Houston Thrift Stores: Where to Buy and Where to Sell
Recycling and upcycling have become increasingly prevalent, so why shouldn’t that extend to our furniture, clothing, and home goods? Resale and thrift stores contain a treasure trove of interesting pieces, many times in good or excellent condition, especially if you know how to hunt around. Whether you are searching for some new outfits, an old book, or maybe something more obscure, you never know exactly what you might find in Houston thrift stores.
Thrift shopping is a fun venture anytime of year, but it can be especially useful during back-to-school season, which is currently fast approaching. Sometimes it feels like kids can grow a size overnight, so why not let resale help take some of the strain out of those growth spurts? Check out our guide on where to buy, donate, or sell and prepare to get thrifty.
The Lowdown on Low Prices
Open since 1961, the selection at St. Christopher’s Resale Shop in Spring Branch changes daily, so don’t be afraid to stop by frequently to see what cool new items have arrived. Proceeds go to support many local causes, with Houston Hospice being one of their main partner charities.
Stop by The Cottage Shop in Montrose and enjoy 50% off regular clothing items on Mondays (items from the boutique section are excluded). The store provides job training for residents of the Women’s Home and supplies a portion of the organization’s income. On August 24th they will be hosting their 8th annual Renew and Redo Fashion Show.
Open Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 6:30 pm, MAM Resale’s hours are a bit more accommodating for those working the typical nine-to-five. While they have a variety of offerings, the selection of books is truly amazing. Be sure to follow their Facebook page to stay up-to-date on frequent sales!
The Guild Shop in Hyde Park is an excellent place if you are looking for some high-end items. In fact, designer shoes and handbags are often found here. Keep in mind this means prices won’t necessarily be as low as you might expect, but you’ll still find some great deals on what would normally be expensive items. Proceeds go to help elderly in need in the local community.
Midtown Replay Vintage Goods offers an alternative shopping experience, in more ways that one. They keep unusual hours, making it a fun excuse for some late night shopping. They specialize in vintage and retro items and are open Thursday through Saturday from 9 pm to 2 am and Sunday from 4 pm to 10 pm. Its sister store, The Place Upstairs, is open just as late and focuses on more unusual items. This place is truly “a lovely and haunting vortex of the weird and wonderful.”
New Life Trading Post is perfect for those who like to shop ’til you drop. Rice Brothers Coffee Co. located right inside the store has you covered for when you start to get weary. Proceeds from the store help support Spirit Key, a non-profit that assists over 1,500 people per year and focuses on helping veterans, former inmates, and the homeless transition into the workforce.
With one store in south Houston and another location in Alvin, DAV Thrift Store provides a solid selection of unique finds at very reasonable prices. Take advantage of customer appreciation day discounts that happen every Wednesday at the Houston location and every Saturday in Alvin. Profits go to support Disabled American Veterans in the Houston metropolitan area, and clothing and other related items are provided to veterans in need at no charge.
If you’re an animal-lover, then The Purple Cat Resale, Thrift, and Consignment Shop is definitely for you. Profits go to help homeless animals and local rescue organizations. Spanning two buildings, the store is a just the right blend of men and women’s clothing and knick knacks of every variety.
Where to Donate
Any of the stores listed above will also take donations, but guidelines on what is accepted do vary by store—make sure to check the stores’ websites before bringing anything in. Bigger stores typically get more donations, due to greater visibility. We recommend also reaching out to a smaller, local store first to see if they are in need. Another great rule of thumb when deciding where to donate is to pick a shop that contributes to causes or charities you support.
Where to Sell
We’ve told you where to go for the best buys, but resale shops can also be a great place to make some money by selling some of your own unwanted items. Consignment shops typically have stricter guidelines than straight donations, so make sure to research the website for accepted items and times consignments are accepted. Here are a few places you can try:
● Blue Bird Circle accepts furniture and in-season clothing. Consignors receive 60% when an item sells, and the remaining 40% goes to The Blue Bird Circle Clinic for Pediatric Neurology at the Texas Children’s Hospital.
● The Walk-In Closet is an upscale consignment shop in Katy that accepts current and name brand women’s, men’s, and children’s clothing and accessories. Consignors receive 40% of the pre-tax purchase price.
● The Guild Shop, mentioned above, pays consignors two-thirds of the selling price on items and accepts artwork, clothing, furniture, household, jewelry, and rugs.
We hope you enjoy going treasure-hunting in some of Houston’s amazing thrift shops. Bring along a friend or family member and make a day of it!
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