The Dallas-Fort Worth area is full of local shops offering original trinkets and one-of-a-kind items, however, you might overlook the mobile versions. With the rise in food trucks serving some of the best bites in town, shops across the country are saving themselves the risk of setting up a brick-and-mortar storefront, a daunting task for new entrepreneurs. With the added benefit of interacting with customers face-to-face and letting them touch and feel products firsthand, a mobile shop sounds pretty appealing. With most mobile costs ranging from $20,000 to $30,000, mobile trucks have retailers hitting the road with their eclectic traveling shops. From environmentally-friendly shoes to handmade clothing and custom engagement rings, these mobile stores offer a variety of fashionable items for any occasion.
Read on for a few of our favorite mobile hidden gems and follow them on social media to find out when they’re coming to an area near you!
A woman’s mobile boutique offering personal styling, girlfriend shopping parties, and more, Couture in a Can has some of the cutest local apparel housed inside an adorable airstream shop. Owners Sande Brandt and Rosie Vann-Dalton are able to offer something unique to women in the Big D. Their mission being to bring couture and convenience wrapped in one mobile store to satisfy your next fashion fix.
Bringing original art to the masses in a wheely shop, the Dowdy Studio Wagon offers a quirky twist on fashion staples. Peek inside to find one-of-a-kind items from hand-printed tees and apparel to messenger bags, clocks, coasters, and more. Run by a husband-and-wife duo who collaborate on illustrations inspired by their own experiences, Dowdy Studio is bringing an eclectic variety of uncommon pieces into the hands of locals.
Specializing in handmade, fair trade, and socially-responsible goods, Gnomadic’s online boutique and mobile fashion truck is a must-see. Constantly on the move, the shop gives back to the community by supporting artisans and using fashion to make an impact locally and around the world. The two sisters and adorable Gnome (their local mascot) who run this mobile store were spotted by our team at FleaStyle, where they fell in love with the personalized gift offerings.
Dallas’ first mobile shoe boutique exclusively carrying footwear, the black miniature-bus-turned-fashion-boutique brings the convenience of shoe shopping to events and special areas all over DFW. Affordable for shoe lovers alike, trendsetters will adore its wide array of heels, boots, sandals and booties.
A mobile fashion boutique focused on ready-to-wear vintage with a modern touch, My Rolling Closet is the perfect spot for accessorizing head-to-toe. Owner Janice Tsang strives to bring a non-traditional and “Younique” experience to ladies across the Metroplex. The fashion van frequents local craft shows, fairs, and flea markets and is a great spot for gift ideas.
Native Texan Molly Sharp created the Silver Soul as an outlet of expressing her creativity in jewelry form. The mobile shop goes against the fashion norm by offering hand-crafted, sterling silver and precious stone jewelry instead of mass-produced pieces. Each piece has their own bohemian and rustic inspirations and the bubbly designer even offers custom engagement rings and bands for couples.
Images courtesy of individual retailers.