Montrose Shopping: treasure hunting
A quick drive down lower Westheimer will find more than a days worth of popular clothing resale shops: Buffalo Exchange, Taxi Taxi, Leopard Lounge and more. But Montrose also has some of the best [and most] furniture resale, thrifting and treasure hunting in the city, too! While you can park on Westheimer and score a bounty, venturing around the ‘hood will uncover local faves:
Blue Bird Circle:
I stop into Blue Bird almost weekly 1) because it’s right down the street from me and 2) I can always find some new designer shoes, suit or gala gown for a steal. On this occassion, I turned right instead of left upon entering and ventured into the furniture section. I almost fell over a great old sliding rocker that I immediately fell in love with – for just over $200 – complete with ottoman. Wandering the aisles I found some great glassware – I have this obsession ever since my first visit to Anvil, of stocking my home bar with mismatched antique glasses – and then, the pièce de résistance – a bureau with gorgeous glass door and metal work for UNDER $100! There was also an elephantine country dining table from a ranch in Waller Texas, an old iron patio set, some fab red heels and a beautiful green glass vase that almost found a new forever home with me. Blue Bird Circle’s Resale shop supports The Blue Bird Circle Clinic for Pediatric Neurology, The Blue Bird Circle Developmental Neurogenetics Laboratory and The Blue Bird Circle Rett Center. Good finds for a good cause!
A cross between Antiques Roadshow and your Grandma’s attic
I admit I had never been to the Guild before this trip – Why? I have no idea. I’m resale-furniture-shop obsessed. It has won Best Resale Shop in Houston. It is raved by friends and family. Shame on me. Upon entry, I fell in love: vintage purses, costume jewelry and then, around the corner rooms stacked with amazing furniture. I immediately spied an old chair perfect for my old-door-turned-new-desk I just bought in Round Top. Then, a full size mirror for $100. A desk of drawers [sold], and the perfect deer head in the corner [what resaling adventure is complete without a mounted animal head find? None, I tell you.] Another room is full of chandeliers, lighting and other household ornaments and the entire outside is stocked with garden goodies! I now see why this place has been attracting visitors for years. Their inventory is constantly changing, the people are so helpful and the finds can’t be beat! The Guild also supports St. James House and other community charities. They post their latest finds on their facebook page.
Situated on an assuming corner of a not-so-quite neighborhood in Montrose now marking it’s place in the hood with new restaurants and new construction, Reeve’s is an upscale treasure trove with an amusement park quality. The owners couldn’t be more welcoming and the finds are one of kind [make sure to check out their backroom/warehouse, too, for an Alice in Wonderland-esque adventure]. Copper bikes, mammoth antique film projectors, one-of-kind art, a refurbished pin ball machine, geometric couches, antique lighting … kept me spinning and ‘Ooooo’-ing for an hour. Then they sent me to Cool Stuff on Westheimer – another one of their owner’s recent ventures. It’s a smaller shop with wonderfully restored med-century modern furniture for application or inspiration.
What are your favorite finds and places to go treasure hunting in Montrose?