St. Michael’s Academy Thrift Shoppe

Just as spring flowers are popping up all over our fair city, so are new thrift stores! The Thrifty Snicker seems to be noticing a new one every time she gets into the thriftmobile and takes a drive. Your bargain blogger will most certainly be getting the scoop on the new shops on Stassney, east 7th Street, and Montoplis Drive and will report back in future blog posts.

In the meantime, Recycled Reads (reviewed August, 2013) will be celebrating its 5th anniversary on March 1st and 2nd at 5335 Burnet Road from noon to 6:00 p.m both days. Most fittingly, paper is the 5th anniversary gift so enjoy paper craft workshops while listening to the music of Jesse Sublett and Joe Blanda & Two-Day Suitcase.

While new stores are always exciting, the Thriftstress is happy to review one of Austin’s old timers – St. Michael’s Academy Thrift Shoppe at 5907 Burnet Road, on the northeast corner of Burnet and East Koenig.

This little sweet spotte of a shoppe opened in September, 1989 at the request of Monsignor McCabe who was director of St. Michael’s Academy at the time. Although styles have changed in the ensuing 25 years, the store’s mission to raise scholarship money for the nearby Catholic school has not and the Academy continues to serve boys and girls from grades 9 through 12.

Although small, the store’s clothing selection is up-to-date and the Diva of Discount seldom notes the same garments she admired on a previous visit. The thrift rule rules here: if you see an item of clothing you like, grab it. And that is especially true this very moment as all clothes are 50% off at least through the weekend!

You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how much merchandise is packed neatly in this relatively small shop. On her last visit the Snicker found plenty of Liz and Talbots and a lovely Liz Baker pantsuit ($14.95) that she passed on with the greatest of reluctance. There’s a nice selection of larger sizes and lots of cute sleepwear. Of particular note is an especially large selection of first quality wedding dresses making St. Michael’s a sensible stop for the budget-minded bride. And for those a bit more on the assertive side, this place may be the only thrift store with a selection of martial arts belts in every hue. The Thrifty Snicker awarded herself a black belt in budget right there in the store!

Much of the merchandise likely comes from families with kiddos in St. Michael’s so lots of sports equipment, shoes with cleats, golf clubs, ski gear and as of this moment, a like-new punching bag with gloves for $39.95. Men’s clothing is on the casual side leaning toward sportswear and dress down Friday. You’ll find a limited selection for the little ones but all the categories are covered here albeit in somewhat limited fashion – toys, books, shoes, holiday merchandise, electronics, house-wares, soft goods and decorative items (and new gerbil cage with all the bells and whistles). A couple of darling Valentine-themed plates were just 95¢ each and as it was post-V-day, half price of that. Overall, prices are reasonable, the store itself unusually clean and well organized, and the staff very friendly. Wait a minute….did the Thrifty Snicker say “staff?” Au contraire! There’s no staff here my thrift friend; this pleasant place is run entirely by volunteers and they would love for you to be a part of the team!

The St. Michael’s Board President, Toni, isn’t the only world leader the Thrifty Snicker has on speed dial but she’s the queen bee of this particular establishment and was happy to share about the Thrift Shoppe. In particular they are looking for marketing and communication outreach volunteers so if you know your way around WordPress or can manage a marketing campaign, give Toni a call at the store – 512.323.2001.

You can shop OR donate gently used goods (no computers or printers, please) six days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. All credit cards are accepted but be a good thrift shopper and bring plenty of cash so these good Samaritans don’t have to pay a credit card fee. There’s ample parking in this strip center with its tidy line of blue awnings. The store doesn’t have a website (can you help with that?) but is on FB so show some love and give ‘em a like.

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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