A well-kept secret is that Austin is one of the nation's meccas for vintage enthusiasts. From clothing and accessories to home good and furniture, Austin is home to at least 29 vintage shops catered for lovers of the past. Looking for a little nostalgia? These areas of Austin are home to many of our most beloved shops:
Left to Right: Uncommon Objects, Bloomers and Frocks and Passport Vintage.
While the vintage shops in South Austin are a bit spread out, it is worth the exploration and walk or short drive between them. South Congress has long been the stop for vintage, with Feathers Boutique and Prototype Vintage dominating the scene. But want to find more local flavor? Head off the tourist drag and discover some hidden gems. Top of the list is Uncommon Objects, which captures Old South Austin with a new address this year. This shop will excite the treasure hunter in you with 25 curators of antiques, curiosities, and raw materials. Plan on spending an hour here to explore every nook and cranny as you find everything from taxidermy to jewelry to oddities your mind can’t even imagine.
Vintage clothing boutiques dominate South Austin. Bloomers and Frocks, on the trendy South First Street, is one of the most highly curated women’s clothing boutiques in the city, with clothing and jewelry dating 1970s and older. What sets them apart is their level of service, expertise in older eras, and the fact that they clean and measure all garments making it super easy to shop. Also located on South First are Flashback Vintage which carries men’s and women’s clothing, and Passport Vintage, known for their denim and vintage t-shirts from the '70s-'90s.
Left to Right: Revival Vintage, Room Service Vintage and Big Berthas Paradise.
North Loop is a pickers dream. With five vintage shops concentrated across the street from each other, there is something for every vintage lover in this district. Room Service Vintage anchors the street with 3500 sq. ft packed with a massive selection of '50s-'70s furniture, lighting, clothing, jewelry, toys/novelties, records, art, books, magazines, kitchenware and probably some crazy item from your childhood that you didn’t even know you needed back in your life. Pro tip: Don’t forget to ask for the key to the bunny bathroom before you leave.
Not to be overshadowed by the anchor, this district is packed with vintage fashion at Big Berthas Paradise, Blue Velvet Vintage, Revival Vintage, and Ermine Vintage, whom we love because they group their clothing by modern day size.
Left to Right: Laced With Romance, Powder Vintage and Charm School Vintage.
The vintage shops on the east side are a bit more spread out, but worth the journey. All focused around vintage clothing, Charm School, Powder Vintage, and Laced with Romance all offer the hottest recycled trends from the 1960s-1990s. Tucked away in a quint nook of an old garage on East Seventh Street, Laced with Romance is must see with their highly curated dust and drag collection. And we love the parties and events that Charm School Vintage hosts on a regular basis.
Contributed by Rebekka Adams, co-producer of the Vintage Around Town Guide.