VERONICA E. MAIER

Posts Tagged ‘austin’

Markets and Estate Sales

In Chic, crafts, furniture, saving money on March 8, 2009 at 6:13 am

wimberly-marketI don’t know about you, but I absolutely love outdoor markets. Yep, all of them. Farmer’s, Antique, if its outside, I’m sure I’ll love it. Yesterday Chris, our friends Chris and Christina and I went to Wimberly (a town about an hour out of Austin) Market-Days. This is an outdoor knick knack and and any antique you could imagine fair thats held once a month. I found a burnt orange/grey/cream jacket that fit perfectly for $0.50! Yes, less than a dollar. Chris came away with a 1926 yearbook and our friend Chris and Christina also made out like bandits. And they have sno cones. What more can a girl ask? So find your local market and there early if you are hard core or wander in after noon like we did and cruise the stalls for those hidden, overlooked gems.

Thrifty City?

In Chic on February 16, 2009 at 2:16 pm

“Oh Austin?” People ask when I tell them I’ll be moving from sunny CA to sunnier TX in just a few weeks. And then I launch into the top 5 reasons I’m excited about the move… by the time I’m done, they want to hop on the van and move with me!
1. Housing Cost… I mean buying a nice house for 200,000 or less?? yep. In Santa Cruz the median house cost is 850,000! That’s pretty Thrifty if you ask me!

2. Antique and Boutique Culture: There is a keep it local, diy and reuse mantra in Austin that I look forward to tapping into. They also love being “weird” meaning original.. think funky little shops… I hope.
3. Being closer to the rest of the country: New Orleans is 8 hours away… not bad for a weekend!
4. Access to FREE awesome music. Austin is the capitol of live music and there is always something going on there.
5. Art Galleries and Museums rock too and have one free day a month! Nice.