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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An Austin-based firm that’s established itself as one of the top Bitcoin miners in North America is set to go public.
On Thursday, the company, known as Core Scientific Inc., announced it’s now trading on Nasdaq as $CORZ. The stock opened at $9.74 per share then peaked at $10.48. The company was assigned a $414 million market cap.
"As one of the largest publicly-traded blockchain infrastructure providers and digital asset miners in North America, we are focused on growing our capacity, defending and securing the blockchain ecosystem and building long-term shareholder value," CEO Mike Levitt said.
As reported by Yahoo News, investors approved a plan for a public debut through a $4.3 billion merger with special purpose acquisition company Power & Digital Infrastructure Acquisition Corp. The deal arrives as Austin sees its crypto scene soar, with increased activity in the NFT economy and groups pooling their money together through DAOs.
Core Scientific was established in 2017 and relocated its headquarters from Seattle to Austin last year. It has a site in Downtown Austin on 106 E. 6th St. and data centers in Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina and North Dakota. More than 100 full-time employees are in the U.S., but it's unclear how many are in Austin.
Now, they say they are the biggest Bitcoin miners based on processing power, with claims that the combined mining capacity on the Bitcoin network exceeds that of competitors. And SEC filings from earlier this month show it's in the process of acquiring Blockcap, Inc., which moved to Austin last year.
The company describes itself as a leader in high-performance, carbon-neutral blockchain infrastructure in an industry that catches flak for its energy use.
Aside from mining, the company provides internet hosting services for other large-scale miners. In fact, it derives about half its revenue by helping big customers mine, a quality seen in what’s often referred to as an “institutional-grade” miner.
Looking ahead, Core Scientific seems optimistic about the year ahead even as Bitcoin falls from its all-time high.
“We’ve worked hard to lay the groundwork that will enable us to achieve our 2022 projections,” Levitt told Yahoo News. “Our objective is to be the best. Being the best means doing all that we can for our business, the industry in which we participate and for the Bitcoin network.”
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Watch some Cricket
When: 5:30-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Where: The Crossover, 1717 Scottsdale Drive
What: Looking for a new sport to obsess over? Attend one of Sports Movement’s indoor cricket matches.
Le Garage Sale
When: 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday
Where: Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.
What: Find over 100+ boutiques, brands and designers at Le Garage sale. Shop leisurewear, accessories, menswear, children’s apparel, home decor and more. Tickets start at $10.
See a movie at the drive-in
When: 6:25-8:45 p.m., 9:15-10:50 p.m. Saturday
Where: The Globe Drive-In Theater, 8017 Cele Rd.
What: This weekend you can see Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban at 6:25 p.m. or you can see The Cabin in the Woods at 9:15 p.m. at the drive-in. Tickets cost $16 per car.
Museum of Ice Cream
When: 11:30 a.m Saturday and Sunday
Where: Museum of Ice Cream, 11410 Century Oaks Ter.
What: The Museum of Ice Cream is featuring 12 never-before-seen instillations celebrating the enjoyment of ice cream. View tickets here.
The Austin Flea
When: 12 p.m. Sunday
Where: Meanwhile Brewing, 3901 Promontory Point Dr.
What: Find handmade items, vintage wares, food and drink and more at The Austin Flea at Meanwhile Brewing. Vendors are handpicked for each show to guarantee a great selection of items to shop for.