Dear Ones! Your bargain blogger humbly apologizes for the delay in this review. She so proudly posts on the 10th and 25th of each and every month and somehow the time just flew by! Perhaps some of it can be blamed on the time she spent admiring her newest thrift acquisition – a fabulous silk and nylon autumn skirt by Wyeth by Todd Magill. It’s gorgeous and just in time for the change in temps. But better late than never…on to the review!
The G-Spot has moved! Oh, go ahead and joke, but don’t miss this terrific thrift store in its new and larger digs on South Congress across from St. Edwards University. “Thrift store” doesn’t do the place justice what with vintage pieces, upscale designer wear, funky fashions, and nostalgic house-wares and decorative pieces.
Apparently size does matter with this G-Spot since shopping at the former location left the Thrifty Snicker with an uninspired vibe. Seemed like the store was trying to be too many things and doing none of them well but in the larger locale everything feels just right. Next to Nia Space (now Open Lotus Studio), The G-Spot sports a boutique feel with racks of upscale women’s clothes including evening gowns, sexy sleepwear, select vintage pieces, the best selection of LBDs in town, jewelry and fabo handbags. Look elsewhere for shorts, tees and sportswear; most of the selection is for work, dressy occasions or to help you put together a look that is uniquely Austin. Creative fashionistas, students, and the art set will find inspiration on every hanger!
Prices reflect the care in selection and display – Proprietress Gigi calls it “no-sift thrift.” Consignments are not accepted at The G-Spot; most pieces come from high-end estate sales. Generally prices are in line with the boutique feel of the store (and the $5 rack outside is definitely worth a second look) but a few things seemed a little more optimistic than warranted. The Chadwicks of Boston skirt at $25 was overpriced as were some of the decidedly worn women’s shoes. But a nice pair of Steve Madden wedges was priced at $16.99 and a Jones of New York leather coat for $89. For $22.99 Her Thriftiness snatched up the above-mentioned designer skirt and headed straight for the check-out.
But puzzling prices don’t deter the Diva of Discount for long. The G-Spot’s best feature is the store owner and operator, head buyer, merchandise manager and the Thriftstress’ new BFF – Gigi! This whiskey-voiced vixen of value makes shopping a pleasure and every customer a personal friend. The “G” in G-Spot is a play on her own name and an adaptation from her original idea of opening GoGo Garage. Unfortunately Austin didn’t deliver the right garage / workshop space for this former television producer and talent manager, so The G-Spot seemed like a better name for more convention retail space.
Gigi’s not finished with the build-out but as soon as that’s been satisfied the next project is the Man Cave in the basement. The Thriftstress got a personal tour and she predicts it’s going to be a hit. It will serve as a hang-out space for the guys while the women shop but will also feature the men’s clothing – heavy on the vintage – as it seems that the men may be savvier vintage enthusiasts than their female counterparts. The G-Spot’s new motto may be “Keep Austin Groovy!”
Need help locating The G-Spot? Look no further than 3216 South Congress, open from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. every day but Tuesday. Phone is 512.689.9802. Parking is good and all major credit cards are accepted. The store’s website is www.thegspotaustin.com and will link you to Gigi’s online store and auctions.
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