If you understood the Macklemore reference, then you already know what this is about.
Thrift store aren’t just places where you can purchase cheap clothes. Some thrift shops around Houston support a cause, want to raise awareness about a particular topic or provide special services to those who need it. When you buy clothes from these particular places, a percentage of the proceeds go to benefiting their charity.
For all you hipsters, bargainers or anyone open-minded enough to buy a stranger’s hand-me-downs, there are thrift shops galore in Houston. When shopping at these stores, you’ll get interesting and quirky styles you might not find at the mall—and for a cheaper price.
Sand Dollar Thrift Store: You never know what treasures you will find at here. With three locations around Houston, you can find new-ish things from high fashion clothes to vintage looks that never go out of style. They offer jewelry, shoes, accessories and more. Looking for a home makeover on a budget? They also offer discounted furniture, antiques, bedding, housewares and decor.
Value Village: This thrift shop is actually more of a thrift department store; it’s the size of a Walmart. From clothing and apparel to furniture and electronics, this place has it all. Think of ROSS Dress for Less, but cheaper. This thrift shop’s specialty is organizing all their clothing into styles, so buying matching clothes is a breeze. Clothing here is more sophisticated and adult-oriented. There are plenty around Houston, so check it out if you want clothing at a majorly discounted price.
Plato’s Closet: Finally, the ideal thrift store. When you take a look at Plato’s Closet, you’ll see the typical trendy: vintage clothes with a hippie-esque style for which thrift stores are known. Plus, you can get cash for the items you give. So clean out your closet, donate to Plato’s Closet for some fast cash and then use the money to buy their clothes: a win-win.
Goodwill: There’s one in almost every neighborhood. When you donate to Goodwill, you are supporting a business that not only resells clothes for a good price but donates portions of clothes to those in need. Goodwill employs almost 2,000 workers in Houston alone, with 62 stores in and around the city.
The Cottage Shop: This unique boutique is different than the typical thrift store. Located in Montrose, all of their revenue and donations benefit the non-profit organization, The Women’s Home. The Cottage Shop also strives to empower women around the community, and sponsors events and auctions to help raise money for various causes.
Charity Guild of Catholic Women: The title “thrift shop” doesn’t do justice for for what this business does. A large percentage of its profit goes to children who lack access to enough food, safe housing, affordable healthcare, adequate clothing and satisfactory education. The “Consignment Shop,” as they call it, is located on Westheimer, and accepts clothes, furniture and household goods as donations.
MAM Resale: Located on 1625 Blalock Road, Memorial Assistance Ministries is a boutique that has it all. Besides servicing the typical retail goods such as used clothing, MAM offers a generous amount of services catered toward helping families in need. From family assistance programs to education programs for children, MAM uses their profits for the greater good of Houston families.
DAV Thrift Store: The Disabled American Veterans, or DAV, thrift store on 4340 Griggs Road operates from donations of clothing and household items help support the activities of the DAV in the Houston area. Clothing and other essential items are provided by referral to veterans in need at no charge. Money generated by the stores helps fund DAV projects in the Houston area.
Salvation Army: Besides being a national thrift store, the Salvation Army provides adult rehabilitation services, veteran affairs assistance and combats human trafficking. Most Salvation Armies are able to pick up goods from your home, saving you trouble. Also, numerous Salvation Armies exist around the world, so if you are ever in another country, check out what clothes or hidden treasures they might have for cheap.
Blue Bird Circle: Located on 615 W. Alabama Road, this is a place to find mature, clean clothing that is not offered anywhere else. The purpose of this little thrift store is to raise funds for The Blue Bird Circle Clinic for Pediatric Neurology, The Blue Bird Circle Developmental Neurogenetics Laboratory and The Blue Bird Circle Rett Center.