I just reread the comments. First of all, Retropolis has never had any signs of cats. The "cat piss" store that she is probably referring to is on Westheimer, near Montrose. I'm not going to name the name, but it is very small and the cat wanders around inside and all the clothes have absorbed the odor (completely disgusting and I don't understand how the City of Houston hasn't shut her down yet). Sometimes, clothing will have a musty or "aged" smell, but that can be taken care of with a proper cleaning. Second, Retropolis has vendors who lease space there and if the conditions were as described, I don't think they would want their wares there. As a business owner myself, I find it very unprofessional to slander another business, if this person is indeed affiliated with Wear it Again Sam. I have visited Wear it Again Sam and I can't imagine that they would condone any "friend" writing such comments. So ladies, lets be professional and truthful, there is plenty of business to go around and good vintage shops like Retropolis are an asset to vintage hunters like myself.
Best Vintage Clothing - 2008
Retropolis is a little overstuffed with goods from the '30s to the '80s, but any true vintage buyer knows it's all about the hunt. The place is known for its well-stocked (and fairly priced) selection of vintage dresses, pearl-snap cowboy shirts and jewelry, but there's always a wide range of wares from every era. We recommend giving yourself a couple of hours to wander through this Heights location. It operates like a vintage mini-mall, with a variety of vendors always adding their latest finds to the mix. The prices meet the condition (in other words, if you want something nice, you'll pay for it) but nothing is too steep, unlike the prices you'll find up the road.
I have to agree, this is the possibly the best vintage shop anywhere. From spats to gowns, tweed coats to purses, they've got your back! We love to spend an afternoon browsing there.
I would like to respond to the comment left about Retropolis. I am one of the ladies who voted for the store, I just love it, and have been going there to shop for years. It isn't necessary to pay through the nose for good vintage clothing, and I love the feeling when I find a really wonderful piece reasonably priced. I have never felt that the store was dirty, possibly cluttered, and never have I smelled cat on any of the clothing. I really think the young lady who wrote the review must be a friend of the owner of the store down the street. I remember visiting the store Wear It Again Sam on Westheimer, and was not impressed with the merchandise, staff, or the owner. I was actually treated very rudely, and never went back. I really hope that Retropolis is around for a long time, I spend hours in there shopping. Great Store, Nice People. Never treated rudely, and a great spot for finding really unique finds. I think the other review was merely sour grapes from someone who is new who doesn't know any better.
I assume you forgot to mention the smell of cat piss as part of the wonderful ambience of Retropolis. That store is not just "crowded", it is disgusting. I just moved to Houston and was in search of some vintage spots to add to my retail rounds. Upon your advice, I went to Retropolis, found nothing and ended up having to leave because I was having an insanely bad allergy attack. I faired much better at Wear It Again Sam, which I will assume is the "store up the road" you refrenced. After being in that nasty, stank-hole of a shop, WIAS was (at least clean) the best vintage shop that I have been to in Houston. The clothes were beautiful and no more than what you would pay on Etsy or any other reputable vintage shop. I am a firm believer in you pay for what you get. And if you want the smell of cat piss in your clothes, well then by all means sister, you can have it.