Lauded by many as the go-to shop for European antiques in Austin, Texas, this antique store's stellar reputation is well deserved. Passionate owner Pat Monroe specializes in antique French furniture but also hand-selects a variety of European furnishings and decor that meet her requirements of style, distinction, authenticity and quality. The shop itself is breathtaking, filled with lovely vignettes of French armchairs, Spanish chandeliers, Italian mirrored sconces, 18th-century books, pearl-handled swords and intriguing antique maps.
Antique-lovers on a budget adore this cheerful shop set in the vibrant SoCo neighborhood of Austin. Exquisite antiques share shelf space with kitschy vintage finds, resulting in a rare, ever-changing diversity that satisfies shoppers of all styles. Plus, the owners are helpful and engaging, so whatever your price point, they'll ensure you find a personal treasure amongst the vintage wrist watches, fossils, 1920s Victrolas, turquoise jewelry, antique cameras, marble busts, old books and military buttons.
If you're searching for remnants of centuries-old European style in the heart of Austin, Texas, this antique shop's charming and knowledgeable owner has you covered. Inspired by the gorgeous wares once sold by traveling gypsies, the shop's beautifully designed vignettes showcase hand-selected antiques from France, Spain, Belgium, England and the US. From ornate mirrors and vanity trays to garden statuary and ethereal Italian chandeliers, Gypsies Antiques offers treasures that add timeless elegance to any space.
Jean-Marc Fray Antiques is a direct importer of distinctive antiques and decorative arts. You'll find the store down on W. 6th Street. Discerning collectors will find period and style pieces dating from the 17th to early 20th centuries. Owners Jean-Marc and Cynthia Fray work directly with international auction houses and various trusted sources from Spain, Italy and France. The couple is known for their passion and commitment to high end, quality pieces. Visitors to Jean-Marc Fray French Antiques are instantly delighted with the beautiful selection. Whether your tastes run towards French chandeliers gilded in bronze or hand-painted armoires from days gone by, you're sure to find something to take you back into time while delighting your senses.
Local Expert tip: The store also maintains a Facebook page and blog which they update regularly. You'll find photos of new items in stock and other great information.
A more than 30,000-square-foot vintage heaven awaits visitors to the Austin Antique Mall. The antiques, sold by more than 100 of Central Texas's best dealers, range in value from a few dollars to thousands, delighting both seasoned collectors seeking a serious statement piece and casual browsers hoping to revamp their style without spending a fortune. Favorite finds include 19th-century furniture, one-of-a-kind jewelry, vintage clothing, Italian leather purses, Roseville pottery, fine china and funky 1970s lunchboxes.
Owners Jim and Kelly Luedeke describe Mi Casa Gallery as the reflection of the Luedeke family's love affair with Texas and Latin America. The store has become very popular and is well known for its unique religious objects and folkart from Mexico and the Americas. The store carries an extensive collection of crosses and crucifixion artwork. Shoppers will find crosses from Peruvian origin alongside crucifixes from Latin America and Europe. Vibrant colors, beautiful wood and pottery are some of the different materials the crosses are made from. Mi Casa Gallery also carries a variety of Mexican Retablos (Latin American devotional paintings). The history behind the retablos is beautiful and educational. The store carries one of the largest selections of retablos in the United States. You'll find paintings on tinplate, canvas and copper as well as wood. For the shopper looking for that distinctive piece that adds uniqueness to their home, Mi Casa also carries fine home furnishings in many styles. Look for Guatemalan influence, Indian antiques or French country styles and don't be surprised when you find all of those and more!
Local Expert tip: The store encourages you to call ahead if you are looking for that special piece. They'll be happy to help you find it.
The Vintage Around Town Guide is put out by Room Service Vintage, one of Austin's top vintage, antique and thrift stores in the North Loop District. Because Austin has such a love affair with vintage shopping, Vintage Around Town is the definitive guide to Austin's finest vintage and antique shopping, with over 40 stores listed including favorites such as Blue Velvet, Charm School Vintage, Frock On, Modern Salvage, New Brohemia and more. The guide is available online, and print versions can be found at any of the participating shops. Listed companies MUST be at least 85% vintage/antiques, thrift stores/non-profits, consignment stores, stores on the outskirts of Austin, internet stores, or estate sale companies.