Gone For Good

Darling Readers: If one of y’all is responsible for donating the human skull to Goodwill last week would you be so kind as to touch base with the Homicide Division at Austin PD?   While they are quite confident that it’s a medical relic and not the remains of your ex-boyfriend who most definitely needed killin’, the Thrifty Snicker is sure everyone would appreciate clearing up this little tempest in a teapot.  http://abcnews.go.com/Weird/wireStory/human-skull-donated-goodwill-store-texas-25158630

And speaking of your ex who is finally gone for good, this blog’s feature is the far happier, thriftier and just all-around making the world a better place kind of initiative – Gone For Good. Now crank up the AC and pour yourself a big glass of sweet tea because you know any story that starts with “Once upon a time there were three crazy retired ladies…” is going to be a good one!

Once upon a time there were indeed three crazy retired ladies named Gail, Retta and Sandy. Gail and Retta had been friends for a while through the Literacy Coalition of Central Texas and Sandy got lassoed in on various fine projects as friends are wont to do. They envisioned the perfect combination of their love for bargains, caring for others, and donating to wonderful causes while hanging out together and just generally having a good, old time. What they’ll do is handle an estate sale, or all the things you’ve left behind in your old place after you’ve moved, or even just a few items you’d like to unload so long as they have value, and they’ll sell them for you, which, while nice enough, is only the first link in a long chain of helping you and helping others.

Say Cousin Brunhilde passes on to her great reward and leaves YOU stuck with all her worldly possessions including her prized collection of nail clippers from all fifty states. You donate whatever contents of the house you want to Gone For Good, a bona fide non-profit operating under the Austin Community Foundation, and right there you get your charitable tax deduction and if you choose, they’ll even sell the stuff right out of the house so you don’t have to. But just like those infomercials on late night TV, that’s not all! After everything’s sold (and anything not sold those three ladies will whisk far, far away) there’s a 60 / 40 division of the proceeds and YOU get to choose the charity that receives that 60% check along with all the accolades that such a nice (but painless) donation brings with it!

The remaining 40% goes into the Gone For Good coffers and pays for such things as their website, www.goneforgood.net, advertising, truck rental when they have to pick up big stuff and a few other tedious but necessary expenses but not a penny in salary! Profits from their 40% share also go to charity. Every year Gone For Good invites local charities with an operating budget of less than $100,000 to submit a proposal for a grant of between $2,000 and $2,500. Earlier this year four Austin charities received Gone For Good grants of $2,500 each!

Now Gone For Good doesn’t just limit itself to entire estates; they’re happy to pick up estate sale leftovers, furniture donations (note: THEY will pick up!!) or even accept an item or two so long as those items have resale value. If it’s not sold directly out of the donor’s home or at another estate sale it might go on Craigslist or eBay. Your bargain blogger hopes she was exaggerating a tiny bit when Gail said they’ll meet a stranger in a dark alley if it means they’ll get a sale! Vintage items may well end up in the Gone For Good booth at Antique Marketplace (another wonderful Burnet destination, which The Snicker will blog about one day). In the unlikely event that your donated treasure doesn’t sell after a reasonable period of time, your item will be donated to Goodwill or Settlement Home for Children – either way, unwanted items (ex-boyfriends are NOT accepted) are out of your home, your hair and on their way to doing good!

Of course there are a zillion ways that you can be part of the fun. Hop on their mailing list and follow them on FB to get first dibs. Shop at one of their sales or at their booth. Donate something or, if you can’t do that, volunteer – especially if you have some expertise in evaluation. One sculpture donation from a well-known Austin family started out with a $60 price tag until an eagle-eyed volunteer found an artist signature, did some research, and discovered it was worth more like $7,000! Spread the word about the service aspect – how lovely would it be to move out of a former home and just leave behind the items you don’t want to move knowing they’ll be lovingly and professionally taken care of. Encourage your favorite small non-profit to submit a grant application. Maybe you can talk Gail, Retta and Sandy into franchising their amazing and philanthropic idea – every community should have a Gone For Good whose motto is Selling Worldy Treasures to do a World of Good!

As much as it pains the Discount Diva to admit it, she doesn’t know everything thrift. What are your favorite places and best bargains?  

Until the next find!

The Thrifty Snicker

 

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Just Between Us

1983 was the second season of Cheers – the terrific sit-com that launched many a Hollywood career and eventually climbed to the number one spot over its eleven year run. Its tag line was “Where Everybody Knows Your Name,” which perfectly reflects the philosophy of another 1983 launch – Just Between Us – an Austin clothing consignment store for men, women and children.

Operating now for 31 years, the owners of Just Between Us know not only the names of many of their loyal customers but the names of their children, their dress size and their preferred shade of Miss Clairol. In 1983 sisters Lynne and Hollie were young moms and looking for a business that would allow them be with their children, one another, and other adults but wouldn’t require a huge outlay of cash. Given the dearth of shopping options, especially out highway 183, which, back then, was so rural you expected to see a Conestoga wagon come plodding through, a consignment store was the perfect option.

Moving to their current location in 1988, Lynne and Hollie have maintained their surefire business model that combines friendly, hands-on service, a 60 (store) /40 split of the sales, quality clothing and accessories that they personally select, and reasonable, consistent pricing. The Thrifty Snicker has enjoyed her every visit to the store located in the Pond Springs Plaza Shopping Center – an easy find just a few blocks off of 183’s McNeil Drive exit.

Clothes are sorted by type and size with shoes adorning the tops of the clothing rounds. Happily for the more zaftig among us, JBU fashions are just warming up around the size 12s and move well beyond those “average” sizes. A cheerful selection of sweet sundresses caught the eye of your Diva of Discount and with all priced under $20, put some spring into her summer! Most tops and bottoms are reasonably priced in the $5 to $10 range with no further discount until the item has been on the sales floor for 60 days. However, a quick visit to the store’s unusually informative and easy-to-navigate website will score you a 25% off coupon for a thrifty-licious fashion treat.

On her last trip The Snicker found a pair of linen Jones of New York pants and a brand spankin’ new pair of Nordstrom sandals. Best thrift wishes to the north Austin ladies who consigned those fashion finds! Guys can acquire their own attire at the front of the adjoining room that makes up half the store with kids’ clothes and a very few decorative household items in the back of that store half.

No matter which side of the store calls out, shoppers (and consigners) find it well worth their time to veer off the usual “resale trail.” The store exactly hits the layout mark placing clothing fixtures close enough together that you think you’ve hit the resale jackpot without having them so close that it’s too crowded or overwhelming to navigate. Her Thriftiness was able to return again and again to that darling Eileen Fisher unstructured jacket no matter where in the store she wandered.

The dressing rooms are a wee bit on the wee side but the store is bright and clean and parking’s a breeze – always nice pluses. The website really does justify another shout-out…that baby seems to be updated almost daily and everything you want to find is actually easy to find including that aforementioned coupon! For recorded information about consigning call 512.331.2999; for anything else give them a shout at 512.250.0746. Open seven days a week at 13233 Pond Springs Road you’ll see them at the west end of the plaza.

As much as it pains the Discount Diva to admit it, she doesn’t know everything thrift. What are your favorite places and best bargains?

Until the next find!

The Thrifty Snicker

Buffalo Exchange

My goodness! Every thrift store the Snicker has graced with her pecuniary presence here lately has sported a “now hiring” sign in the front window. It appears to be an excellent time to seek a second job among the secondhand if you’re so inclined.

The summer school hiatus is the ideal time to uncover thrifty finds along the Guadalupe – no, not the river, but that banging by-way running adjacent to UT. This street separates Austin natives from the unfashionable masses in more ways than one! It’s pronounced Guad-a-loop and the surest way to sniff out a transplant is by their insistence that it ends with “Lúpe.” But your Diva of Discount digresses, however you pronounce it, the street serves as host for the celebrated Buffalo Exchange – the secondhand fashion citadel for the college crowd.

2014 is a big year for this big store. The Austin location is celebrating its 18th birthday and the chain is marking the big 4-0! And although we missed the birthday party, it’s never too late to find quality fashions at greatly reduced prices or to sell your own gently used pieces for cash on the spot. Indeed, on her last visit one recent Saturday morning your Thriftstress noted quite a line of Buffalo gals and guys with boxes goodies to sell suggesting that the Exchange lives up to its reputation for paying a fair price for desirable pieces.

And what desirable pieces there are! The Snicker found a Standard James Perse overblouse for $20, BKE jeans for $19.50 and a Diesel skirt for $14. The Blu Pepper top was just a teensy bit overpriced at $21 but all was forgiven by the $10 pair of INC animal print flats. A high fashion ‘tween shopping with her mom got away with a terrific pair of red roper boots for just $18 and one of the many men in the Diva of Discount’s life is going to love, love, love the vintage Vans slip-ons she found for just $15. The majority of the merchandise is “upscale resale” but mixed in are a few new pieces that are clearly marked as such.

While the over-25 crowd has nothing to fear shopping at Buffalo Exchange – there really is something for everyone – the Thrifty Snicker found it easy to confuse skirts for shorts and shorts for dainty unmentionables. Overall, the merchandise, not to mention the store decor, is geared to the young and trendy with firm thighs. The hip vibe is definitely reflected in the sales staff – as tatted and pierced and they were friendly and knowledgeable.

Buffalo Exchange is as committed to men’s fashions as to women’s with nearly equal retail space devoted to each. And the store’s not too worried about in and out of season…there were a couple of large racks of winter clothes, which wins the Snicker’s approval. The true thrifter is always interested in a great find regardless of today’s temps.

Your Bargain Blogger enjoyed a pleasant visit with Cat, the store’s Chief Buffalo, who’s been with the company for more than three years. And it is a company with 46 stores – five of which are in the great state of Texas. Buffalo Exchange knows its core customer and therefore can usually be found around a college campus. But given its reputation, the Austin Exchange is actually a tourist destination of sorts for many who don’t enjoy the luxury of a local store. Somehow your Thriftstress doesn’t see a BE opening up around Llano Junior College. Cat shared the store’s commitment to evolving right along with fashions and even reported that one of the day’s takes was a peacock feathered capelet. Now wouldn’t that make a statement the next time you stroll down Rainey Street!

If you want to take a stroll through the Austin Buffalo Exchange you can indulge yourself Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. They don’t take American Express, Bitcoins or colored beads, but they do take everything else including the clothes you’re selling. Selling clothes for store credit instead of cash actually gives you a better deal. Parking is a little tight, even more so when school’s in session, but if you can’t find a spot in front of the store at 2904 Guadalupe, you’ll likely be able to park on a nearby side street. Of course you can follow them on Facebook and Instagram, which will certainly give you the head’s up on the Welcome Back event in late August.

As much as it pains the Discount Diva to admit it, she doesn’t know everything thrift. What are your favorite places and best bargains?  

Until the next find!

The Thrifty Snicker

 

 

 

Texas Thrift Store

Hello Fellow Thrifters! Now the Thrifty Snicker does not wish to start the summer off on a down note but she does wish to share a bit of trash truth she suspects you will find every bit as disturbing as she does. The United States spends more on trash bags than the entire Gross National Product of ninety other countries!* If that doesn’t put the gross in your GNP, your Bargain Blogger doesn’t know what does. We must all do a better job of recycling and reusing in order to keep things out of the landfill.

But on a happier note, hang on to your saddle horn for review of Austin’s own Texas Thrift Store – a shopping experience as big as the Lone Star State itself! Now you’ve seen that big ‘ole sign there east of I-35 just north of 51st Street, probably while creeping along in bumper-to-bumper traffic. Just jump off at Airport Blvd. and stay on the access road. Texas Thrift takes up an entire half of strip center a bit on the seedy side, but no worries, it’s another adventure in affordability and you’ll know you’ve found another shopping soul-mate when you see the sign in the window that says, “Never, Ever Buy New!”

Texas Thrift Store is a charity store (supporting Medina Children’s Home in Medina, Texas), sporting equal amounts of trash and treasure. But if you’re willing to go through the racks and shelves methodically and with an open mind, The Thriftstress promises you’ll walk away with an armload of dirt-cheap goodies! Come through the front door and you’ll find clothes to the right and house-wares and soft goods to the left. Straight ahead are the functional dressing rooms and the start of women’s clothing. On her most recent visit swimsuits and women’s tops were front and center.

As for clothes, despite efforts to keep sizes together, it’s worth your time to comb all the sections as sizes are easily mixed and you don’t want to overlook something wonderful. Case in point – three brand new Talbots linen skirts, size 10, were residing amongst their size 4 and 6 skinny little sisters. In anticipation of the 4th of July, your Bargain Blogger was in search of red shirt and found several to choose from but from different racks. Most of the separates fall into the $3.98 to $5.98 range – a point of pride for Texas Thrift staffers who maintain that theirs are the best prices in town. Dresses seem to run about $4.98 to 9.98 as do shoes. The Snicker found a beautiful spring coat by Old Navy for just $7.98 and snickered over the Aladdin slippers complete with rolled up toes for just $4.98. No doubt the flying carpet was just down the aisle!

Annie Lennox began singing just as the Thrifty Snicker got to women’s jeans and she could have sworn she heard Annie croon, “Sweet jeans were made for me…” And sweet they were as most were priced at $5.98 and $6.98. A quick tour of the menswear section revealed pricing consistent with women’s clothes as well as an added bonus in the form of a very sexy ponytailed male shopper that The Thriftstress would have been quite happy to interview had she been thinking more quickly and less dazzled by the Nina Ricci peasant blouse for just $6.98. Pauvre de moi!

Informative conversations with staffer Logan, as well as store manager, Janet Murdock, revealed all the necessary low down for your shopping (and donating) experience. Logan’s Law of Donations: if you leave your baggie in the pocket of something you donate, do NOT come asking for it later. Janet, a self-styled “south Austin funky girl” admits that she spent some time on the dark side (read: retail store in a shopping mall) but returned to her roots when she took on Texas Thrift Store. Intentionally low prices and a relaxed attitude translate to regular and dedicated customers who typically fall into one of three thrift categories: the budget shopper looking to clothe a family; the “I Love Thrift” bargain shopper, and the fashion independent seeking to put together a unique and inventive wardrobe. But clothes aren’t the only deals to be had what with nearly half the store dedicated to house-wares, books, toys, furniture and other home accessories. Texas Thrift Store does not do large appliances and furniture is minimal but a nice six foot bookshelf priced at $14.98 won’t be there long. The good folks there are happy to take most of your donations so long as clothes are clean. Baby furniture, mattresses, and appliances are on the “no go” list but computers and electronics are okay. They’ll even pick up your donations if that makes life easier for you! Give ‘em a buzz at 512.380.0025.

While they do put out 15,000 garments a week, they don’t have a website or Facebook page, although that may change. What’s not going to change is their commitment to customers and to helping make Austin affordable. You can be a part of the Texas Thrift Store experience 7 days a week at 5319 North I-35. Store hours are 8 to 8 Monday through Saturday and 11 to 6 on Sunday.

As much as it pains the Discount Diva to admit it, she doesn’t know everything thrift. What are your favorite places and best bargains?

Until the next find!
The Thrifty Snicker

*Polly LaBarre, How to Lead a Rich Life, Fast Company, March 2003

Style Encore

Oh Style Encore, how do we love thee? Let the Thrifty Snicker count the ways! Your bright boutique of a store is an easy find off of Anderson Lane. Cheerful and knowledgeable sales staff is accessible without being pesky and you have the latest styles for the working woman up to size 3X. Plus you pay cash for our stylish castoffs!

Style Encore is a recent addition to the Austin thrift scene and what a welcome addition it is! Your Bargain Blogger has a heart big enough to embrace every thrift-minded college student and fashionable teenybopper around but let’s face it, the rest of us want a slice of the thrift store pie that’s just for us – and à la mode while you’re at it! Style Encore is a Minnesota-based franchise family that includes Plato’s Closet, Once Upon a Child, and Play It Again Sports but geared toward those of us whose ten-year high school reunion is in our rearview mirror. A collective high-five, high-kick in our Badgley Mischkas for Kristi Paul, the Austin store’s owner manager and fashion visionary for this new Austin entrée.

The store may be only a size medium but it makes maximum use of space and first-class fixtures for a super-size thrift experience. All the usual categories are amply represented: tops – both long and short sleeve – skirts, pants, jeans, shorts, dresses, formal wear and shoes. Then there are the two walls of handbags, along with belts, jewelry, scarves and hats. Much like the tracing the direction of the alphabet at the library, the Thriftstress gets confused about where the next size starts (does she go around to the other side of the rack or look behind her?) but easy-to-find labels state price, size AND brand. Combine that practice with Style Encore’s angle-hung pants and roomy dressing rooms and the Diva of Discount could just kiss any of the attentive sales staff!

And speaking of those paid princesses of the price-cut, The Snicker wants to give credit where it is due – Style Encore may have the nicest and most professionally trained sales staff in town. It seems as though there are always four or five standing by, which means you don’t have to chase someone down to get help or search for a cashier when you’re ready to cash out. Better still, these gals are unfailingly friendly, helpful when you want it, but not hovering as though you’re going to bolt with the boho bag at any moment. I’ve seen them take every stitch off a mannequin at a customer’s request and re-hang armloads of dressing room rejects in such as way as to make you think that you’ve helped them check something off their personal bucket list. The Thriftstress sincerely hopes that future cost-cutting measures won’t result in an employee reduction as abundant staff is unusual enough to place Style Encore far apart from its competitors.

Unsurprisingly, much of their time is spent ringing up sales because fabulous finds are everywhere! Style Encore buys clothes for cash directly from customer sellers – no consignment or donations. Most items are upscale department store – think J. Jill, Gap, Macy’s, Ann Taylor and the soon to be late and lamented, Coldwater Creek. One might find a few Catos and Targets mixed in but what you won’t find is anything tired, poor or yearning to be free. In fact, The Snicker’s latest acquisition is a happening NWT polished cotton skirt with lace trim…and if the tag says Kohl’s, well, who cares! Prices are well below what might be expected in this immaculate store – skirts are generally $8 to $15, and dresses $11 to $20. On a recent visit two baskets of fashion forward bangles took a good bit of time to peruse and all were priced at either $5 or $6. A lovely coral Coach bag was $70 and currently Style Encore is running a buy one accessory item and get a second one for half price steal deal. On her very first visit The Snicker scored a pair of $14 pumps, $15 Ann Taylor pants, and a $5.99 set of bangle bracelets.

Really, this place has more positives than an obstetrician’s waiting room! Shoes are ordered by size and placed at eye level, clothes are displayed by size and color, and special attention is given to those among us both fly and fluffy. The round rack immediately inside the door features an ever-changing fashion theme whether a specific designer or store or fashion element. On her most recent visit it was White House, Black Market, but previously seen has been St. John’s knits and everything Radiant Orchid – Pantone’s 2014 color of the year.

You can stop, shop and sell Monday through Saturday from 10 to 8 and on Sunday from noon to 5 – 2929 West Anderson Lane. If you’re bringing clothes to sell, it may take a few hours before they can be looked at so plan accordingly. There’s plenty of parking, all major credit cards are accepted and there are always special promotions – many of which feature designer handbags! Stay Styling my friends, by signing up for their email list (Style-encorenorthaustin.com) and liking them on FB. Questions? Give them a shout at 512.592.0886.

Turning our attention to another thrift emporium, alas, the rumors have been confirmed – The G Spot Thrift Shop storefront on South Congress across from St. Edwards is no more. FB messages haven’t been returned so no further information other than a lot of liquidating on eBay.

As much as it pains the Discount Diva to admit it, she doesn’t know everything thrift. What are your favorite places and best bargains?

Until the next find!
The Thrifty Snicker

Cosmic Consignment

Just when the Thrifty Snicker thought the East side couldn’t get any hipper, a new consignment store on the thrift scene is emanating its own cosmic rays over A-town and beyond. Cosmic Consignment on east 7th Street is the love child of Michele Leeds and Curtis Uhlemann. Happily for Austin, this mother and son duo is no stranger to vintage and antique furniture, house-wares, clothes and other groovy accoutrements.

As Donald Draper himself might have said, if you don’t like the way your place looks, change where you shop! And shopping at Cosmic Consignment will definitely bring some cool to your crib with its emphasis on 60s and 60s-inspired furniture. But don’t be taking your time…decorators, nightclub owners and set designers have been known to come by Cosmic Consignment and buy up multiple pieces for their own projects. The sofa your Thriftstress lounged on this month during a shopping visit might be the same sofa you’ll spy her on with a dry martini and her latest love conquest next month at the next It Austin cocktail lounge. Currently there’s a 1960s hide-a-bed that could have come straight from the set of Mad Men, an awesome 70s-style round glass table with red and metal chairs, and a pink dresser priced at $215. Speaking of Mad Men, Cosmic Consignment currently has a complete set of Mancioli Black Cockerel dinner dishes as seen in the Thanksgiving episode – just $500. More turkey, Bob?

Although mod furniture anchors several seating vignettes throughout the store, interesting decorative pieces, lamps, artwork and other fun and funky pieces artfully clutter every nook and cranny. Your Mistress of Markdown isn’t the only vixen kicking up her Pierre Cardin kitten heels around the Merimikkos. Marilyn and Audrey cast their sultry glances over depression glass, a set of avocado green Tupperware (feel the burp!), a selection of skinny ties, a basket of old cigarette lighters, a vintage roulette table ($225) and an armoire stuffed with leather and letter jackets. Carefully selected contemporary pieces enhance, rather than detract from the vibe showing countless ways to mix the old and new for a unique look – think David Hicks. Vintage sports equipment like bicycles and water skies are a recent addition to the store’s inventory. But what if you’re looking for just the right retro end table or light fixture and Cosmic Consignment doesn’t have it? Don’t fret! Just make your entry in the store’s wish book, kept right there on the front counter, as Michele makes it her personal mission to match your fondest decorating desire with just the right piece the moment she finds it.

Musicians will get a pleasant surprise at Cosmic Consignment as a whole section of the store is devoted to guitars and music equipment. Michele’s brother, himself a musician, works to help local artists by creating a consignment space for their gear. Your Bargain Blogger is quite certain this is the only store in town where you can get your Jackson and your Jacobsen all in one stop!

The Austin east side has embraced Cosmic Consignment tighter than Ted and Peggy so check them out soon and often. Better still, consider consigning a vintage piece or two with them yourself. It’s a straightforward 90-day contract and you get the lion’s share of the 60/40 split. Just send a picture of what you have to cosmicconsign@gmail.com.

No need to go far out to get your far out – Cosmic Consignment is located at 2604 East 7th Street, west of North Pleasant Valley Road. Currently the store is open daily but there’s talk about closing one day a week starting in June. Get the scoop on FB or just call for an update at 512.547.6549. You can park in front of the store on one of the city’s new brick parking pads – right next to Azteca Mexican.

As much as it pains the Discount Diva to admit it, she doesn’t know everything thrift. What are your favorite places and best bargains?

Until the next find!
The Thrifty Snicker

Second Time Around

Now this is the kind of gambling the ever-thrifty Thrifty Snicker is willing to do! Browse a bright and clean store with upscale, designer and couture apparel, take your fashionable finds into one of the store’s roomy and cheerful dressing rooms, then look at the tag and see the date of the next markdown. Buy it now or take a chance of getting it for less? Welcome to Second Time Around, a delightful upscale consignment store at the corner of Burnet and Hancock – one of several thrifty destinations along the Burnet corridor. Established in 1974, this fashion mecca tags its clothes with date of arrival and the dates of each 30-day markdown along with the price now and after markdown. Your Bargain Blogger has June 1 circled on her date book for the Ralph Lauren jeans that will be priced at just $12.99 and fit like a dream. Will she miss out at the hands of a more impatient fashionista? Only time will tell!

Located at 5100 Burnet Road, Second Time Around sports a perky pink awning and shares space with Bus Stop Shop – a haven for cowgirl couture. In fact, depending on when you visit, the Bus Stop’s remodeled school bus may be parked right out front. STA’s narrow entry way surrounds you with shoes, gowns and eveningwear but when you can drag yourself away from those riches, a few more steps takes you to the main part of the store where clothes are divided by type and size. Racks are clearly marked by size, saving time and effort and the store gets an “A” in dressing rooms – large rooms with curtained drapes, cute signage and overhead windows that let in plenty of natural light.

“Thrifty” means something different to everyone so know before you go that this is discounted upscale clothing. The Snicker’s best buy, a Chico’s skirt for $8.99, represents the low end of their stock. You may find a DVF frock for $80 or, as was there on a recent visit, a Sound of Music-style Gucci straw hat for $150. The store’s current masterpiece-for-sale is a breathtaking YFA Makino gown, size 6, marked now at $750. Eat your heart out, Alicia Keys! And if you already have an addiction to designer handbags, consider yourself warned…you’ll need a 12-step program! A small room in the far corner houses the store’s vintage collection – much of it definitely vintage although some pieces were just dated. Whether or not you’re in the market for such apparel, be sure to take a look.

Some 10,000 consignees help keep Austin in discounted designer duds and you’re welcome to join their ranks if you’d like. Store employees will be happy to look at your items – clothes, shoes, accessories and jewelry – between 10:00 a.m. and noon on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Although not necessary, The Thriftstress recommends you call first to let them know you’re coming by so that they can be ready for you. Consignees get 40% of the sale unless the item is worth more than $200, in which case it’s a 50/50 split. Keep in mind that many things dictate what gets accepted for resale so don’t get your Journelle’s in a wad if they decline your current, upscale items. There’s always eBay!

The Diva of Discount has enjoyed every shopping experience at Second Time Around although a few online reviews have been a wee bit critical of less-than-friendly sales staff. Indeed, on two recent occasions sales staff seated at a work table just a few feet away failed to say hello or in any way acknowledge the Thrifty Snicker. A “hello” and “let me know if you have any questions” would go a long way toward Austin-friendly. However, a phone visit with the store manager couldn’t have gone better and Xochitl looks forward to welcoming you to Second Time Around where she started working at just 19. After leaving the store’s employ to go back to school, the lucky confluence of her graduation and the departure of the store’s current manager enabled her to return.

Give your wardrobe an upgrade to first class without breaking the bank this summer at Second Time Around. Open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., all major credit cards are accepted. Give them a call at 512.451.6845 or visit their website at http://www.secondtimearoundatx.com
and tell them you read about them on The Thrifty Snicker.

As much as it pains the Discount Diva to admit it, she doesn’t know everything thrift. What are your favorite places and best bargains?

Until the next find!
The Thrifty Snicker