About Treasure City Thrift

Treasure City is a zero-waste worker-run thrift store at 2142 E. 7th St. in East Austin. The consensus-based collective of this 16 year economic experiment cultivates and nurtures solidarity with local grassroots and social justice groups and makes goods accessible to all people. 

Treasure City is horizontally-run; there are no bosses here. The staff works closely with each other and are jointly responsible for maintaining the store, the collective, the organization, and furthering our mission. We operate by consensus and strive to create a workplace where everyone’s time and labor is valued, respected and honored. We share the hard work, the fun stuff, and the POWER✊🏾✊🏽✊🏼

Our mission: 

To make goods accessible to all people and engage in solidarity with local grassroots groups working for radical social change.

Treasure City is looking for a new collective member! This is a part-time position for 20 hours per week.  

The work is retail and materials processing; assisting customers, sorting incoming and outgoing donations, creating and maintaining displays and storage, sales and special events, promotion, and solidarity work with the groups we support.  

After an apprenticeship of six months, the position could include administrative duties like bookkeeping, communication, organizational planning, etc.

We are accepting applications on a rolling basis until our collective needs are met.

People of Color, queer folks, historically marginalized folks, and radically-minded individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.


Collective Member Job Description

Weekend and evening availability is a must! The pay starts at $16 per hour with potential pay raise after six months.

We are looking for someone who is interested in building this organization with us over the long-term.

Benefits include up to 4 weeks paid time off, a health stipend, dental and vision after a waiting period, flex-time, the option to complete some work from home, 20% discount on all store merchandise and a supportive work environment which values the sustainability and well-being of each employee. 

We work very hard, but derive a huge amount of satisfaction from our jobs. There are many opportunities to learn new skills, work creatively to develop new ideas around reuse and mutual aid, connect with radical organizations and support their work, gain experience with consensus process and cooperative business, and help shape the future of Treasure City. We look forward to talking with you!


Minimum Requirements

  • Experience or interest in horizontally-run projects and workplaces
  • Dedication to the mission of Treasure Citywillingness to work hard to make it happen!
  • Experience or interest in working with a wide variety of people
  • Experience with and interest in learning about an anti-oppression framework
  • Ability and willingness to participate in regular discourse on recognizing, addressing, and dismantling anti-Blackness 
  • Ability to work independently and manage your own time in a busy environment, completing a variety of customer service, physical, and administrative tasks
  • Ability and willingness to lift up to 30 lbs. repeatedly
  • Ability and willingness to work on your feet for most of the day
  • Ability and willingness to withstand heat, cold, rude customers, chaos, working outdoors, and gross stuff
  • Weekend, weekday, and some holiday availability



  • Bilingual (Spanish and English)
  • Relationships with local organizations, neighborhoods, or communities


Additional qualifications

All of these would be helpful, though none are required. We will train the right person.

  • Building/construction/maintenance skills
  • QuickBooks online, general accounting knowledge
  • Experience in any of the following:

– Anti-racist organizing

– Retail and other service industries

– Merchandising and display

– Non-profit management

– Financial planning

– Reuse and waste diversion

– Cooperative workplace development

– Small business management

– Promotion, publicity, event production

– Web and print design

– Consensus process

– Tech and Computer Knowledge


To apply:

Treasure City Employment Application