I wonder if they still have fleamarkets in Austin or if it was just a thing of the 80s.... - the answer is: yes, they still do have fleamarkets (please see the weblink below!)
The fleamarket on the photograph was a December fleamarket in the university area. Boy, did we have fun!!!!Related to:
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The shops at Stockyards Station: Western clothes and souvenirs
The shops are located in the old Stockyard pens. About 25 shops are selling jewelry, souvenirs, candy, ice cream, clothing, boots, hats or other Western gear. It’s not my kind of stuff, but it was fun to see what they were selling. But if you like typical western clothes and souvenirs you’re at the right place. For those who doesn’t want to shop, they placed benches outside the shops. Ideal place to sit for a little while. At least in the spring and autumn. I think that it is too warm in the summer and to dusty. Halfway the station you’ll find the restrooms. The shops and the station had Halloween decoration everywhere.
Although the shop are wheelchair friendly, the cobblestones are not. The path of cobblestones is not very comfortable when you are in a wheelchair. It’s very bumpy.
Don’t look up if you come out of a store and a train is passing by. Once a day a train is running through the middle of the Stockyard station.
Monday through Thursday - 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday - 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday - 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
If you come by car, you can park your car near the visitor Center. It costs $5 for a few hours. If you’re staying in the Sundance Square area, you can grab the trolley to Stockyard Historical District.Related to:
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Stonebriar Mall: Big Mall
This mall is pretty huge! I Don't think it is the largest I have ever been in, but it's still big! In any case, there are many shops here including Texas Treasures (Where you can buy anything Texas related), and a Dallas Cowboys Pro Shop. The food court is also big, and the people who work there stand out in front of the restaurants and hand out samples in order to compete with one another!Related to:
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Boot amd Hat Wearhouses and Discount stores: Grab A Cowboy Hat and A Pair of Boots
Texas is known for its leather crafts, boots and hats. Check out these items while in Texas because I haven't seen a larger selection anywhere else. Not to mention there are dealers everywhere that are dying to give you a good deal. Look for those signs Three pairs of Boots for $99, check clearance racks and don't be afraid to ask locals . If you see someone wearing something you like don't be shy ask where they got it. I gave $15 dollars for my red cowgirl hat at a Stuckys on I-10 and found my husbands $300 dollar boots on Sale for $60 in a outlet mall on I-35 near Austin.
What to buy: If you are gonna visit Texas you simply must get yourself a Cowboy Hat and Boots.And if you are feeling froggy get the Huge belt buckle and the handmade belt. I also recommend picking up a western shirt and a good pair of jeans. I wear mine to festivals and date nights at honky tonks all over the US.
What to pay: I can't speculate on how much your honky tonk style is going to cost simply because it really depends on you and how hard you hunt the good deal.
Allen Premium Outlets: Outlet Stores
Everything. This place has a bunch of different outlets. There is a Timberland Outlet, Dress Barn, Mikasa, Tommy Hilfiger, and others. I go to the Timberland Outlet when I go here to get my clothes for hiking and camping.Related to:
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Dallas Cowboys Pro Shop: Cowboys Gear
Everything you can think of pertaining to the Dallas Cowboys, it's here. You name it, they have it. If you are a Dallas Cowboys fan (i like them, but they aren't my favorite), you can pretty much deck your whole house with what is here. If they don't have it, they can either get it or point you to someone who can find it for you.
What to buy: You name it.
What to pay: A little higher than average, of course it is the Cowboys...Related to:
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Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World
A well known sporting goods store which carries just about everything you can think of in sporting goods, camping and gifts and home decor.
Unbelievable place, there is over 200,000 sqft just devoted to outdoor activities. There are some 20 stores all around the country and 2 in Texas (Grapevine (DFW area) and Katy (Houston area).
At Grapevine there is a hunting section which covers 7,500 ft., a large clothing section including brands such as 'RedHead', 'World Wide Sportsman', 'Woolrich', 'Bob Timberlake', 'Columbia' and more. The displays are amazing, they showcast one animal from each of the 30 finest big game species found through North America. There is a shooting arcade and boating section.. just about whatever type of sport you can imagine is covered here. There is also a gift shops, cafe and a large Aquarium with a waterfall cascading down into it.
Open : Mon - Sat 9.00am - 10.00pm, Sun 10.00am - 7.00pm.
This Mall is huge!!!.. there is over 2 million square feet of shopping and dining under one roof and it is reportedly the largest shopping mall in the southwest.. I could certainly believe that when I saw it.
There are outlet stores for Saks 5th Avenue, Dockers, Ann Taylor, Liz Claiborne, Gap, Bugle Boy, Brooks Brothers as well as JC Penny and Nieman Marcus just to name a few . The prices are really very good.
Other than the large Department Stores there is also a great variety of very different individual stores which also seem to have good values. The Mall is very colourful inside and out. You really need to be prepared to spend several hours there and have plenty of money to spend because there are some great temptations.
El Mercado (Market Square).
This is a great market area with lots of Mexican atmosphere. Some really good restaurants as well as loads of colourful stores selling souvenirs, typical Mexican wares and clothing. Something for everyone. There is a really lovely upmarket 3 level store, Los Pueblitos, which had some very nice wares indeed.
Quarry Market is a huge shopping area just to the north of the city and is San Antonio's newest and hottest shopping centre. (700 N. St. Mary's, San Antonio).
The Rivercenter Mall
The Mall has around some 130 shops, stores, and restaurants on its three levels. There is also a multiplex cinema, a comedy club, and an IMAX theatre, which features the film "Alamo...The Price of Freedom" on a six-story-high screen. On the river side, where the tour boats make their turns, you can hear and see mariachi music being played.
This Texas institution was founded in Spanish Fort, TX in 1879 by ‘Joe’ Justin. The were committed to making quality, hand-made boots for the cowboys that rode the Chisholm Trail. All these years later they are still going strong and still providing the best western footwear. Justin Boots were also featured in fashion spreads in Cosmopolitan, CosmoGIRL and YM Magazine. So if you are looking for your cowboy boots, or even just western-influenced footwear, Justin’s will give you quality and style for your money.
The Tanger Outlet Stores: Terrell and San Marcos
There are two Tanger Outlet Centres in Texas – Terrell in East Texas and in San Marcos, the hill country. These are large complexes full of designer and specialist type stores all at around 20-70% less than normal retail.
The one at San Marcos has around 150 stores and I believe is the biggest – it certainly looked the biggest. Both are on the main freeways in their respective areas.
San Marcos - 4015 Interstate 35 South, San Marcos and Terrell - 301 Tanger Drive, Terrell TX 75160.
Allen Premium Outlets: Allen
This large outlet mall is just 5 miles south of McKinney. The shops here are upscale and there are more than 50 stores. Major names such as Polo Ralph Lauren, DKNY, Banana Republic Factory Store, Liz Claiborne, Barneys New York Outlet, Tommy Hilfiger, Nautica, Timberland, Reebok, WestPoint Stevens and more.
The Dansk store has some very nice china and crystal. There is a Samsonite store and a Wilson leather store also. All stores have between 25 – 65% off the retail price.
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sunday 11am-6pm.
RiverSquare Centre: Waco
RiverSquare Centre is an old warehouse which has been refurbished in Waco’s restored warehouse district. In one part there is an open plan effect for various retailers offering all kinds of things from furniture, crafts, jewellery, souvenirs and clothes etc.
The Galleria Westheimer: Houston
The Galleria Westheimer has got to be Houston’s best shopping mall or at very least, the most well known. The mall is set beneath large glass atriums and has over 300 shops and restaurants with many designer brands featured. There is an ice skating rink on the bottom which can best be viewed from the upper levels. Be careful of taking photos here – if the security guard sees you he will ask if you have a permit. There are no signs up to tell you that you can’t but fortunately I had my photos already. If you do want to do it legally, you need to go to the managers office and ask for a permit.
Many of the mansions down this street have been restored and house antique shops, boutiques, restaurants, galleries and pubs.
Old Galveston Square
There are lots of great shops and galleries in this square. A lovely stairway will take you to the second floor as well as an antique elevator The Strand Soda Fountain is a step back in time.
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