No trip is complete without a shopping excursion. Did you even go if you don’t have the souvenirs to prove it? When you’re planning your next getaway to Bastrop, make sure to build some time into your itinerary for shopping your heart out. Bastrop’s historic Main Street is lined with shops of all kinds, offering handmade goodies, stylish clothes, home decor and so much more. Beyond the limits of downtown, there is a wide variety of local shops with endless browsing opportunities — it’s every shopping lover’s dream. Looking for something specific? Read on to find out where to find everything you could want from your Bastrop shopping trip.
Unleash Your Creativity
Bastrop’s genuine spirit and focus on inclusivity are perhaps best represented by the population of artists to be found here. With over a dozen distinct art galleries and collectives to browse, you’ll find new ways to be wowed by our local artists’ talents in each new shop you enter. Check out The Bridges Emporium, a historic building on Main Street housing seven unique art shops, offering everything from delicate oil paintings and watercolors to found art pieces and handmade decor pieces. R.A. Green Mercantile is another artist collective showcasing the talents of Bastrop’s best, featuring plants, gifts, jewelry and more. If you’re looking to peruse some of Bastrop’s best art completely for free, head to the Lost Pines Art Center, which is open six days a week to all ages. There, you’ll find a mix of virtual and fully in-person exhibits, each representing a different facet of Bastrop’s thriving art scene. Another must-stop is Found Fine Art, a gallery showcasing breathtaking works of contemporary art by artists both local to Bastrop and internationally known.
If you’re more into art of the sonic variety, be sure to stop in at Astro Record Store, which was voted the Best Satellite Vinyl Emporium by the Austin Chronicle. Fans of music old and new are sure to find something to add to their collection, and even if you don’t, the live music events that this store often hosts make it worth a visit. Or maybe you’d rather make your own music — Bastrop has you covered there, too. Head to Blake’s Music Shop to browse new and consignment instruments of all kinds, or simply to have a chat with their friendly, expert staff as you try out the different instruments available there.
There’s nothing like getting lost in a good book, and something about being on vacation makes snuggling up with a new read feel particularly indulgent. While you’re out shopping, make a stop at the Bastrop Public Library Book Nook. All the books available for purchase here are offered at a discounted price, making it a great stop if you aren’t looking to spend the full price of a brand-new book, and all proceeds from the Book Nook go right back to the Bastrop Public Library. Anyone who’s read books such as The Daily Stoic or The Obstacle Is the Way might recognize the name of renowned nonfiction author Ryan Holiday. Fun fact: he also owns and operates a bookstore right here in Bastrop! At The Painted Porch, you’ll find a book collection representing Holiday and his staff’s favorite reads, so no matter what you leave with, you know you’re making a good choice.
All-Natural, All Homemade, All Here in Bastrop
Plant parents will find an unexpected treasure trove when they visit Bastrop. In addition to an abundance of outdoor activities and stunning natural landscapes to explore, Bastrop offers quite a few shops to browse both indoor and outdoor plants that are native to this area of Texas. Bastrop Botanical Gardens, for instance, is a fun shopping experience and a great place to wander even if you don’t take any plants back home. Explore the butterfly garden, the outdoor tea room, the pollinator garden and more, while marveling at the lush forest of native plants surrounding you everywhere you look. If your plant shopping itch still isn’t satisfied, head to the Good Things Mercantile to browse their collection of houseplants and handmade terrariums. They make great souvenirs or gifts!
Explore a taste of what Bastrop’s food producers have to offer at the Bastrop 1832 Farmers Market, where you can shop farm-fresh vegetables, fruit, meats and more. Those with a sweet tooth won’t be able to resist a stop at the Sugar Shack Bastrop or the Berdoll Pecan Candy & Gift Company, two family-owned and operated classic candy stores beckoning visitors to indulge in sweets of all kinds. And speaking of indulging — wine aficionados will find an oasis at Rising Sun Vineyard, a small, charming vineyard a little outside of Bastrop offering wines made with a sincere passion for craft that truly, only a Texan could have.
Classic Texas Style
To round out your shopping extravaganza, it’s an absolute must that you pick up a few new threads. Hopefully, you left room in your suitcase, because a visit to any of these adorable shops will have you wanting to buy a whole new wardrobe. Check out Sage & Co, a Main Street boutique specializing in Southern chic. Here, you can find seasonal items, home decor and, of course, some seriously stylish clothes. KC Outfitter is the epitome of comfortable yet effortlessly trendy wear, offering options for men, women and kids.
For children’s clothes specifically, you’ll also want to swing by Ivana May Timeless Children’s Boutique, where you’ll be able to shop exquisitely crafted children and baby clothes, made in Texas and Europe. To round out your new Texas-inspired wardrobe, head to the Texas Boot Company to pick up classic western wear of all kinds, including belts, denim and authentic cowboy boots.
Bastrop style goes beyond the clothes you wear. Sprinkle some of Bastrop’s charm into your living space, so you never forget the memories you made while you were here. Black & White Interiors, an interior design service and home store, has everything you need to take your home decorating to the next level. Or, go the thrifty route, and see what you can uncover as you treasure hunt through Broadway Paul’s Antiques & Salvage, a locally-owned antique collective where the owners would love nothing more than for you to make an offer on the piece you fall in love with. Then, embrace the weird side of Bastrop with a visit to The Oddity Den, where you’re just as likely to stumble across throw pillows as fascinating works of taxidermy.
It’s All Right Here
Ahead of your trip, be sure to check out the full list of shopping available in Bastrop. Whether you’re a shopaholic, you’re looking to get lost in nature or you just need to escape somewhere friendly for a little while, it's all right here in Bastrop. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter so you never miss a moment of the excitement!