe Montgomery County Assistance League Fashion Style Show

The Woodlands Waterway Village Retirement Living and Conroe Montgomery County Assistance League

work together to bring you an AMAZING Fall Fashion Style Show!

(everything that was modeled here was also sold after the show)

Imagine a Fashion Show coming to your doorstep!

Lets make it even better … a THRIFT STORE style show … Most people would LOVE to sit in on a runway event like this!!!

Jen and I work very hard every week to show you thrift store deals, recently featured on ABC “Stretch your Dollar”, FOX 26 Houston News and “Mirror/Mirror” and we seem to always get comments “we never find those kind of deals in a thrift store”

(sshhhhhhh, we will keep it our secret that this is all brought to you! or we might end up with 1000’s of people from all over Houston coming to find these deals!)

 

Margi is modeling a casual fun look with items priced from $5-$12

Margi is modeling a casual fun look with items priced from $5-$12

 

Betty is wearing a sassy little  "animal print" dress that is priced at only $15!  Animal print is quite on trend with Saks, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom this fall!

Betty is wearing a sassy little “animal print” dress that is priced at only $15! Animal print is quite on trend with Saks, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom this fall!

 

Black and White is always on trend ... every single season!   This classic look paired with ruffles and lace creates a feminine look women love to wear!

Black and White is always on trend … every single season! This classic look paired with ruffles and lace creates a feminine look women love to wear!

 

Quilted jacket of gold & black, black slacks and jewelry ... all appropriate for Houston events such as the Hobby Center!  Priced from $3-16 each item

Quilted jacket of gold & black, black slacks and jewelry … all appropriate for Houston events such as the Hobby Center! Priced from $3-16 each item

 

From the look on every woman in this picture, it doesn't matter the age, we all love a twirly feminine dress!  (thrifted is even better!)

From the look on every woman in this picture, it doesn’t matter the age, we all love a twirly feminine dress! (thrifted is even better!)

Patty is wearing a darling strapless dress for only $15, the shoes are $14

Patty is wearing a darling strapless dress for only $15, the shoes are $14

 

Combining classic pieces and a hint of color makes Carolyn's outfit of chocolate and turquoise so on trend!  Every item she is wearing is priced from $2 - $14 each

Combining classic pieces and a hint of color makes Carolyn’s outfit of chocolate and turquoise so on trend! Every item she is wearing is priced anywhere from $2 – $14 each

 

 

Ooooh ... aaagh ... I think every woman loves a beaded handbag!  Plus a ST JOHN beaded tank?

Ooooh … aaagh … I think every woman loves a beaded handbag! Plus a ST JOHN beaded tank!

Look at this AMAZING hand embroidered animal print silk jacket!!!!

Look at this AMAZING hand embroidered animal print silk jacket!!!!

Holiday Parties are right around the corner ... find items in advance!

Holiday Parties are right around the corner … shop for items in advance!

 

More amazing fall trend fashions for pennies on the dollar!

More amazing fall trend fashions for pennies on the dollar!

Animal Print ... always in style (includes a matching shawl)

Animal Print … always in style (includes a matching shawl)

Cardigan sets are always classic, Animal print ... right on trend ... Tory Burch flats!!!!

Cardigan sets are always classic, Animal print … right on trend … Tory Burch flats!!!!

 

Thank you Patty for modeling this stunning Banana Republic Wool skirt  and cardigan sweater set!

Thank you Patty for modeling this stunning Banana Republic Wool skirt and cardigan sweater set!

 

 

These fashions shows are ALOT of fun!  Bringing you great deals and also benefiting the community!

These fashions shows are ALOT of fun! Bringing you great deals and also benefiting the community!

Programs offered by Conroe / Montgomery County Assistance League

Programs offered by Conroe / Montgomery County Assistance League

 

A hint of animal plaint takes this outfit right into 2013 fall trends!

A hint of animal plaint takes this outfit right into 2013 fall trends!

Shopping after the style show ... YES PLEASE!!!!

Shopping after the style show …

High end items

High end items

 

Racks and racks of gorgeous clothing for pennies on the dollar!

Racks and racks of gorgeous clothing for pennies on the dollar!

My find of the day .... I saw one of the models wear these Tory Burch flats on the runway and I couldn't wait get to the back fast enough to buy these!

My find of the day …. I saw one of the models wear these Tory Burch flats on the runway and I couldn’t wait get to the portable boutique fast enough to buy these!

 

Montgomery County Conroe Assistance League was voted #1 Thrift Store in Conroe!

126 North San Jacinto Street

Conroe, Texas

The BEST part about shopping at Conroe Assistance League is that From June 2012 through May 2013, Operation School Bell provided clothing and shoe vouchers to 4,244 students in the six Montgomery County independent school districts and Met Head Start programs.

reNew and reDux Houston Thrift Store Fashion Style Show ~ Scene 1 Chanel, ST JOHN, Armani

Scene 1 “Classics ReDux”

Maybe your idea of thrift store shopping is old, dirty, out-of-style?

Bring on this Thrifted Style Fashion show!!!

You have never seen such gorgeous (and affordable) clothes look so AMAZING!

Fashionistas from all over Houston gathered this week at the Wortham Theater Center’s Grand Foyer for The Women’s Home‘s yearly “reNew and reDux” fundraiser on Wednesday, August 21, 2013.  The Cottage Shop is the thrift store that helps support the Women’s Home, click HERE for my original Store Review!

Not only was this a fashion show but it was also a fundraiser (over $30,000 was raised at last years event!) for the Women’s Home!

(there were 8 fashion presentation scenes and I will break them up individually for you)

What an incredible venue for this thrift store fashion show!  Wortham Theater Lobby in Houston

What an incredible venue for this thrift store fashion show! Wortham Theater Lobby in Houston

Chanel, Kors, Giorgio Armani, Nanette Lepore ... All thrift store (cottage shop) clothing for this incredible fashion show!

Chanel, Kors, Giorgio Armani, Nanette Lepore … All thrift store (cottage shop) clothing for this incredible fashion show!

How GORGEOUS and STUNNING is this woman!!!!

How GORGEOUS and STUNNING is this woman!!!!

 

Thrifted fashion show at the Wortham Center in Houston!

Thrifted fashion show at the Wortham Center in Houston!

Fashion Show, thrift store style, to benefit the Women's Home of Houston.

Fashion Show, thrift store style, to benefit the Women’s Home of Houston.

Thrifted style show in Houston for the Women's Home of Houston

Thrifted style show in Houston for the Women’s Home of Houston

Chanel, ST JOHN, Armani and Nanette Lepore were a few of the name brands in Scene 1 of the Thrift Store Fashion Show

Chanel, ST JOHN, Armani and Nanette Lepore were a few of the name brands in Scene 1 of the Thrift Store Fashion Show

Remember, not only are you saving money on incredible name brands but you are helping support the Women’s Home in Houston!

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!

Always thrift with style!

PIPPA thrift with style

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Houston “reNew and reDux” Fashion Show .. Gucci, Prada, Oscar de la Renta and more. Support Women’s Home.

 

I can’t wait to attend the highly anticipated “reNew and reDux” Fashion Show this evening, August 21st!

Where: the Grand Foyer of the Wortham Center!

When:   August 21st, 7PM

Don’t have your tickets yet?  Seated are sold out, but there are standing room only tickets available. Click the link below to purchase or get them at the box office tomorrow before the show. Don’t miss out on great fashion, unbelievable deals on designer clothing and support for an organization that helps women in crisis on a daily basis.

For TICKETS CLICK ON THIS LINK

(of course I will take pictures of the entire event and share them with you)

There is going to be a “Pop-Up Boutique” this evening and here are a few of the items!

Nanette Lepore Overcoat

Tory Burch Tunic

Vintage Cape

Prada Dress

Green Prada Dress

Oscar de la Renta Dress

 

Can’t make it to this event?  Then be sure and stop by the Cottage Shop, the thrift store that helps support the Women’s Home …. Here is my review that I did on the store!

COTTAGE SHOP STORE REVIEW