Introduction: A Brief Guide to the Terrible Antique Stores of East Houston, TX
If you are in the market for a truly ghastly piece of furniture or are in need of a good laugh, then your destination points should be the antique stores of East Houston, TX. Here, you can find a plethora of relics so revolting that your mouth will water and your stomach will churn at the sight of them. You simply cannot help but wonder how such a store could survive in this day and age. Take for example the antique store on Post Oak Road that sells large dinosaur skeletons for about six dollars apiece. Looking around, you will notice that most of the store’s merchandise is dinosaurs. This may seem odd because there are not many stores selling the giant fossils. I was sold on a large Ankylosaurus skeleton and then later found out that it only cost me six dollars, which sounded like a pretty good deal to me. The only time I saw it before was in a National Geographic magazine, which stated it costs “thousands” of dollars to buy one. But at the store I bought mine, it was only six dollars.
How to Easily Avoid these Stores
In case you are wondering how I happen to know so much about these stores and this area, I used to work in a book store around the block from here. The owner of that store, who knew that I had a strange interest in all things historical, would toss me extra keys for their stores when his customers would default on payments. Needless to say, I took full advantage of this and would visit every one of these stores.
Not surprisingly, this particular Walmart is one of the worst in the country. If you’re used to working in factories or other places with strict safety regulations, you probably haven’t seen anything as bad as this. In fact, I’d say that nothing you’ve ever seen in your life even comes close to being as bad as this. They were doing a lot of remodeling while I was there and there was a fine layer of plaster dust everywhere. The bathrooms were covered in dirt and you could see workers carrying pallets inside. The whole place reeked of chemicals and I had to hold my breath just standing in the aisles. [ ]
The Story of Jerry’s Antique Shop
First, go to the east side of Houston and drive down Fondren Road for about 4 miles. When you reach Post Oak Road, look for a store that has paintings of clowns on it. This is Jerry’s Antique Shop.
Jerry’s Antique Shop is a store that was originally opened in 1934 by Jerry. Jerry is the father of the owner, George. He only had one goal in mind when he opened his store: to be a haven for old items that people could come to search for and buy. In 1934, there weren’t many antique shops open anymore so this was something special! As time went on, some time passed and Jerry retired from his business because he couldn’t keep up with it anymore. Jerry passed away in 1978.
Best Places to Find a Good Deal on Antiques & Collectibles in Houston
TOWN SQUARE ANTIQUE: I found a really nice and clean pair of Nantucket chairs for $2.00 at Town Square Antique. (10237 Fondren Rd, Houston, TX 77079)
11039 east freeway b houston tx 77029: I found a really nice and clean set of period dining chairs for $75 at 11039 east freeway b. (This store is in the warehouse district, so it’s best to call in your order ahead of time)
CROSSING GALLERY ANTIQUES: Great location, with an incredible selection of American & European antiques. I found a great set of restoration catalogs for $10.00. This location is so big that it’s divided into two buildings! (5048 San Felipe St, Houston, TX 77056)
BIG GAY ANTIQUE BOUTIQUE: Great selection and prices. I found a really nice restored antique hall tree for $180. (1209 Telephone Rd #124, Houston, TX 77023)
Conclusion: The Best Ways to Find Great Deals on Antiques & Collectibles
If you are in the market for some great deals on furniture or other collectibles, then I highly suggest that you visit the antique stores of east Houston. Here’s a little secret: these stores are only open if there is a customer inside. If you choose not to buy anything, they will show you the door immediately. This means two things: (1) the owner of the store has not yet made any real money from your visit and (2) that you may be taking your business elsewhere.
So at least once in your life, come to this store, buy some antique furniture that looks like it was made yesterday, and then watch it sit on the street for two weeks because nobody was interested enough to buy it.
These stores sell antiques and collectables at ‘reasonable’ prices since the store owners don’t want to make any real money from you. If they did, they would just give you a deal — they would have made the prices reasonable! The consignment store in this area has half a dozen jewelry sets on display, each with a starting price of $120. You can buy most of these for $40-50. This is typical; over the years I’ve found lots of stuff at great prices in this area.