For non-Texans, “College Station” doesn’t sound like the name of a real place, but to Texans, it’s the beloved home of Texas A & M University which means COLLEGE FOOTBALL!  The all-caps are for my Texan friends; we went there for hockey recently and while we in town, I browsed a couple local thrift shops!

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Aggies are serious business here in Texas!

College Station is northwest of Houston, about an hour and a half away from Katy so it’s totally doable to plan a day trip for some sports and thrifting! I did not fully explore the city’s thrift offerings – we had a game to get to after all – but I managed to hit two little thrift stores.

Alice’s Attic Thrift Store in College Station

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The entrance to Alice’s Attic is on the side street.

Alice’s Attic is a non-profit little thrift shop and has all the fixin’s that us thrift hunters love! Housewares, furniture, clothing, shoes, and interesting decor!

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I truly enjoy seeing the care and attention that little thrift stores put into their space! Love it!
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The housewares section is in a separate room at the back part of the store.
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And the furniture was in a big room on the right and featured more, er, creative decor. (“Smoke brisket, not drugs.”)
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There was a good selection of men’s, kids’ and women’s clothing. I saw some decent labels like Nanette Lepore and all the usuals like Loft, J Jill, Ann Taylor and the like.
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Some truly vintage jeans! Not sure I’ll ever be ready to wear these (again)!
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There were hats…
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AND WIGS!
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And bags including this one which is quintessential Texas!
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I debated over this D&G tote but I couldn’t verify its authenticity so I left it behind.
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There was a fair shoe selection. I cried that these weren’t in my size!
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In true little thrift style, the fitting room sitch was… interesting. It was actually in the staff bathroom! I ended up trying a couple things: a too-small dress and this dark floral top which followed me home for $3!
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And here it is styled up with my $1.75 Lilla P wide-legged cropped chambray pants, $15 Korkease clogs, and $4.50 Fossil bag!

As with most little thrift shops, the prices were great with most items between $3 – $7 and designer or fancy pieces a bit higher and the proceeds of sales go to local missions. Alice’s Attic is well worth a stop the next time you’re in College Station!

Sweet Repeat Resale In College Station

Next up, we drove around the corner and stopped in at Sweet Repeat Resale which was… an interesting experience.

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Sweet Repeat Resale in College Station

The store was jam packed with clothes and other treasures and…

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A kitty cat! So cute, made me miss my rescue cat Puddles who stayed back in Canada.

The owner of Sweet Repeat was very friendly and the prices were great! For a buck a piece, I scored a NWT Old Navy tee (but neglected to get a photo) and a summer Umgee top for my sister that I *thought* would have lured her here by now!

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I could have spent more time in this little thrift shop!

What I liked best about Sweet Repeat was seeing a small business owner doing her thing, making a go of her passion. That’s reason enough for me to shop there and I will surely stop in next time I go to College Station.

I could have gone to Goodwill or a bigger chain second hand store, but I’m so glad I explored little thrift stores instead! It gives you such a good feel for a community and is always interesting! If you are from College Station or have visited, which thrift store should I visit next time?!

xoxo Nicole

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2 Comments

  1. Cute stores, and they look SOOOO Texan! Nice finds, too! I would’ve been tempted by that hat display. 🙂 I like finding the quirky little original stores, too, especially when the owner seems to have tastes similar to mine — they can be like little treasure troves!

    • They really do have the Texan vibe! I wish I had had more time in those stores and I agree wholeheartedly – little thrift stores have so much character!

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