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Heights Station Antiques: Discovering Treasures in an Old Houston Carriage Barn

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Comments

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 07, 2020:

Hi Rajan,

Antique stores are fun places to visit. Thanks for the virtual visit to this old carriage barn setting in Houston.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 07, 2020:

Great antiques on display. I love visiting antique stores and these photos are a visual treat. Thank you for sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 21, 2020:

Hi Dale,

Antique stores are fun places in which to spend time. As to the comments on HubPages, it is harder to find ones now where people can still leave comments. I hope they fix that "glitch" soon!

Dale Anderson from The High Seas on September 21, 2020:

Peggy, My wife and I often stop in antique stores whenever we run across them. For the record, I like your wanderwisdom hubs too but I cannot comment on them. It makes me wonder what Hubpages is doing. It's been going on for some time now so I struggle to believe that it is a 'glitch' that they are working on fixing. I could be wrong...

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 19, 2020:

Hi FlourishAnyway,

It sounds like you would have some fun browsing this antique store.

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 17, 2020:

I so wish I could shop there! When my husband and I were first married we used to antique all the time but we haven’t been in many years.

Robert Sacchi on February 26, 2020:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 26, 2020:

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."

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on February 25, 2020:

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 Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 25, 2020:

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 on February 25, 2020:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 24, 2020:

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 on February 24, 2020:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 24, 2020:

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 Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 24, 2020:

Hi Donna,

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

Chuck Nugent from Tucson, Arizona on February 24, 2020:

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.

Donna Rayne from Greenwood, In on February 24, 2020:

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 Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 24, 2020:

Hi Bill,

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

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 24, 2020:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 23, 2020:

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.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on February 23, 2020:

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 Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 23, 2020:

Hi Rochelle,

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

Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on February 23, 2020:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 23, 2020:

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 Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 23, 2020:

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 Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 23, 2020:

Hi Liz,

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

Lorna Lamon on February 23, 2020:

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.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on February 23, 2020:

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

Liz Westwood from UK on February 23, 2020:

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