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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A Union Pacific cargo train hit a man in his 40s, killing him Thursday morning, Austin police said.
The train's driver called the police after the train hit the man at around 12:45 a.m. in the 300 block of Orchard Street, nearby Fifth Street and Lamar Boulevard.
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Over a year after they took the stage for the first time in Los Angeles, Austin FC returned to Banc of America Stadium to snatch the No. 1 spot from LAFC in a 2-1 statement win late Wednesday night.
Austin FC, which has flirted with the top spot in the MLS West this season, has now solidly reached the summit just a year after its second-to-last first season finish. The new top dogs are now 7-2-3 overall.
Here's a look at three highlights from the match:
Flashback in LA
For many Austin FC fans and naysayers alike, the match was more than a fight for the MLS West throne: it also served as a symbol of how far the team has come.
The two clubs first met on the Banc of America pitch as Austin FC saw its first game and first loss all at once in a 2-0 battle last April. It was an exciting but shaky start to the club's first season, and the loss seemed to set the tone for the rest of its inaugural year as the club dipped to second to last in the conference.
If Austin's first season was hallmarked by its first match, then its second-year success was foretold by its back-to-back five-goal victories to kick off the season.
Since then, the club has battled its own first-year shadow, claims of "bonus games" and a few unexpected obstacles—both on and off the pitch—but it has almost always come out on top.
That fight to the top was fully realized Wednesday, even as the club played its toughest opponent yet. Even with a man down in the middle due to Daniel Pereira's red card last game, the club kept its cool through even the trickiest moments of the match. Jhojan Valencia, who patched the Pereira hole in midfield, got his first MLS start and first MLS assist as Ruben Gabrielsen scored the first goal of the game.
Gabrielsen came to Austin FC as a potential hero for the team's center back position, but the club's resident Viking has already nabbed two goals in his first season with the team.
"That's center forward material," Austin FC announcer Adrian Healey said as Gabrielsen took control of Valencia's pass, paused to fake out the defense, and calmly tucked the ball into the left corner to complete the first goal of the match.
Even as LAFC dominated possession for much of the match, Austin FC saw another wide-open goal opportunity crumble as midfielder Diego Fagundez's shot hit the corner goalpost in the 23rd minute.
But Fagundez wasn't finished. The midfielder was short on his Verde hair dye but full of surprises as he nimbly sunk a shot over LAFC defense to make it 2-0 with 10 minutes to go.
Fagundez, who has spent more time setting up goals for his teammates (becoming the No. 1 assister in the MLS in the process), finally took the center stage with his second goal this season.
Owen Wolff, head coach Josh Wolff's own son, had a scoring opportunity of his own foiled by the goalpost as he started his first MLS match as one of the youngest starters in the league this season.
But Austin FC wouldn't score again; instead, LAFC powerhouse Carlos Vela made the win a bit trickier in the 86th minute as he got past Austin keeper Brad Stuver to cut the lead in half. The other Wolff quickly subbed in a five-prong defense as the club kept steady for the final 10 painstaking minutes to win the match.
BONUS: Stuver's career-making match
Six saves on the night in LA for Brad Stuver! 🚫 pic.twitter.com/02V6hcUd3Y— Major League Soccer (@MLS) May 19, 2022
After two weeks on the bench due to a knee gash, Austin's star keeper Brad Stuver had the Stuver-iest match of all time (yes, we're making it a word) as he pulled off six saves to help his team to No. 1.
Stuver looked like a pinball machine as he pulled off save after save with his feet, hands and body to keep it nearly 100% clean on the back end.
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