This is by far Austin's most notorious vintage shop, and its most flamboyant. This fabulous store is largely a costume shop packed with thousands of choices ranging from gorilla suits to bullfighters to princesses; and the store carries all the necessary accessories to boot. If your personal style is unconventional (to say the least), there is a huge selection of retro clothing suitable for everyday wear as well.
Crystal Works features a broad spectrum of crystals and minerals, loose or in various artistic settings. This dazzling shop carries a range of ethereal New Age products, including tabletop fountains, jewelry set with semi-precious stones and crystal window ornaments. There is a great selection of stone and polished amber fossils. A collection of Feng Shui books and literature details where to best place items like these calming decorative pieces in your home. The staff is friendly and very helpful. First time visitors receive complimentary lavender.
A toy shop for grown-ups, Monkey See Monkey Do carries toys, games, and funky collectibles that run from kitschy to just plain silly. The mind-bogglingly large inventory is meticulously organized into an explosion of carefully controlled craziness. It's a great place to find gifts for the hard-to-shop-for person. Monkey See Monkey Do offers a wide array of toys and games, from sock monkeys and sea monkeys to action figures and robots.
If you are looking for imports, Tesoros is the place to go. With unique items from Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Nepal and Vietnam, you're bound to find the perfect accent piece for your home or office. Owner Jonathan Williams personally travels far and wide selecting the items for import. The store is located on historic Congress Avenue and carries wonderful folk arts and crafts as well as a number of one-of-a-kind artworks. There is also an online retail catalog available on their website.
Supporting local businesses is always a good thing, and this little store, nestled in south Austin, should be no exception. As with virtually all of the businesses in popular parts of this city, Secret Oktober is tightly packed in small quarters. Yet, unlike the majority of these businesses, the shop packs a punch with a non-mainstream inventory (Steampunk goggles, Victorian-style chokers, and Men's platform boots to name a few). Everything is also neatly organized and nicely labeled. Be sure not to miss the clearance rack outside of the store.
This business has been functioning for more than a few decades, and the store has been open at its current location for more than a number of years. So far, it is the only Japanese grocery and gift store within the Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos metropolis. For being the only store of its kind in this large capital of the second most populated United State, this mid-sized boutique packs a punch! Everything from frozen meat, to produce, to even hakama shirts (traditional Japanese men's wear) are for sale. Browse the clearance bin at the far end of the store to carefully examine the price tags of the alcohol, as bargains are rampant.
Have you ever heard of a toy store that's open at midnight? This is not your typical toy store. Rather, Toy Joy is a wonderland for unconventional "children" of all ages. Though the inventory includes some popular kids' items like Beanie Babies and Pokemon collectibles, they specialize in the unusual. This boutique of the bizarre is filled to capacity with selections like sumo wrestler alarm clocks, cube-shaped bubble wands, over-sized lava lamps and creative sound makers. It's a great place to shop for a gift or for yourself.
Lucky Lizard Curios and Gifts is the go-to shop in Austin for all things weird and wonderful in Austin. Located in the popular Sixth Street area in downtown Austin, Lucky Lizard has become a fixture in the local community. They've got a vast collection of world music, classic comic books and magazines, a library of books covering an eclectic array of subjects from the paranormal and movie monsters to pirates and vampires. The owner is also the curator for the Museum of the Weird located alongside the Lucky Lizard shop. This is a great place and is certainly worth stopping in.