It was so pretty last weekend that your Thriftstress decided to take a road trip! If there’s a more charming town of 6,000 friendly folks than Marble Falls, I’m sure Her Thriftiness’ head was down inside a box of promising looking accessories and she was too busy to notice. How can you resist a town that advertises a haunted restaurant, Joe Ely coming soon, a rock and roll sing-along, and a darling thrift shop all in one block!
A hop, skip and a jump off the town square, penny-pinching literati will find the Library Thrift Store, which supports the Marble Falls Public Library. Now if you don’t think thrift stores make the world go-round, this one paid for both the town’s public library, now six years old, and the building that houses the store itself. That’s a whole lotta tax dollars saved.
Fayrene and Grady were my most pleasant hosts and gave me the store scoop. If they had manned the check-out desk at my local library when I was growing up that incident with the dictionary would never have happened! But delightful conversation does not deter the Thrift-meister for long. This castle of economy calls out with stylish displays, roomy racks and prices that won’t have you rolling your eyes. $6 – $7 seemed the sweet spot for most of the clothing. A brand new Ralph Lauren long sleeve knit could be had for $6.50 as could all the jeans and quality tops. A rack of resort-style jackets were priced at under $15. Label lovers will find plenty of Talbots, Ann Taylor, Chico’s and Coldwater Creek. Outdoorsy fashionistas will have their LL Bean and Lands’ End. The shop could teach its competition a thing or two about pricing clothes to sell.
The Thriftstress was unable to find a single garment with a spot or stain – never a deal-breaker when the deal is good enough – but a pleasant change from hunting through racks of grimy cast-offs. Another surprise was the large selection of pretty nighties and robes for under $10.
Hard as it was to draw the Discount Diva’s attention away from the strappy pair of Gianni Binis marked at only $5 dangling from her fingers, Fayrene pointed out the sign that announced this week’s 50% off color tag and 50 cent color tag. Not surprising given the reasonable prices, Her Thriftiness found few of the coveted colored tags. Displaying the discount sign more prominently would be a good move as the Snicker had already combed most of the racks by that point.
The house-ware shelves were pretty bare but the deal of the day was a beautiful turquoise oriental carpet for only $75. A nice selection of books and a good-sized men’s department (just clothes, no men) took time to peruse. Had there been any eligible bachelors in the store, they would probably have been found near the side wall featuring $3 golf clubs and $5 golf bags.
Wanna go? The Library Thrift Shop is only three blocks off of 281 at the corner of 3rd and “J” Street. Shopping hours are Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Volunteer sorters are on duty from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to accept your gently used donations. The shop doesn’t have a website – only a snippet of information on the library’s webpage at http://www.marblefallslibrary.org.
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