Aimless in Austin, Day 4: Antique Marketplace, Houndstooth Coffee, Tigress Pub, and Odd Duck

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The places we visited yesterday were a little less to my liking (smaller stores, and a lot more vintage). I’ve found that I seem to prefer the larger antique “malls,” where there are a multitude of vendors – all sharing the same space.

So today we went to Antique Marketplace, which was pretty large (though not quite as big as Austin Antique Mall).

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Liz spotted a Singer Sew Handy. The price tag was a bit hard to see, but she got excited thinking it was $35. The actual price ended up being $350 (which in our opinion was too much).

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“Fonzie’s Real Cool Game.”

Is it me, or does Richie look like Alfred E. Neuman and Potsie looks a bit like Joe Piscopo?

This would have paired really well with that Welcome Back, Kotter board game I saw back in 2013.

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A disguise kit. I shared this on Instagram and Facebook, and it was by far one of the most popular things I posted while in Austin.

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I’m a big John Irving fan, and loved Garp (though I loved “A Prayer for Owen Meany” more). But still not sure a first edition is worth $115.

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The fun thing about antique mall booths: there are hidden gems everywhere. At a glance, this room is something I’d totally skip over. But tucked away in the far corner…

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I spotted a few “Goonies” coloring books, on the bookshelf.

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This thing is awesome! Reminded me of the time I found that Bionic Woman Goodtime Coloring Book a few years ago.

I ended up taking photos of the entire book – I’ll be posting that soon.

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Liz spotted this cool cabinet.

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On opening it up, the inside was amazing. It was a “Vintage Medical Sterilization” cabinet, selling for $4,000.

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I don’t know what Art is, but I know it when I see it.

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I was drawn to the art supplies at first, and then as I slowly looked up… I saw this painting. There is a kind of terrifying awesomeness to this thing, whatever it is.

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An old scrap book that Liz found.

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Inside, lots of clippings from various newspapers and magazines.

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This thing was incredibly fragile, as a cough could snap the book in half. Liz ended up purchasing this thing!

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An old ration book.

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Numerous family members were listed, each with info regarding their age, height, etc.

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Ration coupons.

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It’s partly the rum, partly the pantaloons, but mostly what draws me to a pirate’s life is how roomy the blouses are!

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Again with the Star Trek.

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Finally.

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Humphreys’ Specifics. Guessing this was Frederick K. Humphreys?

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Liz spotted this again, another cabinet that when opened… showed how amazing it was.

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Sufferin’ Succotash

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Poor Aquaman, always in back.

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I feel like the author ran out of steam when he finished the book, and just threw the title together and shipped it off.

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M/R Professional Account Executive
Dan Stahly, November 1980

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Houdini

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A totally gaudy yet seemingly appropriate Dali umbrella.

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I am a sucker for old library cart catalogs. Too bad they’re all super expensive.

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Some odd oil lamps that I thought were neat.

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Amazingly, this is not the first time I’ve seen this squirrel nutcracker. Let me take you way, way back to 2004.

I had trouble finding the original post on my phone, but I was reminded online that this was a gift from Kent to Dave. And its name is “Davey Crackit.”

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Trick Dog. Wish this was actualy working, and that I could see it in action. It seemed a little stuck, and I didn’t want to force it.

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Vintage glove molds. Just now realizing that they are of the same hand.

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Interlux.

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An old fashioned apple-peeler.

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The Old Gold Book (42)

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Cecile Perry
– Junior –
1942

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Yearbook page.

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Cecile’s photo (middle).

Whenever I find old yearbooks, I like seeing if I can track down the owner’s photo.

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An old Ambassador record player.

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Taking another break at a coffee shop – Houndstooth Coffee. While Liz was knitting, I ended up processing a bunch of photos from the past few days – and uploaded them to the site.

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Post-shopping, pre-dinner drinks at The Tigress.

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We were pretty early (around 4:30 PM), so the place hadn’t filled up yet.

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Back room.

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Outside patio.

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We had this place to ourselves.

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On the left, I had the Carver (Del Maguey Mezcal, Averna amaro, sweet vermouth, Ancho Reyes chili liqueur, chocolate bitters). Can’t recall what Liz ordered offhand.

Check out that planter/sculpture in the background!

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Again, such polite graffiti.

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For dinner, we found ourselves at Odd Duck and sitting at the bar.

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We didn’t quite realize this place was primarily small plates, but it looked great and we settled in.

Liz ordered a Draft Paloma (Tequila blanco, grapefruit, tarragon, ginger, salt foam).

Food: Goat cheese spring onion spread, seeded cracker, pickled strawberry.

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My drink: the Cold Shoulder (Monkey Shoulder scotch, espresso, toasted almond).

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L to R: Grilled redfish, pork posole verde, tortilla chips, sour cream; Duck fat fried rice, soft egg, ez cheese, brussels, chile.

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We had a neat view of the kitchen, and were in awe of this particular chef managing multiple, small frying pans at once.

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Much later in the evening, closer to 10:30 PM… I got Liz to venture out with me one more time, to the hotel bar for a last drink in Austin, before departing.

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The view from our table.

What I loved about this bar is how close it was to our room. We were far enough away that the noise wasn’t a bother, but we were close enough to where I could easily pop over for a drink.

It’s the ideal setup for introverted people who want small moments of social activity, and then want to run away to the safety of their rooms. I was always a few steps away from a glass of wine and people, but could easily disappear at a moment’s notice.

Related:
Aimless in Austin, Day 1: Driving from Houston, Stopping at Buc-ee’s, and Arriving at the Hotel San Jose
Aimless in Austin, Day 2: Gordough’s Donuts, Austin Antique Mall, and Dinner at Contigo
Aimless in Austin, Day 3: Driskill Hotel, Gypsies Antiques, Cenote, Whisler’s, and Ramen Tatsu-Ya

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