Whether you’re looking for a bargain item to wear to a costume party or themed event, knick-knacks and housewares, or a stunning one-of-a-kind vintage item, thrift shops are a good bet for getting what you want. Shopping at a thrift store helps you keep a few extra dollars in your wallet and helps protect the environment. Best of all, buying recycled items means you’ll keep cheaply made fast-fashion pieces out of the landfill and you’ll stand out from the crowd with authentic vintage clothes. As they say in Mean Girls, “get in loser, we’re going shopping” — at the best thrift stores in Austin.
Best Thrift Stores in Austin
1. Uptown Cheapskate
3005 S Lamar Blvd Ste 110-A
This thrift shop offers opportunities to sell yesterday’s old duds and buy vintage or new pieces. When you bring in clothes to sell, they’ll give you cash or 25 percent more value in in-store credit. With deals up to 90 percent off brand pricing, you’ll find great pieces from top brands including Nike, Free People, and Levi’s.
2. Treasure City Thrift
2142 E 7th St
Like its name says, this little thrift shop is a true treasure in the Austin community. Not only are there great finds here, but the shop also works hard to give back to the Austin community by working with local charities. The shop is also collectively owned and managed by seven rockstar individuals. You’ll love shopping here knowing that every dollar is going to a good cause. Known for their “really really free market” and occasional Saturdays where everything is $0.25, this easily is one of our all-time favorite thrift shops.
3. Top Drawer Thrift
4902 Burnet Rd
Located on Burnet Road — home to dozens of thrift shops and one of the best places in the city for finding cute vintage shops — this thrift store is the place to go when you’re looking for vintage pieces. As soon as you arrive, you’ll be drawn in by the decorative dresser, old radio, and books that adorn the shop’s sign. Inside, you’ll find rock T-shirts, vintage dresses, and unique items that will land you on a casual street style list.
4. Texas Thrift
5319 North IH 35
Sometimes, thrifting can be a drag. Digging through large bins and barrels of stuff can be overwhelming and many thrift stores can feel dingy and dark. Not this one! Texas Thrift features attractive lighting, cheerful employees, and higher quality goods than other thrift stores in the area. All of that translates to a more enjoyable shopping experience and a better chance of finding that special piece you’ve been dreaming of.
5. Goodwill 10th Street Boutique
914 North Lamar Blvd
This Goodwill location is one of our favorites. The store is large and spacious, making it easy to find awesome pieces without having to fight the crowds. They also have the best selection of cute summer dresses, cozy sweaters, and brand-name jeans of all the Goodwills we’ve visited in the city. They also feature a Computer Works section so you can grab great deals on computers and tech gear.
5222 Burnet Rd #600
Located on Burnet road, this thrift store is a large chain conglomerate that offers pretty much everything you could want second-hand. From clothing and shoes to home goods, books, music, and furniture, this store is a treasure trove of used items that are just dying to become the star of your home or wardrobe.
7. Thrift Town
5726 Manchaca Rd
Thrift Town is another chain store featuring a wide variety of secondhand items from home décor to vintage clothing. The areas are nicely labeled, making it easy to find exactly what you’re looking for. This thrift shop also features lower prices compared to other shops, making it a great choice for budget finds and college students.
8. St. Vincent de Paul Boutique and Thrift Shop
901 West Braker Lane
Run by the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, this thrift shop offers higher-priced items that are in great condition. You can expect to spend an average of $15 per item and proceeds go towards community and charity projects.
9. Buffalo Exchange
2904 Guadalupe St
Located on “the Drag” near the University of Austin, Texas campus, this consignment store allows you to trade, sell, and buy exquisite pieces. In this shop, you’ll find high-end designer pieces as well as more affordable clothing. The store buys items seasonally, so you’ll always have a wide range of choices that are on-trend regardless of when you stop in.
10. Austin Pets Alive!
5801 Burnet Rd | 1409 W Oltorf St
Austin Pets Alive is a unique thrift store in that it is also a no-kill pet shelter. The owners use thrift store purchases to fund care for adoptable pets as well as other community initiatives. This thrift store offers a boutique-style shopping experience and features mainly high-quality pieces that are new or only gently used. All proceeds go straight to community programs and the vibe here just can’t be beaten.
11. Habitat For Humanity ReStore
500 W Ben White Blvd
If you’re looking for a cheap way to tackle a home improvement project, check out the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. This store collects building materials from high-end tile and hardwood flooring to doors and windows and even power tools. In addition, the stores also sell furniture and appliances as well as lightning for rock bottom prices. The inventory is always changing, but we’ve found real wood cabinets and other pieces that are perfect for sprucing up your home or building a campervan.
12. Room Service Vintage
107 E North Loop Blvd
Room Service Vintage is the stuff of dreams when you’re looking to redesign your home. Whether you’re looking for a statement chair or durable tables and storage, you’re sure to find it here. Make sure to check out the store’s Instagram page where they upload pictures of new arrivals. If you happen to see something you HAVE to have, give them a call as they’ll place a two-hour hold on items so you can swing by and pick it up before someone else nabs it.
13. Salvation Army Family Store
4216 South Congress St
No thrifting list is complete without mentioning the godfather of the industry — the Salvation Army. The family store in Austin, Texas is full of budget items and even designer duds that you can get for a fraction of the price. Best of all, your purchases go to a good cause — helping people who struggle with addiction.
14. Goodwill Blue Hanger Outlet
6505 Burleson Rd
This Goodwill marks the end of the line for items that weren’t sold at other regional Goodwill locations. That means you’ll have to do a decent amount of digging to find the perfect piece. What keeps us coming back again and again, is the thrill of the hunt. You might leave with nothing, but you may just find that diamond in the rough piece you’ve been searching for. Just remember to bring along a pair of gloves — trust us, you’ll be thankful you have them.
Be Thrifty And Discover Amazing Finds in Austin
Whether you’re looking for a vintage store with unique threads in South Austin or want to update your home furnishing across town in North Austin, these thrift stores are full of special treasures to accomplish your goals. From cabinetry and lighting to mid-century furniture and high-end fashion, the best thrift stores in Austin are a great way to spend an afternoon searching for hidden gems and giving back to the community.