Ah, back to school clothes shopping. Like it or not, there’s no getting around the fact that your kids can’t start the new school year in the well-loved (i.e. too small and possibly holey) clothes they’ve been abusing all summer long. But how can we get our kids looking sharp on the first day without breaking the bank?
Lucky for us, Austin is overflowing with thrift stores where fashionable finds can often be found on a budget. (Some will even pay for or take donations of your old clothes!) Check out our top spots for back to school shopping on a budget in Austin.
Note: This list is by no means exhaustive because it would be impossible to list every bargain spot in Austin. We tried to present a good mix of options–some for those who enjoy the thrill of the hunt and others for those who prefer a more carefully curated experience. Our hope is that you’ll happen upon a spot you never knew existed. And if you have a favorite we didn’t mention here, feel free to add it in the comments. Happy shopping!
Here are the best spots for back to school shopping!
Kid To Kid: Every Kid to Kid provides hand-selected gently used items, as well as an affordable selection of brand new items. Stores are locally owned and locally stocked with boys and girls clothing sizes 0-14 (some stores carry girls’ juniors sizes and up to size 20 in boys). Buys items for cash or store credit.
- 5300 S MoPac Expy #102b
- 14010 US-183 #420
- 575 E FM 150 Ste D (Kyle)
Once Upon a Child: Save up to 70% off of original retail prices on gently used boys and girls clothing sizes 0-20. Buys items for cash or store credit.
- 13945 Hwy 183 North
- 7010 Hwy 71 West
- 1601 South IH-35 (Round Rock)
Sparkle Kids Upscale Resale: Locally owned kids shop that buys, sells, and trades the best in children’s clothing size 0-10.
- 4800 Burnet Road
Buffalo Exchange: Current trends, jeans, designer, and vintage at a bargain. Buy, sell or trade your clothing for cash or store credit on the spot.
- 2904 Guadalupe Street
Monkies Vintage and Thrift: Specializing in unique apparel from the 1950s through 1990s, with robust selections of Western wear, collectible sports jerseys, and original concert tees.
- 1904 Guadalupe Street
Plato’s Closet: Plato’s Closet offers brand name apparel and accessories for teens and twenty somethings. Buys and trades.
- 5400 Brodie Lane
- 2000 S IH-35 (Round Rock)
- 1335 E Whitestone Boulevard (Cedar Park)
Uptown Cheapskate: At Uptown, you’ll find fantastic vintage plus trendy new and gently used clothes at a fraction of retail prices. Buys for cash or store credit.
- 3005 S Lamar Boulevard
The Whole Family
Assistance League of Austin Thrift House: New and gently-used items. Proceeds benefit Assistance League of Austin’s philanthropic programs. Donations accepted.
- 4901 Burnet Road
Austin Pets Alive! Thrift Store: A thrift store for humans that allows customers to “shop for you, save a life,” as proceeds will go towards APA!’s program costs. Donations accepted.
- 5801 Burnet Road
- 5102 Clarkson Avenue
- 1409 West Oltorf Street
Hope Family Thrift Store: Gently used quality merchandise at affordable prices. Proceeds provide support for disaster survivors and families. Donations accepted.
- 1122 E 51st Street
Savers: Huge, well-organized stores. Donations accepted.
- 5222 Burnet Road
- 11101 Pecan Park Boulevard (Cedar Park)
St. Vincent de Paul Boutique & Thrift Store: Well organized thrift store with something for everyone. Proceeds help the needy in our community. Donations accepted.
- 901 W Braker Lane
Texas Thrift Austin: Huge selection of used, new, and nearly new items. Donations accepted.
- 5319 North I-35
Thrift Town: A clean, bright, and organized place to shop for well-priced merchandise. Donations accepted.
- 5726 Manchaca Road
Top Drawer Thrift: A small, funky thrift store with a huge heart. All proceeds benefit Project Transitions. Donations accepted.
- 4902 Burnet Road
- 7101B Woodrow Avenue
Treasure City: Quite possibly the thriftiest thrift store in Austin. Treasure City works towards zero-waste: they throw away as little as possible and partner with Ecology Action to recycle whatever they can. Donations accepted
- 2142 E 7th Street
Bonus Spot for Bargain School Supplies
Austin Creative Reuse: ACR collects, distributes, and sells reusable materials donated from industry and individuals. The inventory changes quickly, but you can nearly always find pencils, paper, art supplies, etc. for incredibly low prices. Donations accepted.
- 2005 Wheless Lane
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Featured photo via Monkies Vintage and Thrift