Where to Take Your Unwanted Clothes to Make a Difference or Make Some Money

It’s that time of year again when the idea of spring cleaning becomes so fun and exciting that it’s impossible to resist!

There’s dusting off to be done, rooms to redesign, and fresh organizational tactics to try, and for some pieces that don’t make the cut this year, a new home is in order.

Goodwill is an easy drop off that most of us have close to home, but there also are a bunch of different Austin organizations and businesses you may not be as familiar with that make a difference in our community or can make you some money from your unwanted goods.

SELL

If you’re looking to sell items before donation, your first step is to determine what is sellable.

If you’re looking to strictly donate, skip this part and find your drop off spots below.

Sellable items from your closet will most likely fall into one of these categories:

  1. MODERN: Excellent condition pieces that are less than four years old.

  2. VINTAGE: Excellent condition pieces that are more than fifteen years old.

Once you have those two categories established, break down the modern pieces into subcategories.

  1. Fashion-forward, high-end designer pieces (i.e., Chloe, Isabel Marant, Alexander McQueen, Balmain, Valentino, Theory, Gucci, Lanvin, Helmut Lang…)

  2. Moderate or low-priced trend pieces (i.e., Rails, Equipment, Paige, Joe’s, Madewell, Nike, Michael Kors, Wildfox, Kendra Scott, Dolce Vita, Sam Edelman, A New Day, Wit & Wisdom, Caslon, BP., Halogen, TopShop, Leith)

If your modern pieces fall into subcategory “1”, take them here:

MOSS

If your modern pieces fall into subcategory “2”, take them here:

UPTOWN CHEAPSKATE

STYLE ENCORE

BUFFALO EXCHANGE

For all vintage pieces, take them here:

FEATHERS VINTAGE

PROTOTYPE VINTAGE

GARMENT

CHARM SCHOOL VINTAGE

Note: Some boutiques are by appointment only, so make sure to call ahead and arrange your visit before you get to the store.

DONATE

Once you’ve consigned or sold what’s possible, it’s time to make a big difference with your bag of items.

From the unsold items, separate items that can be used professionally from those that are more weekend appropriate.

For professional items, take them here:

Dress for Success

You can donate directly to the organization at their Austin location or you can take your donation to any Westbank Cleaners.  

(Dress for Success items must be on hangers, so make sure to hang them back up before delivery. Shoes and accessories can be placed in bags.)

For casual items or if you’re looking to donate solely at one spot, take them here:  

SAFE Donation Warehouse
1401 Grove Blvd, Austin, TX 78741

Now I would love to hear from you! Leave me a comment below and tell me your favorite place to consign your unwanted items in Austin.

Xx.

R

The Greer Guide to Austin: Prototype Vintage

Audrie San Miguel knows good vintage. A self-described lifelong vintage lover, and with beginnings in a rented space within Room Service Vintage back in the ‘90s, San Miguel has been a part of the Austin vintage scene for nearly two decades. As the owner of Prototype Vintage since 2005, she’s cultivated an Austin retail mainstay.

A look inside the South Congress vintage spot, Prototype Vintage, in Austin Texas.

An Austinite for 25 years, San Miguel came from humble beginnings. Raised in a low-income family in Corpus Christi, thrifting and repurposing items were concepts and skills she grew up with. She prides herself on Prototype’s mantra of “all killer, no filler!” as San Miguel and her staff strive to create a vintage selection that is well-curated, well-priced, and well-rounded. She has created a space in which there is so much (Prototype Vintage now occupies 1,600 square feet of space!), yet it still has an intimate feel of an impeccably curated vintage lover’s closet. From vintage tees to shoes and accessories to dresses and jumpsuits and now with a selection of vintage children’s clothing, there is literally something for everyone in the shop. When asked for a current favorite piece, San Miguel was hard pressed to choose just one.

Audrie San Miguel is the owner of local Austin shop, Prototype Vintage. 

Prototype Vintage has been in its current space for more than 13 years, and has witnessed the boom that Austin has experienced in that time along. Feathers Vintage opened up adjacent to Prototype at around the same time -- the shops were in fact originally part of the same space, separated only by a beaded curtain. The evolution that the neighborhood and the shop itself has undergone in the last decade-plus is astounding, and Prototype continues to grow and change along with its surroundings.

A shoe display in Austin local vintage shop, Prototype Vintage

Prototype started out selling predominantly vintage furniture and housewares, with only a tiny clothing selection. As San Miguel learned her market and discovered what sold the best, Prototype Vintage slowly became a mecca for almost exclusively vintage clothing. Prototype got into events styling for the music and film industries (San Miguel’s husband is an Austin music industry paragon and co-creator of seemingly sadly defunct Fun Fun Fun Fest). Though she still does some events styling here and there, San Miguel is very selective about the projects she undertakes, with the majority of her focus on sourcing and merchandising for the shop itself.

A colorful rack of t-shirts at Austin local shop, Prototype Vintage

With its signature lime green, can’t-miss-it storefront just steps from the constant bustle of South Congress, the ladies of Prototype Vintage are functionally ambassadors for the city of Austin, and it’s a role they happily embrace. A constant stream of tourists, locals, and the occasional celebrity come through the shop, and San Miguel and her staff are happy to answer questions about what to eat, where to catch a live show, and point customers to other vintage shops in town to find some treasures.

There are so many colorful pieces and accessories to shop at Prototype Vintage in Austin, Texas.

Prototype Vintage has has become a vintage shop that sets the trends rather than follows them. Their devotees know they can always come in and find something they adore, and the thrill of the hunt for stellar vintage style is a labor of love for Audrie San Miguel.

NOW WE WANNA KNOW, WHERE ARE YOUR FAVORITE SPOTS TO SHOP? LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW AND TELL US YOUR FAVORITE AUSTIN BOUTIQUE.

The outside view of local vintage Austin shop, Prototype Vintage

The Greer Guide to Austin is a bi-weekly column written and photographed by Liz Feezor of Liz Feezor Creative. 

Greer Image Consulting loves supporting local small business, and vintage style is a daily dose of self-expression that is truly unique, sustainable, and supports a network of men and women committed to bringing the best of past style into your wardrobe.