Thrift Stores in Houston: A Non-Exhaustive List

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Thrift Stores in Houston

One way I love to get to know a city is through its resale shops. Since we moved to Houston, Daniel and I have already visited a handful of thrift stores. He’s on the hunt for one-of-a-kind housewares and I’m looking for work-appropriate clothing.

I’ve put together this post in order to share my impressions of the thrift, resale, and vintage stores we visit. Because this represents my experience, it is necessarily non-exhaustive.

That being said, over the next few months and years, I hope to explore as many thrift stores in Houston as I can. And I should note that the neighborhood of Montrose, the best known resale shopping district, is still on my list to check out.

Since I used to run a thrift store, I can be pretty picky about my shopping preferences. I pay attention to things like navigability, policies, and particularly, whether or not there are dressing rooms (a must if you’re buying clothing!).

Where to Thrift in Houston, TX

Crossroads Trading | 2517 University Blvd

Located in a swanky shopping center, Crossroads Trading is part of a consignment store chain. With a focus on clothes and accessories, items were well-organized by size, style, and color (!). I was on the hunt for a Hawaiian shirt for a theme party, and found a handful of good options in the men’s section. Prices are a bit higher, with most clothing starting at around $15. But for a more curated shopping experience, I found prices fair. *Bring your own bags – they charge

Dressing room available? Yes

Parking? Central lot and 2-hr. street parking

Family Thrift Center | 7553 Bellaire Blvd

A huge thrift store focusing mostly on clothing. Clothing is organized by style and color. Prices do not seem to be standardized, but are generally fair. Lots of shoes and a small household section, too.

Dressing room available? Yes

Parking? Lot

Goodwill River Oaks | 2030 Westheimer Rd

This Goodwill location was recommended by a local for its higher end finds. A lot of the store is dedicated to a “Boutique” section, with prices to match. I was unimpressed with the options and found it very disorganized. But, I did find another St. Arnold Brewery glass for my collection.

That being said, it’s clearly a popular spot – it was full of teenagers on the summer weekday I visited. It may be easier to navigate on a slower day.

Dressing room available? Yes

Parking? Lot

street view of Leopard Lounge in Houston

Habitat for Humanity | 6161 South Loop E Fwy

This ReStore was fairly small compared to what I’m used to and seemed to specialize in building supplies and used appliances. A small selection of furniture, including a few nice, antique wood items. Reasonably priced for resale, but a bit more than expected.

Parking? Lot

Leopard Lounge | 1639 Westheimer Rd

Located in the trendy Montrose neighborhood, Leopard Lounge is a highly curated vintage store specializing in streetwear. They have a big selection of vintage t-shirts, windbreakers, flannels, and denim. Prices range from $20 and up on most items. In my opinion as a former vintage seller, prices are generally fair.

Dressing Room? I think so (forgot to check)

Parking? Lot nearby and street parking

Out of the Closet | 1435 Westheimer Rd

Also in Montrose, Out of the Closet is a well-curated and organized thrift store with a particularly good masc/men’s section and some nice furniture items. They also have tons of DVDs. I found the femme/women’s section a bit lacking.

The store is part of a chain that supports the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. This location also offers free HIV testing at its in-house clinic.

Dressing room available? Yes

Parking? Small lot and street parking

picture of Out of the Closet thrift store in Houston, Texas Montrose neighborhood

Pavement | 1657 Westheimer Rd

Located right next to Leopard Lounge, Pavement is a consignment store specializing in quirky vintage, all things Y2K, and reworked clothing. Pavement is one of my favorites when I’m looking to add a few interesting pieces to my wardrobe. I especially like their reworked and upcycled flannels and t-shirts. Prices are reasonable for consignment, ranging from $5 and up.

Dressing room available? Yes

Parking? Small lot and street parking

Salvation Army | 6150 Bissonet St

Well-organized and airy, this location had a huge furniture section that took up nearly half of the store. Furniture was a bit pricey, but competitively priced for the general resale market. Clothing is organized by style and color, and is 50% off on Wednesdays. Few if any shoes.

Dressing room available? Yes

Parking? Lot

St. Vincent de Paul Resale Shop | 5236 Cedar St

This relatively small shop boasts fun and quirky household decor, some furniture, and a decent clothing selection. When we were there, their internet was down, so they were only accepting cash.

Dressing room available? Not sure

Parking? Small lot

Value Village | 6202 Bissonett St

Part of a larger thrift store chain, this location was huge and crowded on the Saturday we visited. Items like clothing, shoes, and household goods are arranged by category and color.

They had a good selection of men’s cowboy boots behind the counter, as well. There were a few pieces of furniture and a small record selection. You can join their rewards program for discounts.

Dressing room available? No

Parking? Lot

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P.S. Here’s a larger list put together by Houston on the Cheap

Leah Wise

Leah Wise is the founder of StyleWise Blog. She has been writing, speaking, and consulting on sustainable fashion, the fair trade and secondhand supply chain, and digital marketing for over ten years. An Episcopal priest, Leah holds a B.A. in Religion from Florida State University and an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School. When not working, you can find her looking for treasures at the thrift store.

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  1. Alyssa |

    I’m envious that your Value Village has a rewards program – I don’t think ours does! Or at least, it’s not advertised…

    1. Yeah! They were very up front about signing me up. I think Value Village and Savers have the same parent company and Savers has a program, too. Ask your local one!

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