San Marcos, Texas, is known for shopping BIG at the outlets, but did you know it’s also a hidden gem for those seeking a shopping experience that combines artistry, craftsmanship, and the thrill of discovering something truly unique? Whether you're an art enthusiast in search of just the right piece or a shopper on the hunt for one-of-a-kind treasures, San Marcos is just the spot.
Arts & Fine Crafts
Colorful Glass Creations
We are always mesmerized by the glass-blowing demonstrations at Wimberley Glassworks. See the artists at work in their shop and then purchase some of their beautiful creations from the gallery so you’ll always have a little piece of colorful San Marcos. And, just down Ranch Road 12 you'll find Silo Glass - the largest purpose-built, warm glass studio in Central Texas. Their gallery features more than two dozen Texas artists specializing in 3D art forms.
Traditional Art Shopping
Looking for a one-of-a-kind piece of art for your home or for a memorable gift? Well, you’re in for a real treat at the San Marcos Art Center! They’ve got wonderful pieces of work from local artists begging to go home with you. And make sure you venture one block over to explore the Price Center. From the for-sale creations hanging on the walls to the treasures in Shop 1893 - the Price Center is a must-stop.
Art markets are another great place to find unique and handcrafted items, and Art Squared on the second Saturday of the month is the perfect time to shop on the square, find some amazing pieces, and feel like a local. Martian Culture takes place at Zelicks on the second Sunday of the month and not only has original artwork, prints, and handcrafted goods for sale and on-site artist demos. There's a Full Moon Makers Market at Stonebound Treasures on the fourth Sunday of the month. The Makers Market is a great time to peruse what local crafters, vendors, artists, and practitioners have to offer.
Specialty & Unique Shops
Soaps and Body Products
To find items perfect for pampering, you'll want to check out Douglas Smith Artisan Soap Co. The soap seller makes plant-based, handcrafted soap and shave products that smell incredible! Earthy, woodsy, floral, and even a collection for those with skin sensitivities - you'll have a hard time picking your favorites. Truly Pure Refillery is also a great shop for those looking for bath and body products with a twist. Bring your own containers (or you can buy some from the shop) to package your own non-toxic, all-natural, organic, vegan, and cruelty-free products.
Sundance Record Lagoon is a music-lovers haven! Shop new and used vinyl records, posters, incense, and music memorabilia. Daughter of the Wild has everything from house plants and succulents to handmade stone jewelry and home goods. Daughter of the Wild is a cool little shop that deserves a spot on your shopping adventure.
Toys and Games
Got Toys is just the spot for folks looking for fun and whimsy! Novelty toys, retro games, arts and crafts kits, puzzles, and so much more - you never know what funny things you'll discover at Got Toys. Gamers will love stopping by Alpha Strike Games, San Marcos' gaming headquarters. Shop popular card games like Magic: The Gathering, vintage video games, board games, and more.
Apothecaries and More
Tap into the universe, align your chakras, and clear your mind - San Marcos has several great apothecaries to shop! Herbs, teas, crystals, essential oils, meditation essentials, esoteric supplies, and more can be found at Atypical Apothecary, Herbs & Oddities, Everyday Zen Gifts & Tea, and Solidago-Wade Vetiver's Apothecary & Esoterica.