The Best Thrift, Consignment and Vintage Stores in Austin
I have a confession. I am addicted to thrift stores.
If I had to guess, I'd say 90% of my wardrobe was purchased at a thrift, vintage, or resale shop.
It's not only because I love saving money, but it has also become a huge source of therapy. If I'm ever in a terrible mood or taken over by anxiety, digging through racks of clothes in search of a new item of clothing always serves as a great pick me up. I also find it much more thrilling to shop in a place with a wide variety of styles and products.
Luckily, Austin has a plethora of resale shops and thrift stores to search through- and I have a lot of anxiety- so I tend to visit them way more often than I'd like to admit.
As you can probably guess, these vary greatly in terms of the condition of clothing, how "in style" the clothing is, and pricing. But I also differ in my preferences, depending on my mood and how much is in my bank account.
I know not everyone is willing to spend a few hours digging through clothing that someone else has worn, but for those of you who do-I've compiled a list of the best shops in Austin.
78704 South Lamar District
This is my "go to" store when I'm in the mood to actually purchase something...Meaning-I know I'm going to find at least 5 things I want to buy. I can easily say that I've never walked out empty handed. They offer a wide range of gently used clothing that is still in style, as well as a large inventory of vintage clothing. If you are looking for bargain priced name brands-this is the place. If you're looking for a dress for a wedding that doesn't cost $50, this is the place. If you want a really cute vintage dress that doesn't have any holes or stains, this is the place. Seriously. I want to take Uptown Cheapskate out for a nice meal and give it a foot massage.
Everything is extremely well organized and the staff is friendly and helpful. This is also where I take my clothes when I want to sell things back, and I love having "in-store" credit. It's like shopping for free! They also have an Insider Card which lets you get stamps for every item you purchase, and eventually you get 20% of a purchase. I've achieved this about 6 times since I discovered the store.
217 W North Loop Blvd
People ask me all the time about my cute vintage dresses, and this is where I've purchased the majority of them. While the clothes are pricier than other stores listed, you have to remember it IS a vintage shop, and that comes with the territory. Still, I've done a lot of research and it consistently has much better prices than other vintage stores in Austin.
The clothes are well organized and divided by decade and size, so not much digging is involved. Be prepared to stay awhile, because there is just so much fun stuff to look at here.
4902 Burnet Road
This tiny little gem of a store is located on Burnet Road, where you'll find I do a lot of my shopping. I'm almost hesitant to tell you about it because right now it seems to be one of Austin's best kept secrets, and I kind of want it all to myself. While the clothing selection is quite small, I almost always find an item or two that I must have. The best part? The clothing here is actually at extremely thrifty prices. I'm talking like $3 an item. You can't even find that at Goodwill. Plus you never know what you're going to find. You'll see vintage pieces mixed in with name brands, cute bags and awesome aprons.
In addition to clothing, you'll find dishes,utensils,art, books, records and just about everything but the kitchen sink. Actually you might find that too. I saw the most awesome antique bath tub the last time I was in.
The best part? All proceeds benefit Project Transitions, a non profit that helps out AIDS and HIV victims in Austin.
805 Stark Street
I absolutely love this store. It's another one that not enough people know about, mostly because it's location is a little difficult to find. It's located off of Lamar, across the street from Goodwill and Halfprice Books, and I'm so glad I stumbled in one day. I don't get to visit nearly as much as I'd like since I moved south, but I adore chatting with the owner and going through their beautiful selection of clothes. It's clean and neat, extremely well priced, and always has a great selection. They also, hands down, have the best selection of costume jewelry in the city. Also, if you're in the market for designer shoes, purses or dresses at a bargain price- this is the place to go. Just writing this is making me want to go there right now.
5100 Burnet Road
Second Time Around is another of my "go to" shops when I find myself on Burnet Road needing to shop. They offer a large selection of gently used designer and "in style" clothing as well as a few vintage pieces. The best part is that they use an adjusting pricing scale that drops as the weeks go by. This means if I find a dress that I love, but don't necessarily want to spend a lot of money on, I can wait a few weeks and see if it's still available-and get it for a much cheaper price. I'm by no means a designer junkie, but I do love purchasing high quality clothing that I know won't fall apart.
7301 Burnet Road
Yet another shop on Burnet Road, which is clearly my favorite street in Austin. Still in Style is another consignment shop that offers name brands and high quality clothing. It's where I go when I'm looking for something business casual, and don't want to spend a ton of money. It's well organized and the clothing is updated often. I usually go there for the dresses, but if you're in to Chicos, they seem to have a lot of that as well. I've never sold there, but I know that it's an option if I'm looking to get rid of some clothing!
2929 West Anderson Lane
This is where I go when I need shoes or belts. Don't get me wrong, they have a huge selection of everything else too-but I always find great deals on shoes that look almost new. It's a lot like Plato's Closet- but with nicer, more adult friendly choices. They have a lot of name brand stuff which I don't know much about, but I do know it's affordable, even by my standards. The staff is great, and have helped us out on the radio show in the past. They have a great referral program and offer cash on the spot for buy back items.
5222 Burnet Road
Savers also has a South Austin location, but I always have better luck at the North one. Plus, it's on Burnet-and are you beginning to see a pattern here? I know when I head to Savers, I have to be in the mood to really search, but I know I'll find something I like. It's not as high quality as some of the others I've mentioned, but again, it's a thrift store so you know what you're getting in to. I haven't had as much luck here lately, but I also haven't had as much patience lately. Still, it's always fun to go through their GINORMOUS inventory of used clothing. They also have a small selection of used books and household goods, but I always do better with that stuff at Goodwill.
7739 North Cross Drive
Here's another one for all you designer lovers. I absolutely love this little store and my wallet loves me when I shop there. They have a sticker pricing system, so every day a certain portion of their clothes are 20, 30 or 50 percent off. I love their selection of dresses and boots. Also, they have a huge portion of their store dedicated to formal wear and wedding dresses, so if I'm ever in the market, I know where I'm heading.
2904 Guadalupe St.
Buffalo Exchange is fun trip, if you can get passed the hundreds of college students that are there at any given time. I have to be in the mood to handle the chaos, but when I do-I often find gold. I tend to think that some of their selection is a little young for me, but I do love that they have a lot of vintage options for fairly low prices. I also love their selection of t-shirts.