Zoom in on David Willard's "Four Corners" at the Antique Center of Texas. In this one of numerous loaded-down display cases you will find, among other interesting artifacts, vintage western- and military-edged weapons and antique firearms. There's more! Visit David's four corners of antiques and collectibles on the aisle C intersecting at aisle 12 of ACT!
Farah's message gets to the point: she restores all kinds of your broken treasures, including all major lines of porcelain, pottery, marble, jade, tapestry. This includes but is not limited to Meissen, Dresden, Satsuma, Derby, Boehm . . . well, we could name it all but - if it's broken - you bring it in to Farah in pieces and she'll add her expertise and you'll take home a treasured piece that looks practically brand new. Come see Farah Haydon at Thompson's Antique Center of Texas.
This new section is contributed by Tom Kennedy.
We will be featuring various dealer booths from through-out the building.
Emmy Lu's was established at the Antique Center of Texas by George and Emily Rice in 1999. Find it on the main aisle near the 18th Street/Hwy. 290 door. George has fully repaired and restored all furniture sold at Emmy Lu's to ensure it will serve you well for generations to come. "We specialize in small to medium size furniture from England - although we occasionally feature select pieces from France. Our items can be the featured piece in an apartment or smaller home - or it could be a wonderful accent piece in larger residence."
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Dr. George Vogt, noted veterinarian, hunter, hunting guide and collector, has amassed a vast array of new and vintage cowboy boots in his Aisle 1 booth at the Antique Center of Texas. He has a varied supply of collectibles, including classic mounts fit for a wall anywhere in your home. Recently, he has expanded his supply of boots and - yes! - has more than 500 pair, men's and women's, in all sizes. That's why he calls his classic outfit "the Boot Booth." Drop by to see him!
This sparkling corner of Thompson's Antique Center of Texas brims with unique estate bracelets, rings, necklaces and all that glows. Another term characterizes all that glitters in this place, which is open every hour the Center operates.
Generally, you will find Antonio - he with the magnifier properly positioned to repair the exquisite pieces, no matter how minute and precious. Another specialty of this fabulous house of sparkles - custom jewelry made to your precise specifications!
Louis Whitaker has loved collecting coins for too many years to remember. For the past 20 years he's expanded what was once a hobby into River Hollow Antiques on the main aisle of Thompson's Antique Center of Texas. Louis buys and sells all U. S. coins and paper money (and some foreign). You can easily find his booth but please note: "I'll buy your coins by appointment." Call the Antique Center or stop by his booth and retrieve his business card.
Stop by Thompson's Antique Center of Texas and look for the ex-Marine who has a vast array of military gear. Jim Acker is the man to ask for. We're talking not just Marine gear but "good stuff" from every U.S. Military Service. He BUYS and SELLS. Come to the Center and look for the area down Aisle 7 where large model airplanes (American, of course) appear to be coming in for landing!
Go down the primary corridor of Thompson's Antique Center of Texas and turn south on Aisle 1. At the end on the left you will see - who is that? - why it's none other than the Blues Brothers! Or is it really Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi dressed in their blues garb and appearing as life-sized statues. Well, yes, it is - and you can take both of them home. Houston businessman Mike Steinmann owns and operates this unique booth and he doesn't just have the blues; he has Texas and Western memorabilia, fine quality mounts and French commodes from as early as 1874. Come by and check out these worldly wares!
Among the one-call-does-all booths at Thompson's Antique Center of Texas is Ali Oriental Rugs, located down the main aisle and the corner of Aisle 11.
Ali not only sells hand made rugs from Persia, India, Paki and Turkey - among many other locales - but he also does expert repairs, spot cleaning and stain repair. Oh, and there are so many rugs to choose from. These rugs come in all sizes that "fit in any area".
Just inside the Hempstead door and down the main aisle on the left you will find the right time. The hands on all the clocks - from brand spanking new to those from previous centuries - all are on the numbers that reveal the correct time. Harry Taylor, the proprietor of this timely operation, has the nationally recognized certifications to go with his 27 years of experience to repair any clock under the sun - including sundials! Call the Center to make an appointment with Harry!
Those friendly tradewinds are always blowing gently down the main aisle of Thompson's Antique Center of Texas where veteran collector and dealer Bill Saville and his wife Liz have a great selection of Native American and Western collectibles as well as primitive, military, historical and advertising items for your collection. This great trader is willing and able to make a deal you'll love. His booth is located at the back wall of Aisle 4A.
You might argue but Chad has the greatest collection of genuine nostalgia - all of it for sale! - over approximately a half acre inside Thompson's Antique Center of Texas. Oh, it might not "walk like a half acre" but unquestionably the vast number of show cases and walls in "Chad's Booth" have a great selection of advertising signs, military memorabilia from practically any military event in American history, wind-up toys from earlier eras, old guns, Native American artifacts and jewelry. Well, you name it and Chad has it. And he gives discounts! Go down the main aisle of Antique Center. You can't miss Chad's Booth.
Kevin McLaughlin embodies the entrepreneurial spirit like few others in a diversified collectibles business that ranges from vintage antiques of all ilks, colors and ages to modern-day interests from each and every collectible field. His interests and offerings are so varied the list covers a full page, single-spaced and double-columned. It would be easier to list what he DOESN'T offer to incoming customers. He will tell you he's a fast mover in a wheelchair he considers "an extension of me that I'm not sensitive about." Look for the booths with a diversified selection of collectibles at great prices.
Ron Schwartz is the pen man of Thompson's Antique Center of Texas. He buys, sells, trades and repairs pens from olden days and knows by heart the brand of the refill needed when you run out of ink in your modern-day writing utensil. He especially likes the Parker offerings from yesteryear and today. But that's not all. Ron has an eclectic line of antiques. He loves Antique Center and it shows - for he's the Center's leading promoter and advocate. He makes the point .
Mack McKinney started collecting in the second grade; there were comic books, pocket knives and toys of all sorts. He still collects and now he also sells. Mack has guy stuff, ladies' collectibles and items for the kiddos, all at four locations at Thompson's Antique Center of Texas. Look for his booths on Aisle B (the booth across from the ladies room). Oh, and see the booth with vintage Christmas collectibles on Aisle 8F. Just ask for the only "Mack" at the Center.
Where's the only place collectors can find John Connally's Persian rug, a 1800s rocking horse, stained glass, estate jewelry and even a trunk deck to a 1956 Porsch? Go to the eclectic U-shaped booth on the main walkway between Aisles 10 and 11 and look for Edie O'Guynn, the Heights woman who loves to provide the highest quality collectibles at the lowest prices. Ask for Edie's Sales if you don't see her around. Look for collectibles of all different shapes and sizes from vintage lighters to magnificent crystal chandeliers and many "smalls" in between.
Screen Door Collectibles has been in business since 1999. We focus on items manufactured during the 20th century with a major focus on the Mid-Century modern period (1950-60s, early 1970s) including furniture, glassware, barware, kitchen glassware, cookware and other decorative accessories for all rooms of your home. We have items made by well known manufacturers and designers of the period to the fun, funky kitschy items sold at discount stores and 5 & 10 cents stores during that time. Pyrex, Jadite and Fire King along with sets of drinking glasses are some of our most sought after items and we always have a good selection available. We are always on the search for fun and interesting items therefore our inventory is always changing. If you're searching for great vintage items check out our booth often.
You don't have to look far at the Antique Center of Texas to find Phil Thompson, the only son of the Houston antiques icon Carolyn Thompson, whose family still owns the Center. Phil got his training on "picker tips" with his Mom and later trained to be a customer jeweler at Paris, Texas. He puts these skills to use designing customer jewelry that almost always combines his passion for fishing and hunting and creating the jewelry that brings these pastimes to life for his customer. You can find Phil inside the 18th Street entrance door at the Center, right there on Aisle 1. He's obviously walking in the footsteps of a jewel of an antiques matriarch - the late Carolyn Thompson.
Standing “solid as a rock” with a big smile on her face, Carol King can help anyone who walks in the doors of the Antique Center of Texas with cut stones, gem stones and all lapidary needs including equipment and supplies. “We’re a rock shop,” Carol says, accurately describing the business she and brother Bill undertook four or five decades ago. They cut and polish stones and gems, make and repair jewelry and, yes, guide others the fine art of jewelry-making. “We sell minerals, fossils and jewelry findings and mountings.” Anything else? Come on down the Center’s mainline to Aisle 7 and learn that the answer is YES to most if not all of your jewelry questions and needs.
You don’t have to go very far down the main aisle of Thompson’s Antique Center to find John Young (middle name: Murdoch), whose love for restoring coin-op machines, oil- and gas-related items, electric fans and automobile-related memorabilia is well displayed. John will sell you everything but a used car (well, he might even do that). He repairs and restores various treasures for collectors of this wide variety of “fun stuff.” He especially loves to work with and sell vending machines, slot machines, pre-1950s neon clocks and just all sorts of mechanical devices, mid-century furniture and beer-related materials. And John -- in business for almost 20 years -- loves to tell you about his own personal collection!
Bella Rio Antiques & Collectibles can be found on both sides of aisle 8. Owner Drucilla Callis has a wide variety of ecliptic merchandise. She often refers to her store as "Mi Casita" (little house) because you can find nice items for every room in your home. She also carries beautiful costume jewelry dating back to the 1800s and also has a wide selection of men's cuff links. Men if you're looking for old tools or decor for your man cave she's got you covered too. Mom's Kitchen is her pride and joy as this area reminds her of her mom's kitchen when she was growing up. You can find cast iron, pot and pans, old mason jars and any old kitchen tools you might need. Stop by and take a look you won't be disappointed.
Check out Aisle 4 and look up Astrea Fatica, one of those Oklahoma natives who got to Houston as soon as she could. Astrea calls her shop the Quillie and Braid, which offers antiques and collectibles from all over the world and throughout the United States – with a particular fondness for estate acquisitions and auction merchandise from the state of Maine. Quillie is a term that refers to standing wool rugs, while Braid refers to the traditional braided rugs. But rugs are but one part of Astrea’s unique array of collectibles. Her entire family is heavily into historic preservation, the the pull of antiques comes naturally. Her first paying job was to help clean up an antiques store that had burned. Among the latest finds: a tramp art puzzle chair “found in a scary location,” a framed sewing sampler from the days when women were mainly housewives, and a Chinese Silk iron. Interesting and for sale! Come on in – Astrea loves her steady customers and the new ones taking in the “fun” booths at Quille and Braid, LLC.