Savings buffs will be eager to browse the vast selection of Western boots, an overload of tank tops and printed t-shirts and jeans at Pavement in Montrose. Image: Lorena Garcia
When buying for resale is not new at all, it has become trendy. Houston has a surprisingly large savings and consignment scene that doesn’t require rummaging through $5 bins. With many vintage shops stretching from Post Oak to Midtown, picking up a bargain is easy, if you know the right places.
1629A Westheimer Road
Despite its plain black and gray storefront, shoppers will be in high spirits at Lo-Fi when they score Hypebeast Supreme and Ralph Lauren finds.
811 Westheimer Road
Since 1971, The Cottage Shop has offered a dazzling pre-owned selection of luxury brands such as Dooney & Bourke and Fendi, as well as affordable pieces such as $5 skirts and $8 blazers. The store also offers daily deals of 25-50% off merchandise for an even better bargain. As an added bonus, the Women’s Home operates the mall, which means your purchases help support residential treatment and transitional housing programs for women in Houston.
1639 Westheimer Road
When you walk past an animal print window display with a chic neon edge, it’s only fitting to peek inside. Leopard Lounge is the groovy thrift store a few doors down from Lo-Fi Vintage. Thrifty finds include touring merch, T-graphics, and an incredible collection of Harley-Davidson apparel. While some vintage shops can be quite pricey, it’s possible to buy rare pieces in excellent condition for less than $20 here.
1657 Westheimer Road
For those of you looking to relive your 2000s wardrobe fantasies, Pavement is the place to shop. Thrift lovers will be eager to browse the huge selection of Western boots, an overload of tank tops and t-shirts, and dozens of printed jeans. For less than $15, you’ll likely find a Georgio Armani jacket while stocking up on buildable parts in the store’s $5 room, which is way better than a cut-price trash can.
2134 Richmond Ave
This charming pink boutique in Montrose opened in 2007 and has been a go-to destination for glamorous couture and accessories ever since. Once inside the shop, visitors can pick up shelves of merchandise from the 50s, 60s and 70s. A plus for Cheeky Vintage is that it’s a organized thrift store, which eliminates long hours of supply.
3622 Main Street, Suite B3
A whimsical bungalow tucked away in Midtown is the Fashion Time Machine. After entering the yellow storefront, you can’t help but want to try on some 60s costumes or play with the nostalgic Furby doll. What started as a concept art installation by Houston native Mary Keene has now morphed into a vintage boutique allowing shoppers to find that one-of-a-kind accessory to complete their look or an exclusive dress no one else has to offer. Houston won’t have.
2009 Dunlavy Street
Shoppers will descend down the resale rabbit hole at this maze-like store. It’s full of timeless jewelry and antique treasures, and you’ll easily find the perfect item to match your vintage style in your wardrobe or home at The Guild Shop. A portion of the proceeds are donated to the local St. John the Divine ministry.
3622 Main St. C St.
As soon as the spicy red doors catch your eye, you’ll want to enter the world of My Flaming Heart. Inside the eclectic gift shop, shoppers can browse a curated collection of Texan and Mexican folk art, crystal trinkets and custom dresses inspired by pin-ups from store owner Judy’s wardrobe. Aaliyah. Mixing fashion and Latin culture, My Flaming Heart is both bizarre and fascinating.
1121 Uptown Park Blvd, Suite 11
Skip the mall and head to the Little Bird for all things creative. The consignment shop, perfectly tucked away in Post Oak, offers authentic handbags, clothing and shoes from luxury brands such as Jimmy Choo, Valentino and Christian Louboutin. Shoppers can pick up a Celine suede handbag for $1,200 or oversized Prada sunglasses for $175 in pristine condition.
2419 S. Shepard Drive
In addition to The Little Bird, Couture Blowout is a great upscale resale destination. At this boutique in the illustrious River Oaks neighborhood, shoppers can score clothes from designer brands like Bottega Veneta, Emilio Pucci and Chloe, some surprisingly under $1,000, that can pass for popular Instagram-worthy styles today.