by Monika Kowalczyk - 65 Reviews - 40 List
Considering that shopping on a budget is often at the expense of inconvenience, many folks thank high-brow boutiques and one-stop shop department stores for simplifying the quest for gifting goods. However, since paying more for an item than what it's really worth is hardly something a respectable Austinite would do, we're offering up a rundown of some of the best bargain bins worthy of unabashed penny pinching...or buying twice as much. (Pictured: Blue Velvet Vintage)
Updated: November 25, 2010
With a nod to market values and all that jazz you learned in business school, it can be quite difficult to designate a dollar amount to an old-school Mongoose fixed gear tandem bike or a Star Trek gumball machine. This Allandale resale shop, operated by St. David's Episcopal Church and powered by neighborhood donations and estate sales, had both for under 30 bucks during our recent jaunt.
It's bit of a misnomer, as Big Bertha's is a petit street level, Alamo Drafthouse-adjacent consignment shop with a small-girthed gent named Henry manning the ship. Price points may be higher than your average vintage haunt, but the inventory consists of some key high-end designer pieces.
As an ode to the name, this celebratory supermarket's selective albeit kitschy range is infectious and popular with foodies, including frugal ones. Offering more than the average staples, Fiesta Mart proffers a chance to score anything from global grocery items (canned rhizome from Thailand, perhaps?) to economically-priced flat-screen TVs.
You know the smell of an untrodden, stiffly leathered pair of Lucchese boots, or the unfaded deep blue of brand spanking new Wranglers? Cavender's is a jackpot of any and all at varying price points of Western attire and gifts--perfect investment pieces that embody one's lusting for a wrangled ?High Noon? Gary Cooper.