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Spartan's Effortless Cool Factor

03.14.2016 by: Beth Stockwell Vanderkolk
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Spartan is located conveniently next to another sleepy but incredibly hip shop we just profiled here, JM Drygoods. Both Spartan and JM Drygoods have that effortlessly cool, minimalist vibe that makes you want to get rid of everything else in your home. Spartan is especially great for gifts or small pieces that'll stand out in your home. Whether you're looking for a housewarming gift, or that one little thing that will bring your space together, Spartan has some awesome offerings.

As far as wall decor goes, Spartan has a few unique options. We loved these hand crafted wall hangings, and especially loved them clustered together. The cool thing about these wall hangings is that they could really go in any room - from a living room to a master bedroom to a kid's room. It's also nice to find art that doesn't require the additional cost of framing, and art that doesn't come in multiple prints (who doesn't love having unique things?).


Hand crafted wall hangings

Spartan has a ton of cool homegoods, but their jewelry selection is just as amazing. If you're into small, dainty jewelry with a bohemian vibe, then Spartan's your spot. They support small jewelers, and like JM Dry Goods, their jewelry is really easy to layer and wear together without feeling claustrophobic or overdone. Mix and match earrings are really in right now, and Spartan has a very hip selection. While you'll find some silver, the options are predominantly gold, which happen to go great with a summer tan. The jewelry at Spartan isn't exactly budget friendly, but the pieces are the kind and quality that you'll keep for a lifetime. And you can also feel good about supporting small businesses!


Spartan's jewelry selection


Spartan's jewelry selection, continued

The accessories options don't stop at jewelry. Spartan has a killer selection of sunglasses and bags for men and women. You'll find both classic and on-trend options. The bags pictured below filled the tiny, light-filled room with that heavenly smell of high quality leather. The buttery soft leather will definitely stand the test of time, and is also the style that only gets better with wear and tear. These bags are an investment, and worth every penny. They're also so minimalist and simple that they're not distracting when you throw them over a chair or bedpost at the end of the day.


Spartan sunglasses selection


Leather bags at Spartan

As we mentioned before, the gift selection at Spartan is beyond killer. Check out these metal pieces below. They're bottle openers, but literally could just be decorative objects or paper weights. The design factor here really stands out. There's a small children's selection in the front corner of the shop where you'll find old fashioned wooden toys, stuffed animals, tiny shoes, and blankets. If you know a mama who hates primary colors, any of these gifts will knock it out of the park.



Bottle openers or art? You decide.


Children's gifts and toy

Perhaps the only other place in Austin that has such a hip selection of men's accessories is Stag, but Spartan is really bringing it home with these wallets, keychains, and one of a kind pocket knives. These are great gifts for stylish men. The pocket knives are also a great find for a father or even grandfather, and you never know when one will come in handy. The tablet or laptop clutch above is perfect for protecting your dude's computer before he throws it into his backpack. Lastly, we couldn't help but snap a pic of these crazy extension cords below. Have you ever seen such a stylish option? 


Men's goods


Extension cords

As evidenced by these crazy extension cords, Spartan is always able to keep us on our toes and eager for hip, stylish solutions for what we're wearing, carrying, or storing. Not pictured above is Spartan's awesome and eclectic selection of perfumes, colognes, candles, and plants.

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