The Ultimate Guide to South Congress: Stop 'n Shop
by Brad Pauly
on Friday, September 18th, 2015 at 12:14pm.
Among the weird and wild eateries and bars that are sure to please the most particular palate is a sprinkling of shops that cater to the spirit of all those who call Austin home. The colorful and strange environments are a form of entertainment in and of themselves, and the contents of each store are so wonderfully unique that you would be hard-pressed to find them anywhere else. Have a look at some of Austin's favorite shopping spots for finding that rare treasure you've been daydreaming about.
South Congress has a great amalgam of stores, boutiques, and thrift stores. Allen's Boots has the biggest selection of boots you'll ever see. With boots wall to wall, you are sure to find the perfect pair that suits you. You can also shop a great selection of cowboy hats, belts, buckles, and apparel to complete your southern look.
Maya Star is a frequented boutique on South Congress full of fun and feminine clothing, with a wide range of well-made jewelry. They also sell handbags, sunglasses, and a variety of fashion goods to suit many different styles and trends. Set apart from many competing boutiques in Austin, Maya Star boasts the high quality of each of their pieces.
Feathers is another fantastic boutique for those who love vintage and bohemian styles of clothing. The bright blue building is sure to attract your attention, and the refined yet laid-back clothes will keep you shopping at this popular pick among Austinites. Feathers Boutique also sells homeware and artisan-made jewelry.
If you're looking for some fashionable finds with a lower price tag, check out St. Vincent de Paul a vintage boutique and thrift store. All of the money made at St. Vincent de Paul goes to charities that benefit the poor. The prices are great, and you'll find a large selection of clothing from vintage and casual, to high end and name-brands. The store is a bit large and packed with clothing, so you'll have to spend some time shopping for the item you want.
Whether you've got an itch to learn or just want to curl up on a stormy Texas day, South Congress books supplies vintage books for both casual and serious bookworms. Unlike other used book stores, South Congress Books specializes in the eclectic and caters to those with a taste for the unusual. From reference to romance, you're sure to find a unique read that'll fit just right on your bookshelf.
In true live music capital fashion, South Congress also sports a vinyl record store with a taste for the underground. End of an Ear preserves the records of long-forgotten artists and supplies vinyls for contemporary artists. They also keep current with CDs and DVDs of live shows, and their employees know a thing or two about music.
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