Older Is Better: The Five Best Antique Malls in Houston

What better way to honor your living relatives than with gifts from someone else's dead relatives? Wait, no, we want you to like antique malls! Let me try again: Shopping for an older relative, who remembers the days before iPads? And Wii? And even cell phones?! You might want to treat them with a bowling shirt monogrammed with their uncle's old automotive shop's logo. Or look for a beautiful train kit from the 1940s, perfect for the non-trendy person who wants to make an indie statement -- or just look like they're meeting Cary Grant in North by Northwest.

I like to get and give gifts that are just a wee bit more unique than a box of Omaha steaks, not that there's anything wrong with carnivores. So when I travel, I check out antique and collectibles shops for that special item. Original Hanna-Barbera Flintstones lunch pail? Check. USAF bomber jacket no doubt worn against the Luftwaffe? Check. Butter churn used by some unfortunate woman before electricity and pasteurization? Check. ANYTHING Star Trekian? Double check. You usually get more bang for your buck when a bunch of vendors are housed under one roof, so we've come up with a list of the Top Five Antique Malls in the H-town area.

Always check an antique shop for a pulse before you go. Here's some we know are open; some even have Christmas sales:

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Lee Riner