I love thrifting, if you haven’t noticed. The main reason I love it is because you can find so many unique pieces that you can’t find anywhere else. I’ve always disliked going shopping in chain stores like Forever21 because you always find the same styles, basically whatever is considered “in style” and I hate that. You never know what you will find thrifting and you can get so much more for your money. Sometimes you can even find awesome thrift stores that are non profits and support organizations in need! How awesome is that? I think that’s better than supporting businesses that only care about making money for themselves. Anyways.. I will not rant.
Here is a list of 5 of my favorite thrift stores here in Austin!
1.Treasure City thrift:
You can’t miss this building, it’s bright pink and has their adorable logo in the front. This place is great! It isn’t too big, which I love, because thrifting is already overwhelming in general and having a lot of clothes to look through is just too much. They have everything here, from clothes to home stuff, you never know what treasure you’ll find. It is also affordable and their main focus is to support small and local community groups. It is not about profit for them. One more thing I love about this shop is that once a month they do a .25 cent sale. They put out a bunch of bins with clothes and you definitely have to search but there are some good finds.
Okay, if you want to make a day out of thrifting, this is it. This store is huge. If you consider yourself an expert thrifter this may be the place for you. Something to keep in mind is that they do not separate items by sizes just by type of clothing. What I mean by that is pants with pants and dresses with dresses. They are color coordinated, so if you have a specific color you’re looking for or like to stick to then that will make shopping a little easier for you. Also, they only accept cash, so make sure to make a quick stop at your bank for some cash otherwise they do have an ATM but its a $3 fee to withdraw cash. The prices are very reasonable here too. So if you take out $20 bucks this will go a long way.
I love this thrift store, but I unfortunately don’t go often anymore. They closed down the south location so the only other one I believe is in North Austin and I hardly drive up there. If you’re ever around that area definitely stop by. There isn’t much to say besides the fact that they have some good finds and they have reasonable prices.
4. Thrift Center Austin:
This place is like a Plato’s Closet but better. It’s the same idea were they buy your clothes and sell it back for cheap. This one on South First and 290 has more of the stylish clothes and it’s a pretty small shop too. I can always find something cute here and even some designer stuff. I found my Doc Martens here and I see a lot of post for Kate Spade, Dooney & Bourke, and Coach purses. I also love their Instagram page, whoever is their social media person is on point. This is a good way to keep up with new things they get in, you can call and buy it over the phone and they’ll hold it for you. If you end up not liking it in person then you can get a refund.
5. Thrift Town:
I’ve only been here once before, but they had a really nice selection of everything. I didn’t get to spend as much time as I would have liked, so with that said, you probably need minimum an hour here to actually get to check everything out! Definitely worth stopping by though.