AUSTIN’S TOP VINTAGE AND THRIFT SHOPS
SXSW has everything: it’s a mecca for all that is music, film, and tech. But Austin Texas itself is more than just host city to one of the best, most unique showcases. We’re also here for the style–and that, of course, means shopping. Here are our top picks, the thrift and vintage stores we’re most looking forward to visiting.
[+] CHARM SCHOOL VINTAGE
1111 E. 11th St.
11 am – 7 pm daily
Charm School curates authentic vintage womenswear, offering clothing from an entire century–spanning 1890 to 1990. Each piece is carefully selected by the team and owner Shari Gerstenberger, also a stylist and art director, for its timelessness, wearability, and ability to delight and inspire.
[+] BLUE VELVET
217 W. North Loop Blvd.
Monday-Saturday 11-8pm, Sunday 11-7pm
Six-time winner of The Austin Chronicle‘s “Best Vintage Store” Blue Velvet offers reasonably priced vintage wear that doesn’t compromise style. The mother-daughter owned shop offers clothing for both men and women, from extra-small to plus sizes, and its pieces especially embody old-school Americana.
[+] MONKIES VINTAGE AND THRIFT
904 Guadalupe St., Suite C
12 pm – 8 pm daily
Monkies Vintage and Thrift has one mission: to make Austin weirder. Located right by UT Austin, it’s another affordable vintage shop that specializes in clothing specifically from the 1950s through 1990s. Offering stock such as Western wear and cool concert tees, you’re sure to find something memorable.
[+] THE VINTAGEMOBILE
Locations and times vary; look for the large green bus!
As Texas’s only mobile vintage store, The Vintagemobile already has a leg up for being memorable. Once you’ve tracked down the van, treasures including the standard vintage dresses and concert t-shirts as well as cowboy boots and leather belts await. (It’s famed for its awesome shoe selection!) What’s more, new stock is added every weekend–as if you needed an excuse to come back.