Alright buckle up, this is a good one.
About a week ago, my roommate (and model for this blog post), Anne, and I went to Texas Thrift on I-35 to destress after a hectic school week. We went on a Friday around noon and there were only a few other people there. So we had a warehouse-sized thrift store pretty much to ourselves, and, to be honest, it was kind of overwhelming (in an exciting way). I knew I wanted to look through the tops, shoes, dresses, skirts, bathing suits, and shorts. I also had all of my camera equipment with me, so I ended up only making it through the shoes, shorts, and bathing suits. There is just SO MUCH STUFF here. If you are planning to sift through multiple sections and try things on, you have to have at least a couple of hours to spare.
What’s great about Texas Thrift though is the spectacular organization. Every aisle has a different size and all items within in each isle are organized by color. This makes it really easy to hone in on one specific section and then move on to the next. Texas Thrift is the first place I go when I am looking for something very specific; if you want a medium-sized floral red blouse, you go to the blouse section, medium aisle, and walk to the part of the aisle that looks red. I have also found Texas Thrift is a great place to buy shoes, purses, and jewelry. Plus, they have some great discounts too! Every day two colored tags are discounted; one color is 30% off and the other is 50% off.
Now back to our trip. Anne had a slightly different approach to finding cool clothing items, which was to focus on the vintage section. Here is some background on Anne and her thrift shopping experience:
“I started thrifting at young age with my mom because it was a fun activity for us to do together and was more economical than shopping at a mall. As I got older, I realized that buying clothes and home goods from thrift stores is not only easy on the wallet, but is more environmentally friendly than shopping at fast-fashion retailers. My favorite part about thrifting is finding unexpected treasures and feeling good about my eco-footprint as a consumer. I’m always impressed with the cleanliness of Texas Thrift, and the sheer volume and variety of their stock. I especially enjoy the vintage section of Texas Thrift – it’s just so fun and unique. Though I enjoy shopping at Texas Thrift, I don’t go there often simply because its location is out of the way for me, especially considering I live very close to my all-time favorite thrift store, Boysville.”
Anne is right about the cleanliness of Texas Thrift; I always feel comfortable looking through hanging items as well as shoes, and the dressing rooms are great too!
Now, I have never actually shopped the vintage section of Texas Thrift, mainly because the prices are a bit higher than the general stock. On the other hand, you are going to find the coolest, most unique items in the vintage section, that’s for sure! Plus, you can find some lower priced items in the vintage section, it just takes patience, and Anne showed me that this is what really pays off. She took her time looking through the vintage items, while I was frantically running around taking photos and hanging as many cute items on my camera bag as I could in the process. And guess what?! Anne found two very unique tops in the vintage section. I also found some cute stuff, but I was definitely out of breath by the end of it.
Ok now you can look at the photos.
The first item Anne found was a really cute embroidered Billabong top. It was $12 but that’s because a) it was in the vintage section, and b) it still had tags on it. I later looked up the original price of this top and it was $45. So instead of spending $45, Anne spent $12 and her money went to a thrift store that supports local and national charities. You can find the list of charities Texas Thrift supports on their website, but I’ll list them here for you as well: AMVETS (American Veterans), Arms of Hope, The National Children’s Cancer Society, and Paralyzed Veterans of America.
So Anne bought a super cute top, and a charity indirectly benefited from that. Simple as pie, amazing as pie.
The shoes Anne is wearing in the photos above are a pair I found at Texas Thrift a few months ago for $8. They looked as good as new when I bought them, have held up great, and are extremely comfortable. The skirt Anne is wearing is not a Texas Thrift purchase, but is still a thrifted item Anne bought a while ago. So there you have it: an amazing outfit, totally thrifted, no mall necessary.
The next item Anne bought is a little bit more fun, a little bit more daring, and perfect for our Fiesta adventures. I don’t even know where to begin with this top. Actually, I’ll begin by telling you that it was $5, and I’ll let the photos tell you the rest. *NB the photo of Anne in Texas Thrift when she first reveals the top to me*
Anne’s shorts are also thrifted (surprise) from her favorite thrift store, Boysville (which I will have a blog post about in the future, so stay tuned).
Our shopping trip was a perfect way to relieve some stress from the school week. It was also the perfect way to find cute clothes (I left Texas Thrift with a pair of shorts, a dress, and a lace top for around $12) and support local and national charities. We also reduced our waste footprint on the environment by purchasing recycled clothes and reusing them in our wardrobe (I hope you aren’t tired of hearing those three words).
Whether you want to play a bigger role in protecting the environment or you’re just tired of the mall, I encourage you to check out Texas Thrift, or really any thrift store in you area. Remember read my tips on thrifting if you’re still unsure about the process and check back soon for a new thrifting adventure!
Are you still there?
Really? I gave you so many photos this time!
Ok there are more… of course there are more.
Here are some weird items we found at Texas Thrift (those flowers on those shoes though):