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Crafty people, get yourselves to the Texas Art Asylum (1719 Live Oak St.) where cofounder Ramona Brady says they carry “every damn thing…and if we don’t, we’ll find it.” Their offerings, like doll parts and rusty hardware, are 100 percent donated by individuals and businesses.
For more than 55 years, Frankel’s Costumes Co. (2801 Polk St.) has been keeping Houston in character, whether it’s a fifth-grade pilgrim or a 1920s flapper. Occupying a city block, Frankel’s stays busy year round, but Halloween through Christmas is their Super Bowl.
At Art Hous (811 St. Emanuel St.) you can see the interiors of your dream home and then acquire some of the items to make it a reality. This wholesaler features everything from kitchen and bath products to architectural elements in their 2,500-square-foot showroom.
Fine Gifts-Home Accessories (910 St. Emanuel St.) is the straightforward name of the shop owned by Annie Dang, whose family restaurant is next door. Need a tea set? You might not think so until you see what Dang imports from Vietnam. A more eclectic gift shop is Wah Nam Gifts (2000 Walker St.), where you can pick up a jade statue or a rotary phone.
And don’t neglect your furry friend. At The Green Bone Boutique (2104 Leeland St.), you can get Spot some natural and organic treats, and even order him a birthday cake if you’re so inclined.