While I may not find as much time to thrift these days, I do make an effort to incorporate new-to-me vintage pieces to my closet each season. Luckily, Austin is just bursting with excellent vintage carried by some of the coolest shops. Because vintage, shopping, and my city are a few of my favorite things, I thought I’d do a little Best Of list for the ATX vintage scene!
As you may have noticed, the majority of this outfit is from Pieceology Vintage
— the skirt, purse, and shoes! Pieceology is owned by one of my closest friends, April, whose style blog
evolved into a vintage shop last fall (you can see me model in her fall 2015 lookbook here
!). I think I now own about five Pieceology pieces (remember my birthday dress
?), and they get a ton of wear. That’s probably my favorite thing about April’s shop: she sells pieces you can actually wear every day that never look like a costume, they just fit into a regular girl’s closet who’s looking for something a little extra special. Plus, her prices are always affordable! Most Pieceology pieces are sourced from Italy, and I love following when she gets new shipments in on her Instagram stories
. You can shop Pieceology Vintage online
or at her fall/winter pop-up at Byron & Blue
at 908 E 5th St #106.
It only took me one encounter to fall in love with Reverie Vintage. As I shared in this post, I was shooting outfit pics with Chelsea one day when I spotted a vintage pop-up across the way. The rest is history! Helen lived in Korea from several years, but recently returned to Austin with bundles and bundles of impossibly beautiful vintage from around Asia. What I love most about Reverie Vintage are the bold (yet wearable!) prints and flattering silhouettes. My rose dress is seriously one of my favorite vintage pieces I’ve ever owned and I hope it fits me forever. You can shop Reverie Vintage on Etsy or at various pop-ups around town, which you can find by following her on Instagram!
Charm School Vintage
Charm School Vintage is a major player in the Austin vintage scene, and for good reason. Owner Shari brings the best of vintage from the 1890s to the 1990s, finding timeless pieces that were made to last. From leather bags to an amazing selection of boots to the prettiest dresses you’ve ever seen, Charm School has it all (my most recent purchase was a floral romper and navy Brixton felt hat). I especially love that their store is organized by color, which makes shopping even more appealing. They have a crazy-popular Instagram account where they post new arrivals you can shop (quickly! Their stuff goes fast!) or you can visit their beautiful East Austin store at 1111 E. 11th Street. Bonus: You can go to brunch at Blue Dahlia next door and then shop ’til you drop!
‘s tagline is consistently spot on: “all killer, no filler.” Prototype is my go-to when I’m looking for something that would have been an everyday piece of clothing for a cool girl in the year it was made. For instance, when I needed a pair of affordable high-waisted shorts
, I went straight to Prototype, instead of heading to Forever 21 or H&M. When I was looking for a small brown bag
, I knew I could count on Prototype to have exactly what I was looking for (vintage Coach for a stellar price). Two highlights of their store: an insane shoe collection and piles upon piles of vintage scarves. Prototype Vintage also shares new arrivals (and awesome vintage inspiration) on their Instagram
, which you can shop from and find out more details by calling in, or you can visit their store just off the main strip on South Congress at 1700 1/2 South Congress Ave (just look for the bright green wall!).
Blue Velvet Vintage
is an Austin vintage staple — one I’ve shopped since high school! Located on North Loop (just around the corner from my favorite vintage furniture shop
), is in the heart of Old Austin, and their vintage selection lives up to the neighborhood. If you’re looking for cheeky vintage T-shirts, outerwear you can’t pass up, or showstopping dresses for a great price, Blue Velvet is where it’s at! You never know what you’re going to find there, but you always walk out with something amazing. Keep up with their far out fashions on Instagram
or visit their store at 217 W. North Loop Blvd.
Monkies Vintage & Thrift
Newer on the scene, Monkies Vintage & Thrift is located on The Drag right across from The University of Texas. In my opinion, Monkies is all about the way vintage can show off your personality, and at a great (student-approved!) price. Racks of overalls, denim jackets, band tees, and statement prints make shopping at Monkies a blast. The owners are cool kids who couldn’t be nicer; they love vintage and can’t wait to help you find that amazing piece you’re stoked to own. I found my denim jacket there last winter and it was just such a lovely shopping experience. Plus, they always comment with love on my Instagram when I wear it, and having a relationship with your local vintage sellers is the best. You can follow their Instagram here and shop their store at
1904 Guadalupe St Suite C.
This is truly only a fraction of the great vintage in Austin, but these shops have proven to be consistent, stylish, supportive, and reasonably-priced. Where do you love to shop vintage in Austin?