What's old is new again in the nation's fourth-largest city
Looking for special, one-of-a-kind finds to fill your house? Houston's antique retailers have you covered. Whether you're a seasoned picker, searching for classic Americana and retro wares, or a veteran collector, on the hunt for neoclassical and French imports, H-Town has an endless array of resources celebrating bygone eras. Read on for help on navigating the area's most-loved antique emporiums.
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Venture to The Heights for a shopping crawl along 19th Street—the historic neighborhood’s main drag. Take a walk through Chippendale Eastlake Antiques, where a multi-vendor format ensures an always-changing assortment of vintage Americana finds. Just across the street, Grace Hart Antiques also tempts shoppers with its expansive retail space, chock-full of furniture, clothing, dishes and glassware. For European treasure in the Heights, visit Mercader Antiques. Located on the same block as Grace Hart, the shop is known for its selection of European furniture, depression glass and copper pieces, among other offerings.
Midtown’s Adkins Architectural Antiques and Treasures is a local hot spot for renovation-ready home and garden pieces. Located on the corner of Fannin and Berry, customers can expect a wide assortment of patio furniture, salvaged fountains and planters lining the property’s exterior. In the warehouse space, rows and rows of reclaimed doors are organized by style, size and need—they start in price at $50. Venture into the three-story house for an endless array of vintage hardware, stained glass, moldings and fixtures.
More than just treasure hunters make their way to Houston's Antique Pavilion. For more than 20 years, the center has remained a popular destination for designers, architects, decorators and stylists. Located beneath the turquoise awning, in the heart of the River Oaks and Upper Kirby districts, the Antique Pavilion is an upscale multi-dealer shop featuring items from 60 dealers who help ensure that the store's inventory of authentic antiques and collectibles is ever-changing.
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Expect the unexpected at the West Alabama-set Found for the Home. Since 2006, owners Aaron Rambo and Ruth Davis have drawn fans with their well-edited mix of eighteenth-and-nineteenth-century antiques and industrial pieces. Louis XVI selections, drippy chandeliers and mid-century items live alongside architectural finds, punchy pillows and garden accents.
For more than 14 years, Heights Antiques on Yale has continued to deliver an eclectic array of funky country finds and mid-century modern pieces. Set just a stone’s throw from the 19th street shopping district, Heights Antiques unfolds in 10,000 square feet of space. Discover everything from one-of-a-kind oil paintings and primitive cupboards to French imports and colorful pottery.
Housed in an 1895 Carriage Barn, the Heights Station antiques has offered locals European and American furnishings since 1977. Set on Heights Boulevard, not far from Washington Avenue, Heights Station unfolds in more than 5,000-square-feet of space. Although the inventory is always-changing, customers can always expect to find collectibles, jewelry, lamps and furniture, along with signed sports and rock'n'roll memorabilia.
The Heights’ Installations Antiques is home to all things unusual and undeniably cool. Where else can you buy vintage mail carts, re-purposed as a rolling laundry hamper? Or how about a conversation-starting airplane wing, now used in an industrial-style couch? Husband-wife owners Becki and Jur van der Oord have been in business since 1995, outfitting their more than 100-year-old warehouse with cool collections, refurbished finds and custom creations from Jur’s native Netherlands. Expect to find European primitives, moderately-priced jewelry and accessories, as well as an endless array of old-school finds.
Just a couple of blocks east of South Shepherd, next door to the Raven Grill, M. Naeve antiques delivers an assortment of authentic and period pieces, along with a well-edited selection of reproductions. When owner Margaret Naeve purchased the shop from Annette Schatte, Naeve inherited the entire inventory of French and Italian 17th-, 18th- and 19th-century antiques. In addition, Neave has added selections from Sweden and Belgium, while also expanding with reproductions and upholstered items.
For a high-end antiques trifecta, venture to the crossroads of Bissonnet and Greenbriar. The West U nook is home to three of the city’s most-inspiring showrooms—Neal and Company, Shabby Slips and Watkins Culver. All three locally-owned shops stock furniture and accessories brought back from buying in trips in France, Italy and Sweden. Fun aside: Readers of Veranda magazine will likely recognize the work of Shabby Slips owner Renea Abbott, whose interiors have appeared on the cover of the home design publication several times.
Set a stone’s throw from Montrose’s Boheme Café and Wine Bar, Reeves Antiques is an under-the-radar star for mid-century modern furniture and 20th century finds in Houston. There, iconic Eames and Knoll chairs are showcased alongside low-slung couches and art-deco-style buffets. The inventory changes frequently, so don’t dawdle, if you see something you want. For even more furniture finds, stop by Reeves’ other showroom—Cool Stuff Houston—located at 1718 Westheimer.
A cross between “Antiques Roadshow” and your grandma’s attic, The Guild Shop is a resale thrift store that specializes in donations and consignments of gently used house wares, furniture, rugs, art work, jewelry and clothing. Since 1962, the store has maintained a revolving inventory of pieces, ranging from vintage map cabinets and Chinoiserie Hollywood sofas to retro chairs and garden furniture. The proceeds of these sales assist the elderly in need.
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Interior designers have frequented the shops at 1001 & 1003 West 34th Street for years, though the retailers remain under-the-radar for the majority of antique-seeking Houstonians. Tucked inside expansive warehouse spaces, shoppers will find an endless array of European-imports at Judith McClellan’s Antiques and Linens, her son Darrel Davenport’s shop and Janet Wiebe’s Antiques. While you’re in the neighborhood, stop into Bungalow Antiques. Located a block east, the store offers an array of architectural, colonial and garden finds.
The Lone Star state’s largest selection of vintage treasure can be found at the Antique Center of Texas. Located inside the Northwest Mall, in a former JC Penney’s department store, the retail hub brings together more than 190 dealers in a 108,000-square-foot space. The Antique Center is open seven days a week, showcasing furniture, accessories, collectibles and oddities.
For more than 30 years, Joyce Horn Antiques has offered guests a large variety of unique furniture and French antiques, along with a selection of Italian, Spanish and Scandinavian pieces. Within the Horn’s Spring Branch-set warehouse, 18th and 19th century armoires, tables and buffets share space with Louis Philippe mirrors, architectural accents and reproduction pieces.
Want to know where some of Houston’s top interior designers find one-of-a-kind treasures to fill the homes of the city’s well-heeled residents? Visit west Houston’s Memorial Antiques & Interiors. There, more than 50 dealers and designers showcase a mix of country French, mid-century modern and industrial pieces within MAI’s two buildings.
The town of Spring developed quickly around the turn of the 20th Century, at the site of two major intersecting railroad lines. Though the relocation of rail operations to Houston and later Prohibition took a toll on the North Harris County community, today Old Town Spring remains as a thriving multi-block district of art galleries and antique shops. If you're seeking American antiques, head to the area and spend a few hours perusing collectibles and folk art boutiques.
Unfolding in a 2,600-square-foot space near Voss and San Felipe, Tanglewood Antiques Etc. brings together more than a dozen dealers known for showcasing vintage and decorative pieces from local estates and Europe, alike. Inside, fans find a well-edited mix of art, lighting, furniture and accessories ranging from mid-century modern to 19th century French finds.
Hidden along the backside of a Blalock-set office park, just north of I-10, Village Antiques stands out as a go-to spot for European finds in west Houston. The expansive shop highlights hand-picked furniture and accessory collections from across the pond. Snag everything from antique French shutters and earthenware to os de mouton chairs and 18th century buffets.