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An Austin Vintage Shopping Bonanza

By: Tolly Moseley

While it’s still socially acceptable in most parts of Austin, Texas to saunter around in flip flops and lake-ready cutoffs, that doesn’t mean Austinites don’t enjoy getting a little dolled up every now and then. The preferred style poison? Vintage.

You’ll find no greater concentration of pre-loved than on South Congress, where New Bohemia and Uncommon Objects beckon you in off the street. In New Bohemia, you can dress up yourself, while in Uncommon Objects there are things to dress up your house: it’s stuffed with funky, hip finds ranging from mounted fiddles to dainty lace fans.

New Bohemia Vintage. Image via New Bohemia Facebook page.

Around the corner on Milton Street, Prototype Vintage Design and Feathers Boutique – two impossible cool boutiques –  are neighbors. Both feature excellent, well-curated collections; Prototype has more leather and knits, whereas Feathers has more sparkles and spikes.

Roaming the streets is the throwback trailer of goods that is Amelia’s Retro Vogue and Relics. This is a way, way back machine of mid-1800s to mid-1900s, and anyone with an affinity for Edwardian, Victorian or hats will do well here.

Blue Velvet Vintage. Image via Blue Velvet Facebook page.

Finally, North Loop (technically, 53rd Street), a strip of colorful oddities all by itself, has two shops Tolly, adores – Blue Velvet Vintage and Room Service Vintage. She’s found several easy cotton dresses at Blue Velvet, whose petite interior manages to pack in a surprising amount of variety, and Room Service has helped her decorate every home she’s lived in with their ever-rotating stock of killer furniture and lighting. Just be quick: items are priced to sell, and they do just that in a flash.

About The HUNT Austin Writer: Tolly Moseley is a writer, aerial silks dancer and yoga teacher. All of which means that she spends half her time performing an array of bodily contortions and the other half hunched over a computer. Her work has appeared in Salon, Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine and the Austin-American Statesman, and on National Public Radio Austin, a well as her parents’ refrigerator. She tells stories about her life on her blog, austineavesdropper.com.