Austin’s best spots to score the vintage home decor of your dreams
by Leah Ashley
Photographs by Harper Smith
When it comes to decorating, I am cheap. I love the thrill of the hunt, digging through other people’s junk, and gleefully blurting out how much I paid for my latest find before anyone actually asks. “It was only $2.99, in case you were wondering.” But just because I am picky when it comes to prices, doesn’t mean that I can’t have a beautifully curated space. Call it thrifting, second hand shopping, junking or picking … finding that perfect piece at an unbelievable price is what gets me up in the morning. That, and good latte.
Luckily for me, “cheap” and “chic” really do go hand and hand these days. And luckily for you, Austin is a mecca for secondhand shopping, especially when it comes to home furnishings. Scoring on furniture and decor is easier than you think because this city has no shortage of cool spots where that quirky find is just waiting to be discovered. Like all great cities, there are a few stores that really stand out. This month I’m sharing a few of my favorite places in the city to find that perfect piece.
602 Fortview Rd.
Uncommon Objects’ motto, “Raw Materials for Creative Living,” is the perfect way to describe the treasure trove waiting inside its walls. Established in 1991, this store is a carefully curated, can’t miss destination for vintage lovers and collectors alike. With 24 vendors under one roof displaying and selling their quirky wares, it’s almost impossible to to leave empty handed. Even if you buy nothing, Uncommon Objects is a feast for the eyes offering endless inspiration.
Austin Antique Mall
8822 McCann Dr.
If you’re looking for the ultimate treasure hunt then the Austin Antique Mall is the perfect place to start! With over 100 dealers and over 30,000 square feet of shopping, it’s no wonder that this amazing treasure trove is Austin’s largest selection of vintage at great prices. Whether you are looking for furniture, art or even an old pair of cowboy boots (I recently picked up an incredible fringe suede jacket), Austin Antique Mall has it all!
Home Consignment Center
10515 N. Mopac Expy.
Family-owned and operated since 1994, Home Consignment Center has 16 locations around the US. With two locations in the Austin area alone, HCC is a great place to find quality furniture at affordable prices. Not only is there a great selection of consigned home furnishings, you will also find factory samples and other new pieces at closeout prices. With new pieces arriving everyday, there’s always something fresh to look at and great deals to be had.
Room Service Vintage
107 E. North Loop Blvd.
If you love vintage decor, you will love Room Service Vintage, which just so happens to be located in what used to be an old pharmacy and soda fountain from the 1950s. Packed to the brim with home furnishings, barware, vintage toys and even tchotchkes from your childhood, Room Service vintage is the place to go when looking for that one of a kind find.
They say that everything is bigger in Texas and when it comes to this thrift store, they would be right! With approximately 25,000 square feet of unique, gently used merchandise to peruse, there is truly something for everyone at Texas Thrift. What I love most about this store is that it is carefully organized by department, color and size, making even first-time thrifters feel comfortable.