7700 N. Freeway
Houston, TX 77037
www.swsurplus.comIf you have ever stayed in a hotel and liked the furniture you saw, you know what to expect at Southwest Surplus. When hotels update the furniture inside their rooms, the old furniture, which still looks good, is sold to Southwest Surplus and made available to the public for sale. To see used hotel furniture from some of the finest hotels around town, visit Southwest Surplus’s showroom from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays.
Legendary Furniture Consignment and Resale only accepts used furniture that is in good condition and free of stains, fading, tears, smoke or pet odors. Because the standards are so high for the furniture here, you are sure to find the right furnishings for your home. In addition to furniture, you may also find home decor accessories and artwork here, but like all consignment stores, the stock changes regularly as items are sold and new pieces are put up for sale. This store is only open from Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Designers Furniture Exchange
5701 Richmond Ave.
Houston, TX 77057
If you are tired of only finding off-brand furniture at thrift stores, Designers Furniture Exchange is where you can go to get only known brand names of furniture like Ethan Allen and Thomasville. The showroom is open from Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., but only until 5 p.m. on Saturdays. At the showroom, you can browse through the chairs, tables, sofas and more that have all had only gentle use and come from brands that you can easily recognize. You may even find recent furniture trends among the offerings on consignment at Designers Furniture Exchange.
2nd Debut Furniture
10968 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77042
Houston’s 2nd Debut Furniture is located in the Westchase area, which is conveniently located off Beltway 8 on the west side. Once you get here, you will find a showroom filled with a collection of both new and used furniture. If you have something specific in mind that you need for your home, you can make a request for it in the store’s wish book, and if a similar item comes through the store, you will be notified. Most of the pieces for sale at 2nd Debut Furniture are eclectic and contemporary, but there are also other furniture and home decor styles here occasionally. The showroom is open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.
There are still many mid-century modern homes around Houston that correspond to a building boom from the 1940s to the 1980s. If you have one of these homes, you might want the furniture to match the style of the house, but finding quality mid-century modern furniture is difficult unless you visit Metro Retro Furniture, which specializes in this type of home furnishing. Unlike other used furnishings, Metro Retro’s products are considered vintage collectibles and likely higher in price than similar pieces of more modern used furniture, but the quality and collectibility of the design is worth the price. You can visit Metro Retro Furniture’s showroom in Montrose on Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Crystal Hessong ia a freelance writer and a lifelong, fourth generation Houstonian. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.