When you’re looking for a bargain or something to reflect your unique style, thrift stores and flea markets are a great place to go. If you’re willing to do some digging, the best thrift stores and flea markets in Houston are sure to hold some second-hand treasures. — Amber Hilton

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The Guild Shop of St. John the Divine

2009 Dunlavy
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 528-5095


The Houston Press has named the Guild Shop in Houston the city’s “Best Resale Shop” at least four of the past seven years. This second-hand shop is charming, yet spacious, with room for a large inventory that changes regularly. If you like watching “Antiques Roadshow” or digging for treasures in Grandma’s attic, you’re going to love this thrift store. Some of the items that you can count on finding here include collectibles, furniture, household items, rugs, art and jewelry. The Guild Shop takes both consignments and donations. Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sunday, Closed.

Traders Village – Houston

7979 N. Eldridge Rd.
Houston, TX 77041
(281) 890-5500

With sites in Houston, San Antonio and Grand Prairie, Traders Village is the granddaddy of all Texas weekend flea markets, spanning 105 acres near the Sam Houston Tollway. If you’re looking for fun for the whole family, this is the place to go. In addition to thousands of shops with owners that are ready and willing to negotiate a bargain, Traders Village also offers concessions, entertainment, rides, car shows, and various festival events. The flea market fare ranges from arts and crafts, to garage sale bargains, to comics, jewelry and collectibles. Traders Village operates in Houston every weekend. Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m. to dusk.

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Blue Bird Circle Resale Shop

615 West Alabama
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 528-0470

This clean, charitable resale shop is operated by a group of female volunteers known as the Blue Bird Circle. This group of charitable women works to promote the well-being of the community through several activities, including the resale shop. Their volunteer work helps support a pediatric neurology clinic, developmental neurogenetics laboratory and other medical centers, all named in their honor. Since 1959 (in its current location since 1973), this shop has offered gently used clothing, furniture and some home wares. Unlike some other thrift shops, Blue Bird Circle is neat and tidy, with an attractive layout and good organization. You’ll feel more like you’re shopping at a department store than a thrift shop – except for the second-hand-store prices. The shop takes both donations and consignments; the store’s cut of consignments benefits the Blue Bird Circles’ medical charities. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sunny Flea Market

8705 Airline Dr.
Houston, TX 77037
(281) 447-8729

The Sunny Flea Market is another large, weekend flea market operating out of north Houston, near the airport. There are plenty of bargains to be found at this 35-acre, open-air shopping bonanza, which boasts more than 1,000 dealers each weekend. There are also rides for the younger kids and plenty of delicious fair-style food to keep you fueled on your quest for that flea market treasure. You’ll find regular vendors here, selling first-hand clothing, health and beauty supplies, and even fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as garage sale bargains. You won’t find as many antique dealers here as you could in the past, but its still worth the trip for a day of family fun and shopping. Be prepared for a crowd, as this flea market draws in roughly 50,000 visitors every weekend. Hours: Every Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.