~ NEW LOCATION ~
1906 South 1st Street
Austin, TX 78704
HOURS: Mon-Fri 12 pm – 7 pm, Sat 11 am – 6 pm, Sun 12 pm – 6 pm
I was out exploring bits and pieces of the city of Austin, when I crossed into the “So-Fi” (South First St.) neighborhood. What drew me to find Flashback Vintage was the “Daily Planet” influenced sign in front that read FLASHBACK. The shop itself was a converted home and each room housed racks of vintage for men and women. This is my favorite vintage store in Austin, so far, because the staff and owner are super-friendly and are willing to help out styling an outfit (sans judging or giving you that stinkeye) or just showing you around the shop. I love the wide selection of 40s-90s dresses (both for everyday wear and special occasion). I had the chance to speak to Marsha- owner of the fine establishment. I was really impressed that she told me she has been in business since 1982. She has always had a strong passion for vintage and when she was living in Houston, she wore vintage all the time; including when she was working as a cocktail waitress. She found that when she wore vintage while at work, she got better tips (because vintage is just THAT amazing!) Fast forward to 1982, when she moved to Austin. She and a friend were going to open up a restaurant, but instead, decided that opening up a vintage store was just in her blood. Her first location was on South Lamar, but then changed to her current location on South First, where she was actually the first vintage store to open there. There are quite a number of vintage shops in the small hipster neighborhood, all of which have their own unique personality. Marsha feels that Flashback is unique in that she specializes in the ‘Mad Men’ era (and a variety of other eras as well). She also offers a $5 rack outside and a $25 and under bargain room. She also prides the long ball gown rack, which people get very excited about (I mean who wouldn’t? My heart flutters every time I walk into that room. Chiffon, tulle, sequins…oh my!) Flashback Vintage has something for everyone and you can find a gem ranging from $5 to $200, with nothing that goes over $200. Celebrity clientele of the shop include: Johnny Depp, Kate Moss, Drew Barrymore, Megan Mullally and others. If you are in the Austin area and haven’t been to Flashback…Shame on you! J/K! But I highly suggest putting down your laptop and going like….right now.
There will be a Flashback Vintage Pop-Up Shop opening up on South Lamar on September 1st. The shop will be pretty bare bones, but Marsha hopes to bring in high-end furniture and there will be racks upon racks of wearable clothing, so customers can just pick up something on the fly. I will update on the exact location soon!