When beads of sweat freckle your brow and the pitter patter of your pulse starts to quicken, you’re in for the thrill of the chase. The deals lurk all around just waiting to be captured. Deft hands dig through bins and scheming eyes scan the shelves. Feet skid to a halt and squeals of excitement blare through the room. The sound of victory.
Success booms throughout Austin’s vintage and thrift stores. No matter what specialty item you seek, you’re sure to find it in one of these treasure troves. Clear your calendar and peruse the depths of these bountiful boutiques. This kind of shopping excursion isn’t one to be taken lightly.
Uncommon Objects is more like a museum than an antique store (if museums changed their inventories every few weeks). Taxidermied animals stare through their glass eyes, and dusty books ache to be opened. The items in this store have an uncanny way of calling out to you. A rustic painting of an owl in a distressed wooden frame? Why yes, this is exactly what I need for my apartment.
St. Vincent de Paul Society
Across the street from South Congress’s quirky antique store/museum lives St. Vincent de Paul Society. This thrift store requires a bit of digging, but the hunt reaps worthwhile results. This store doesn’t just have clothes. Records, cookware, books, and accessories will keep your eager eyes glimmering for hours.
It’s fashion paradise at New Bohemia. Go ahead, run your fingers through the shimmering skirts and cotton blouses. Drape your body in the quirky fashions from yesteryear. All it takes is a spoonful of confidence and you can pull off any look you want. If you consistently protest that you’re never going to be a “hat-person,” I beg you to try one on at New Bohemia. This store is full of surprises.
Room Service Vintage
Yet another lustrous boutique lives in the North Loop area, and this one is sure to dazzle. Give your apartment that special pizzaz with a vintage sofa or add a new bag to your wardrobe. Spark a conversation with one of their unique T-shirts. The items at Room Service Vintage have a way of elevating your level of intrigue.
The entire North Loop shopping area gleams with delight, and Blue Velvet is no exception. From the moment you arrive, scarves, belts, and necklaces scream for your attention. Nestled near Epoch Coffee and Breakaway Records, Blue Velvet is an Austin trendsetter’s dream come true.
Treasure City Thrift
Treasure City Thrift might just have the best deals out there. Besides the fact that their selection is jaw-dropping, everything is also ridiculously cheap. Treasure City is a great friend to Mother Earth, and they strive to produce as little waste as possible. Their partnership with Ecology Action keeps their recycling bins overflowing.
Each purchase makes a difference at Top Drawer. Of course this funky boutique has loads of one-of-a-kind finds, but what makes this business stand out is how they give back to those who need it. Proceeds from each sale benefit Project Transitions, a non-profit that provides housing and hospice care to those battling HIV and AIDS. Volunteers keep this place thriving, and they always welcome eager faces.
Charm School Vintage
Do yourself a favor and follow Charm School Vintage on Instagram. One scroll through their outfit combinations and you’ll understand my enthusiasm. If your soul resides in the free-spirited 1970s, cover yourself in their cascade of vintage styles. It’s the closest you can get to time-travel.