Spring and cleaning go hand in hand, and by the time April rolls around, we’re ready to clean out our closets, and well, buy more stuff. In this month’s selection of shops around town, we highlight some of Austin’s best vintage clothing shops, from upscale to thrift. Because simply put, one person’s junk is another person’s treasure.
Owner, Kyle Muller, is obsessed with rare, vintage clothing. In fact, Muller spends most of his free time zealously digging through mounds of used clothing in order to find that gem to sell in his vintage menswear store, Sam Hill. And his merchandise is evident of that. Each item is handpicked, exceptionally preserved, and often comes with a historical tale, to boot.
MOSS Designer Consignment
MOSS is a consignment store that specializes in high-end designer brands and resale clothing for women. Currently, MOSS is featuring items from Isabel Marant's edgy fall/winter 2013 collection. Additionally, MOSS is having a Spring Cleaning Sale that includes 40 percent off all final markdown items through the end of April. MOSS' stock is constantly changing and new merchandise is added daily, so frequent trips are a must. For those interested in trading their duds for cash, MOSS also accepts seasonal consignments in excellent condition.
The name says it all, bro. This bohemian menswear shop is a must-stop vintage shop for tourists and locals alike. Vintage enthusiasts will find miles and miles of used boots, ironic recycled T-shirts, and other classic thrift shop finds.
Buffalo Exchange may be a national chain, but this Austin outpost fits perfectly into the funky little Guadalupe strip, just north of campus. The music blares, while twentysomethings comb through racks of used clothing. Although the store caters to the Urban Outfitters crowd, sometimes you can find that perfect vintage score. What’s more, Buffalo Exchange is one of our favorite places to unload wardrobe purges.
Charm School Vintage
This boutique not only hosts some great parties and cool art shows, but also has an amazing selection of women’s vintage clothing for even the most discerning modern shopper. Proprietress and stylist, Shari Gerstenberger, merchandises her feminine, recycled finds with the utmost care and attention. Also of note: Charm School Vintage will be featuring one of Austin’s favorite photographers, Jackie Lee Young, beginning on May 22.
This former school bus is home to Austin’s newest mobile vintage shop, which sells everything from housewares to clothing. Every inch of the bus’ interior is thoughtfully laid out and the clothing is adorably organized by color, with most pieces deriving from the 1950s to the 1980s. This green bus can usually be found parked on South Congress, but check the Facebook page or Twitter for exact store hours and locations.
Located in the former Domy Bookstore space, this chic East Austin boutique and gallery space, displays its vintage goods very much like art. The selection is small, carefully chosen, and in pristine condition. Las Cruxes also sells beautifully handcrafted jewelry, which should not be missed.