Galveston’s 70-block historic downtown is a veritable treasure chest of shopping. But here are five antique and vintage shops you absolutely must visit:
Nautical Antiques and Tropical Décor
If funding your own undersea shipwreck exploration á la James Cameron is out of the question, a stop inside Nautical Antiques and Tropical Décor is the next best thing. The store is filled to the brim with seafaring ephemera, much of it salvaged from shipyards around the world, such as sea glass, vintage nets, nautical flags, ship’s wheels, buoys, compasses and so much more.
Considering how many buildings in Galveston come with ghost stories, it’s no surprise that islanders are intrigued by the mystical collection of unexpected objects at The Witchery. Crystals, tarot cards and a huge selection of spiritual books share space with phrenology skulls and prayer candles, plus a huge selection of herbs and resins for all your potions. Stop in on a Saturday or Sunday to get a psychic reading from Sharon Michelle, who’s been channeling the spirit world for over 40 years.
Known for its eclectic selection of antiques - including everything from medical instruments to nativity scenes - this store is a haven for seekers of unexpected, offbeat gifts such as books, paper goods and jewelry, plus the fascinating and macabre assemblage work of Galveston artist Robert Dampier. Keep an eye out for a three-legged cat, which has been known to nap on the historic building’s skylight.
High-end furniture, local art, jewelry and every kind of collectible under the sun can be found in this byzantine space, a co-op of over 50 independent vendors. If you’re looking for something specific, the employees are incredibly knowledgeable and eager to help, but of course, half the fun is exploring the jumbled booths and shelves for bargain-priced treasures, whether it’s a leather-bound book, midcentury glassware or even a cowhide rug.
This thoroughly charming boutique mixes colorful fashions, jewelry and accessories with unique gifts, modern furniture, vintage pieces and rustic home accessories - plus you can’t go too far without finding a mermaid. Under the stylish eye of owner Shawna Doskocil, it’s a perfect balance of country and boho - a draw for the vibrant, glamorous and fun among us.
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