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Heights Station Antiques: Old Carriage Barn Setting in Houston

Updated on February 23, 2020
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Heights Station Antique Store
Heights Station Antique Store | Source

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.

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Exterior view of Heights Station Antiques and CollectiblesInterior view of Heights Station Antiques and Collectibles
Exterior view of Heights Station Antiques and Collectibles
Exterior view of Heights Station Antiques and Collectibles | Source
Interior view of Heights Station Antiques and Collectibles
Interior view of Heights Station Antiques and Collectibles | Source

Carriage Barn

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
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Old wicker doll carriage and dollVintage jugs and crocksSports memorabilia for saleItems hanging from the rafters inside of this old carriage barnOld pinball machineVintage records for saleSo much to see in the Heights Station Antiques!
Old wicker doll carriage and doll
Old wicker doll carriage and doll | Source
Vintage jugs and crocks
Vintage jugs and crocks | Source
Sports memorabilia for sale
Sports memorabilia for sale | Source
Items hanging from the rafters inside of this old carriage barn
Items hanging from the rafters inside of this old carriage barn | Source
Old pinball machine
Old pinball machine | Source
Vintage records for sale
Vintage records for sale | Source
So much to see in the Heights Station Antiques!
So much to see in the Heights Station Antiques! | Source

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!

Letters in upper left corner such as Joanna Gaines likes to use.
Letters in upper left corner such as Joanna Gaines likes to use. | Source

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.

Leaded glass windows, etc.
Leaded glass windows, etc. | Source

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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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Peggy Woods

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    • Robert Sacchi profile image

      Robert Sacchi 

      4 weeks ago

      Yes, it is interesting to see what people had in ages past.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Linda,

      That is part of the fun of visiting antique and collectible stores. Generally speaking, there is always something to remind us of items seen or used by someone we knew or used to know. It brings back memories of the "good old days."

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This sounds like a fascinating place to explore. It was interesting to hear that some of the items reminded you of your family's past. I had a similar experience when I explored an old store in my area. That store wasn't as interesting to visit as Heights Station Antiques, though!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      Early American furnishings, as well as other types, seem to appeal to people, depending upon their preferences. Even if not in the mood to buy, it is fun just browsing through antique places.

    • Robert Sacchi profile image

      Robert Sacchi 

      4 weeks ago

      Erma Bombeck was a very good humorist. Early American is popular in the United States.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      Thanks. I liked that quote also. That old carriage barn does attract attention and seems the perfect place now for such a business.

    • Robert Sacchi profile image

      Robert Sacchi 

      4 weeks ago

      I like the Erma Bombeck quote. It doe seem an interesting place to walk through.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Chuck,

      Older buildings like this are intriguing. I am happy that it still exists. Too many ones of this age are demolished in Houston. Thanks for your comment.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Donna,

      It is fun looking at items in antique stores. I appreciate your comment.

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      Chuck Nugent 

      4 weeks ago from Tucson, Arizona

      Peggy - great article. I agree with Bill that a renovated old building has a certain character that makes one want to go in a look around. While I enjoy looking at many old things antiques have never been something that I have been interested in buying or collecting.

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      Donna Rayne 

      4 weeks ago from Sutter Creek

      Peggy, this was a very interesting article. I love looking at old antiques and what people did with them and who owned them and what is their history! Great write!

      Blessings,

      Donna Rayne

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Bill,

      Yes, the character of the building adds so much to its current contents of collectibles and antiques that are for sale.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      What a great building. Character wins out every time, don't you think? I could spend hours there.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Pamela,

      I also have some antiques that have been passed down from several generations, and I treasure them. I am pleased that you enjoyed reading this.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      4 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      I really like antiques and the stores. I inheritted several antiques from my mother and I already had some. I enjored this interesting article, Peggy.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rochelle,

      I liked the quote from Erma Bombeck also. She was such a great comedian, and her books were so entertaining.

    • Rochelle Frank profile image

      Rochelle Frank 

      4 weeks ago from California Gold Country

      Looks like the perfect place for an antique store. I like the Erma quote.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Lorna,

      Yes, it would be a long trip to shop at this antique store from your location in Ireland. Happy to know that you enjoyed the photos, however.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      This antique store is just one of the antique stores in the area of the Houston Heights. Like you, I love browsing in places like this.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Liz,

      The old building makes browsing for things inside of it even more enjoyable. Glad you liked this.

    • Lorna Lamon profile image

      Lorna Lamon 

      4 weeks ago

      I have always had an interest in antiques and love spending time walking around these wonderful stores. It's like preserving a little piece of history and your article really showcases Heights Station Antiques. I would love to pay it a visit, however, living in Ireland makes it a little too far. I enjoyed reading this interesting article with lovely photos. It was almost like being there. Thank you for sharing Peggy.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      4 weeks ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Oh, I just love browsing places like this. We have quite a few around here, too!

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      Liz Westwood 

      4 weeks ago from UK

      This looks like a fascinating place. I like how the old building matches the contents with its antiquity. Your photos do this store justice.

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