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Accessories, decor, and more: 10 Austin vendors to browse at Le Garage sale
Searching online for clothes, home goods, and other accessories has been a major outlet for shoppers witnessing the rise and fall of social media trends, but there's a much more responsible way to shop. Buying from small businesses is a good way to support the local community, and the semi-annual Le Garage Sale puts a staggering array of vendors in one place for Austinites to get the best deal in January.
The upcoming winter season sale at the Palmer Event Center on January 27-28 will feature more than 100 businesses, and a majority are based in the Austin area.
The weekend event gives Texas retailers a chance to unload clothing samples and end-of-season merchandise for cheap, often cutting prices by more than half — even as much as 90 percent by the end of the second day. From past experiences, we've been able to pick up everything from plus-size clothing, to vintage pieces, to Turkish rugs, and even furniture. Although most shoppers are on the hunt for clothing, there are many other non-apparel offerings on the market that shouldn't go overlooked.
There is enough merchandise to keep even a very efficient shopper busy for hours, so plan ahead to make the most out of those tickets. To help ease the stress of learning all the different vendors that will be in attendance, here are 10 Austin-based home goods and accessories boutiques that will be at the next Le Garage Sale.
Hitting the beach with a margarita in your hand doesn't have to be a summer-only activity. Tulum2U's eco-friendly bags designed by New Zealand-born singer/songwriter Shelley Mac are made from 100% recycled plastic and are perfect for the next beach trip, or whenever you're feeling those coastal vibes.
Good Day Hat Co.
These beautiful sun hats deviate from the plain straw standard with designs by Austin artists. Good Day Hat Co. regularly collaborates with local artists for new hat collections, and they're perfect for any park visits, festivals, or any outings where you need a little shade. Among their eye-catching designs are straw hats, bucket hats, ball caps, and there's even a collection for children.
This local jewelry brand specializes in timeless, tarnish-resistant jewelry that doesn't break the bank. At past sales, we've fallen in love with pieces like the Raven Necklace and several chunky chains. We've put Aviv Collection's sweat proof and water resistant claims to the test since the last summer sale, and our pieces have yet to show any wear.
Everyone needs a signature scent; If you haven't found yours yet, there's plenty of time to explore Ryan Hunts' fragrance offerings. Hunts' perfumes aim to transport wearers to exotic vacation destinations, using high quality ingredients without color dyes, parabens, or chemical preservatives. Each fragrance includes a short description of the location it aims to emanate, to help shoppers find the one that resonates the most.
Blue Suede Shoes + Wine
Blue Suede was created by two best friends who enjoyed shopping for shoes while sipping on wine. They decided to bring their passions together to open up a boutique where others could do the same, right in South Austin. From cowboy boots to high heels, this women-owned shop tries to meet every shopper's need. A wide array of wines await sampling while you shop at the permanent boutique — but probably not the sale pop-up.
This gift shop has fun activity sets, toys, and home goods that don't leave parents or children behind at Le Garage. Neon Dream is women-owned and highlights quality-made products such as Texas storybooks, Montessori toys, and gifts for mothers. Valentine's Day and Mother's Day aren't as far away as you think, folks.
Home Goods, Art, and Furniture
Once in a while, all you need to do for the day is light a candle, snuggle up in some warm socks with a book, and drink a nice mug of coffee (or tea — we don't judge). Herland Home has the perfect cozy candles for when you need a little relaxation. All of the hand-poured candles are made with vegan ingredients like coconut wax and hemp-cotton wicks. Owner Priscilla Jones creates timeless scent profiles using pure essential oils and phthalate-free fine fragrances.
Ryan Doolittle Glass
Glassblowing is one of the hottest art forms, no pun intended. Ryan Doolittle has been on a glassblowing journey for more than two decades, and her pieces have creative designs that are reminiscent of Austin's unique art scene. Keep your eyes peeled for any Christmas pickle or prickly pear cactus sculptures during the weekend. They make the perfect "just because" gifts for your loved ones. We wouldn't be able to hold our excitement until next December.
The Weathered Gem
Whether you're on the lookout for new furniture or trying to revamp your living space, it's always worth it to peek at some refurbished pieces and see if they'll match your interior design. The Weathered Gem takes old furniture and gives the pieces some much-needed TLC, transforming them into showcase-ready pieces.
GY Special Collection
Small-batch textiles woven with traditional practices are the livelihood of this home goods brand. Created with sustainability in mind, these Turkish robes, towels, and blankets are made from high-quality cotton and linen fabrics that are designed to last for years. As the saying goes: Buy it once, buy it for life.
Tickets for Le Garage Sale are $10 per day, or $25 for a VIP pre-shop (for a limited number of customers). Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite.