Our Purpose

Treasure City is organized for solidarity 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! (Click here to see donation guidelines.) 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.


Collective Inspiration

Below are links to groups, books, movements, and other grassroots, collective projects and events that have shaped and continue to sculpt who we are and, consequently, what Treasure City Thrift is:

Affinity Group Organizing
AK Press
Anarchist Soccer
Anti-Globalization Movement
Battle of Seattle (1999 WTO Protests)
The Cooperative Movement
Common Ground Relief
Cream City Collective
Consensus decision-making
Deacons for Defense
East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse
Educators for Change
Free Stores/Shops
Globalize Liberation, the book
Haymarket Affair & Mayday
Horizontalism, the book
WW2 Italian Partisan Movement
KPWR Community Radio, Austin
Mondragon Cooperative Movement, Spain
Monkeywrench Books, Austin
Network of Bay Area Worker Coops
NYMAA (New York Metro Alliance of Anarchists) Organizational Structure
Olympia Free School (WA)
Portland Alliance of Worker Collectives
Radical Encuentro Camp, Texas
Really Really Free Market on wikipedia
Rhizome Collective, Austin
San Francisco Diggers
Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) / The Weather Underground
Spanish Anarchists
Spanish Civil War
US Federation of Worker Owned Coops
Women’s Action to Gain Economic Security
We Build the Road as We Travel, the book
Worker Coperatives
Yellow Bike Project, Austin
Zapatistas & Zapatismo
Zapatistas’ Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle