004Since 1979, Texas Junk Company is the destination for Houston folk looking to score a deal on cowboy boots and other random oddities. It’s definitely a go-to spot before and during rodeo season! Owner Robert Novotney stocks the store with boots he finds at Goodwill, flea markets, consignment stores and the like. It’s truly his passion. For example, he often drives to San Antonio, spends the night in his car, hits the San Antonio flea market at dawn and finishes up by 9 am, with plenty of good finds.

Just like other thrift stores, it’s definitely hit-or-miss — which adds to the element of fun. Sometimes you can find top-brand Lucchese boots, which retail in stores for $300-$1,200. I went one Saturday with mytexas junk co collage girls looking for boots. The women’s department was picked over in our size, but we remained focused and found our treasures. My boots were $50, my daughter’s Justin Ropers were $45, and a pair of Dan Post stove tops were $60. Best part: they are already worn in and ready for the rodeo!

I have never been at 11 am, but wonder if there is a line to get in! Novotney remarked that he had done a day’s worth of sales Saturday by noon — just an hour after opening! In addition to boots, you can score old albums, wooden picture frames, jean jackets, vintage sleeping bags, crutches, and other random things!

032Novotney opens his store Fridays and Saturdays only, 11 am – 6 pm. Cash or check only. If you’re not prepared with cash, he directs you 8 blocks down to an ATM. The store is located in the Montrose/Fourth Ward area at 215 Welch.

Follow his Texas Junk Co. Facebook page where he shares his travel adventures and store finds. Or listen to the recorded message at 713-524-6257.  photos © vicki powers

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