Plano, Texas is a close to idyllic setting for young families. Close to major employers and flush with top-rated schools, the city is constantly attracting new residents. However, it doesn’t take long to see that almost everyone here has a seemingly endless supply of designer doodads, from clothing to home furnishings. The more budget-minded among us may at first feel that Plano isn’t for them, but not to worry! Here are some of the best thrift and consignment stores in Plano, guaranteed to wring more from your nickels:
Goodwill Industries (6104 Alma Drive): The mainstay of thrift shoppers everywhere, Plano’s Goodwill store has lots of clothing for men, women, and kids, though the infant and toddler selections can be sparse. Lots of books, both hardcover and soft, and LPs, for those of you who remember what those are. Make sure to ask which items are on sale – there is a new promotion every week.
Crissa’s Closet (3131 Custer Road): a fundraising arm of Hope’s Door, which benefits Collin County’s domestic abuse victims, Crissa’s Closet is small compared to other thrift shops, but the clothes and shoes are designer gems. Crissa’s also carries handbags and jewelry, and its volunteer staff is friendly and helpful.
Plato’s Closet (832 W. Spring Creek Pkwy.): Plato’s Closet caters to teens, both male and female. Selections are the latest trends and most popular brands with teens, such as Abercrombie, Hollister, and Rampage.
Plato’s Closet also carries shoes, jewelry, room decor and accessories.
Plano Thrift (2505 Avenue K): Here you will find the largest selection of clothing for every age group, as well as linens, shoes, toys, and home decor items. Be sure to sign up for the mailing list at the cash register – Plano Thrift sends out advance notice of its sales. Don’t miss the designer handbag case!
Once Upon a Child (7200 Independence Pkwy.): This is a required stop for label-minded parents, with an ample selection of every desirable brand for both boys and girls. Browse through a huge selection of previously-owned toys (there’s a play area for your children too). Don’t miss the video and books section, and if you’re expecting, the furniture bargains are some of the best in the city. Make sure to ask for a frequent shopper card to be stamped with minimum purchases.