5 Best Thrift Stores in Austin

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.

2.Thrift Land:

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.

3.Savers:

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.

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10 Fun Things to Do in Austin

Hey there!

I’ve been living in Austin, Texas for about a year and a half now, and during that time I’ve discovered some pretty cool spots and things I’ve enjoyed doing around town. I figured some of ya’ll would find this helpful if you ever find yourself in the city. I also know my friends really enjoy some of the more local places besides the well known Zilker, 6th street in downtown, Rainy street, or the Domain. I included some fun stuff to do during the day and also some of the night life stuff. I hope ya’ll enjoy!

  1. Radio Coffee & Bar

http://radiocoffeeandbeer.com/

Okay, I discovered this place because of my job. I work just on the other side of the road of this place and I fell in love. It is perfect for every occasion, it works for when you just need to grab a quick drink or if you want to have a cute coffee date. The patio area is adorable, there are outside tables and lights hanging all around, it is a family friendly spot, and dogs are allowed. They open a 6:30 AM and don’t close until 12 AM, that’s just crazy to me. So, after a long day of work you can go there and grab pitcher of beer too. It’s such a chill environment to catch up with some old friends or blow off some steam during the day or late at night. It’s also a good spot to catch up on some work if you need to.

2. Bennu Coffee

http://www.bennucoffee.com/

This is another cozy spot to go on a coffee date or be productive and finish work. I’ve only been a few times but I enjoyed spending some time there getting some work done and reading. Also, if you go to the East MLK location you can find the well known ‘You’re My Butter Half’ mural right across the street. So, if you’re just visiting for a few days this is a good way to start your day and also get some cute pictures in!

3. McKinney Falls State Park

If you are looking for some outdoor activities, this is definitely a fun spot to spend a sunny day at. The entrance fee for adults is $6, not too pricey, and the park is huge. You can choose to hike around or you can go for a swim at the water hole, so make sure to bring a suit! Greg and I didn’t know that you could go swimming at this park so we were not prepared to get wet, but I wish we could of. Also, make sure to bring plenty of water, have your phone charged, bring a swimming suit, towels, comfy shoes, a blanked to lay out, and some snacks. You can make a whole day out of this park.

4. River City Donuts and Coffee

https://rivercitydonut.webs.com/

Every once in a while a parent or staff member will surprise us with donuts from this place and it is always a pleasant surprise because they are spectacular. I haven’t actually been to the place itself, but I know their donuts are fresh and don’t taste like the cheap stuff you get at a Kroger or HEB. If you want to try a local place for breakfast give this a shot.

5. SquareRut Kava Bar

http://squarerut.com/

I’ve only been here once before, but it was an experience. Kava is a drink made out of a plant root that is ground up and mixed with water. This Kava tea is found in the South Pacific Islands and is used to help you relax. The drink itself is served in a cute plastic coconut cup and you have the option to add sugar or milk to it, just like coffee. I had it plain, but I wish I would’ve added more to the drink to make it more flavorful and easier to drink. The taste is kinda earthy, that’s the best way I can describe it. The drink does have a numbing affect on your tongue, so don’t freak out, it is perfectly normal. I really liked this place because it is something different to do with your friends or whoever. The have a nice outside and inside bar, they also have comfy chairs and tables around inside with games to play. The whole space was open with sunlight, the occasional breeze, lots of art, and a stage where they do live shows. Definitely worth checking out.

5. The Greenbelt- Lost Creek

I’ve lost track of how many summer days I spent at this place. I love it here because it’s secluded, you have to hike for 30 minutes or so until you finally reach the swimming hole, but it is so worth it. It is a great way to get your dog out and you can swim and sunbathe while drinking a cold beer or whatever you prefer. All the people there are so nice, and it is such a calm environment. Everyone is listening to music and just enjoying the day.

6. The Greenbelt- Onion Creek

This way down south but definitely worth checking out. This is also a super dog friendly place. When you first show up the first thing you notice is the open space with all the dogs running around. There are off leash dog trails and also just regular walking trails. Honestly you can do a dog trail without the dog, just be aware that you will run into dogs off their leash. I really loved this park because the trails were secluded and it’s a nice place to go to just be outside. You can also find some really cool spots to sit down by the water.

7. End of an Ear

Looking for some new music? This place is a hidden gem here in Austin. When you first walk in there are options for anything you prefer, they even have a pretty good selection of movies. If you move towards the back they have a room with record players, music instruments, and accessories. I actually got Greg, my boyfriend, his record player from this place. The staff was so welcoming and helpful, they even helped me set up the record player for him. Their prices are fair and they even have free stickers for you up front.

8. 12th Street

This street is located on the east side of Austin towards downtown. It might technically be considered downtown, so don’t quote me on the location of it. I love this street because the bars are all so unique with a ton of original art work and murals. Each bar looks so different from it’s neighbor and once you enter inside they take you by surprise too. If you’re looking for a crazy and wild night this might not be the spot because the bars here are so laid back. This is a place to go to with a group of friends when you want to catch up and talk over some drinks. I unfortunately have not had the opportunity to check out all of the bars but I would recommend Full Circle Bar and Rio Rita. Full Circle Bar offers skee-ball which is awesome, but I really loved their backyard. It’s full of color, unicorns, and they even recreated the painted alphabet with the lights from Strangers Things, cool! Rio Rita has such a comfy feel to it once you enter. There are so many couches and even a huge backyard if you would like to sit out there.

8. Barton Springs Road by Zilker

I’m not really sure what to call this, but before getting to Zilker park there is Barton Springs Road. Off this street you can find:

-Juice Land

Food:

-Shady Grove- super cute outside are to eat and live music

-Baby A’s- Tex Mex food with their staple purple margaritas.

-Juliet Italian Kitchen- Fancy but delicious!

Bars:

-Darcy’s Donkey- Irish bar

-Uncle Billy’s Brewery and Smokehouse- live music bar

You can start your day off at the Zilker and grab a bit to eat and then bar hop, and it’s all walking distance!

9. Sweet Ritual

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This place has the best vegan ice cream! If you have a serious sweet tooth and are craving some ice cream, this place will not disappoint.

10. The Grand

Right in the same shopping center this bar offers pool tables, pinball, and darts. We had some friends visit from out of town and we took them to get some ice cream and then we hung out at this bar and played pool. The drinks were reasonably priced too.

Shop Boots on a Budget

Can we talk about how amazing all the after Christmas sales are?! I’m thinking about celebrating Christmas a few days after the “real” Christmas just to get all of the deals on my gifts. I didn’t buy much for myself this year, but I was on the hunt for new boots, and new boots I got. You guys, can you believe I got 2 pairs of boots for $43?

I highly suggest waiting to get your boots or anything winter related after Christmas or New Years day because stores start putting all their winter stuff on sale to make room for their spring inventory as soon as the new year comes around. I’m sure most of you know this, but just in case you didn’t you can save yourself some money for next winter.

I went to Shoe Carnival with pretty low expectations, but they surprised me with their selection. I did go look at a few other places too like, Marshalls and Bealls but ended up coming back to Shoe Carnival because they had the best options. At Shoe Carnival if you buy 2 pairs you get the cheaper pair half off, so for a pair of boots that was already on sale for $20 I ended up only paying $10. I was over the moon about the deal because these boots are both staple pieces and I know I definitely got a bang for my buck.

Overall, I got a pair of black booties and tan ones too. The black booties are not as good quality at the brown/tan ones, my main complaint is that they get scuffed really easily and dirty too because they are black but I can’t complain much when they were only $10. The brown ones are definitely higher quality, and were on sale for $30, overall, I am a happy camper. If you haven’t checked out Shoe Carnivals website you definitely should before all the good deals are gone!

Top: thrifted

Skirt: Nordstrom

Tights: Marshalls

Shoes: Shoe Carnival

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Top: Cotton On

Skirt: Forever 21

Boots: Shoe Carnival

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Well, there you have it. I hope ya’ll enjoyed!

Until next time.

–Karla

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Thrifted Finds

Happy Monday everyone!

I hope everyone had a relaxing weekend. I finally got to do a little road trip to Dallas this weekend to visit my brother and his girlfriend. It was my first time really going out and getting to know the city and although I’ve been raised to hate Dallas because I’m from Houston, it was a lot of fun. There were so many places to see and they have so many vegetarian/vegan restaurant options! It was awesome.

Anyways,

Before going out of town this weekend, I was able to get a little thrifting done. There is this thrift shop I pass everyday and it is called Thrift Land. I’ve gone once before, but I was in a rush so I didn’t get a chance to really see what they had. This time I made sure that I had enough time and I found two really cute pieces that I’ve been looking for.

First, this adorable dress. I’ve been looking for a dress I can layer and this is just so perfect for it. I paid around $4 for this dress. I paired it with a white top I got from Banana Republic and I got the shoes at TJ Maxx.

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I just love how the sleeves look with this dress! Also, excuse my bare face and serious expression. I took these pictures by myself and I was super focused, haha.

Second, this denim skirt was only $3. The last denim skirt I bought from Pacsun and paid over $40 for and the zipper broke. I loved that skirt, but it was definitely not worth the money I paid. So, I was excited when I got my hands on this cute denim skirt. I love how it’s tied off on the side and how it’s a darker denim. I also got my top from Nordstrom Rack.

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Yes, I do realize I wear a lot of white. I didn’t notice this until I started doing blog post, but I just love the way white looks on me.

So, I paid $7 ish for both these pieces and I already know I’m going to be able to put together so many cute outfits with them. Yay!

I hope y’all enjoyed!

Xoxo

Karla

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Ladies in Your Life

Every year the holidays sneak up on me. This year I promised myself that I would be on A game with Christmas gifts because last year Greg and I waited till the week before to shop. I know, we’re awful, and I’m sure you can guess that didn’t work out too well. So, this year I’ve done really well about slowly getting my gifts for everyone but Christmas shopping still stresses me out. I love giving gifts, but I also want everyone to love their gifts and I just can’t afford to get everyone what I think they deserve. I figure I’m not the only one struggling to find the perfect gifts for their family and friends on a budget, so I’m going to see if I can help with that.

I’ve been doing some online shopping, mostly looking for inspiration, but I wanted to share some of my favorite shops and some of their items that are affordable and super cute.

Bed Bath and Beyond

Okay, so we all know someone who is addicted to coffee. This mug warmer is perfect for those who like to sip coffee as they do their work or just want it to stay hot as they watch their favorite show and it’s only $10! It has great reviews, and I think it is such a unique gift.

https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/mr-coffee-reg-mug-warmer/1017912933?keyword=mug-heater

Etsy

I know you guys heard me talk about Ginger & Judy before, but I just love their store so much!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/GINGERANDJUDY?ref=pr2018_faveshops

I was so tempted to buy this windbreaker, but I had to remind myself this month is not about me but for my loved ones. It’s only $22!!

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And look at this adorable sweater! Only $36!

Next Etsy shop is Pricklier Pear

Who doesn’t love stickers? These are less than $3 dollars each.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/PricklierPear/items?section_id=1

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Philly Cowdrey Designs is another amazing Etsy shop. I love their bold earrings at affordable prices. We all have that friend who loves bright colors in their wardrobes.

https://www.etsy.com/people/phillipacowdrey

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Tassel earrings: $14.93

Heart earrings: $18.99

Another shop I’ve been obsessed with lately is Three Bird Nest

https://www.threebirdnest.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI3bDttOOR3wIVBL7ACh1vAwdAEAAYASAAEgIzt_D

Darcy Studded Wedge - Taupe

Pants: $42.95

Shoes: $32

Nordstrom Rack has some affordable gems on their website too. Here are a few of the items that stuck out to me.

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Hat: $9.99

Jacket: $20.98

Lorac eye shadow palette: $8.38

 

Anthropology

Slide View: 1: Linked Up Drop Earrings

Slide View: 3: Yvonne Ellen Bevvie Cup & Saucer

Slide View: 1: Libby Tech Organizer

Earrings: $29.95

Cup & saucer set: $24.00

Tech organizer: $38.40

That is all I have for now, but I hope this blog helped spark up some ideas for gifts!

xoxo

-Karla

Where Have I Been? And Vintage Find!

Hi everyone!

Wow, it feels so good to be back.

Can you believe it has been almost a year? Yep. I don’t know how I let myself go without posting for so long. I guess I let myself believe my blogging days were over, but I couldn’t get myself to let it go completely. My account was actually set to expire on the 5th of December (today), but I renewed late last night. I had lost inspiration, so I naturally kept putting off posting. Then Greg reminded me how much fun I had creating my blog post and how proud I was every time I finished a post. So, i’m back!

Anyways,

Greg and I went to this adorable flea market that happens every third Sunday of the month at this coffee shop near us. There I ran into this cute little business called Ginger & Judy, a up-cycled vintage clothing shop. They had so many unique pieces and their prices were very reasonable. As I was looking through their collection, I saw the most amazing jacket. It had a vibrant print, felt like good quality, and it was my size!! As soon as I tried it on, I fell in love. It was only $20 and honestly, I feel like it was such a steal.

So, this fashion post is not only going to feature the jacket but other thrifted items. Something you must know about me is that I love thrifting. I’ve been thrifting with my mom and uncle ever since I was a kid. I love going through everything and finding something you can’t find anywhere else.

Everything in the picture is thrifted except the shoes and earrings. I got the shoes a long time ago,years, and the earrings were a gift from mi madre.

Jacket: $20

Ginger & Judy

https://www.etsy.com/shop/gingerandjudy

Shirt: 25 cents

Treasure City Thrift

Mom Jeans: $11

Plato’s Closet

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Valentines Day Outfit

Happy Valentines Day!

I don’t know how I did it, but I got this post up before the day is over. I didn’t want to miss my chance to post a cute outfit for Valentines Day. I drive past this pink wall once a week and every time I drive by I think to myself, “that would be a great spot for a Valentines day picture”. Since Valentines only happens annually I convinced Greg to come and take some pictures of me and I actually really love how they turned out!

This is what I wore:

White frilly top (not sure from where, sorry!)

High waisted denim skirt (Pacsun)

Red sandals (Banana Republic)

Super simple but I thought it was a cute outfit.

I hope ya’ll like it!

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How I style My Doc Martens

This is officially my first fashion post! YAY! It was honestly a little weird for me because it doesn’t come natural for me to be in front of the camera. I love taking pictures, don’t get me wrong, but when it comes to me posing and me being the only one getting the picture taken, I can get a bit awkward, haha. I almost talked myself out of doing the pictures but Greg was so supportive and didn’t give up on me. He truly is the best!

So, here’s my way of styling a cute ~flowy~ top with these edgy Doc Martens. The top is from urban out fitters and I wore this strappy bralete underneath that I found at Platos Closet. I paired the top with high-waisted black jeans. Then for shoes Doc Martens, of course. I based this whole outfit around my Doc Martens, I got so lucky and found these at a thrift store for less than $15!! As far as accessories go I just wore a turquoise necklace for a pop of color. It’s a pretty simple outfit but I really did like it! I hope you do too!