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Austin's thrift stores are the perfect place to visit if you're looking to save a couple of dollars, help local businesses and see first hand the city's personality.
Whether you're looking for a new statement chair for your home or a new dress to help kick off your new year, Austin thrift stores are here to help. Here are 12 Austin thrift stores you should visit:
Austin Pets Alive! Thrift, multiple locations
Want to help support a local organization? Make your next thrift store visit to Austin Pets Alive! Thrift. The thrift store offers new and gently used items for low prices. Besides good deals, all net proceeds go directly to Austin Pets Alive! to help support and save hundreds of cute animals. The stores are open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday through Saturday until 7 p.m. and are currently operating at 75% capacity.
More information on Austin Pets Alive! Thrift can be found here.
Treasure City Thrift, 2142 E. 7th St.
Treasure City Thrift is a local treasure in the Austin community collectively owned and managed by seven Austinites. The shop focuses on providing affordable goods while giving back to the Austin community by working with local charities. Treasure City Thrift encourages sustainable living and educates the public about zero waste living. The store offers clothes, accessories, books, toys, home decor and more. You can visit it at their socially distanced outdoor thrift shopping experience on Tuesday and Thursday through Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m.
More information on Treasure City Thrift can be found here.
Blue Velvet, 217 W. N. Loop Blvd.
Blue Velvet is a mom and daughter owned shop that has provided Austin with classic vintage goods for over 27 years. The shop offers a selection of men's and women's vintage clothing and accessories for any vintage lover. Due to the pandemic, Blue Velvet is operating at minimal capacity and only accepting private appointments Friday through Sunday. You can also stop by their outdoor pop-up tent in front of the shop during the weekends from 12 to 4 p.m., if the weather permits it.
More information on Blue Velvet can be found here.
Room Service Vintage, 107 E. N. Loop Blvd.
Room Service Vintage is the heart of Austin in providing a massive selection of vintage furniture. From couches and chairs to rugs and dressers, Room Service Vintage has anything you need to redesign your home. Along with furniture, the shop also offers clothing, jewelry, art, books, home decor and pretty much everything you can imagine to find at a thrift store. The classic Austin shop uploads pictures of new arrivals on its Instagram daily, so keep up with there to find that statement chair you've been dying to have. You can visit the shop daily from 12 to 6 p.m.
More information on Room Service Vintage can be found here.
Revival Vintage, 5201 N. Lamar
Revival Vintage started out as most Austin local businesses do, with pop-up markets and an online store. Owner and creative director Sonia Rife has built the shop into what it is today: an Austin thrift store classic. Besides featuring vintage furniture and decor, the shop offers clothes for men, women and children. Revival Vintage opened it's new location this week and hopes to see shoppers from 12 to 5 p.m. daily.
More information on Revival Vintage can be found here.
Far Out Home Fittings, 1500 W. Ben White Blvd.
This Austin thrift shop operates in the perfect Austin way: weird, retro and "far out." Far Out Home Fittings provides Austin shoppers with affordable vintage furniture and home decor, but also has clothing and all the knick-knacks you want to find at a thrift store. Since COVID, the shop is running at limited capacity with the same store hours. The shop is open Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
More information on Far Out Home Fittings can be found here.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul Thrift, 901 W. Braker Lane
St. Vincent de Paul is a charity-run thrift store offering reasonably priced items for thrift fanatics. The shop is run by the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and all proceeds go toward the community and charity projects around town. The shop offers fashion-forward pieces and fun home decor. You can visit St. Vincent de Paul Thrift from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m Thursday through Saturday.
More information on Society of St. Vincent de Paul Thrift can be found here
Passport Vintage, 2217 S. 1st St.
What started as a vintage shop in Chicago has now become a South Austin treasure. Passport Vintage offers a variety of vintage pieces, especially stylish denim. The fashion-forward shop has anything from vintage T-shirts and sweatshirts to jeans for men and women. The shop is open 12-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12-5 p.m. Sunday.
More information on Passport Vintage can be found here.
Prototype Vintage, 1700 S. Congress Ave.
Looking for a vintage piece to begin the new year right? Head over to Prototype Vintage for a unique assortment of vintage goods. The shop offers second hand vintage clothes for both men and women, along with some stylish accessories such as shoes, sunglasses and scarves. The Austin classic is right on South Congress Avenue, and the green storefront is hard to miss. The shop is open 12 to 4 p.m everyday.
More information on Prototype Vintage can be found here.
Top Drawer Thrift, 4902 Burnet Road
Top Drawer Thrift is the perfect place to find vintage goods and help give back to the community. Along with vintage T-shirts, dresses and more, the shop offers accessories and home goods to help you look your best. All proceeds benefit Project Transitions which helps provide housing, services and care to people with HIV and AIDS. The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
More information on Top Drawer Thrift can be found here.
Thrift Town, 5726 Menchaca Road
Thrift Town is a chain store in Austin offering a variety of items for anyone looking to save some money. From vintage clothing to home decor and accessories, this shop has low prices and secondhand items for anyone in need of a good find. The shop offers discounted color tag sales on different days of the week and is open daily. Store hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday.
More information on Thrift Town can be found here.
Texas Thrift, 5319 N. Interstate Hwy 35
Second-hand shopping is a fun way to see the city's personality through the people who live there, and that is especially true in Austin. Texas Thrift offers a selection of clothing, accessories, furniture and household items for an affordable price. Find the best deals at Texas Thrift by looking for colored tags with discounts for different days of the week. The store is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
More information on Texas Thrift can be found here.
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After Austin voters passed Proposition B, reinstating a ban on public camping, City Council directed staff to look into possible sanctioned campsites where homeless residents could live legally. Now two members are asking to shelve discussion on the controversial topic.
Staff presented dozens of possible sanctioned campsites across each fo the 10 council districts in late May, following the election. But members mostly pushed back on the proposed locations, citing cost, wildfire risk and lack of transparency as concerns.
With updated criteria, staff recommended two sites—one in District 1 and the other in District 8—for further review last week. After being briefed on the options during Tuesday's work session, Mayor Pro Tem Natasha Harper-Madison, who represents District 1, and Council Member Paige Ellis, who represents District 8, issued a joint statement proposing "a pause" on further discussion of temporary sanctioned encampments.
"We are not convinced that these sites would be a cost-effective solution, but rather a band-aid tactic when we need to be supporting the long-term strategy to get folks off the street permanent," they said. "It is our responsibility to look at the situation holistically and objectively, and to spend out city's limited resources on solutions we know can work."
Homeless Strategy Officer Dianna Grey noted that the two locations were imperfect and would require a lot of time and money to outfit as sanctioned campsites during the briefing.
City staff and homeless experts have previously raised concerns about sanctioned encampments, saying they are expensive to maintain, challenging to manage and hard to close, even when intended to to be temporary.
In 2019, staff declined to make recommendations for such sites despite being directed by council to do so, citing 2018 guidance from the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness. "Neither authorized encampments nor parking areas provide housing for people experiencing homelessness," staff wrote in a memo. "Rather, each option detracts from the staff resources assigned to addressing this moral imperative."
But with Prop B being enforced and too few shelter beds and affordable units for the estimate unsheltered homeless population in Austin, the city is facing the same predicament that prompted District 9 Council Member Kathie Tovo to pursue possible sanctioned campsites in the first place: "When individuals in encampments ask where they should go, we need to have places to suggest," she said at a May 6 council meeting.
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Don't lose your mask just yet—the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced it is now recommending masks in areas that are surging as cases rise nationwide and the Delta variant looms.
The CDC announced Tuesday that even fully vaccinated individuals should mask up indoors if their community is experiencing substantial transmission—defined as areas with more than 50 cases per 100,000 people. Travis County is sitting at an average of 94.59 cases per 100,000 over the past seven days, falling into the highest risk category, according to the CDC.
#DeltaVariant surging in U.S. New data show Delta much more contagious than previous versions of #COVID19. Unvaccinated people: get vaccinated & mask until you do. Everyone in areas of substantial/high transmission should wear a mask, even if vaccinated. https://t.co/tt49zOEC8N
— CDC (@CDCgov) July 27, 2021
After two COVID-19 recommendation stage jumps in the last two weeks, from Stage 2 to Stage 4, Austin-area cases are the highest they have been since February. The seven-day average for cases is on an upward trend, reaching 226 on Tuesday.
The CDC is also recommending that all students K-12 wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status. A May executive order by Gov. Greg Abbott prohibits schools from requiring masks, regardless of vaccination status. Austin ISD is "strongly" encouraging students to wear masks.
Although vaccinated individuals are still protected against the most severe symptoms of the variant, infections are spreading rapidly and now make up 83% of confirmed cases in the U.S. At least a dozen cases of the delta variant have been confirmed in the Austin area, though there are likely more since testing for it is limited.
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said that hospital admissions are "almost exclusively" coming from people who are unvaccinated but those who are vaccinated can still catch and spread the virus.
"Unlike the alpha variant that we had back in May, where we didn't believe that if you were vaccinated you could transmit further, this is different now with the Delta variant," Walensky said. "That leads us to believe that the breakthrough infections, rare that they are, have the potential to pool and transmit at the same with the same capacity as an unvaccinated person."
Research suggests those who become infected carry 1,000 times more of the virus than other variants and could stay contagious for longer.The announcement comes on the heels of the Biden administration ramping up cautionary measures in the face of the Delta variant. Just last week, the CDC said it had no plans to change its May guidance of vaccinated not having to wear masks unless there was a significant change in the data. Officials met on Sunday night to review new evidence, according to reports.
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The Moody Center, a $338 million, 530,000-square-foot multipurpose arena at the University of Texas at Austin, celebrated its topping out on Tuesday.
With the final beam placed, the arena's steel-frame structural phase—which involved more than 5.3 million pounds of steel—is complete.
"This past year has been full of unprecedented events, not to mention weather challenges, and yet the women and men working on this project continue to deliver," Moody Center General Manager and Senior Vice President Jeff Nickler said in a press release.
To celebrate the topping out Oak View Group, the development and investment firm behind the Moody Center will affix a tree to the final beam in keeping with the time-honored tradition.
The practice dates back to ancient Scandinavian religious rites, which involved placing a tree atop new buildings to appease tree-dwelling spirits displaced during the construction process, according to the International Association of Bridge, Structural and Ornamental Ironworkers in Washington D.C.
After the steel-frame structure phase, the development will move on to enclosing and finishing the interior of the Moody Center.
The arena is set to open next April and already has some major acts scheduled for its inaugural year, including The Weeknd, Justin Bieber, John Mayer and The Killers. It will replace the 43-year-old Frank C. Erwin Jr. Center and serve as the home of UT's men's and women's basketball games, among other sports and community events.
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