6 Handmade and Vintage Shops for Local Austin Gifts

By: Claire Sommers Buck

Looking for unique, handmade and vintage gifts during your trip to Austin? Check out Slow North, Take Heart, Miranda Bennett and more.

1. Parts & Labour

Established on South Congress in 2004, Parts & Labour is a consignment store featuring handmade work by Texas-based artists – exclusive apparel, hand-pulled screen prints, artisan jewelry, and more!

Art at Parts & Labour


2. Slow North

Slow North is an all-natural essential oil candle company located in North Central Austin. Their brick-and-mortar features a retail shop, event space and candle production studio. Come check out their candle-making process up close while shopping Slow North products along with a curated selection of botanical goods and modern essentials handcrafted by artisans around the world.

Candle pouring at Slow North


3. Take Heart

Take Heart is a boutique in East Austin offering a thoughtfully chosen selection of handmade and well designed objects for the home and person.

Take Heart shop


4. Miranda Bennett

Miranda Bennett Studio is a collection of modern, plant-dyed apparel made in the USA. They naturally dye their textiles and cut, process and ship their apparel from their Austin, Texas studio. They manufacture their apparel exclusively with Open Arms, an Austin based sustainable apparel manufacturer empowering refugees through fair-wage employment.

Art at Parts & Labour


5. La Ropa Vintage

Newly opened! Unique vintage clothing, home goods and jewelry located in East Austin.

Art at Parts & Labour


6. Charm School Vintage

From the 1890’s to the 1990’s, Charm School Vintage synthesizes the best design of every era into the components of the modern, stylish wardrobe, selecting each garment for its timelessness, wearability, and ability to delight and inspire.

Charm School Vintage jumpsuit


About the author

Claire Sommers Buck is the owner and designer of Claire Sommers Buck Jewelery an independently owned, handmade jewelry line based out of Austin, Texas. A native Texan, Claire’s affection for handmade goods began at an early age on the wood floors of her parents’ dusty ceramics studio. In 2009, Claire attended Penland School of Crafts where she immediately fell in love with the tools, techniques and functionality of the craft of metalsmithing. A curiosity of ancient world cultures and an enthusiasm for travel continue to impact her work and practice. Yet, as far across the globe Claire wanders, she is always drawn back home to the quiet and calm of the southwest.


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