Rather than do each shop individually, I thought I would just tell you about First Thursday as a whole, and then let you check out each individual shop!
First Thursday is an event that occurs once a month in Austin on South Congress Ave. (SoCo) in which all the vendors get together and have live music, beer, sodas, and other treats as a welcome to Austin and a reason for you to look through their trinkets!
Definitely worth an hour or two of your time on a Thursday afternoon!
What to buy: Lots of Texas Antiques, Lone Stars, Armadillos, and Blue Bonnets!
What to pay: Varies... from $1 to 1000 dollars.
There is lots of music related items at this downtown store, such as: t-shirts, magnets, artwork and trinkets from musicians like Bob Marley, Jim Hendrix, Elvis (a whole Elvis display area!) and more. They also have good music playing as you browse the aisles. Where else can you find a Bob Marley christmas ornament? I think they also take on-line orders.
If you are a thrift store junkie like I am, the Salvation Army at 1142 South Lamar (443-7565) is loaded with deals. Come in on Wednesdays when everything in the store is half price and you could walk out of there with a whole new wardrobe for under $20.00. I have found Old Navy Jeans and Levis over there for about $2.00 or $3.00 each.
Things Celtic is Texas's largest celtic themed store. The owner imports several times a year from craftspeople in ireland, england and scotland. She got her start selling at reniassance festivals, and now has moved to a new location with more celtic items than most gift shops in ireland, or scotland.
What to buy: Things Celtic stocks everything from jewelry, wool products, books, clothes, swords and armor, and any other celtic thing you can think of. It's like getting souveniers from an irish trip without going there.
What to pay: Prices range depending on what you are buying. They are reasonable though.
On Congress Ave. there is almost every type of store imaginable, a true one-stop shopping experience. A very picturesque, historical setting for every modern product you would want.
What to buy: I'm not really into music, but in the "live music capital of the world", it would be a natural thing to search for.
All kinds of shops, plenty of variety.
What to buy: Clothes, bathroom accessories, handbags, shoes..
What to pay: Fair to average prices
A large supermarket is located Lamar Avenue/6th Street.
It is also a way to get a free parking place.
What to buy: Food. All kind. Including cooked food.
What to pay: Average price. HBE is cheaper.
South Congress Avenue has lots of unique boutiques to wander in and out of. Some are pricier than others, but you'll pay about $50 for a shirt, on average.