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A Twist on Texas Shopping


In a state with colorful history, a collision of cultures and independent spirit, Texas has many eclectic shops that reflect its characteristics. Whether shoppers are looking for a true one-of-a-kind piece, a vintage collectible or a designer must-have, they are sure to find it in the Lone Star State.

Houston, the largest city in the state, is home to more than a dozen distinct shopping areas and retail that offers everything from vintage to high-end options. The historic Heights neighborhood is overflowing with unique storefronts. Antique aficionados have plenty to choose from among the multiple antique stores that dot the street. On 19th street, shoppers will find one of Houston’s best resale shops, Retropolis. Fun accessories and colorful housewares are among the countless items to be had at Jubilee, while designer collections and high end pieces can be found at Cakewalk Style Shop.

In Dallas, the Bishop Arts District is the perfect place to find that unique piece to set an outfit or room apart from the rest. The Artisan’s Collective is a gallery and shop that showcases an assortment of affordable fine art, crafts and jewelry created by more than 150 Dallas artists. On the east side of Dallas on Lower Greenville Avenue, Milk & Honey Boutique is the perfect place to find a one-of-a-kind outfit. The Gypsy Wagon also offers affordable fashion with a Texas twist. Between the numerous racks of tops and stylish dresses, shoppers will find designer cowboy boots and leather-fringed handbags. For shoppers that get a thrill from finding classic vintage pieces at a bargain store price, Dolly Python has one of the biggest and most diverse collections with everything from mid-century furniture, antique clothing, vintage vinyl and more.
 
In the capitol city that prefers to keep things weird, Austin is home to numerous vintage and one-of-a-kind treasures. Near downtown on South Congress Avenue lies a slew of vintage shops including Feathers, which was named the best vintage shop in the country by Elle magazine and offers diverse selection of women's clothing from the 1920s through to the 1990s. Just a few shops down is Uncommon Objects, a wonderland that is home to a carefully curated collection of Pinterest-worthy finds that will make any do-it-yourself shopper swoon. South Congress is also home to the Kendra Scott flagship store which holds the jewelry and accessory collection designed by the Austin native. On the east side of town, shop for a cause at Raven + Lily, which carries beautiful and eco-friendly designs made by women in Ethiopia, India, Cambodia, Kenya and the United States who work at fair trade wages. While shopping for a cause, why not sip for one too? The Austin TOMS store includes a cafe serving coffee from TOMS Roasting Co. For every bag of coffee purchased, TOMS will give one week of clean water to a person in need. 
 
For Mexican food connoisseurs, Melissa Guerra’s Tienda de Cocina, or kitchen shop in San Antonio is the marketplace that makes dreams come true. Inspired by the shops of 19th-century Mexico, the shop is outfitted with hand-carved wood shelves, handmade tiles, and other Latin American tools and ingredients like molcajetes, hand-blown glassware and dried chiles. For unique home décor, find contemporary and modern art from around the world, as well as mirrors, lighting and textiles at Souk Home Décor. Enjoy the sights and flavors of old Mexico at Historic Market Square, a favorite of locals and tourists for generations. Explore over 100 locally owned shops and stalls for authentic Talavera pottery, exotic curios and handcrafted works of art, all at a festive indoor mall famously described as the largest Mexican market outside Mexico. 

In Canton, antiquing enthusiasts and shoppers that appreciate a good deal flock to First Monday Trade Days. The oldest flea market in the state, established in 1850, occurs the weekend before the first Monday of each month.
For the largest antique destination in the state, head to Round Top for the Round Top Antiques Fair, which sprawls across several small towns and attracts more than 100,000 shoppers at shows in the spring and fall.
From classic attire from the past that never goes out of style, to decor options with a twist, the Lone Star State’s eclectic shopping experience is one-of-a-kind.
  
Check out one-of-a-kind treasures and unique finds as you browse some of Texas’ most talked about shops and markets. Everything from eclectic wall decorations to authentic Mexican dresses can be found in almost every big city shopping district. Find your Texas-inspired style today.
 
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