Shopping for History

Why antiquing is a perfect activity to share with your kids and how to make it a happy day for all.

By Marye Audet

The thought of shopping for antiques probably conjures therapeutic images of rummaging through a dusty shop hunting for the perfect piece to complement your room. You may think of sinking into a chair in a nearby tea room to contemplate your purchases. You probably don’t think of it as an opportunity for quality time with the kids.

You might want to rethink that. It can be a lot of fun to have your kiddos join you on your antiquing adventures.

Why Antiquing with Kids is Fun

1. It’s One Way to Share Your Passions.

One of the greatest things about being a parent is having the ability to share your passions and interests with another person. If you love antiquing why not share that with your children? It gives them a peek into your life outside of your Mom role and allows them to see you as an individual. You never know, it may be something that interests them as well, giving you something you can enjoy doing together for the rest of your lives.

2. It’s a Chance to Share Your Childhood.

While none of us wants to think of our favorite toys being labeled “vintage” or “antique” it happens. By the time you are in your 30s the toys that you loved may well be vintage collectibles. It’s fun to show your children things like cassette players, manual typewriters, and the Strawberry Shortcake lunchbox that you took to school everyday.

Grandparents can share, too. Think of all the things your kids or grandkids have never seen:

  • Record players
  • Dial telephones with cords
  • Charlie’s Angels everything
  • ALPH toys

If you want to see a look of shock on their faces, see if you can find an original Atari or Sega Genesis!

3. It’s a Great History Lesson.

So much of what you’ll find at antique stores is part of history. Ornate Eastlake furniture gives you the opportunity to discuss the Victorian era, for example, and finding a Dover Beater (a hand powered mixer) gives you the opportunity to talk about how people did things before power tools were invented. Antique stores are treasure troves of hands-on history that your kids can relate to so much better than just what they read in a history book. The tools and toys of past generations make history, and the people who lived it, real.

Tips for Happy Antiquing with Kids

Consider Your Child’s Temperament. Some kids will be more interested in antiques than others – that’s to be expected. If your child begins to get bored, it’s probably a good idea to head for the local ice-cream parlor and resume your antiquing later. You don’t want your antiquing adventure to turn into a frustrating experience for either of you.

Plan to keep it short, but give yourself extra time in case it’s something that really captures your child’s imagination.

Talk about behavior before you go. Antique shops tend to be cluttered, crowded places with breakables stacked precariously on the shelves. You don’t want to have your children playing tag through the store (don’t laugh – it’s happened) and end up breaking an Edwardian vase with a price tag of several thousand dollars. Make sure they understand what’s acceptable behavior and what isn’t.

Watch them for signs that they have had enough. When your kiddo starts to fidget, it’s probably a good idea to get outside pretty quickly.

Antiquing can be a great way to spend time with your children, allow them to get to know you in a new way, and to learn a little about history in the process. Who knows? You may find a new antiquing partner in the process.


19th Street, The Heights
Heights Blvd., Yale Street and 19th Street

Chippendale Eastlake Antiques,
250 W. 19th St., Houston TX 77008
Phone: (713) 869-8633

Mercader Antiques
1906 Ashland Street, Houston, TX 77008
Phone: (713) 864-4184

Antique Store in Houston Heights

Adkins Architectural Antiques and Treasures
3515 Fannin Street, Houston TX 77004
Phone: 713-522-6547

Antique Pavilion
2311 Westheimer Rd. Houston TX 77098
Phone: (713) 520-9755

August Antiques
803 Heights Blvd., Houston TX 77007
Phone: (713) 880-3353

Found for the Home
3433 West Alabama, Houston TX 77027
Phone: 713-522-9191

Heights Antiques on Yale
2110 Yale St. Houston, TX 77008
Phone: (713) 861-3335

Heights Station
121 Heights Blvd., Houston, TX 77007
Phone: 713-868-3175

Installations Antiques
611 West 22nd St, Houston TX 77008
Phone: 713.864.6125

M. Naeve
1911 Westheimer Rd. Houston, TX 77098
Phone: (713) 524-0990

Neal and Company
4502 Greenbriar Dr, Houston, TX 77005
Phone:(713) 942-9800

Shabby Slips
2304 Bissonnet St, Houston TX 77005
Phone: (713) 630-0066

Watkins Culver
2308 Bissonnet, Houston, TX 77005
Phone: (713) 529-0597

Reeves Antiques
2415 Taft Street, Houston, TX
Phone: (713) 523-5577

The Guild Shop
2009 Dunlavy Street, Houston, Texas 77006
Phone: (713) 528-5095

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