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Thrift-ish, a new Austin nonprofit run by women, aims to help women in need

Thrift-ish recycles secondhand clothing for donations.

AUSTIN, Texas — A pop-up shop in southeast Austin was all the rage at the homeless camp off U.S. 183 on Tuesday morning.

A woman named Dalzell found a pair of jeans, pajama pants and some bras.

"It's amazing. It's amazing. It's inspiring and ... makes us happy and also nice to have clean clothes 'cause we haven't had any clothes washed for a long time," Dalzell said.

Another woman also found several items.

"Oh good, I found quite a few things. Thank you, Lord," she said as she looked through the clothing racks.

Those words of relief and gratitude came after Marcella Lopez and two volunteers brought several bins of clothing and shoes to the camp.

"We're a group of women helping women through the love of second-hand fashion," Lopez said.

What started out as a blog for Lopez has turned into a passion for helping a community in need. The donations are part of her new nonprofit, Thrift-ish, which she launched last year but debuted last month. 


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While Lopez called the impromptu clothing giveaway Tuesday morning a "pop-up shop," she isn't accepting a dime for any of it.

Volunteer Wini Griffin said another goal of Thrift-ish is to lift up others.

"It builds their confidence. I don't know if you've seen some of the ladies, they get pieces and they just light up," Griffin said.

Because looking good makes you feel good. KVUE saw that firsthand when one of the ladies picked out a new pink hat for herself.

"Yes! We are so adorable," she said.

Griffin said she also volunteers because she identifies with the women out at the camp.

"I've also been homeless in my life, so it's like a whole another level of understanding of what these people are going through," Griffin said.

As word spreads that Thrift-ish is on-site, volunteers hope they'll be able to help more. 

If you'd like to donate to Thrift-ish, visit their website.

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