Remar USA

Nestled between the corporate offices for the YMCA and a used car lot (We Finance Regardless of Credit!) sit two buildings with an olio of furniture stacked in front of each.

Fear not, thrift shopper! Just pull in between the two edifices to economy, park somewhere against the wall, and you’ve found Remar USA – a Christian Outreach Ministry at 1410 E. Cesar Chavez, 78702.

Know this – the Diva of Discount holds a special place in her heart, not to mention hand sanitizer in her purse, for those shops that have their grime game on! This is not the place for the meticulous or the germaphobe. Go up the ramp past the assortment of water-skis, to a series of small rooms cluttered with clothes, house-wares, bric-a-brac and miscellany. Few of the items for sale carry a price tag which annoys Her Thriftiness to no end, but Juan is on site and ever-willing to make you a deal.

Clothes are generally $1-$3. You probably aren’t going to stumble across any couture but Her Thriftiness did look long and hard at some very stylish wedges and a Donney & Bourke handbag. Some tempting vintage picture frames had just arrived at the time of her last visit, and there were a stack of high quality full length mirrors at a tiny faction of retail. During a previous visit Her Thriftiness spotted an adorable tea kettle in the shape of a dragon and an unopened box of Yankee Candle votives.

Based on her keen powers of observation, The Thriftstress thinks furniture is the big seller here.  She saw the same house-wares on multiple visits but the furniture selection was different every time.  A super clean, cream-colored sofa and love seat set was priced at $165, a nice five-foot bookshelf for $15 and a glass top dining table with four chairs for $135.  Wander around outside for bed frames, lawn equipment, the guts of a piano and most interesting of all, three water catchment barrels.

Your purchases help support Remar’s drug and alcohol rehab program.  And they’ll help you help them by picking up your donations if you call 512.482.0797.  The website doesn’t offer much about the Austin location but you can read more about Remar USA at www.remarusa.org.  The dusty doors of this Austin thrift store are open Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Bring cash, preferably small bills – cards and checks aren’t accepted, and based on experience, Juan doesn’t utilize an opening bank with which to make change.

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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