If you want to get to know what the people in a city are like, go thrifting.
Whenever I go out of town, I make it a priority to explore that area’s thrift shops. Not only do I score amazing finds, but I also get to learn about the people in that community from their castoffs. I feel a bit like a part thrifter/part anthropologist.
Austin, TX is one of my favorite cities to visit and thrift in. The people there are colorful, vibrant, fun & funky. They have mastered an effortlessly quirky street style that I seriously vibe with and want to emulate.
That’s why I’ve compiled this list of my favorite thrift stores in Austin. Whether you’re just visiting or are lucky enough to live there, I hope you find your next favorite thrift store here.
While it's a smaller store, there are many "treasures" to be found here. This is my favorite source for unique one-of-kind pieces. I consistently find excellent vintage & western items AND I typically find really nice accessories and statement pieces as well.
Plus, they mark items down to $1 on the regular. Just follow them on social media to know when they're having one of their sales!
Apparently, everything really IS bigger in Texas, as this place is flippin’ HUGE!
If you have the time to explore, you're almost guaranteed to find something you like here. The quality of their wares is a little higher than other thrift stores in the area, and the staff is super-nice.
Sometimes thrift stores can be a little dim and dodgy, but Texas Thrift is bright, clean, and well-organized...making it a great introductory thrift store for secondhand newbies.
The next few shops on my list are located on Burnet Road...a hotspot for thrift and vintage stores.
I just love Top Drawer's signage, don't you? You can tell you're in for something special when you walk inside. I have found some of the coolest vintage pieces in my wardrobe here, and I have no doubt you'll have the same level of success.
You'll also be sure to find lots of vinyl, rock band T-shirts, and fab shoes to boot (pun intended).
APA! is a boutique-style thrift shop that sells high-quality new and gently used items for super low prices. All of their net proceeds go to help fund their no-kill animal shelter, which warms the cockles of my little heart.
If you're feeling a little fancy (but still thrifty), this is the place for you.
So sure...it's a chain (and a big one at that). But we don't have Savers in here in Columbia, SC and I really wish we did. Their marketing is spot-on (Digital Marketing Strategist here, folks) and so freaking cool.
This store is nicely laid out and has a wide array of different second-hand goodies, and what it lacks in quirkiness, it compensates for with a solid inventory. Plus, it's on Burnet Road with loads of other thrift stores, so why not stop in?
Thrift Town is a smaller chain of thrift stores that offers typical thrifted wares at cheaper prices than other thrift stores in the area.
While it's noticeably less expensive than some of the other shops on this list, it's still well-labeled & organized, making it a good spot for ultra-budget thrifters looking for items to refashion (like myself) and college students.
Affectionately known as Vinny's, this is another boutique-style thrift shop. It's a little pricier than your typical thrift store, but they have an excellent selection of furnishings & home goods that are well-priced.
I've listed a few higher-priced thrift stores on this list, so I'm going to balance it out with this mecca for serious scavengers.
Also known as the Goodwill Clearance Center, this is the last stop for items that didn't sell at regional Goodwill locations. Everything in this store starts at $1.49 per pound, making it one of the most affordable options out there.
But it's not for the faint of heart. Instead of racks, huge blue bins of clothing are wheeled out every half hour, so come prepared to dig!