Shop like a Weirdo: A Guide to Shopping in Austin

If you enjoy the thrill of the hunt, Austin offers amazing vintage finds, from fashionable threads to furniture, at the plethora of vintage shops peppered across the city from South Austin to North Loop. For the music lovers, visiting some of the iconic record stores in town is a must. For serious marathon shopping, The Domain has everything you could possibly need.

Stag – Recommended by Curtis Roush
STAG is the upscale outfitter for the quintessential everyman.  Fully stocked with flannel shirts, quality denim, leather boots, and everything in between, this South Congress boutique carries everything the modern Texan man needs in his wardrobe.  STAG carries both new and vintage pieces from a vast array of handpicked designers, but that kind of quality curation comes at a hefty price, and STAG will definitely burn a hole in your wallet if you’re not careful.  Beyond the requisite clothing options, STAG also offers a unique selection of antique furniture and art, as well as home goods, rare books, and leather accessories, all wrapped up in hip hunting-lodge-meets-industrial-space digs with exposed brick and wood.

Stag for men’s clothes. — Curtis Roush

Uncommon Objects – Recommended by Particle Kid
If you’re looking for the fabled Weird Austin, make sure you stop in to Uncommon Objects.  This quirky shop showcases the collections of 24 local antiquers, carrying everything from folk art and rare antique furniture, to bizarre curios and taxidermy.  Steve Wiman—owner since UO opened its doors in 1991—works hard to craft the store’s aesthetic: a marvelously curated ordered chaos that lands somewhere between a Norman Rockwell painting and an I Spy book.  Uncommon Objects gladly welcomes serious antique hunters as well as casual dabblers to their showroom.  But remember: it may look like a museum, but everything is for sale, so don’t be afraid to take the plunge on some weirdo art!

Uncommon Objects for their taxidermy collection.” – Particle Kid

Helm Boots – Recommended by MISSIO
Helm Boots is a homegrown Austin-based business that perfectly reflects the locally-minded entrepreneurial spirit of the community.  Founded in 2009, Helm Boots is dedicated to crafting the ideal leather boot, appropriate in both the office and the workshop, and built to withstand whatever crosses its path.  All of their boots are handmade by master leather workers, using high quality materials designed to last a lifetime.  Helm’s designs draw on classic boot form factors, but tweaked and updated with modern sensibilities.  Their flagship store in downtown Austin occupies a clean, modern space and offers a variety of leather goods, accessories, and fragrances to compliment the boots.

It’s my best friends company and you won’t find a better boot.” – MISSIO

New Bohemia/Amelia’s Retrovogue – Recommended by Walker Lukens
Ask any Austinite where to find the best vintage duds, chances are they’ll point you towards New Bohemia.  This local staple has been slinging vintage clothes and accessories since well before Austin became the hipster Mecca it is today, but as the city has evolved, so has New Bohemia.  Their location change a couple years back revitalized the shop, going from a disorganized used clothing store to the hip, well-curated vintage boutique it is now.  All their pieces are expertly preserved and tagged by designer and year, so you know you can trust everything you pick out to be certified as genuine.  You won’t find a better selection of vintage clothes anywhere in the city.

They use to be next door to each other on the other side of town. Now they’re in the same building and are closer to my house. Half the things I wear are from there.” – Walker Lukens

These recs are from our latest vinyl and city guide package, The Sights and Sounds of Austin, presented by Boost Mobile. Check out the digital version of the guide below or head on over to our interactive Austin city guide!