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Today’s guest blogger hails from my home turf–Houston, TX. We met at the Young House Love forum where I did a shout out to bloggers who might be interested in participating in the Where To Shop post.Meet Jessica Brogan. Be sure to visit her blog at The Reinvention of Jessica

I try to be a thrifty shopper.  Not only do I not like to spend a ton of money on things, but I also don’t always have the cash flow for expensive decor for the house.  Does that mean I have to skimp on style to stay within a budget?  No way!  It just means I sometimes have to get a little creative with where I shop and how to use and re-purpose the things I already have around the house.  Let’s here it for the DIY-ers in all of us.  Today I’m going to share a few places around Houston where if you have a keen eye, you can really find an affordable gem or two for your house.

Thompson’s Antique Center of Houston

The Thompson’s Antique Center of Houston is one of the largest collections of antiques in Houston.  Located in Northwest Mall in one of the former flagship stores, it boasts over 100,000 square feet of space, and you can find just about anything you can dream of there.  I have found vintage cameras, vintage books, glassware, furniture, antique toys, vintage clothes, costume jewelry, paintings, picture frames – really the list goes on and on.  I love getting lost for a day in this place (and you can easily spend a day exploring all of the aisles).

Bella Antiques

Bella Antiques is located just north of Houston in Tomball, TX.  It’s not much of a drive, and it’s totally worth it!  This place is packed with all kinds of goodies ranging from jewelry to art to furniture, and collectibles.  In fact, I found my new china cabinet here, just last week!  The owners are very friendly and helpful and will bargain with you.  I find this very important when shopping vintage!
Salvation Army Auction

The Salvation Army Auction is Houston’s best kept secret (and now I’m sharing it with you!).  The Salvation Army gets more donated items than they can sell in their regular stores, so every weekday at 10:30 am in their warehouse in the Heights, excess items are auctioned off for pennies on the dollar.  Furniture, clothes, shoes, handbags, art, home decor, you name it and it’s up for auction.  The doors open at 10:00 so buyers can see what’s on the auction block for the day.  If you see me there, please don’t out bid me!

These are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to thrifty shopping in Houston, but they are three of my personal favorites.  I hope you check them out and I’m sure you’ll find a steal of a deal!