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August Antiques Store in Houston Heights

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

August Antiques Store in the Houston Heights

August Antiques Store in the Houston Heights

August Antiques

This antiques store in the Houston Heights is a delight! It is a red-brick building that was built in the 1920s. Nestled between other vintage buildings along the beautiful Heights Boulevard, it has a small parking lot in front. Fortunately, there is plenty of street parking along Heights Boulevard.

My husband and I stopped in there one day recently to see what type of offerings they provide.

Religious Items for Sale

What truly sets August Antiques apart from many other antique stores is the number of religious items they have for sale. These include various types of sculpture, icons, selection of crosses and crucifixes, kneeling benches, rosaries, and more. Some of them seem to have come right out of churches! I am confident that there is a story behind each distinctive piece!

Terrific Book Selection

Another thing of note is their massive selection of rare books. Entire sets of books can be found as well as single ones worthy of collecting or gifting that particular person on your list. There are rows and rows of books of all types, including numerous vintage Bibles. On the floor in the books section of the store are old book presses.

“A great library is anything and everything. It is not for its current custodians to judge what the future will find to be of importance, and it is this eclecticism that gives it the mystique, that is the wonder of it.”

— Penelope Lively, Ammonites and Leaping Fish: A Life in Time

Numerous Items to Explore

When gazing up towards the ceiling, we saw exciting and beautiful period lighting pieces. Of course, there is a wide assortment of furniture as well as furnishings that date back to earlier times.

My husband and I viewed old wooden school desks, period jars, and crocks, stacks of old wooden boxes, numerous vintage signs, and a multitude of former medicinal bottles and paraphernalia utilized in the past.

Architectural Salvaged Items

In between the two buildings is a fantastic array of vintage aluminum chairs such as I knew as a child in the 1950s. In addition to the various types of seating are a wide variety of architectural salvage items. These include vast numbers of doors and windows. Stained glass windows of different dimensions are also on display.

Some good friends of ours purchased some old wooden doors, and where the screens or windows had been, they inserted mirrors. After refinishing the wood, those doors are now displayed as pieces of art in their living room. It is advantageous and innovative and gives their living room a distinctively unique appearance. I admire people who can see past the original intent of furniture or furnishings and re-purpose them into something new.

Anyone looking for doors or windows should put August Antiques on their list of places to visit!

Two Adjacent Buildings

There is another building to the left of August Antiques that dates back to 1910. It was acquired in 1994, a year after the red brick building was purchased. It is called Ben’s Antique Gardening.

The flowers and plants grown in containers outside of the building facing Heights Boulevard are beautiful.

Brings Back Memories

One thing catching my eye was an old croquet set. It immediately brought back to mind the days when my parents, along with my brothers, grandparents, and other visiting relatives, used to play that game in my parent’s large yard in Wisconsin. Just seeing it made me smile.

This description scratches the surface of what there is to see in these two buildings and space between them.

Location and Hours of Operation

These stores are open from 10 AM to 6 PM every day except Monday. From what I read, the larger red brick building might have been a grocery store originally and the smaller adjacent building, a Gulf gas station. The owners are James Weaver and Ben Weaver.

I overheard one of them helping a customer. If they do not have what a customer is seeking, they will help them find it. Many of their buying trips take them to the northeast part of our country.

This eclectic mixture of items seems to be well sorted into different areas. So if one is seeking certain items, they can easily be directed to the correct area without having to wade through a mishmash of other things. That is particularly true if wanting doors and windows, religious items, and books.

Be forewarned of one thing only. While fans are buzzing, there is no air conditioning. So browsing through the stores can be a bit hot in our Houston summers. Take that into consideration when planning a visit. Dress appropriately and plan to stay hydrated!

It is always fun discovering places like this! The address of August Antiques is 505 1/2 Heights Blvd., Houston, Texas 77007.

Remember that the most valuable antiques are dear old friends.

— H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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August Antiques

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 August 25, 2020:

Hi Devika,

You would have fun in a place like this since you enjoy looking at antiques and books. August Antiques has a wide variety of items of which to peruse.

Devika Primic on August 25, 2020:

This place sounds interesting. I like to visit such places and antiques is one of my favorite pieces also books. In Croatia no such places. You have a well written and informative hub of this place.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 04, 2020:

Hi Ann,

August Antiques has more books than any other antique store that I have ever visited. It is an amazing place!

Ann Carr from SW England on April 04, 2020:

What a great place, Peggy!

I love to see shelves and shelves of books. I would spend hours in that place. All sorts of art, architectural pieces too.... well, maybe weeks would be better!

Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

Ann

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 02, 2020:

Hi Heidi,

I am sure that businesses like this are hurting with the pandemic. Yes, I hope that they survive.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on April 02, 2020:

This looks like a stop for the American Pickers! :)

I wonder how shops like this are faring with the pandemic situation. I hope they survive.

Thanks for sharing, as always!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 01, 2020:

Hi Bill,

It costs nothing to look. Ha! The few prices I looked at did not seem to be that high.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 01, 2020:

Hi Liz,

My husband would rather go grocery shopping than going to an antique store, but he is a good sport to accompany me on occasion.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 01, 2020:

Hi Bill,

You are lucky you still have a croquet set. Ours did not make the move south with us. Roaming through antique shops like this can be fun.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 01, 2020:

Hi Adrienne,

You would undoubtedly like shopping in this store as you were once around so many items of interest in that antique mall.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 01, 2020:

Hi Lorna,

It does not surprise me to hear that you have a collection of old poetry books with your gift of writing poetry. This store does have a huge amount of books for sale.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 01, 2020:

I could literally spend hours in that store. Probably couldn't afford anything, but that wouldn't stop me from enjoying my visit.

Liz Westwood from UK on April 01, 2020:

My husband would love this store. He doesn't generally like shopping, but he finds it interesting to look inside antique stores.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on April 01, 2020:

We love you exploring antique shops like this one. It reminds me of our visit to the Brimfield Antique Show held every year here in Massachusetts. We do still have a croquet set down in the garage, although I can’t remember the last time we played.

Adrienne Farricelli on April 01, 2020:

I miss shopping for antiques! We used to rent a space in an antique mall and it was fun. We had to stop after moving as the area we lived in didn't have much antiques. I will make sure to stop by this antique store in Houston whenever I visit one day.

Lorna Lamon on April 01, 2020:

I love antique stores that have a library of old books. I collect old books, mainly poetry books. This store would be perfect for me as it appears to have a great selection, in a lovely setting. I also like the look of those period jars. Great read.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 31, 2020:

Hi FlourishAnyway,

Your comment had me laughing. It is less likely to get in trouble when only viewing items from afar. Right? Ha!

FlourishAnyway from USA on March 31, 2020:

I could get lost in this place! I love it! It’s probably a good thing I’m only looking via internet!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 31, 2020:

Hi Pamela,

My brothers and I used to play croquet with my parents, grandparents, and aunt and uncle and cousins when they would come for a visit. It was fun! Visiting a store like this does bring back memories. (Smile)

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 31, 2020:

I do colledt antiques and this looks like an excellent store. I would love to take a look around this store. My grandparents had a croquet set and some of my good memories are playing croquet as a grade school child. This store must be full of great memories.