Austin Vintage: Feathers Boutique

by jennine on March 15, 2011

When you’re out of town, hitting up the vintage shops is always a treat. Mostly because they always seem to have a bit more local flavor than the regular boutiques that carry the same labels as everyone else (unless it’s a locally produced label). I’ve kind of waned a bit from vintage as of late because I’ve lived in expensive vintage cities, New York, a pair of vintage shoes will set you back at least $70… which is fine, but my last pair had a sole that peeled off on the second wear. Bummer. Know a good cobbler downtown?

Instead of hitting up the SXSW interactive conference things in Austin, I decided to go on a shopping run with Pamela from Market Publique and Ashley from Fashism. Grechen from Grechen’s Closet had recommended hitting up Feathers Boutique on the trendy South Congress Strip. I went with my broken shoes in mind, but was delighted to find a wonderfully curated boutique with fun vintage wears and a whole lot of Texas charm. Of course the boutique isn’t all western themed, but I was in the mood, so looking around for belt buckles, cowboy boots, and fringes galore. They also had local jewelry designer Via Christa who made solid brass jewelry from a muskrat scull. Woah. Weighed a ton, but damn it looks cool.

Visit Feathers Boutique
1700 South Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78704-3524
(512) 912-9779

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Kristin March 15, 2011 at 12:16 pm

I wish I’d known about this place the last time I was in Austin!


Haute Muslimah March 15, 2011 at 12:18 pm

This is a really fun place! I love how all of the photos are so quintessentially Texan :)


Behind the Lashes March 15, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Sounds like it was a lot of fun. I’ll have to add shopping at vintage stores on my next trip!


Marie March 15, 2011 at 12:19 pm

We so enjoyed hearing you speak at the conference. I love visiting vintage shops when I travel for the same reason you mentioned, there is always a local flavor to the stores you don’t see at home!
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Collette Osuna March 15, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Really looks like a neat little gold mine….definitely my kind of place:)

I love venturing in the “out of the way” types of places….that is where you usually find the BEST goodies:)

So sorry I didn’t make it to the conference. I WILL be at the next one…hook or crook to meet you:)


Pam@over50feeling40 March 15, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Thanks for covering this! I have been looking for a place closeby that had more than one pair of Cowgirl boots! Many vintage shops have one or two pair and so far…they are not in my size. I will check this place out next time I am in Austin!
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Carly March 15, 2011 at 1:09 pm

NOTHING beats a great pair of warn in cowboy boots for Spring! NOTHING.
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Carly March 15, 2011 at 1:09 pm

NOTHING beats a great pair of worn in cowboy boots for Spring! NOTHING.
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Angela March 15, 2011 at 2:01 pm

The necklaces are amazing and I especially love the arrowhead! It reminds me of one I had as a kid that I got in/around Yellowstone.


Jessie March 15, 2011 at 3:26 pm

I love that kind of jewelry. it is truly amazing.
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Style Souk March 15, 2011 at 5:41 pm

If it were possible to steal the beautiful gold necklace and scarf in the first picture, I’d be doing it… right about… NOW! ;0)

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vanessa March 15, 2011 at 6:25 pm

That looks like an amazing shop. We don’t have tons of vintage stores near me. I tend to just stick to the thrift stores, I find tons of vintage stuff though. Did you end up getting anything?
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Alexandra March 16, 2011 at 6:06 am

Love all that stuff. And it’s awful that I haven’t found any vintage shops in any of my many trips. I should do some better research , I;m losing too much

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Nickie Frye March 16, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Ah, this is my kind of place. I love everything!
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Laura Connell March 16, 2011 at 11:37 pm

I am so into vintage lately, too, and it is also one of my favourite things to do when I’m on vacation. I notice that depending on where you are the prices vary wildly. Vintage in New York, for example is sold at quite a high premium.


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