Thrift Shops To Raid When You’ve Only Got $20 In Your Pocket

By Tatty Wilson

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A major concern for college students is not having enough money to buy what we need. Coupons and discounts cover groceries, ID cards cover bus transportation, but what do we do for clothing?

That’s where thrift shopping comes into play. Why pay full price for clothes that hundreds of other people have too, when you can by unique $4 tops and $8 dresses at a used clothing store?

Here’s a list of some Austin thrift shops:

1. Savers


Savers is an excellent place to get the biggest bang for your buck. The sizes are very clearly marked, everything is organized and clean, and you can find $8 jeans! Most of the clothing in the store is $15 or less, with a few fancier items exceeding that price. Savers also has a fairly decent Halloween section with new and used discounted costumes and accessories. This is the place to hit up on holidays as well, when all clothing is marked 50 percent off. Savers is a must stop shop in any and all thrifting endeavors.


5222 Burnet Rd #600, Austin, TX 78756

4001 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

11101 Pecan Park Blvd, Austin, TX, 78613

2. Texas Thrift

The first thing you notice when you walk into Texas Thrift is the colors, as in everything is color coded, including the shoes. The sizes, however, are not very clearly marked, making that aspect of navigating the racks a little harder. Everything is cheaply priced and there is an extremely wide range of clothing, shoes, and other home furnishings. This is definitely the place to go when you need something in a certain color or if you want to take a chance on their random daily discounts.


5319 North IH 35 Austin,TX 78723

3. Uptown Cheapskate


Uptown Cheapskate is a more modern thrift experience, containing more consistently fashionable clothing aimed at younger shoppers. Lots of lace and denim and bright colors can be found on the racks here as well as a rack dedicated solely to unique vintage and cultural items. While the prices are a little higher than the previous two thrift shops, you’re definitely getting quality with it. There isn’t a huge plus-size or even XL selection though, which one of the downfalls of this store. However, this is the place to be if you don’t want to look as hard through a store to find hip, stylish clothing, and have a few more dollars to spend.

3005 S Lamar Blvd #110-A, Austin, TX 78704

4. Family Thrift Center


Family Thrift Center is a little less glamorous than Uptown Cheapskate and a lot of other shops. Clothes are thrown about and upkeep of the store is not the best. The clothing is organized by color though, and the prices are extremely low. If you can get over the mess and disorderly chaos of the building, the clothing is so cheap it might be worth it to scour the racks for the diamonds in the rough.

Twin Oaks Shopping Center, 208 E Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704

5. Buffalo Exchange


If you don’t mind paying a little more, Buffalo Exchange might be the place for you. While the prices are higher, the quality is too. The modernity of the clothing is also a perk, as a good majority of the clothing fits in with current fashion styles. There’s a decent Halloween selection, and a large shoe section. If you have the extra cash and are willing to actually spend it, Buffalo Exchange is a great place for you to check out.

2904 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705

These are only a few of the dozens of thrift shops in Austin. Some others include The Salvation Army and Goodwill. If you’re a seasoned thrifter, or simply wishing to dive headfirst into the deep end, check out Goodwill Blue Hanger Outlet where you can dig through giant bins of clothing and accessories collected from other Austin Goodwill locations for only $1.59 per pound. Overall, if you want to save money on clothes, check out some the many great thrift shops in this city.