Welcoming AG Antiques on West 19th in Houston Heights
People entering the AG Antiques on West 19th store in the Houston Heights are met with a genuine “welcome” greeting from people at the front desk. “If there is anything we can do to help you, please let us know.” That was our experience when we first entered this large store containing antiques and collectibles.
The Houston Press gave the title of Best Antiques Store to AG Antiques on West 19th in 2015.
For those unfamiliar with the Houston Press, it is a weekly newspaper publication distributed free of charge to restaurants, retail stores and other locations. Advertisers are its life blood and totally support its operation.
Writers for the Houston Press cover news including entertainment and events around town. For the latest updates on theater productions, musical venues or where to relax while being wined and dined at casual pubs to upscale restaurants…many people are kept informed on a weekly basis.
Paid subscription newspaper readership in general has declined over the years. The Houston Press is a welcomed adjunct to the Houston Chronicle. Readership for the Houston Press is reported to be in excess of 300,000 people. It is easy to understand why advertisers are willing to spend their precious advertising dollars there.
In 2010 the Best Antiques Store designation by the Houston Press was awarded to the Heights Station Antiques. The fact of its being located in an original carriage barn is interesting.
One thing my husband and I particularly liked about the AG Antiques on West 19th was the fact of it being air conditioned.
We have visited other appealing antique places such as August Antiques. It is also located in the Houston Heights and is well worth a visit. People seeking religious items, rare books and architectural salvage would particularly like what can be found there. But it can be uncomfortable for periods of time when Houston temperatures are in the upper registers because of it not being air conditioned.
People can shop in comfort year round at AG Antiques.
The aisles are wide and the store is separated into many different sections where independent vendors display their wares. The sellers obviously spend time and effort into making their sections appealing and inviting.
This is not a place in which customers wander through dusty passages with barely enough wiggle room to get through a mish mash of garage sale items in dimly lit enclosures. We have experienced those types of stores also.
Overhead fluorescent lighting as well as many lit lamps and other sources keep this spacious store with high ceilings brightly illuminated. The concrete floors can easily be kept clean.
Some items such as jewelry or Lladro porcelains are kept in glass enclosed cases. The dealers help one another with regard to sales and items are well marked as to prices.
We saw such interesting and diverse items for sale! In one booth there was a sizable collection of African masks and carvings. From poster art to paintings, sculptures to bric-a-brac, crystal goblets to sets of antique china…that and more is on view and for sale.
My husband generally does not like browsing in antique stores and yet he found the AG Antiques store to his liking. I am certain that we will return in the future if looking for unique items to acquire or to give as gifts. There is something there to suit just about everyone’s taste and budget.
Hours at AG Antiques are from 10AM to 6PM Monday to Saturday and Noon to 5PM on Sundays. Where to find this delightful Houston Heights antique store: 313 W. 19th St., Houston, Texas 77008.