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Shop Like a Pro: Texas Taxes and Bargain Shopping

Texas Tax Back Program

How to Receive the Refund

Foreign travelers can receive a refund on sales tax for items purchased in Texas. You must purchase the merchandise in San Antonio within 30 days of departure from the U.S. and present it for rebate at tax back locations around the city.

Bargain Shopping

San Antonio has some great vintage, resale stores and flea markets. Treasure hunting at these stores can yield some unusual finds. If it's outlet shopping you're looking for, two nearby major outlets are a destination unto themselves, with hundreds of stores.



Of course you'll visit Historic Market Square, the biggest Mexican market outside Mexico, because it's a must see. But just around the corner, you might want to step into the Goodwill store. It has great vintage items, but be sure to check out the area called Julia’s Attic, which features donations by Junior Leaguers.

North Central

West Olmos
The West Olmos area has a funky vibe with authentic thrift stores. Otra Vez features high-end women’s resale and new boutique items. If you time it right, you might just score an amazing handbag and/or shoes. Buffalo Exchange offers new and resale clothing for the younger crowd. Go vintage at Endless Possibilities with clothing and housewares that are both fun and unique. And stop in Off My Rocker, which sells antique and furniture consignments of every style.

West Avenue
This is thrift-store alley with some of San Antonio’s best-kept thrift store secrets. The Assistance League Thrift House gets most donations from Assistance League members as well as items left from garage and estate sales—you won’t leave this shop empty-handed. Roy Maas’ Youth Alternatives Thrift Shop features great items for the family as well as a big selection of records and CDs.

Flea Markets


The San Antonio Current, the city's alternative weekly and cultural arbiter, polls readers every year and compiles a best-of list, which Bussey's Flea Market perennially tops. Over 500 vendors sell everything from vintage lunch boxes to Cuban cigars.



Newer to the flea market world is Traders Village—is it a swap meet, a treasure hunt, a county fair or a shopping complex? Whatever it is, you won't be wanting: 1,000 vendors, live music, rides and festivals like the Chili Cookoff and the Native American Pow Wow.

Outlet Malls

Two regional outlet malls, right next to each other, are less than an hour northeast of San Antonio. A shuttle service leaves from downtown San Antonio or the San Antonio International Airport and takes you round-trip to either mall.

SP_san-marcos-premium-outlets.jpgThe 140 stores at the San Marcos Premium Outlets include Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Gucci, Fendi, Victoria's Secret, Tory Burch, True Religion, Ed Hardy, Nike Factory Store, Polo Ralph Lauren, Coach and more all at savings of 25% to 65% every day.

Tanger Outlets has more than 100 of the world' s most popular brand name and designer outlet stores such as: Calvin Klein, American Eagle Outfitters, Banana Republic, Seiko, Eddie Bauer, Champion, Disney Store, Fossil, Old Navy, Tommy Hilfiger, Nautica, Kenneth Cole, Skechers and many more!