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Frugal Fashion Rocks: Thriftstores in Austin, Texas

  • Mar 3, 2009
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Frugal Fashion Rocks: Thriftstores in Austin, Texas


SxSW is quickly approaching and many of you may be heading to Austin for all the barbecue, Lone Star, rocking shows, insane afterparties, and general debauchery that you can fit into a week. If so, take a little time to get out of downtown and shop. After all, nothing goes better with music than fashion! Considering that SxSW can zap all your funds pretty quickly, I am going to focus on three of my favorite low-priced, thrift stores in Austin.



1.      5700 Manchaca Rd, Suite #240


Thrift Town is a chain that you can find in several cities across the United States, but the Austin location is particularly nice. It is incredibly clean and well-organized, with sections for kitchen, linens, furniture, appliances, etc. prominently marked. The clothing section is organized by item type, color, and size. For those used to thrift-shopping often, you know just how much time this can save. In addition, Thrift Town has several dressing rooms that are regularly monitored and cleaned by employees. Prices are very reasonable with most clothing items marked under $5, and there are daily color tag specials to keep it interesting. Plus, for those that are in Austin often, they run sales on most holidays and offer a VIP program with coupons and a frequent shopper card.


For both the seasoned veteran and casual shopper.


2.      Thrift Land - 512 W Stassney Ln # 107A


Just down the road from Thrift Town is Thrift Land. This one is local and massive. Like Thrift Town, Thrift Land is organized by item type and color, but you will have to dig for your size. Prices are also very reasonable with most clothing items marked under $5, and there are daily color tag sales for the especially frugal shopper. On the downside, there are no dressing rooms and they only take cash.


For the more dedicated thrift-shopper.


3.      Blue Hanger - 916 Springdale Rd


Not for the faint of heart, be prepared to spend some time, energy, and  anti-bacterial wipes when you go to the Blue Hanger. Part of the Goodwill chain of thrift stores, this store throws heaps of clothing into long wooden bins that you dig through to find the gems that make thrift shopping so fun. This is a very competitive shopping environment, as everyone else digs through the same bins with the hope they will discover the "find" first. Fortunately, they make it worth your while. All clothing is priced at $1.25 per item. On the downside, there are no dressing rooms, mirrors, or A/C for that matter. This is no-frills shopping to the max.


For die-hard shoppers only.


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May 19, 2009
Awesome list!  And I didn't realize that Thrift Town was also in Austin.  There are actually several where I live and they're always interesting to shop at.
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