If you're moving to Houston, or even a new resident, you might wonder where the "go-to places" are for home or apartment furniture and decorations on the cheap. Not your typical discount stores, but those spots that are unique to Houston – often with a variety of eclectic items and furniture. Here are a handful of nonprofit shops, furniture consignment stores, and huge community events to consider for cheap furniture stores in Houston.
Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Imagine a venue the size of an old Randall's grocery store filled with EVERYTHING you might need to decorate a new home or apartment. Yes, even the toilet! I have been both a volunteer and buyer at Habitat for Humanity ReStore's Northwest Houston location, so I can share first-hand. On a typical day you can find new and gently used furniture, cheap home décor, seasonal items, appliances, doors, cabinets, flooring, wall art, high-end lamps, tubs, sinks, granite countertops, lumber, door knobs, cabinet pulls, and more. The chair I bought was used to stage a model home, so essentially brand new!
A recent expansion gave the Northwest Houston store an amazing 40,000 sq. ft. of space. And it's tightly displayed on the floor, with many more items in the back waiting to debut.
The Houston ReStore operates under a unique model. The nonprofit home improvement store gets items from community donations but also a large amount from its deconstructions that folks hire Habitat to manage. That's where the flooring, cabinetry, and building materials come in – and sold at a fraction of the retail price to the public. This keeps these items out of landfills, which is definitely a win-win. Proceeds from the donations and demo items help Houston Habitat build more homes for the city's low-income families.
There are a few ReStore locations in Houston area: Northwest Harris County (Jones & Grant), 610 at Wayside, Stafford, Conroe, and Webster.
The Guild Shop
The Guild Shop of St. John the Devine is a Houston staple since 1962. This charity resale shop offers quality items including furniture, art, household items, dishware, jewelry, clothing, rugs and more. The website offers a detailed update each month of which items it is accepting for donations plus pictures of current merchandise.
While prices are meant to be affordable, if not wait for the inventory markdowns every 30 days. You can follow right on the tag what upcoming prices will be. It's a great starting point if you're wondering how to furnish an apartment for cheap, especially when you're starting off.
The Guild Shop was selected as Best Antique Shop in Houston Press' 2015 Readers Choice Award. It's located in Montrose at 2009 Dunlavy.
The Blue Bird Circle Resale Shop
Another resale shop in Montrose, The Blue Bird Circle has been selling quality, reasonably-priced furniture and clothing since 1959. The furniture department fits all needs from antiques and collectibles to students furnishing their first apartment. Prices can range from $50 – $1,500. Follow the prices on the tags and you can get a bargain if you are patient.
Proceeds of the resale shop benefit The Blue Bird Circle Clinic for Pediatric Neurology at Texas Children's Hospital and other philanthropic activities. The Blue Bird Resale Shop is located at 615 W. Alabama.
Community Sales & Flea Markets
Pink Elephant Sale (River Oaks)
Dubbed "Houston's oldest rummage sale," the Pink Elephant Sale by River Oaks Garden Club is held annually the third weekend of October. The Garden Club committee saves treasures throughout the year for the sale, which draws folks from beyond Houston. Imagine antiques, designer clothing, furniture, home décor, 100 racks of clothing, thousands of $1 and $2 books, and plants from Bayou Bend Gardens. The indoor sale fills a huge ballroom at the Bayou City Event Center, south of NRG. Some of the items might have higher prices for antiques, but it's generally a bargain sale. Admission is just $1 with free parking. It's a win-win with proceeds benefiting the Houston community. This sale celebrated 65 years in 2015, starting back in WWII.
Westbury White Elephant Sale
Westbury Civic Club hosts its bi-annual White Elephant Sale in fall and spring each year. This giant sale is the equivalent of 50 garage sales in one. Shoppers can find things ranging from furniture, clothing, home décor and more. The event is held at the Westbury United Methodist Church parking lot, 5200 Willowbend.
This NW Houston consignment store has a great reputation for value and variety home furnishings since 2005. Consignment inventory comes from estate sales, individuals, and country auctions offering a timeless sense of style. In addition to its 10,000 sq. ft. showroom in Spring, folks also can browse its treasures online: Furniture, Home Décor, Kitchen/Dining/Bar, Everything Else, New Arrivals, and Clearance. This was the first time I'd heard of online shopping for consignment furniture. That makes it super easy to browse for that special vintage or eclectic item. And the prices are online, too.
StillGoode is located at 5200 Louetta.
Consignment Collection & Estate Sales of Champions
This Houston consignment spot has been serving the local community for years and the locals love it. Consignment Collection offers a wide variety of gently used furniture, home goods, jewelry, and more. Their location is over 22,000 square feet, which means you're sure to find a new treasure to take home. Many of their items come from estate sales so you'll be able to acquire inexpensive furniture and more for your home.
Consignment Collection is located at 3225 Cypress Creek Parkway.
Moving to Houston means a new place you get to call home. If you looking to start fresh, these seven spots are sure to get your started without breaking your budget. Once you're settled in and you realize you may have bought too much, check out your local storage facility to keep it tucked away until you're ready to display it.