Heights Station Antiques: Old Carriage Barn Setting in Houston
Best Antique Store Rating
Heights Station Antiques received the title of Best Antique Store. That happened in the year 2010 by the Houston Press. Every year since that time, a different antique store has received that designation of being the best.
I am no expert when it comes to judging what constitutes the best. Everyone undoubtedly would have their own opinion. What makes it an additional challenge is that stores selling collectibles and antiques have continually changing inventory. At least the successful ones do!
Turning inventory is the bread and butter of just about any type of business if they wish to stay in business. Heights Station Antiques does have staying power. They have been in business in this location since 1977.
The architecture of this antique store is of particular interest. Originally a carriage barn, it dates back to 1895. One can see much of the old wooden rafters once inside this building. They use some of those rafters to store some of the merchandise! The interior space of 5,000+ feet is packed with all kinds of items.
My husband and I spotted a case with signed sports items like baseballs and footballs, among other things. Some of them were from Super Bowl events!
While the old building is not air-conditioned, many fans were buzzing and whirling. Despite the July heat outside, it was not unbearable. Naturally, other times of the year, it would be even more comfortable.
I have often wondered what it is an old building can do to you when you happen to know a little about things that went on long ago in that building.— Carl Sandburg
So Much to See!
On the day we visited, an old doll carriage was spotted with a doll reposing inside of it. It reminded me of the one that my mother owned with her Dionne Quintuplet doll in it. My niece is now the caretaker of that doll and old wicker carriage.
Old jugs and crocks such as my grandparents used when they were making sauerkraut were in evidence. They used to have a large assortment of those crocks in their Wisconsin basement. There was also a tabletop pinball machine. My paternal grandmother used to have one similar to it in her basement.
From leaded glass windows to old mason jars, all types of furniture to knick-knacks, there is much to look at and discover. They had a great selection of old picture frames and a bounty of old records. This listing of items by no means describes all that there is to view within this antique store. It is a fun journey going down memory lane in antique stores such as this one.
The Heights Station Antiques was even mentioned in a 2008 Martha Stewart Living magazine! It was written that this store “has a more bohemian vibe.” Of that, I would agree.
We had fun seeing this old carriage barn and its contents. It inspired us to explore more of the shops in Houston, offering vintage items. Stay tuned!
Joanna Gaines Would Like This Place!
Those iron letters in the photo above reminded me of how Joanna Gaines uses them when decorating homes. I enjoy watching their televised show called the Fixer Upper. She and her husband Chip renovate older homes and turn them into stunning beauties. It is shown on the HGTV channel. That is my personal “go-to” station if nothing else appeals to me, and I feel like relaxing and watching a little television.
Location and Hours of Operation
People can visit this antique shop in a unique setting every day except Monday. Hours from Tuesday through Saturday are from 10 AM to 5:30 PM. Sunday hours are from 1 PM to 5:30 PM. Their location is 121 Heights Blvd., Houston, Texas 77007.
Some say the antique syndrome surfaced to offset the newness of the land, the homes, and the settlers. Some say the interest was initiated by a desire to return to the roots of yesterday. I contend the entire movement to acquire antiques was born out of sheer respect of things that lasted longer than fifteen minutes.— Erma Bombeck
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