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Earlier this year, Virgin America began offering direct flights to Austin, Texas, so if you have family in Texas you'd like to visit this holiday season, lucky you, you get to fly the most stylish airline in the sky to visit your folks! Or, if you're counting on making an escape instead, Austin is an easy, less-than-two-hour flight, and it's got some pretty amazing shopping. From the vintage amazingness at Feathers to the overwhelming vintage home design enormousness of Uncommon Objects, there is some to-die-for shopping to be done in this perennially weird gem of a town. We hear the live music scene is pretty awesome, too.

We start you off on South Congress, where we really just scratch the surface of what's to be found on this street full of locally-owned boutiques, as well as several mobile boutiques and yummy eats (we recommend the fish tacos at Gueros). Then we take you across the Colorado River to the 2nd Street district, and onward to 12th Street, all of which will impress with their commercial offerings. You could pack it all into one day, but we recommend taking at least two to peruse all the shopping Austin has to offer. And don't forget to bring an extra suitcase for your haul.


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1. Feathers Boutique

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1700B S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 912-9779
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This place was recently named the best vintage shop in the country by Elle magazine, and it will not disappoint. It's beautifully organized and curated but still affordable. Also look for jewelry from Pamela Love and Maniamania.

2. Uncommon Objects

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1512 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 442-4000
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Be prepared to spend a a significant amount of time in this place. Around every corner is a perfectly arranged vignette of adorable, unique things, too many of which you'll want to take home. From old school (literally) grammar flash cards to chandeliers to giant metal letters, it's an interior design junkie's dream.

3. Maya Star

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1508 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 912-1475
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Maya Star is your place for brands including Rebecca Minkoff, Black Halo, Tracy Reese, Seychelles, Kelsi Dagger and Level 99. Plus you'll find endless cases of new and vintage jewelry.

4. Blackmail Boutique & Atelier

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1202 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 326-7670
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Blackmail is a design studio where designers create all of their clothing in house. Everything they make is black, so, they say, you can focus on the texture and quality of the fabric without being distracted by all that color. So get your goth on and head over to the oldest building on South Congress.

5. Parts & Labour

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1117 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 326-1648
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If you'd like to take home some Texas souvenirs and would like to not feel embarrassed by them when you return to SF, this is your place. They sell cute Texas tanks, jewelry, and all sorts of made-in-Texas clothing and home goods.

6. By George

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1400 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 441-8600
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Be prepared to fall in love with everything the owners of this place have chosen for your shopping pleasure. They carry hard-to-find and in-demand brands including Margiela, Fiorentini + Baker, Elizabeth + James, Equipment, Isabel Marant, Joie, J Brand, and Rag & Bone. Plus they carry local design darlings The Podolls! The staff is beyond friendly and helpful, you'll want to hang out all day. Also check out their flagship at 524 North Lamar.

7. Girl Next Door

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250 W 2nd St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 322-0501
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This gem serves up Equipment, Current/Elliot, Joie, Wildfox Couture, Mara Hoffman, Mother Denim, Mason by Michelle Mason, Haute Hippie, Iosselliani jewelry and tons more. This boutique will get ready for your SXSW street style shot followed by a fancy night out to celebrate your 15 minutes.

8. Etcetera, Etc.

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(512) 476-8300
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If your mood needs a boost, this is your boutique for happy, colorful, fun, and always stylish duds. You'll find Australian brand Suboo, Peppina druzy jewelry by Jen Hansena, and lots more international and domestic, hard-to-find brands.

9. Kick Pleat

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918 W. 12th St.
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 445-4500
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The unique offerings here abound, with shoes from Dieppa Restrepo, jewelry from Ashley Pittman, MM6 shoes, Jesse Kamm totes, Swedish Hasbeens, Katie Diamond jewelry, plus Acne jeans and way more.

1. Feathers Boutique

1700B S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
This place was recently named the best vintage shop in the country by Elle magazine, and it will not disappoint. It's beautifully organized and curated but still affordable. Also look for jewelry from Pamela Love and Maniamania.
1700B S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

2. Uncommon Objects

1512 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
Be prepared to spend a a significant amount of time in this place. Around every corner is a perfectly arranged vignette of adorable, unique things, too many of which you'll want to take home. From old school (literally) grammar flash cards to chandeliers to giant metal letters, it's an interior design junkie's dream.
1512 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

3. Maya Star

1508 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
Maya Star is your place for brands including Rebecca Minkoff, Black Halo, Tracy Reese, Seychelles, Kelsi Dagger and Level 99. Plus you'll find endless cases of new and vintage jewelry.
1508 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

4. Blackmail Boutique & Atelier

1202 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
Blackmail is a design studio where designers create all of their clothing in house. Everything they make is black, so, they say, you can focus on the texture and quality of the fabric without being distracted by all that color. So get your goth on and head over to the oldest building on South Congress.
1202 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

5. Parts & Labour

1117 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
If you'd like to take home some Texas souvenirs and would like to not feel embarrassed by them when you return to SF, this is your place. They sell cute Texas tanks, jewelry, and all sorts of made-in-Texas clothing and home goods.
1117 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

6. By George

1400 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
Be prepared to fall in love with everything the owners of this place have chosen for your shopping pleasure. They carry hard-to-find and in-demand brands including Margiela, Fiorentini + Baker, Elizabeth + James, Equipment, Isabel Marant, Joie, J Brand, and Rag & Bone. Plus they carry local design darlings The Podolls! The staff is beyond friendly and helpful, you'll want to hang out all day. Also check out their flagship at 524 North Lamar.
1400 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

7. Girl Next Door

250 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701
This gem serves up Equipment, Current/Elliot, Joie, Wildfox Couture, Mara Hoffman, Mother Denim, Mason by Michelle Mason, Haute Hippie, Iosselliani jewelry and tons more. This boutique will get ready for your SXSW street style shot followed by a fancy night out to celebrate your 15 minutes.
250 W 2nd St
Austin, TX 78701

8. Etcetera, Etc.

Austin, TX
If your mood needs a boost, this is your boutique for happy, colorful, fun, and always stylish duds. You'll find Australian brand Suboo, Peppina druzy jewelry by Jen Hansena, and lots more international and domestic, hard-to-find brands.

9. Kick Pleat

918 W. 12th St., Austin, TX 78703
The unique offerings here abound, with shoes from Dieppa Restrepo, jewelry from Ashley Pittman, MM6 shoes, Jesse Kamm totes, Swedish Hasbeens, Katie Diamond jewelry, plus Acne jeans and way more.
918 W. 12th St.
Austin, TX 78703