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Finding Your Vintage Look in Austin, Texas

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If you’re planning to be in Austin between March 11th and March 20th, 2016 for SXSW , be sure to set aside some time to peruse some of the best vintage shops in the country. From cowboy boots to antler light fixtures, you’ll be sure to find a unique vintage piece to remind you of your time in Texas’s capital city. Here are our top recommendations for clothing and home décor vintage shops in Austin.

Put On The Charm

1111 E 11th St
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One of Austin’s premier vintage shopping destinations, Charm School Vintage sells a tightly curated selection of clothing from the 1890s to the 1990s. You’ll be tempted by intricately woven Guatemalan huipils, hand-tooled leather bags, button-fly Levis, and platform clogs amongst others. In addition to clothing, Charm School also carries apothecary products from independent lines like La Abeja Herbs and Woods Apothecary. The small but mighty collection of vintage and new jewelry (including treasures from designers Amanda Hunt, Talon, and Jenny Bird)  displayed in a case by the register will provide you with the perfect accessory to go with your new (old) Indian cotton dress. Much like the store itself, Charm School’s Instagram feed is pure eye candy.

Ruffle Some Feathers

1700 South Congress Avenue (entrance on Milton)
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Very few shops mix vintage and new clothing like Feathers Vintage. T-shirts, button-downs, and beautifully sewn dresses from their in-house label, play well with heavily embroidered vintage skirts, sailor jeans, and buttery soft leather jackets. The moment you step through the door, it’s obvious that every piece in the store is top-notch in terms of quality and uniqueness. This is the spot to find that timeless piece that you’ll love for years to come.

Room Service Please!

117 North Loop Boulevard East
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If you’re looking for vintage home furnishings, accessories, and more, head to this 3,500 square foot space packed with treasures from bygone eras. The building itself has vintage charm galore—it’s a 1950s cinder-block and glass structure that was once a a pharmacy/soda fountain.

Room Service Vintage has been in business for over 35 years.

With fabulous finds like teak side tables and shag rugs, it’s easy to see why this place is a must-see glance into the past.

 

 

Dare To be Different

1512 South Congress Avenue
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Luis Molinero / Shutterstock

Whenever you’re in Austin, always make time to visit this vintage Mecca in the heart of the SoCo (South Congress) district. A favorite among stylists and celebrities, Uncommon Objects is so artfully curated that you’ll want to move in to one of the perfectly appointed nooks. Make sure you peruse the vintage Diné silver and turquoise case near the front—it’s the stuff dreams are made of.

She Wore Blue Velvet…

217 West North Loop
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This family-owned independent business has been supplying Austinites with distinctive and affordable threads for over twenty years. In addition to amazing vintage finds (think sequined bodysuits and worn-to-perfection army jackets), Blue Velvet Vintage Clothing also stock new accessories like handmade jewelry and socks from indie designers.

Where do you hunt for vintage goods when you’re in Austin? Let us know in the comments section!

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Jen Westmoreland Bouchard

Jen Westmoreland Bouchard

An insatiable foodie, art collector, and international literature aficionado, I have traveled throughout Europe, Asia, the U.S. and Canada. For the past fifteen years, I have written about my adventures for various travel and literary publications. I am the owner of Lucidité Writing (www.luciditewriting.com) and Bouchard Design Co. (www.boucharddesign.co).

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