just back from super fun sxsw in austin, tx. amazing thrift finds (a vintage tab glass--the one with a waist!), wonderful live music and delicious food. part of the hilarity was the l train hipsters cruising the giant pile of $3 dollar vintage t's at the citywide garage sale (www.cwgs.com) held last weekend in the palmer events center. and i quote "i wish i could find a t-shirt with a cheeseburger on it." they'd be in luck if they wanted to eat yummy cheeseburgers (with "beach" volleyball and hand cut fries at aussie's grill and beach bar, www.aussiesbar.com open until 2am or with a milkshake or malt at the 24 hr whataburger, www.whataburger.com ). if it's steaks you're up for, skip the chains and head to texas land & cattle steak house ( www.texaslandandcattle.com) for perfectly cooked steaks with a crispy crust.
no worries if you missed the "garage sale" (vintage show)--congress avenue is lined with well-priced, vintage stores filled with cowboy boots (snake, ostrich and other exotic skins are a really good value if you can find your size), silver and other handmade and vintage jewelry. stop into allen's boots to get a worldview expressed in boots, belts and western ware, including gorgeous (if pricey) handmade silver jewelry (www.allensboots.com). congress has other charms you'll want to enjoy--sidewalk benches for enjoying the 80 degree weather with an ice cream or shave ice from big top candy shop. as the day rolls to an end, pop into the continental club for a beer and an old school live music experience.
circling back to the object of this blog, latest additions to my need to know list: who pays for the $500 haircuts the l-trainers sport? what's the difference between a malt and a milkshake? how to get a serious crust on a steak? can you do that in a cast iron pan? is new cast iron better than vintage? any creative excuses for apt dwellers to collect rc cola and coca cola memorabilia--the big stuff, coolers and outdoor signage? last, anyone know anything about silver and goldtone, very decorative, so-called knights templar sword chains (saw them for the first time in austin remade into jewelry and also sold in short pieces)?
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