Tag Archives: vintage

Feathers Boutique keeps it chic

By Destinee Hodge

I’m realizing that it’s quite a lucky thing to be able to get acquainted with all the fabulous vintage places around town doing this blog. I really liked the boutique feel of Prototype Vintage last week, so I decided to check out  Feathers Boutique  this week (which actually happens to be right next door).

When you first walk in, you have no concept of how large the store actually is, but once you hit the cashier’s desk you can look either way and see into the rooms filled with clothing on either side. The store has a modern, sleek and organized vibe. You definitely feel like you’ve stepped into a boutique off of Rodeo Drive. In short, not your average vintage store.

It caters to women only, and has everything from 80s inspired sequin covered blazers (yes, I’m on a sequin rampage) to vintage magazines. The clothes are sorted by color, which works when you have an idea as to what you’re looking for.

I will say here, as a matter of personal preference, I do tend to like to see clothes sorted by era because it really gives you the feeling that you’re buying something that’s vintage. There is something magical about knowing that a top is from the 60s or that a pair of jeans were worn by someone on their way to a 70s disco.

But overall, I think when you go into Feathers, you will certainly find something that is perfect for you. I also appreciated the variety in pricing. You can find something in the store from $5 to $200, which is not a quality that every vintage store can claim.

You can check out Feathers Boutique at 1700 South Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78704. They’re open from 11a.m.-7p.m. daily.

Prototype Vintage Design is Sublime

By Destinee Hodge

I really can’t believe the semester has gone by so quickly! I’m excited about how many great places around Austin we’ve been able to cover on the blog. After a whirlwind trip out of the country this weekend, I was definitely a little lost on which vintage store I should pay a visit to this week. I did some searching and decided on  Prototype Vintage Design. I have to say that it was an entirely unique experience compared to the other vintage stores I’ve been to for this blog.

This is definitely not your average vintage store. It’s impeccably clean and designed beautifully. It really feels like a high-end boutique with modern decor (from light fixtures to the type of music that’s playing).  Christina Kilgallon, an employee at the store said that it has been around for six years. ” The owners wanted to have a vintage store in Austin because they just loved thrifting and shopping for a long time,” she said.

The store features furniture and decorative fixtures but seems to focus mainly on clothing and accessories. The clothes are generally priced between $30 and $100, which isn’t cheap, but is pretty average for your typical vintage store.

The clothes are organized by gender, color and type. You’ll find women’s clothing and then subcategories like sequins or swimsuits to search by. I do wish that they would include more information on the tags  about the era the clothing is from, although I suppose you could always ask a store attendant if you were dying to know. Overall, you should definitely check Prototype out.

Sunglasses on display

Tiered shoe display

Women's clothing

Menswear section

Prototype is located on 1700 1/2 S. Congress, 78704 and open from 11 a.m. to 7p.m. daily.

Room Service Vintage

By Destinee Hodge

107 East North Loop Boulevard Austin, TX 78751

The more I visit local vintage stores, the more I realize that “vintage” is really an entire culture. I finally went to Room Service Vintage this week after passing by the store for almost a month.

When you walk into the store there is so much to take in, it’s hard not to feel overwhelmed.The best way to describe this store would be labyrinth-like. The photos really cannot capture exactly how many twists and turns there are, and how many shelves are inside.  You would be honestly hard-pressed to find empty space on any of the walls.

But, the minute you stop obsessing over how much stuff is in there, you can take a look around and are sure to find a plethora of vintage treasures.

“A lot of it’s nostalgia” said  Bill Goodpasture, who works in and helps manage the store. “A lot of people come in here because they remember something from their youth that they had and they want to relive that or it’s something that their grandmother had.”

The store’s main focus is furniture/decorative pieces but they have clothes and accessories as well. Goodpasture said that he’s seen a diversification of their clientele over the last few years.

“In the past, our clientele was mostly kids on the edge- hippie or doom and gloomers,” he said with a laugh. “But now, sorority girls and frat boys are coming in and have discovered us whereas before they would have never set foot in here because they would only buy new stuff. But now they’re shopping vintage, which is great.”

For some people, Room Service probably represents the paradox of choice;  you have everything you could possibly want to choose from, which can be overwhelming. However, for those who can get past the sheer volume of material, they are bound to find something that is one of a kind.

Room Service is open from 11a.m.-7p.m. daily and located on 107 East North Loop Boulevard Austin, TX 78751.

What about vintage clothing inspires you?

By Destinee Hodge and Natalie Garza

We took a look around to find out why some people opt to buy vintage clothing. Three ladies give their perspective in this video.

Hog Wild Vintage

By Destinee Hodge

100 E North Loop blvd #A Austin, TX 78751

Today I went to Hog Wild Vintage over in the North Loop area. Boy was I surprised to see just how much can fit into one store. It’s the first place we’ve reviewed on this blog that doesn’t focus specifically on clothes⎯but that doesn’t mean that the clothes selection was any less amazing.

This store looks like the stockroom for the set of an amazing vintage movie. Everything from 50s vintage lamps to 60s style mod couches, I can’t think of anything that you can’t find in the store.

Front View of the Store

Erin Brinjamar is a dealer at the store and said that it has been around for 18 years. “We get so many people that come in not knowing what they want but they’ll know it when they see it usually. Something calls them.”

A dealer is someone who owns a portion of the store. Brinjamar also goes around the country and helps with picking out items for the store. She said that while the store’s priority is furniture/lighting fixtures, the clothing section has been expanding over the last few years.

Clothes sorted by color

Currently, the clothing section occupies the entire back portion of the store, and includes both men and women’s clothes. The clothes are sorted by color, but aside from that it’s a free-for-all.  This may or may not work for some people, but if you like the treasure-hunt aspect of vintage shopping, you’ll love the gems that you find. The items are not only varied, but affordable and the store also has someone on hand to do alterations.

“We drive all over the country and we focus mainly on the furniture and we’re able to pick up clothes at a decent price,” Brinjamar said.

The store is open from 11a.m. to 7p.m. everyday.

50s Vintage Purse

Jewelry Selection

New Bohemia: Retro Wonderland

Written by Natalie Garza

Photo by Natalie Garza

After my first successful visit to New Bohemia, I was interested in finding out a little more about the store itself. I had the pleasure of speaking with manager Mallory Hublein, who was nice enough to answer all of my questions about this local retro resale, or vintage, store.

New Bohemia has been located right in the heart of SoCo for 10 years. I think the first thing that most people notice is that the store is overflowing with vintage items. Although it may seem overwhelming at first, the store is actually very organized. This makes it much easier on a shopper who knows exactly what they are looking for. It’s also helpful for someone just browsing because everything is divided by style. The employees were really knowledgeable and helpful when I asked how the store was laid out.

The store has plenty of jewelry for every occasion. Photo by Natalie Garza.

The clothing that the store sells comes from all over the country. With 5 vendors and the owner all personally handpicking the items in bulk, it’s no wonder the store has so much stuff. The owner has a whole warehouse of clothing, accessories, and shoes ready to be moved into the store as needed.

“We could go on for years if there was a sudden clothes shortage,” Hublein said.

New Bohemia has appointments with its vendors every day and pick out the items that are most popular among customers. Like any retail store, this is constantly changing.

A wall full of slips, nightgowns, and fur coats screams Elizabeth Taylor .

Once they have the clothing to sell, it needs to be organized in the store. Although most items come from the vendors with description tags, it always helps to have some knowledge about the authenticity of vintage clothing. This includes checking the tags sewn on the item, the construction of it, the zippers (for example, metal zippers were common before the 1970s), and the type of fabric.

This is a great detailed post about shopping for vintage clothing.

After I bought this dress from New Bohemia, I planned to take a picture of the description tag because it was filled with great details about it. Unfortunately, when I got home, I couldn’t find the tag. It turns out that the store cuts off the tag when a customer buys the item. The store keeps these tags for their records and as a way to keep track of trends and what is most popular among customers.

Hublein said that New Bohemia is different from other vintage stores in Austin because it caters to everyone. Austinites and out-of-towners alike can find something that fits their style in this unique store. I’ll definitely visit New Bohemia the next time I’m looking for something special.

Bow Tie Bohemia

Written by Natalie Garza

When I walked into New Bohemia, I was exited to see that the store was filled to the brim. There are great handpicked items from every decade for men, women and even children. I was immediately started picking up dresses, which are always my first go-item in any store. I tried on six different dresses and ended up purchasing this one. It’s not a coincidence that it was also the cheapest thing I tried on. Although the store had a great selection and was neatly organized, most of the things I picked up were between $45-$55, except for this $28 dress.

Vintage dress from New Bohemia

I really like this navy dress, which has an allover bow tie print. It’s really light and comfortable, so it’s perfect for the Texas heat. It’s exactly my style and I already have a lot of great accessories to go with it. It seems like there are an unlimited number of ways to style this versatile dress.

I'd probably wear this version to class. Oxfords are comfortable enough to walk around campus.

These are also comfortable shoes. I feel like this version looks a little dressier than the last, especially with the red belt.

I could never make it to class on time if I wore these shoes, but I love them.

The perfect outfit for my imaginary vacation to the French Riviera.

Which version do you like best?