Believe it or not, Blue Velvet Vintage is celebrating 20 years in business this February. A mother-daughter team, we opened in February 1994 in a tiny 100 square-foot room above legendary shoe/toy store Atomic City at San Antonio and 17th St (which was razed last year) and within 9 months had moved to a much larger space at Red River and 32nd Street (currently a Jimmy John’s). In 1999 we opened a second store on Guadalupe St., aka “The Drag,” at 21st (currently Teji’s Indian foods–delicious, btw!), eventually closed the... Read The Rest →
Blue Velvet and our North Loop Boulevard neighbors Room Service were featured recently in an article posted both in Lucky Magazine and the Neon Notebook blog by Beka Epstein! Thanks, Beka and we look forward to more of your Austin shopping adventures!
Blue Velvet owner Jennifer Barker-Benfield was interviewed for American Drifter’s blog Rock-N-Roam, and the article features amazing photos and interesting factoids about good ole BV! Thanks Kristen, and good luck with your adventures vintage shopping your way across the USA–you’re living the dream! You can follow Kristen in real time by subscribing to her Instagram.
Are you following your favorite vintage store on Instagram? If not, well, you should be! We post up-to-date photos of new additions to our stock, fun events, and miscellaneous good things!
Blue Velvet is psyched to be included in the 2013 Lonely Planet Guide! They wrote: “Western wear, vintage T-shirts and even oddities such as all-American bowling wear hang on the racks at Blue Velvet, where you’ll find an equal number of men and women eyeing the goods. Summer fashions are stocked year-round.” Lonely Planet is the #1 travel publisher in America, and we were “selected for inclusion based purely on merit.” Woot!
Visiting Austin, TX for the SXSW, ACL, Austin Psych Fest, Fun Fun Fun festivals or just for the heck of it? Don’t forget vintage shopping: Blue Velvet is a great place to find something unique and “Austin”-y to take home that won’t cut into your beer money too much! Racked named Blue Velvet “one of the very best vintage shops in Austin” for their 2012 “Where To Score Vintage Clothes in Austin” SXSW guide, and the annual Austin Chronicle Reader’s Poll has awarded Blue Velvet Best Vintage Clothing store in Austin six... Read The Rest →
This video ad of Blue Velvet was shot a while back by Neato Media, who did a great job producing this spot! Local Austin Business – Blue Velvet from Neato Media on Vimeo.
University of Texas student Stephanie Meza shot this great footage of Blue Velvet in October, and it gives you a sneak peak of what Blue Velvet is like. Awesome job, Stephanie!
Take a look at these great photos from the “Summer of ’69,” benefit for SafePlace, which was held at The Belmont. The event featured a photo booth with late ’60s fashions from Blue Velvet and was a big success and lots of fun–all for a great cause!