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Treasure City Thrift

 

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Our Purpose

Treasure City is organized for solidarty not charity purposes, and/or educational or scientific purposes, including;

  • protecting the environment by transforming waste into resources which benefit our communities,
  • educating the public about alternative economic structures,
  • educating the public about zero waste,
  • providing community space for historically marginalized communities,
  • inspiring art and creativity,
  • making local and donated goods available and affordable for all people,
  • and providing support to other organizations to build a just and sustainable society

The Most Affordable Thrift Store In Austin

At Treasure City, we believe that thrift stores by definition should be thrifty. So we are. By selling items in our store at lower prices than other local retail and thrift shops, we are affordable to all, opening our doors to a truly diverse set of folks. And unlike other thrift stores, we work towards zero-waste: we throw away as little as possible, we partner with Ecology Action to recycle whatever we can, and we give away unsold items each month at the Really Really Free Market. We are a constantly evolving hybrid of many things such as:

• Affordability
• Community & Events space
• Infoshop
• Non-Profit Business
• Reuse & Waste Reduction Center
• Really Really Free Market
• Monthly 25c Sale
• An experiment in alternative economics

The store is collectively organized. There are no bosses here! We are supported entirely by donations from our community! From the items you donate, we try to reuse and resell as much as possible. To further divert waste from the landfill, we have a comprehensive recycling program developed with Ecology Action. We hope this project will be an inspiration and model for other groups to replicate. We welcome your questions and comments.