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 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.
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 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.
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.