To call ATown a boutique is erroneous--it's actually pretty big! Support crafty, creative Austin artists by shopping at this store to keep the good karma flowing; if you keep paying for their work, they will continue to provide you with high-quality art (like wall paintings inspired by famous Austin landmarks), accessories (like colorful bracelets manufactured out of Legos), and clothing (like cute tees for vegetarians that proudly advertise their lifestyle), amongst other things (like eco-friendly candles).
The 2nd Street Shopping District is one of Austin's most colorful and entertaining shopping districts. This six-block locale offers some of the shopping, dining, and entertainment venues in the city. Some of the stores at 2nd Street include Ann Taylor Loft, Authentic Smiles, Austin Rocks, Delish Bakery, Cru Wine Bar, Design Within Reach, and Flor. So whether you're looking for a night on the town, or a perfect place for an afternoon shopping spree, the 2nd Street District is not to be missed.
Recycled Reads is run by volunteers and sells books, music, and movies from both the branches of the Austin Public Library and by generous donors. This store, a business of The City of Austin, does what it proudly calls "upcycling": items that are not sold are sent to companies that work with literacy programs, while items that are in poor shape are turned into art (such as "book origami" and "vinyl earrings").
Arguably the best factors about this vintage/thrift shop is that it is a consignment store AND it sells some new merchandise (women's & men's clothing, accessories, and some home decorations). Buffalo Exchange is a great place to go if you're looking for some truly unique pieces of clothing at good prices. Often you can find some real designer gems mixed in with the selection.
In business since 1991, the Austin Wine Merchant strives to bring the best wine and spirits to this Texan city from the world over. Whether you're looking for a gift, a special drink for yourself, or accessories to go with it (glassware and more is available), this place has it all. Be forewarned though, that they keep the store on the colder side for the wine, so bring your jackets!