Here are the best places to shop in Bryan, Texas for antiques, junk, collectables and decorating ideas
It’s way past time I properly introduce you guys to Bryan, Texas. It’s where I live and do the most treasure hunting. Here is a list of some of my favorite places to shop in Bryan. Feel free to let me know if I missed a fun spot! There are links to the store’s website or Facebook page and at the end you will find a free printable list with addresses and phone number to make your shopping even easier! Football season is upon us and this is a college town with team spirit, but you may not realize how many cool places there are to shop in Bryan. So if you are coming to visit your Aggie or just making a junkin’ road trip here are some spots to hunt! The list is long, but I included lots of fun pictures for you! My kids wanted to spend an ENTIRE day in downtown Bryan and go to ALL the stores, it was actually a summer bucket list item they came up with on their own. While I wasn’t sure it would take all day (it actually did and then some) I was up for the challenge. I gave each kid five bucks and we parked on the South end of downtown to walk the old downtown streets of Bryan. (FYI, you can also check out my similar adventure and list of places to shop OTHER than Magnolia when you visit Waco, TX…an easy 1.5 hour drive from Bryan)
Our first stop was Old Bryan Market Place. Housed in one of the most beautiful old buildings in downtown this is a must stop shop on your adventure. OBM is filled with gorgeous home décor and even if you don’t make a purchase, the styling alone will inspire you. Madden’s Café is housed in the same store/building and the atmosphere there is hard to beat. We headed north on foot and here is how the shopping went…
The Attic: A Gem for antiques, it’s been around forever and this is where I got and antique drafting table that came from the Texas A&M Architecture Department. I gave it to my husband as a wedding gift and it still sits in our house today (17 years later)!
Martha Rose: A cute little shop with a full mix of gift items and vintage finds.
Purple Turtle Art Studio/Frame Gallery: We had to stop by and say hi to one of our favorite ladies! Mrs. Le teaches art in her studio that she shares with Greta from The Frame Gallery. You can enroll in adult or children classes here and you are guaranteed to have a blast. Greta does fabulous work and has restored old picture pieces for me. Look at my youngest goofball!Corner of Time: An old fashioned soda fountain surrounded by a variety of antique vendors, you are sure to find something you love here! Even if it’s just a fan on a hot day.
We walked another block and took a right on 24th Street to N. Main Street.
On one corner is St.Vincent DePaul Resale shop, lots of small antiques and resale items plus a ton of resale clothing.On the other corner is my son’s favorite place to eat, Café Capri (fun trivia the owner’s dad is Mr. G from the pizza shop mentioned above!)We already had lunch so we skipped it this time, but we were ready for dessert and headed to The Chocolate Gallery for chocolate, gelato and cupcakes!
Texas Rose Boutique: more clothing and jewelry, but they have a cool well inside that is from way back when…the kids loved throwing pennies down it! The 2nd Story : a cute new shop full of great vintage and antique finds, great for a collector or junker like me.
The Bird’s Nest: lots of décor items and is beautifully styled.
Brazos Cedar Works: has furniture, clothes, signs and more.
Market 1023 is a favorite of mine, full of farmhouse style and the latest trends the store also houses a few select vendor booths that are amazing. Here are a few of my favorite:
INSIDE MARKET 1023:
- Peculiar Sentiments, she makes the coolest vintage jewelry. ever.
- The Birch Tree, has gorgeous hand painted furniture, one of a kind cutting boards and unique décor items.
- Farm Fed Creations, these peeps find the coolest stuff. You have to go see what they have because it is constantly rotating inventory of superb picks.
- Zella and Kay, handmade adorable felt flower products.
- The Rustic Acre, handmade signs and furniture that are on trend and quality made.
- Sophisticated Whimsy, handpainted goodies and vintage surprises.
Earth Art: a collection of worldly and rare finds.
We loaded in the car and drove toward the north end of downtown (you could walk but we were hot!) where my secret junk shops are. I hesitate to reveal my sources, but here ya go!
T&J Mercantile: a large shop filled with vendor booths of antiques, vintage finds, soaps, coffee and other fun stuff.
Alice’s Attic: My go to junk spot, I rarely leave without a treasure of some sort. Most of these stores you need to frequent because inventory turns and you never know what you’ll find! Plus they are just fun. 🙂
We go back in the car and headed to a new shop a few blocks south of downtown Bryan town, Rabbit Hole. OMG, so cute, I loved this story and found tons of great little vintage goodies! The kids were cooked so they sat and played with some cards they bought while I hunted around. Our adventure took all day but there was still more to see!
If you head south of downtown on Main street you will come to Si Quaeris, she has limited hours but will come if you call and is worth the stop to see. I have a few favorite plates and wares from this eclectic store.
Further south is Main Street Mall, a larger shop with a multitude of goodies and different vendors.
G & Me Antiques: antiques, candles and gifts
Texas Avenue Antiques: lots of furniture and upcycled finds.
Yesteryears Antiques & Collectibles Mall: furniture and collectibles
The Ugly Barn Used Furniture: has some flipped furniture and some untouched pieces you can buy and do yourself, she has a great selection. Across the street is…Classic Consignments: a large yellow house, outside is a junkers delight and inside has a bit of anything you can think of, a neat place to hunt!
The Resale Shop: has a quick changing rotation of furniture and assorted housewares
Habitat for Humanity ReStore: always has interesting home décor and furniture.
Hospice Thrift Store: has lots of clothes and smaller household items and collectibles, it is across the street from…
Ship Mission Shop: overstuffed with goodies, be prepared to dig!
Second Chance II: a sister store to Alice’s Attic, full of donated treasures waiting to be found.
Bryan is the sister city to College Station and second home to Texas A&M University, we also house Blinn Junior College. There are tons of fun things to do and places to eat, plus the kindest people. I hope this list makes your junkin’ adventures more successful and streamlined. Be sure to share and save this list, in fact here is a free printable shopping guide to Bryan, Texas for you to take along on your treasure hunt!
If you want to plan an extra special outing, downtown Bryan puts on First Fridays, the first Friday of every month. It’s a free event full of live music, art, entertainment and good eats that spills out in the street of downtown. There is also an annual event called Texas Reds held in September each year, it’s a good old steak & grape (aka WINE) festival! You can get more info about First Friday and Texas Reds here.
I’d love to hear if there are some great spots I missed or feel free to show me the goodies you found while out and about in our beautiful town! Want me to come visit your town and put together a shopping guide? Contact me here, I’d love to find a new hunting ground. Happy hunting friends. Please share or pin before you leave…
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