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TGWIF: Thrifting Austin with Goodwill Boston

thrifting austin with goodwill boston

This past week, my dear friend Tara — my former Managing Editor for Shoestring and partner in crafts for DIY Boston — came to visit me in Austin for a few days of co-working, creative collaborating, eating, drinking, and, of course, thrifting. Boy, did we thrift. And eat. And drink. Repeat.

tara bellucci goodwill austin

We had to: Jo’s Coffee for Belgian Bombers; selfies in NWT Goodwill finds; avocado margaritas at Curra’s. Seriously, that top was NWT from Lucky Brand, original tag said $69.50 – I scored it at Austin Goodwill on South Lamar for $5.99!

When I left Boston for Austin, Tara took over my social media partnership with Goodwill Boston, so of course we had to do the full tour of my favorite downtown Austin Goodwill stores while she was here in Texas. And other secondhand and vintage shopping of all kinds. (More later this weekend for updates from our trips to Uncommon Objects, Metier Austin, The Distillery Market pop-up at Hacienda, Prize, and Uptown Cheapskate.)

tara goodwill austin haul

First and foremost, we made the rounds to the 10th & Lamar Store, which I knew Tara would appreciate as the original home of Whole Foods back in 1978 (she’s a food writer and one of the co-founders of the Boston Food Swap), where we found an awesome canvas map of downtown Austin for $3.99. Next up was the South Lamar Store, where Tara fell in love with the unique Texan finds that show up in Goodwill auctions, like an authentic gently-loved Western saddle. Last but not least, we headed over to the “Gucci Goodwill” on Lake Austin Boulevard, where Tara scored a fabulous haul of spring pieces to take back to Boston, where warm weather has finally (FINALLY!) arrived.

Did you score anything awesome at Goodwill this week? Love to hear from you! Can’t wait to share some of my personal finds after the Austin Fashion Week finale tomorrow. Have a great weekend!