Wimberley is such a small place, on Ranch Road 12 about halfway between San Marcos and Dripping Springs, not on the way to anyplace else, and yet visitors flock to the town. Why? Shopping.
Wimberley is most famous for Market Days, held the first Saturday of every month March through December. It’s the second largest outdoor market in Texas—after the massive market day in Canton—offering shoppers more than 475 booths of things you can’t live without.
But visitors roam the village all month long, not just on Market Day Saturday, because they’ve discovered that shops in little ol’ Wimberley have something they never knew they needed.
Take Wall Street Western as a prime example. This isn’t some tiny shop with a few pieces of Western apparel. Oh, no. Step inside and you are overwhelmed by the amount of new and vintage clothing and boots and accessories stocked by owner Jacque Mason.
You’ll see belts, boots, caps, jackets, jeans, jewelry, leggings, pet collars, shoes, skirts, T-shirts, and a wide variety of vintage and show clothing.
Not into Western wear? Fine. Wander on over to Vintage Girl across the street. The shop is full of fun things like decorative pillows, humorous signs, purses, clothing, even artistic shoelaces.
Then there’s the Cedar Chest, one of the oldest shops in Wimberley. They’ve survived for a good reason because the shop offers the finest of jewelry, including a full Pandora line, more Brighton items than you could imagine, soaps and candles, Lampe Berger oils, clothing, and much more.
Find classy but casual women’s clothing at Dovetails. Accessories, boots, jewelry, nightgowns, and lotions are also available.
Indigo Cactus is unusual because it not only has a large selection of women’s clothing and accessories like many of the shops in the village, but men’s clothing and accessories, too.
Hungry for a taste of Texas? Check out Taste Buds Gourmet Food and Wine Shop. You’ll find—and be able to sample—a selection of Texas and international wines, chocolates and other candies, jalapeño pecan brittle, hot sauces, spices, olive oil, coffee, tea, honey, pecans, jams, jerky, dips, and chips. Pick up a cookbook that will tell you how to put all this tasty food together just right. And they’re known for their unique and beautiful gift baskets and Happy Hour Fridays with discounts on appetizers, beer and wine from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Speaking of taste, the Hill Country Wine Shoppe will let you taste a wide variety of Texas wines.
The Senior Citizen Craft Shop is celebrating 25 years of offering handmade thingamabobs you never knew existed until someone made it. Everything in the store is handmade but not at boutique prices. You’ll find unusual wall hangings, scarves, decorated bottles, Red Hatter items, refrigerator souvenir magnets of Wimberley, glassware with handpainted bluebonnets, crochet and knitted and embroidered items, jewelry, Texas state rain gauges, and a 2013 Wimberley calendar.
How about some decorated light switch plates, vintage buttons, innovative silverware bookmarks, quilts, embroidered bookmarks, pillows, handmade photo albums, or journals?
The Hog Pound is just the place if you ride motorcycles. You can find all sorts of bike-themed gear here, from T-shirts to koozies, jackets to helmets, do-rags to chaps, and flip-flops to saddlebags. And maybe pick up a Harley or two.
Imagine is a Fair Trade shop full of arts and crafts, clothing, puzzles, Christmas ornaments, and candles from about 30 countries around the world—from Africa, Asia, and South America. Fair Trade seeks greater equity in international trade by contributing to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions and fairer prices to those who actually create products in developing countries.
You’ll discover playful gifts and serious and practical culinary devices at Kiss the Cook. The shop is full of top-of-the-line appliances, baking pans, cookbooks, cutlery, mixing bowls, pottery, roasters, and teapots. You’ll also find a multitude of utensils, pots, kitchen gadgets, coffee beans, and even a jalapeño seeder.
Eagle Mountain Flag has dozens and dozens of U.S. flags and almost as many Texas flags. Other popular items are framed flags, regular and historical. One display features popular bunting, another red-white-and-blue flag-motifed shirts, another shows off desktop flags. Desktop arrangements demonstrate how a family could display its heritage with a U.S. flag surrounded with state flags and flags of national origin.
They also sell flagpole ornaments, flagpole lighting, and enough hardware to help you make your own flagpole.
Wimberley Glassworks is celebrating 20 years in the village. Visitors get to choose from the classiest of glass art, lighting fixtures, and functional glass art.
Owner Tim de Jong points out that one of things that makes Wimberley Glass Works unusual is functional artwork, allowing people to put a piece of art in their home that actually works. Like what? Like vases, pitchers, tumblers, and hummingbird feeders.
Plus, visitors also get to watch the liquid fire of glass art being made. Can’t beat that.
These aren’t the only shops in Wimberley—if we listed them all it would probably take up the entire magazine—but they are among the best. And part of the fun of shopping is discovering places on your own. So get to Wimberley and discover a shoppers’ paradise.
For more information, visit the Wimberley Merchants Association web site at wimberleymerchants.com; call the Wimberley Chamber of Commerce at 512-842-2201 or visit their web site at wimberley.org; or visit the Wimberley Market Day web site at shopmarketdays.com.