Thrift store enthusiasts always know where to find the best bargain. Start the hunt at Sand Dollar. The name implies low prices, and that's exactly what you'll find - that, and miles of clothing coordinated by color, type, gender, and age. Household necessities from small appliances and dishes to furniture and electronics can be purchased without bruising your wallet. The store is neatly arranged to make perusing through children's books, paintings, frames, toys, shoes, purses and bags easy. Not only is Sand Dollar a great place to amass your personal collection, it's also handy for unloading your excess with a donation box right outside. -Gemma Amato
Spend a lazy afternoon browsing through Grace Hart & Co.'s vast collection of fun and quirky antiques. Have a love of owls? Welcome to a kitschy paradise. Fond of old hats? Time to play dress-up. Covet costume jewelry? Try on something outrageous and sparkly. There's little rhyme or reason to what you'll find at this antique store, but chances are if you're in the market for something obscure and a little out there, they'll have it. Old signs, books, furniture, lighting, glassware, crockerythe possibilities are seemingly endless. The staff is very friendly and willing to help you find what you're looking for - and maybe even something you didn't know you needed!
Skewing more toward the ladies, Occasions features multiple walls and counters of fun, affordable jewelry as well as finer silver accessories. Most pieces are being sold at bargain prices, which helps rationalize picking up a piece for both you and a friend. Baby showers? No problem. There are tons of cute baby clothes and accessories to make an expectant mother ooh and ahh. For a gift no one would think of ever returning, take home delicious chocolates and truffles, or fine, flavored coffees. Sampling is encouraged.
Beaders rejoice! Elegant Notions is a jewelry maker's dream. You'll find beautiful jewelry or you can make your own jewelry! Inside this quaint shop are beads of all shapes, sizes, and colors from the far corners of the world, along with all the accoutrements necessary for creating fabulous wearable art. The shop owner's penchant for African treasures is apparent in the hanging art, masks, and beaded offerings. Hours can be spent perusing through the vast selection of beads. Choices include stone, plastic, glass, and even painted camel bone! Selecting beads here is like rock collecting. Incredible colors abound. Gather up the treasures, pick the strings and chains, choose the perfect clasp, and let your inspiration run wild. Beading classes are available.
Step into this Asian antique, home décor, jewelry, and clothing boutique and be quietly greeted by one of the owners - a tiny, bearded schnauzer that looks as wise as it is old. Treasures are revealed at every turn in this expansive, museum-like shop, from beautiful stone and wooden statues to century-old, meticulously restored furniture of various Chinese provinces. Purchasing antiques may require an investment of time and money, but easy take-homes include things made in this century, like brightly colored silk garments (for dogs too!), incredible jade jewelry, delicate paper lanterns and lamps, hand-painted tea sets, and calligraphy brushes. Made in China takes on a whole new meaning at Wind Water Gallery. -Gemma Amato
Nestled along The Heights' Hike and Bike Trail on Nicholson and 18th Street, Joshua's Native Plants & Garden Antiques is a popular destination for those looking to spruce up their landscaped yard. Inside the giant yellow warehouse is an impressive array of antiques and collectables for both inside and outside the home. Surrounding the structure is everything necessary for creating a breathtaking garden, from soil and stones to hand-crafted water features, decorative pots, and of course a fantastic selection of flowers, plants, and trees destined to thrive in Houston's subtropical climate. Joshua and his friendly crew are on hand to consult and help customers to their cars with a red wagon brimming with lush plant life. -Gemma Amato
This fine art gallery is unique in Houston for its devotion to the ceramic and clay arts, and their support of local, national, and internationally renowned ceramic artists. Attend one of their monthly openings on Heights First Saturday to see their newest exhibit. Or sign-up for an artist workshop or lecture-don't be afraid to get your hands dirty! Drop by any time to see the work of member artists. Many pieces are decorative or sculptural, while still others are functional. Find extraordinary art for both indoor and outdoor display. Check their website for the latest schedule of events and exhibitions. - JoAnn Takasaki
There's something about this unassuming, little strip-center shoe store that exudes a zen-like calm that draws you in. The super-friendly, low-key owners greet you and let you go about your business. The casual shoes are the outdoors-y kind that would also work in a walking town like San Francisco (think European walking shoe with a little more style). There are even earth-friendly options. They have shoes for the whole family. The surprise in this place is a fantastic collection of purses that are both fun and utterly functional. - JoAnn Takasaki
As is typical in the Heights, this boutique of hip women's clothing and home accessories is in a converted bungalow/warehouse. They house an eclectic mix of everything from bracelets to groovy sandals, funky cowboy boots to hip handbags, from Mexican crosses to handmade pottery. In the warehouse, find unique pieces of furniture - some old, some junky, some new. They are known for creating beautiful custom pieces of solid wood if they don't have exactly what you're looking for. It's an eclectic shop that lies somewhere between trash and treasure. - JoAnn Takasaki
This eclectic little gift store is packed to the gills with things that smell great - candles, soaps, incense - and things that make you look and feel great - Ganesh-embroidered purses, intricate silver jewelry, meditation bowls, and rugs to meditate on. Take your time checking out every item scattered around on the antique furnishings also for sale. Don't get so distracted that you miss the original works of art by local artists on display. No matter who you need a gift for, you'll find the perfect one here. Take advantage of Heights First Saturday, the first Saturday of the month. - JoAnn Takasaki
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