1. Garland Road Thrift Store
The first stop on my tour was Garland Road Thrift Store (10030 Garland Rd. Dallas), a truly giant secondhand Mecca. My first impression was that the entire place smelled like Grandma‘s house. My second impression was, Whoa, look at all those jeans! Garland Road Thrift’s denim rack is a mile long, including some quality items that are very gently-priced. For example, when was the last time you paid $14 for Banana Republic jeans? The items can be a little dated and some digging is required, but it’s fun to listen to the ‘80s rock soundtrack and slowly peruse the selection. I scored a black leather skirt for $10, and the formal wear section would also be an excellent place to search for Halloween costume items or simple black dresses to spruce up to your taste. Overall, this store’s a little rough around the edges, but the women’s clothing selection is massive.
2. Tulis Thrift Store
3. Casa View Thrift
Casa View Thrift (2303 Gus Thomasson Rd., Dallas) was my favorite stop of the day, due to its perfect balance of well-organized selection, excellent pricing, and clean atmosphere.
Many items in the store still had their original tags, like a pair of Isaac Mizrahi for Target tuxedo pants priced at $3.43. The denim selection here was not quite as big as at Garland Road Thrift Store, but the items were of higher quality. I found pairs by both Armani ($4.94) and Ralph Lauren Denim ($3.43).This spot is also a great source for specific, unique items. Trench coat? Grab a vintage London Fog version, or current Banana Republic cast-off. Leather jackets? You’ll find them in a rainbow of colors. Black hobo purse with stud detailing? Find that one on the wall-of-bags. You get the idea. Finally, shoes, in particular, were pretty worn, but heavy on the boots and casual styles (which can be a great place to save some money). Overall, Casa View Thrift Store is not to be missed.
4. White Rock Center of HopeWhite Rock Center of Hope (10021 Garland Rd., #A, Dallas) offers a food pantry, transportation assistance, financial aid, and many other services to those in need. One way the Center funds these programs is through its Resale Shop, stocked with donated clothing and household items. While the selection isn’t as big as you might find elsewhere, the clothing is of good quality, and the atmosphere is inspiring. Founded in 1998 and completely run by volunteers, this store has brought in over $1.5 million for its parent organization over time. The clothing is well-priced, upscale, and all of your money goes directly to the Center. (All photos, credit DFW Style Daily)