Vintage Shopping!

The city of Austin has over 30 vintage stores! Most locations are central, but there are many in north and south Austin as well.

Vintage shopping is a great way to “Go Green” by wearing used clothing; you are recycling the garment and reducing emissions from factories and vehicles used to transport new items.

At a vintage store you can get one of a kind clothing from any era, and at most stores- dishes, furniture, accessories and décor are also available.

Shopping used/vintage is typically a more affordable way to go, and still is. However, since vintage clothing is popular for its trendiness and the city of Austin is heavily populated with musicians, college students and other eccentrics who vie for these items, what previously cost you $5 is $10.

interior of an Austin Vintage Store "Homegirls" (credit ana @ apartmenttherapy.com)

interior of Austin vintage store Homegirl (credit Ana @ apartmenttherapy.com)

When buying vintage items there are a few things you should do, that you wouldn’t at a “first-hand” clothing store:

1.    Be sure to check the condition of the item; look for holes, stains, and tears, make sure zippers work and that the size is right for you.

2.    Talk to the store clerk and ask about their return policy before buying. Many stores do not allow items to be returned.

3.    Be patient, at vintage stores  organization methods vary and clothing isn’t always separated by size or type (normally just Men’s and Women’s). Therefore, you really have to look through a lot before you find that vintage gem.

The City Search editorial winner for 2008 was Blue Velvet. Room Service Vintage is a four-time “Best of Austin” winner, for the Austin Chronicle.

My personal favorites include: Room Service, New Bohemia and Feathers.

Furniture at Room Service Vintage

Furniture at Room Service Vintage (credit roomservicevintage.com)

Vintage shopping can be a lot of fun, get some friends together and make a day of it- you never know what treasures you may find.

Good Luck!

Go here for a complete listing of Austin Vintage stores.

-Samantha

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3 Responses to “Vintage Shopping!”


  1. 1 jeffbechdel October 31, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    I don’t typically “shop vintage” because a t-shirt and jeans is fine by me… However, I will say that I enjoy going to Buffalo Exchange every now and then. I’ve been able to pick up an awesome “Late Night” t-shirt from back when Letterman hosted it (prior to Conan, and soon-to-be host Jimmy Fallon [yikes!]), and I picked up my Halloween costume there last year. It was a Baltimore Orioles jersey that had “Fred the Hairstylist” as the name on the back. Too good to pass up.

  2. 2 Jane Kim November 1, 2008 at 6:37 am

    Vintage stores are definitely a great reason to love Austin. I usually shop for clothes in vintage stores, and Buffalo Exchange is a favorite of mine too, but I’ve never shopped for vintage furniture. I loved the shops you recommended, though. I went to all their websites and I loved their stuff. I so need to save up some money so I can buy furniture.

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