Austin is known not only for its local art and music scene but also for its incredibly unique shopping! With farmers markets, pop-up shops and mom and pop’s galore, this spectacularly strange city is a boutique shopper’s dream! Why buy something that’s manufactured in millions when you could own something home-grown, handmade and one-of-a-kind? Austin chooses to celebrate the city’s many talented artists and artisans by sourcing locally and supporting local businesses whenever possible. So if you’re looking for a refreshing reprieve from the retail world, stop by these awesome popup shops around Austin and pick up something made with lots of local love.
Eberly Brunch Market Days
Set in trendy south Austin, Eberly is a gorgeous restaurant and bar that dishes out locally sourced, contemporary American cuisine. Named after the intrepid Angelina Eberly, who single-handedly defended Austin as the capital of Texas from a rebellious President Sam Houston and his Texas Rangers, this rare rathskeller is known for its buzzing happy hours, relaxing rooftop patio and fresh farm-to-table fare. But the crown jewel of Eberly is the incredible 19th century antique mahogany bar that was carefully brought over from the historic Cedar Tavern in New York City’s Greenwich Village. Every detail of this magnificent space is exquisite! And if you’re looking for a fun way to Sunday funday with friends, check out Eberly’s monthly Brunch Market Days every first Sunday. They’ve got lip-smacking brunch specials like Fried Chicken & Waffles, Eggs Benedict and Sweet Potato & Chorizo Hash, plus a charming artisan market set up in their courtyard with local vendors displaying their different wares. At Brunch Market Days you can find everything from house wares and homemade jewelry to organic soaps and colorful succulents. Vendors change every month, so there’s always something new and unique to find.
East Side Pop-Up
One of Austin’s most popular pop-ups, East Side Pop-Up is a traveling market known for their one-of-a-kind finds and eclectic shopping. These mobile merchants set up shop inside coffee shops, bars and venues around the city and feature artisans from all over Austin. Every event is uniquely curated with a selection of spectacular vendors that sell vintage clothes, local art and handcrafted goodies. Some of their frequent pop-ups include the Sunday Soiree at Native Hostel, with The Attic Vintage Clothing Co., South Austin Bath & Body, Herland Home vegan coconut and wax candles, Moon Mantra gem healing, Recycled Boots, Bohemian Jewel and Finery Elaborate Adornments, The Rock Pop-Up at Hotel Vegas with gems from Zanny Adornments, Politix of Pwerple Studio and Hello Violet plus DJs and live jams, and the Bazaar Brunch which takes place on the sprawling lawn of Bouldin Creek Cafe. If you’re a vintage seeker or a local who loves to support Austin’s artist and artisan scene, then East Side Pop-Up is definitely a must!
SoCo Select Farmers and Makers Market
If you’re looking for the quintessential Austin shopping experience, head to the SoCo district aka South Congress. This iconic street is loaded with famous restaurants, iconic landmarks and unbeatable views. Take a stroll down the street toward the Capital and you’ll find Guero’s Taco Bar and their perpetually packed outdoor beer garden and stage, Jo’s Coffee and the legendary “I Love You So Much” sign, the Yard Dog Gallery, which carries unique art pieces from artists around the world and the wonderfully weird Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds costume store. So naturally South Congress makes the perfect place for an all afternoon, outdoor multi-vendor pop-up market! With dozens of local artisans, producers, artists, creatives and restaurants, the SoCo Select Farmers and Makers Market has a little something for everyone! This engaging pop-up deserves an entire afternoon of pursuing, because it’s got everything from delicious tacos from Tacodeli and java from Violet Crown Coffee Co. to henna, massages and Medicinal Moksha. Some of the popular participating vendors include Exit 82 Art, Billie Claire Handmade, ATX Yoga Girl, Bee Delightful, Wilderness Wood Prints, Gusto Graphic Tees, Karacotta Ceramics, Johnson’s Backyard Garden, Stitch and Stone Modern Bohemian Jewelry, Lularoe, Wick Habit hand poured soy wax candles and Salty Lemon Apothecary. So set aside an afternoon and go explore the best of Austin’s farmers and makers on south Congress.
For the mystics and magic seekers of the city, the Austin Witches Circle is a collective of local pagans, witches and magical folks that live in harmony with the earth. According to the Austin Witches Circle as adapted by Scott Cunningham, the goals of a witch include being attuned with the cycles of the earth, meditating, exercising body, eating and breathing to thrive, honoring nature, knowing yourself, knowing your craft, celebrating life and accepting death and achieving a balance. This altruistic, inclusive community-central group advocates environmentalism, equality of all genders, anti-racism, acknowledgement and respect of individual identities and creativity. It’s definitely not all cauldrons and broomsticks. Along with regular meet-ups and gatherings, the Austin Witches Circle also hosts seasonal markets and community events to support local artisans and celebrate the life of the witch. The Witches Brew Brunch Market at the zany vegan Zucchini Kill Bakery is open to all ages and brings handmade witches brews and potions, dark arts, mystics, divination, tarot, body care, elixirs, amulets, herbalism, sweet treats from Zucchini Kill and fresh organic gourmet fare from Bistro Vonish. While the Dark Moon Market at Drinks Lounge is an adults-only witching hour with Dark Wave on vinyl, local witches handcrafted wares, tacos and sliders from Eats Kitchen, craft cocktails from the bar, tarot, mysticism, magic and more! If you’re craving a real taste of Austin weird and are open to trying something outside the everyday, then join the Austin Witches Circle at one of their witchy events and open yourself up to the possibility of something magical!
Draft & Craft Market
Catering to the many beloved beer drinkers of Austin, Draft & Craft is a traveling pop-up market that brings together two of Austin’s favorite things: craft beer and artisanal crafts. This awesome ale event takes place around Austin’s favorite breweries and offers local vendors and artists the chance to sell their stuff in a friendly and affordable space. For shoppers, it’s the chance to sip delicious craft beers while they browse a spectacular selection of local handmade products. The I Heart Brew market at Friends and Allies Brewing was a buzz-worthy collaboration with Austin Eastciders and featured crafts from Radio Fonix, Elderflower Farmacy, Dye like Ike, Healthily Essential, Lyloeclectics and Abstract Expressions by Resi, plus tasty grub from the Ginger Armadillo. And the Draft and Craft Pooches and Pints pop-up at Yard Bar is a dog-friendly get-together with delicious drinks and eats from the bar plus swag for you and your pup from Boots and Arrow, Sprayed Expressions, Chloe + Isabel, Sassy Britchezz, Geaux Pup, Dale Carroll Art, Gonzalez Handmade and J’Mazen Boutique. Upcoming events can be found on Draft & Craft’s website and Facebook.
Third Sunday Market at the Lemon Lounge
Located in hip downtown east Austin, the Lemon Lounge is a super swanky art and event space that hosts a variety of soirees for art and music lovers of all kinds. This multi-media gallery is open airy and ultra modern, and provides the perfect creative space for unique Austin gatherings. Plenty of local musicians and performers have played at the Lemon Lounge, plus the famous East Austin Studio Tour sets up shop inside the lounge during their traveling art exhibition. And if you’re in the mood for an artisnal shopping trip, then check out the Lemon Lounge’s Third Sunday pop-up shop. This monthly market gives different vendors the chance to show off their wares and shoppers an opportunity to take home one-of-a-kind vintage accessories and clothing, handmade candles and jewelry and incredible local art. Past vendors include Oil Sage by Adrienne Erreca, A Couple Puns custom greeting cards, Western Whims clothing boutique, Wulf Vintage and Fluri United.
Just Me Pop-Up
Helping to support the local vendors, brewers and artisans of Austin, Just Me is a fun weekly pop-up shop that features handpicked, unique items for men and women. This artistic market usually takes place at several breweries around Austin including Celis Brewery, Flying Man Brewery, Skull Mechanix and Two Wheel Brewing, and brings with it a fantastic spread of handmade jewelry, home decor, clothing, art, pottery, accessories and more. What better way to spend the a Saturday afternoon than chilling inside a spacious taproom with a beer in hand as you get your local shopping fix. The Just Me Sip & Shop event at Celis Brewery boasted handpicked items from Be Beautiful Jewelry, Moira’s Magic Makeup Scenegence, LuLaRoe, Paparazzi Accessories, Life’s Balance CBD products, Audrey & Jean Boutique and Jamie Rod Photography plus food truck treats. And the Just Me Art on Tap Pop-Up at Skull Mechanix brewing featured amazing local craft beer, tarot, henna and goodies from Scents by Courtney, Laurel Stalla Designs and handmade small batch gemstone soap and unique finds from Just Me Accessories. For a list of upcoming Just Me pop-ups check out their Facebook page.