With Christmas and New Years right around the corner, the staff at ANON Magazine wanted to highlight our top choices for keeping it local this holiday season. Helping our Austin, TX economy and shops to thrive helps keep our community alive, paves the way for more jobs in the city, reduces environmental waste and keeps our community unique! Plus there’s so much ATX has to offer whether you’re buying for your parents, your bestie, your significant other, or a coworker/acquaintance. Take a look at some of our favorite spots in town:

 

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Blue Velvet Vintage – Located on the North Loop strip, sandwiched in between Epoch Coffee and Breakaway Records (also fantastic businesses worth visiting) is Blue Velvet Vintage, arguably one of the best places to shop for vintage in Austin. Despite its small size, Blue Velvet boasts a wide range of vintage clothing and accessories for men and women, with new items being added daily. The prices are extremely reasonable for what you’re getting, and there are tons of great pieces to choose from. If you’re looking to find something quick, follow @bluevelvetvintage on Instagram to see what new items are being added daily.

 

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HOPE Farmers Market  – HOPE Farmers Market is located in East Austin at the corner of  E. 5th and Comal every Sunday, and features rows of booths set up by local artisans and businesses.  At the market you will find fresh produce, flowers, kombucha, pierogis, handmade goods, and more. Whether you’re shopping for some groceries, or just stopping by for a quick lunch, this little outdoor market is totally budget friendly and always fresh. If you don’t have time to stop by during the day, HOPE is in the midst of setting up nighttime markets as well. Keep an eye out for their up and coming events!

 

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Austin Tinkering School – Love to craft or want to learn a new trade? The Austin Tinkering School is totally for you. Located at 1122 Airport Blvd in east Austin, this little school boasts a wide range of monthly classes for kids and adults taught by local artists, all of which are extremely affordable. You can learn everything from how to craft your own sword to woodworking, ceramics, baking, and so much more. Be sure to stay updated with their monthly class schedules, you don’t want to miss out!

 

 

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Friends & Neighbors – Under Friends & Neighbors’ roof is the one stop shop for all things fashion, art, design, food and music. Each room is dedicated to specific goods, ranging from vintage clothing and accessories, beauty products and soaps, as well as house blend teas, coffee, and wine which you can enjoy inside or on their patio with complementary Wifi. They also offer workshops and creative events and happy hour specials! What’s not to love?
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Sola – The staff (and Miss Venus, their pet mascot) is what really makes this Austin boutique special. Located at 2005 South Lamar, there’s always something new in store at Sola. With a blend of local jewelry, hip and comfy outfits and TOMS shoes (who help provide shoes, sight, water, safe birth and bullying prevention services to people in need), it’s easy to get lost browsing their goods and exploring their store. Stay tuned for their 12 Days of Christmas currently happening with lots of fabulous deals!
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New Bohemia – Relocated to 4631 Airport Blvd, New Bohemia is the perfect spot for perusing all things vintage. With racks of surprising and one of a kind finds, you’ll find something for all your loves at the shop. New Bohemia encourages you to find your inner style and explore the many wears they have to offer. Keep up to date with what’s being added on the regular over on their social media!
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End of an Ear – A while ago Dick, Berry, and I agreed that what really matters is what you like, not what you are like; books, records, films—these things matter. Call me shallow but it’s the truth.(High Fidelity) Embodying the underlying spirit of John Hughes films with acute awareness for the driving factors of seventies and eighties culture nostalgia, End of an Ear is one of the last remaining refuges for those of us refusing to let those burning youthinrevolt passions go quietly into that dark night. Beyond the solid vinyl stock, incredible vintage stereo systems, and shelves of VHS tapes being as near as it gets to nerd Mecca, it’s the spirit of the place making it the staple of Austin it has become. Other shops sell records, End of an Ear sells style. Relocated to 4304 Clawson Rd. 78704
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Ancient Mysteries – Ancient Mysteries is an ideal spot for those who have been seeking out a place to further your awareness of the metaphysical especially within the pagan realm. Whatever you are searching for be it tarot cards, candles, herbs, oils, statues, incense, stones, or altar items they have you covered. The staff is pleasant and exceptionally comforting. They typically have a tarot/psychic reader at the store on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. 209 E Ben White Blvd Ste 202
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